Although Southeast Asia has long been popular with soul-searching backpackers, the region’s pristine beaches, exquisite cuisine, low prices, and cheap flights have made it popular amongst regular tourists and travelers, too. The following five destinations are some of the best things to do if you are visiting Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia is famous for its many religious and spiritual temples. One of the region’s most renowned temple sites is Angkor Wat, located just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Constructed in the 12th Century, Angkor Wat was constructed to pay homage to the Supreme God of Hinduism, Lord Vishnu. Eventually, though, Angkor Wat became a site for Theravada Buddhists. From a decorative standpoint, the temples are decorated with thousands of apsaras and devatas.
Thailand is one of the top countries for tourism in Asia. Whether you are backpacking through Thailand’s forested northern highlands, or taking in the sights and smells of Bangkok, the country has something for every vacationer. For beachgoers, Thailand’s southern islands and archipelagos offer an excellent opportunity to soak up the sun, snorkel, or sail. Ko Phi Phi and Ko Samui are among the country’s most beautiful beach-related destinations.
If you grow tired of the beaches, try heading to Bangkok, Thailand’s largest city, and one of Southeast Asia’s most bustling metropolises. Bangkok is home to Asia’s largest shopping mall - MBK - as well as countless night markets, giving you plenty of opportunities to shop to your heart’s content.
Located just south of Thailand is Malaysia, a country that is part of both Asia’s mainland and the island of Borneo. Currently, Malaysia is the 9th most visited country in the world, thanks in large part to its diverse climatic regions, fast-paced urban areas, breathtaking natural reserves, and unique Muslim mosques.
One of the most efficient ways to see all of these interesting sights on one trip is to take a tour through Malaysia. Generally speaking, there are two different types of guided tour available in Malaysia. There are small tours that are specific to one particular city, nature reserve, or island. Or, for those wanting a longer, more extensive sightseeing experience, there are guides that will travel with you throughout the entire country.
For nature enthusiasts, Indonesia’s Mount Bromo is one of the most unique volcanoes in the entire world. This is because Bromo is constantly erupting, shooting white smoke onto the lush green landscape that surrounds the volcano. Bromo is located in Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park.
Whether you are seeking beaches, volcanoes, cities, or ancient ruins, Southeast Asia has something for everyone. Best of all, though, is that the aforementioned tourist destinations are relatively inexpensive places to visit, meaning you can travel this region of the world on a shoestring budget.