In Southeast Asia’s countries, there are so many temples, ruins, picturesque towns and natural attractions that it can be hard to know where to start. If you still confused where to start your trip, these 10 iconic places might help you to choose and it will never let you disappointed. Based on Reader Digest California, here are the list :
- Temples at Bagan, Myanmar
The thousands of temples on the Bagan plains is known as one of the best place with mesmerizing sunset which few sunsets in the world compare to it. The appeal of the Buddhist temple lies not in their individual majesty, but lunging out of the plains. This area consist with 13,000 temples used to stand in the city of Bagan, and some 2,000 still remain. This spiritual plenitude make a trip to Bagan unmissable.
- Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia
Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forest areas, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capital of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to 15th centuries. Declared as UNESCO WORLD Heritage in 1992, the sheer size of the temple complex is bound to impress. Most tourist tend to congregate around the main events like Angkor Wat, Bayon and the vine covered Ta Phrom.
- Food of Penang, Malaysia
With its unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay influences, Penang is an attraction to be savoured in the most literal sense. Spicy curries, delicious laksas and savoury soup are all on the menu. Majority of the restaurant food is extraordinarily cheap. When you’ve finally had enough with your binging, Georgetown is a place that might help you look for another relaxation with its 200 years old temples, mosques and colonial buildings that has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Halong Bay, Vietnam
A unique karst topography just out of the sea and forms 2,000 limestone islets in the bay of descending dragons. Covered in dense forest, these vertical formations is a magnificent way to spend few days of exploring its beauty. Exploration, rock climbing, and more activities that can pulled your adrenaline out of its limit. Beware of the season, though monsoons from June through September and again from January to March can limit your visibility. This place is also good for honeymoon, too!
- Bromo – Tengger – Semeru National Park, Indonesia
Indonesia has plenty else to impress, and one of its beauty is this stunning unearthly landscapes in its Ring of Fire. Mount Bromo, is one of the most stunning place on the entire planet to watch a sunrise. It’s full of tourists, but the desolately beautiful caldera will leave a lasting impression regardless of who you share it with.
- Luang Prabang, Laos
Beyond its quiet temples, Luang Prabang migh be most famous for its haute cuisine and alms processions, a daily morning ritual in which monks clad in saffron robes take donations of food. This is one of UNESCO World Heritage site which comprises an entire city. Outside of town in the surrounding jungle, you can find surprisingly powerful waterfalls, bathing pools and echoing caves.
- Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
This must be into the list of mount-to-hike for those who loved hiking and adventure. The common refrain you hear about Mount Kinabalu is that you can see all the way to the Philippines, on a good day. The ascent is technically straightforward and it’s also one of the most accessible mountains in the world. This 4,095 meter peak is welcome if you want a real adventure.
- Bali, Indonesia
The island of the Gods has enough to keep you busy for a long while with lots of places to make you impress. From some of the best surf in the world to a dizzying number of temples, from black-sand beached to the amazing volcano trekking. Yes, this most famous island in the world has many places left unexplored.
- Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines
Overland migrants came down from Yunnan Province in China and brought with them the rice terrace technology a few thousand years ago. These creations now layer the hillsides of the Ifugao region in the Philippines. Built by hand, the stone and mud walled terraces are tiered on impossibly steep slopes and irrigated by mountains streams and springs. When the rice plants are at their brightest green, the valley practically glow in the sunshine. Trekking around the hillsides is a surreal experience!
- Krabi Province, Thailand
Talk about pristine Thai beaches, Krabi Province is on top of the bucket list. Home of the best sand and water in the world, it’s no wonder that everyone jets off for Krabi Province. Even fullef with all the tourists, you can easily find quiet and secluded island. Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta and some other beaches are amazingly beautiful. If beach lounging isn’t your thing, Scuba Diving and Rock Climbing might be the options. Some of their best are in here.
Source :Readers' Digest California