Southeast Asia is a region of countries between the Pacific and Indian Oceans with a rich diversity of different cultures and beliefs. Many people consider it one of the most popular places in the world because of its beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine and little tourism. This tropical destination truly has it all, from action-packed experiences hiking through sweltering rainforests to snorkeling in some of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. Here is a list of amazing adventurous places in Southeast Asia that travelers should visit:
10 Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the cherished temple and focal point of what has come to be known as the Angkor Archaeological Park. Angkor Wat is an archaeological site in Cambodia that was the capital of the Khmer kingdom that once ruled most of Southeast Asia. This civilization perished, but not without leaving behind incredible temples and structures that the forest took centuries to reclaim before being converted into Buddhist monasteries and still in use today. To gain access to the temples, travelers must purchase a temple pass. A three-day pass costs $62.
9 Halong Bay, Vietnam
Located in northeastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is considered one of the world’s geographical beauties as the verdant sea is dotted with hundreds of limestone islands, each covered with its own tropical jungle. It is truly breathtaking, and waking up to this scene is something tourists will never forget. Tourists can also enjoy the region by diving and snorkeling, renting a canoe, or perhaps just relaxing with a drink in hand on the top deck of their cruise. Additionally, the entry fee for a two-day, one-night tour is approximately $155.
8th Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
The Cu Chi Cave System, located 60 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is a vast network of underground tunnels that stretches all distances to the Cambodian border. They were built by the Việt Minh in the midst of the anti-US-Vietnam conflict. In the past, the tunnels served as a route of communication between settlements, as well as a means of avoiding soldiers patrolling the region. Also, the tunnels were easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City with an hour and a half drive. Admission to the tunnels is around $5.
7 Monkey Forest, Ubud
Ubud Monkey Forest undoubtedly has to be on every tourist’s bucket list when it comes to things to do and places to visit in Bali. The jungle is more than just a place to watch monkeys. This sacred monkey forest is economically, educationally, spiritually and ecologically important to the residents of Padang Tegal village, as well as being incredibly beautiful. The jungle is freely accessible for tourists who want to be in Ubud by motorbike, on foot or even by taxi. Plus, adult tickets are $5.
6 Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi
Covered with verdant highlands, Kanchanaburi also has a creek that meanders through the city’s curves. During World War II, it served as a military outpost for the Japanese, who used Allied prisoners to build the “Death Railway” railway line. This horrific but significant past makes it a fascinating destination to explore and the cascades are breathtaking. Also, Kanchanaburi is about 4 hours from Bangkok. The daily entrance fee to Erawan National Park is USD 10.
5 Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves are a must-see for any tourist in the city. The massive Lord Murugan monument guarding the entrance will no doubt take tourists’ breath away. The Batu Tunnel Temple is a series of caves stretching through the Marble Hill, packed with spectacular deity shrines. Once travelers pass the massive monument, they should be ready to climb 272 brightly colored stairs while dodging the groups of monkeys guarding the steps of the Batu Caves. In addition, entry to the Batu Caves is free.
4 Palawan Island, Philippines
With its caves, dense rainforests, dive sites, pristine beaches and untouched nature, Palawan is one of the great attractions of the Philippines. Palawan consists mainly of 1,780 island groups in the west of the Philippines. It’s a vast but compact stretch of some of Southeast Asia’s greatest coastline and marine life. The cost of a one-hour commercial flight from Manila to the city of Puerto Princesa is about $50.
3 Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is a tiny but lively city in the mountains of northern Laos. Luang Prabang, nestled at the junction of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, is among the most well-known attractions in Laos, as most visitors use it as their first last stopover within a week to or from Thailand. There is a lot to do and see in such a small town. In addition, Laos is fairly inexpensive, with a quality hotel costing around US$40 per night. Plus, entry to most tourist attractions is only a few dollars.
2 Angthong National Marine Park, Thailand
Angthong National Marine Park is a beautiful archipelago ideal for beach recreation, diving, canoeing and other activities. The marine park encompasses most of this protected island region and offers opportunities for spectacular wildlife viewing at sea. Tourists can also enjoy the stunning surroundings that include cliffs, white beach, pure azure sea and dense vegetation. In addition, the $10 Angthong National Park entrance fee was not included and must be paid upon entering the national park, and the prices of the other excursions are different.
1 Manta Bay, Nusa Penida
One of the most beautiful islands of Bali in Nusa Penida is Manta Bay. Best of all, travelers can get up close and personal with the beautiful manta rays here. It’s an adventure that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Manta Bay is a very shallow place where manta rays roam and hunt due to plankton-rich surface currents. Additionally, a full-day snorkeling vacation from Bali starts at around $70. Transfers, lunch, soft drinks, and snorkel gear are often included.
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