In the spirit of my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia (yes, expect to see a lot more articles coming from that part of the world), I decided to go with the theme and pick my top 5 list of southeast Asian destinations that are a must see. Even though there are many great little gems located in southeast Asia, some particularly beautiful, vibrant, and historically enriching destinations have been on my radar for some time, and are surely places that anyone looking for a southeast Asian adventure like myself should stop off at!
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand in itself is usually a go to destination for adults seeking excitement and adventure, but Chiang Mai is truly a sight to see. Aside from its obvious natural beauty, Chiang Mai also has a lot to offer in terms of historical and cultural hot spots. Attracting a near 5 million tourists each year, Chiang Mai is located along the Ping river, being a major trading route city and also offering lots of historical value because of its ideal location. Chiang Mai is also home to 300 Buddhist temples and an elephant nature park, perfect if you’re seeking culturally enriching experiences and adventure!
4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, and is a wonderful and vibrant destination if you are looking for a little bit of culture in Southeast Asia. Located along the beautiful and endearing Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, attractions and culture. French colonial buildings dominate much of the metropolitan area, as well as plenty of shopping districts. Ho Chi Minh City is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia, and is definitely worth seeing if you are planning on stopping by Vietnam. If the culture doesn’t get you, the friendly demeanour of the people certainly will!
3. Singapore City
Singapore is a city that I have always personally had much interest in. Its vibrant, modern and sleek demeanour appeals to many when coming to visit the metropolis that is Singapore. Not only offering an amazing nightlife and shopping that could rival that of New York, Singapore offers beaches, a nighttime zoo experience and Hindu and Buddhist temples spread throughout the city. Singapore is also a good spot if you’re looking for a city that feels like a bit closer to home; most people speak English and it offers the comforts and amenities of a big city hub.
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
A proclaimed wonder of Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat is a destination attracting millions upon millions of tourists each year. Angkor Wat was at first a Hindu temple complex, later rendering itself to a Buddhist complex. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world, and boasts a mix of both Hindu and Buddhist religious connotations. Many people come to see Angkor Wat’s splendour, and to also see the mecca of religious symbolism and picturesque monuments that dominate Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat is truly a historical treasure that you would not want to miss when travelling to this part of the world.
1. Ubud, Bali
When referring to Ubud, Bali, most people describe it as paradise. A beautiful little island located right beside Indonesia, Bali is a paradise for people looking to be apart of a more peaceful and picturesque experience. Ubud itself is located just on the coast of Bali, and is home to beautiful beaches and scenery all around you. Bali is also an island littered on rice patty fields, which become places of wonder when looking out onto the landscape. Also, amazing Balinese cuisine is offered everywhere for a mere 4 dollars, so be prepared to relax, watch the sunset and eat some amazing delicacies while you are there. Ubud is definitely a peaceful paradise, and a destination that you would absolutely not want to miss when discovering Southeast Asia.