Tourist Attractions Of Asia – Southeast Asia is a very diverse group of countries between the Indian and Pacific oceans, containing a rich tapestry of diverse cultures and religions. A favorite corner of the world for many travelers, it is known for perfect beaches, delicious cuisine and very affordable prices!
This tropical paradise truly has something for everyone, whether it’s trekking through steamy jungles and diving in some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs, or visiting temples and days spent hanging out on the beach. But with so much on offer, it’s hard to choose where to go!
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I’ve put together a list of your favorite Southeast Asian attractions that will make your trip memorable and look amazing on your Insta feed!
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Is there anything more exhilarating than watching dolphins in the wild? Our Lovina Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Adventure is simply amazing. Your private Bali tour guide will pick you up and drive you to Lovina to watch the dolphins play at sunrise. This early sunrise tour means you can spend time snorkeling in beautiful clear waters without the crowds. Throw in some lunch and an awe-inspiring temple visit and this Bali tour is perfect for any type of traveler.
Angkor Wat is a precious temple and exhibition center now known as Angkor Archaeological Park. I am sure you have already seen many amazing photos of temples floating on social media, they are truly amazing! Angkor Wat is an ancient city in Cambodia that was once the center of the Khmer Empire that ruled much of Southeast Asia.
This civilization died out, but not before building magnificent temples and buildings that were reclaimed by the jungle over hundreds of years and eventually converted into Buddhist temples.
How to get there: Your best bet is to take a day trip from the nearest city of Siem Reap. The nearest temples are only 15-20 minutes away from the center, however, this is a big attraction and there are many different temples to see, so keep that in mind! You can easily get a taxi or tuk tuk for around $20-30.
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Costs: To visit the temples, you need to purchase a temple pass. These are sold in 1-, 3- or 7-day variations. A 3-day ticket costs $62.
How long should I spend there: Although you can see a lot in a day, you can’t see it all. Three days is a great way to get a taste of the famous temples near Siem Reap, as well as some further afield.
Best photo opportunity: Set the alarm early and get there for sunrise to get the iconic sunrise shot of Angkor Wat in all its glory.
Ha Long Bay, in northeastern Vietnam is known as one of the natural wonders of the world for its turquoise waters dotted with 1,600 limestone islands. It was truly amazing, and I will never forget waking up to that view.
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Explore the area by snorkeling and diving, jump on a boat or take in the view from the top deck of your tour boat, cocktail in hand.
How to get there: The most convenient way to visit Ha Long Bay is to join one of the many boat tours from Hanoi.
Costs: Most boat tours include transfer from Hanoi, food, accommodation (if you choose the longer tour) and park tickets. Prices start at around $155 for a 2 day/1 night trip.
How long should I spend there: I would recommend at least a 2 day/1 night trip as waking up on a boat in Ha Long Bay and pulling back the curtains to one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen is priceless.
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Best Photo Opportunity: The view from the top of Cat Ba National Park is definitely worth capturing!
If you are in Bangkok, a visit to the Grand Palace is a must. As the name suggests, it is one of the largest and most impressive temples in Thailand. Now, there are many temples you can visit in Thailand, but if you’re only going to visit one (to avoid temple burn-out) it should be this one!
The palace holds a very important place in the hearts of the Thai people and is widely regarded as the holiest Buddhist site in Thailand.
How to get there: The temples are easily accessible from anywhere in Bangkok. Just hop on a train, boat, tuk tuk or taxi. Public transportation in Bangkok is very easy to use and affordable.
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Costs: Admission to the palace costs 500 baht per person (about $15), and tickets can be purchased online or at ticket booths on the palace grounds. The ticket booths are open from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm and the ticket also includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhishek Dusit Throne Hall within 7 days of your visit to the palace.
How long should I spend there: The grounds are open from 8.30am and I would suggest getting there a little earlier to ensure you experience the grounds when they are a little less busy and a little cooler! It takes at least a few hours to circumambulate all the temples.
Best photo opportunity: Get your photo taken outside Wat Phra Kaew, home of the famous Emerald Buddha. Widely considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, this building is absolutely beautiful!
Located 60 kilometers outside of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnel network is an extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels that stretch all the way to the Cambodian border. They were built by the Viet Minh during the war against the US-Vietnam War.
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Back then, the tunnels were a means of communication between the villages and also helped the Vietnamese soldiers avoid scouting the area.
How to get there: The tunnels are easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City. Just get a taxi (about $60 return) or hop on one of the many tour buses that leave daily. The journey is about 1 hour and a half.
How long should I spend there: It will take you a few hours to see the entire attraction. You can also go to the shooting range for a small additional fee.
Best Photo Opportunity: You actually get the chance to enter one of the tiny tunnels – make sure you capture the moment!
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The Monkey Forest in Ubud should definitely be on your list of things to do in Bali. When else will you get a chance to get up close and personal with the cute monkeys? Jungle is not just for seeing monkeys.
This sacred monkey forest holds spiritual, economic, educational and conservation significance for the residents of Padang Thegal village. Plus, it’s so cute!
How to get there: If you are in Ubud, the jungle is easily accessible by foot, scooter or taxi.
How long should I spend there: It will take around 2 hours to see the entire forest floor and take some photos with the monkeys.
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Kanchanaburi is surrounded by luscious mountains and a river also flows along its city curves. During WWII it was a temporary base for the Japanese, who employed Allied prisoners in the construction of the railway known as the ‘Death Railway’.
This dark and important history makes it a really interesting place to visit and the falls are spectacular.
How to get there: Kanchanaburi is only 4 hours from Bangkok, but I wouldn’t suggest trying the trip in one day. Spend at least one night in Kanchanaburi, so you have the whole day to explore the falls without time constraints.
How long should I spend here: You should spend a whole day here to see all the multi-tiered waterfalls.
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Made famous by a 2008 episode of Top Gear, in which host Jeremy Clarkson described the road as a “desolate ribbon of perfection”. Traveling through Hai Van Pass is a must. It is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular roads, weaving through breathtaking mountains overlooking a stunning coastline.
How to get there: Hai Van Pass is easily accessible from Da Nang or Hoi An (about 1 hour by car or bike from both). If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire your own bike and drive yourself or book one of the many tours.
Costs: You can rent a motorbike from around 80, 000VND, which is equivalent to $3.50! Tours start at around $60.
How long should I spend here: I allow a full day to get the most out of this experience.
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Best photo opportunity: The views from the top of High Van Pass make for a great Instagram post.
Nusa Penida is one of the most beautiful islands in Bali. And the best part? Here you can get up close and personal with the majestic creature that is the Manta Ray. This is definitely one for the bucket list! Manta Bay is a relatively shallow area where manta rays live