5 Southeast Asian Countries You've Absolutely Got to Visit

Published - 19 September 2022, Monday
  • Singapore

Encompassing around 13 million square kilometres of land and sea, Southeast Asia (SEA) is, without a doubt, a region that’s always worth exploring. Indeed, SEA offers curious travellers with lots of beautiful sights and unforgettable experiences to enjoy.

From stunning pristine beaches and sunny skies to historical sites and vibrant nightlife, SEA has it all. No wonder the region welcomed over a billion international and domestic visitors in 2019 alone.

If you’re wondering which areas to visit or include on your bucket list, read on. This article will give you a rundown of five must-visit countries in the region:

Singapore

Singapore may be a tiny island, but it’s chock full of unique attractions and fun opportunities for adventure. With its ancient temples, architectural wonders, lush green spaces, and over a hundred hawker centres that serve affordable yet world-class dishes, the Lion City will undoubtedly enchant you with its many charms.

Take advantage of the island’s efficient public transportation system and take a trip to the city’s historic districts like Little India, Joo Chiat/Katong, and Chinatown to taste the art, architecture, and history of the various cultures within Singapore. Better yet, stay in one of the many hotels near Changi Airport. That way, you’ll be minutes away from the city and some of the grandest spots in the airport itself. Indeed, there are a lot of things to do in Changi Airport, such as visiting the world’s tallest indoor waterfall (HSBC Rain Vortex), the 460-square metre natural garden, and the world’s tallest airport slide.

Thailand

Thailand is a top tourist destination not only in Southeast Asia, but also around the world, and for good reasons. Aside from all the authentic Thai cuisine you can feast on, the country is also home to gorgeous landscapes, blue waters, and historical sites. All these factors are sure to give you that “on vacation” vibe.

Head to the breathtaking beaches in Phuket or Koh Phi Phi and the Khao Yai National Park to commune with nature and de-stress. Are you hoping to experience something unique? If so, why don’t you take a trip to the elephant sanctuaries and spend an unforgettable time feeding, bathing, and playing with these gentle giants? Once you’ve finally had your fill of laid-back activities, head back to Bangkok to shop, enjoy the vibrant night scene, and party all night.

Philippines

With over 7,000 gorgeous islands to choose from, you’ll probably need a couple of trips to experience all the remarkable things the Philippines has to offer.

If you want to get a dose of vitamin sea, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the beaches in Palawan and Boracay, considered two of the most beautiful places in the world. Are you searching for something a little more exciting than the usual swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing activities? You may want to add Oslob to your itinerary, as this area provides tourists with the chance to swim with whale sharks.

Besides its mesmerising beaches and warm weather, you can also participate in one of the many colourful festivals celebrated in different parts of the country. Drop by any house where celebrations are ongoing, and residents will welcome you with tons of good food, laughter, and friendship.

Brunei

Known primarily for its abundant wealth and stunning mosques, Brunei Darussalam is one country you should visit, especially if you desire a tranquil and relaxing vacation. This impressively clean and safe country boasts virgin rainforests and many other natural attractions that will surely leave you breathless.

Take some time to visit Muara or Penanjong beach to witness some of the most spectacular golden sunsets you’ll ever see. Don’t forget to take pictures and savour the experience as much as possible. Apart from enjoying beaches, strolling through parks and visiting impressive museums, you may also want to head out to Kampong Ayer—the world’s largest and oldest floating village—for a scenic boat ride, good food, and a unique cultural experience.

Vietnam

Do you desire a travel destination with the right blend of scenic landscapes, fascinating cultural activities, delicious food, and vibrant energy? If so, Vietnam is a must-visit country for you.

If you love food, you’ll love Vietnam’s fresh tropical fruit, high-quality coffee, and comforting bowls of pho or noodle soup. Aside from an extraordinary gastronomic experience, Vietnam also boasts sandy white beaches that are significantly less crowded than those in other SEA countries. Additionally, you can hike or trek the country’s majestic mountains or hop on a motorbike to explore all the best places in the area.​​​​​​​

While this article highlighted five of the top Southeast Asian countries you should absolutely visit, that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones worth your time. In reality, every SEA country has something remarkable to offer its visitors. After all, this region in the Far East is blessed with warm weather, natural beauty, friendly people, and unique charms that make every visit enjoyable and memorable.

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