Southeast Asia – Places You Can’t Miss

A trip through Southeast Asia is a traveler’s dream. Here’s a list of places to give you some inspiration to see what the hype is all about!

This pristine and historic town has been through a few centuries of existence, but it still looks and feels like it’s in the very first days of being born. 

The streets of Old Town Hoi An are remarkably unique, yellow buildings are accompanied by colorful lanterns that illuminate through the night. Cars and motorbikes are banned from the city center, a key contributor to Hoi An’s Zen-like atmosphere. 

Hoi An is an underrated gem of a city that delivers postcard worthy beaches, never-ending rice fields, and a gracefully preserved Old Town.

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In the heart of the island’s Central Visayas Region, Bohol is a lush jungle paradise waiting to be explored. Made up of several other smaller islands, Bohol is known for their unusual geographic formations that have become some of Mother Nature’s best work.

The Chocolate Hills consist of thousands of symmetrical green and brown mounds that stretch on for as long as your eyeballs can see. Near the hills you’ll find the Loboc River, a jungle playground where you can paddle board to secret waterfalls and completely soak in the Filipino lifesyle.

The ever-evolving city of Siem Reap caters to every kind of traveler. You’ll leave with mental images of bustling street life and massive historic sites that will be imprinted in your memory. 

Justifiably so, Angkor Wat will forever be associated with Siem Reap. The temple’s grand scale and incredible detail draw record crowds every year. But don’t forget, Angkor Wat is to Siem Reap what the first mile is to a marathon: Just the beginning…

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The capital of Malaysia is boasting with modern skyscrapers and dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers. Below the skyline you’ll find happening street corners with an abundance of gastronomic delights, flea markets, and cocktail bars.

The main attraction of KL is The Batu Caves. The Hindu pilgrimage site is guarded by a massive statue of the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan. The 3 major caves are accessed by taking the 272 step rainbow colored staircase, that has grown to be an iconic part of the Malaysian national treasure. 

Nicknamed the “The Rose of the North” Chiang Mai is the peaceful land of misty mountains, a paradise for shoppers, and a playground for seasoned travelers. The city and the people take pride in their charming, laid-back spirit.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a famous mountain temple that is best visited early in the morning for an uninterrupted sunrise. Apart from Chiang Mai’s hundreds of other buddhist temples, they have elephant habitats, spiritual centers, and primeval villages where you can look back through time and discover a truly timeless way of life. 

A Southeast Asian city and country that broke away from Malaysia in 1965. Since then, the Lion City has flourished and become a travel hotspot. Despite its small size, Singapore is a melting pot of culture and one of the most racially diverse countries in the world.

Your trip will start as soon as you land at the world’s top rated airport. From there you’ll be introduced to a top notch combination of exciting nightlife, amazing food, and wide selection of unique experiences. 

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Bagan is home to a complex history and strikingly beautiful landscape. At one point in time, the region had over 10,000 temples, pagodas, and monasteries that filled out the Ayeyarwady River. Today, 2,200 survive that still rival other archeological wonders like Machu Pichu and Ankgor Wat. The best way to take in the historic horizon is to be in the sky. Bagan’s hot air balloons have carried countless of travelers on a one of kind experience. 

The city also has no shortage of friendly locals and outstanding cuisine. As one of the most rewarding and underrated cities in Southeast Asia, Bagan’s stock is definitely on the rise.

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Beyond the realm of what seems real, Bali is the mecca for young travelers. The heart of life on Bali starts in Ubud, a spiritual wonderland and cultural center of the island. This is place to rent a villa in the jungle and sleep on hammocks dangling above the trees below. 

The island has many famous coastlines made up of spots including Kuta Beach, Padang Padang, and Uluwatu. Last but most certainly not least, the beach clubs. Places like Mrs Sippy and Finns are always raising the bar when it comes to exciting their clientele. However long you think you want to stay in Bali, just add 3 days…your welcome.

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A hipster river town that overlooks the Khan River as it flows into the mighty Mekong. The tiny mountain kingdom of Laos was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995 for its endowed legacy of ancient temples mixed with French Indo-Chinese architecture. The streets are lined with colonial style buildings offering refined cuisines and welcoming smiles. 

Luang Prabang is often a misunderstood place that people only pass through for a day or two. If you look deeper and enjoy the town at a leisurely pace, you’ll have a new appreciation for what the city has to offer.

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Locals Only aims to bridge the stress that travelers have of not knowing what to do. We hope this article helped give you some inspiration and confidence to plan a trip to Southeast Asia. To check out more ideas of what to do in Southeast Asia click here.

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