Southeast Asia is the ultimate travel destination. Safe, cheap and packed full of sights, it’s the perfect region for a first big backpacking trip or a week at a beach resort (and everything in between). If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick look at what makes Southeast Asia such a great place to travel.

Beaches

For me, the best thing about travelling in Southeast Asia is the dozens of stunning beaches. You’re never far away from a palm tree paradise – here are some of my favourites. Click on a photo to read the post↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: FloresPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: El NidoPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Koh Rong

Rivers, lakes and waterfalls

Laos is all about rivers. The mighty Mekong weaves its way through the country and there are various smaller rivers featuring relaxing (and incredibly scenic) tourist towns. Lake Toba (Indonesia) is one of my favourite places in all of Southeast Asia — the scenery and the pace of life combine to make it a very hard place to leave. Kuang Si Falls (Laos) is a special place. The bright blue water and jungle setting make it (surely) the best waterfall in Southeast Asia. Click on a photo to read the post↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: Lake TobaPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Nong KhiawPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Kuang Si Falls

Sunsets and sunrises

Don Det (Laos) has to be one of the best places in the world to watch sunsets. Cheap bungalows and restaurants line the sunset side of the tiny island in the Mekong River — there’s nowhere else you’d rather be as the sun goes down. Great sunsets are abundant in Southeast Asia — other good spots to see them include Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) Rote Island (Indonesia) and Krabi (Thailand). The best sunrises I’ve seen in Southeast Asia were in Indonesia: at the top of Mount Batur and looking out over Mount Bromo. Click on a photo to read the post↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: Don Det sunsetPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Mt BaturPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Ha Long Bay

Towns and Cities

Singapore is my favourite city in Southeast Asia — a lot of people dismiss it as a boring big city but it really has it all, from colourful historic districts to nice beaches and hiking trails. Hoi An (Vietnam) is one of the best preserved “old towns” in Southeast Asia — it’s a must-see for fans of historic architecture. Click on a photo to read the post ↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: SingaporePlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Luang PrabangPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Hoi An

Amazing landscapes

Amazing views are found all throughout Southeast Asia. The Ma Pi Leng Pass is surely the nicest road in the region and the rugged islands of Komodo National Park (some of which are home to man-eating dragons) offer up some awesome views. Click on a photo to read the post↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: Ma Pi Leng PassPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Komodo National Park

History

Angkor Wat (and the other temples nearby) is a historical highlight, but there are lots of other ruins worth checking out, including Bagan and the old capitals near Mandalay. Click on a photo to read the post ↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: Ta PhromPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Mandalay

Yunnan (China)

One of the few things that Southeast Asia lacks is dramatic, snow-capped mountain scenery. Not to worry though, as it’s easy to tack on a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Yunnan Province in China. You can cross the border easily from Vietnam and in my opinion it shouldn’t be missed (especially if you’re travelling in summer). Yunnan is also home to quaint (but very crowded) ancient towns and one of the best short, multi-day treks in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge. Click on a photo to read the post↓↓

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia: YubengPlanning a trip to Southeast Asia: Tiger Leaping Gorge

I’ve spent more than a year travelling around Southeast Asia (and I lived in Singapore for 2 years) and I’ve been to so many great places. Explore my site and you’ll find more than enough inspiration and advice to plan your dream trip to Southeast Asia.

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Jon Algie

Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.