Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, CambodiaConsidered as the largest religious monument in the world, Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat is definitely a must-see when you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia. This temple complex features intricate carvings and impressive architecture; considering that this was made long before the development of today’s technology. Not only does it boast of ancient art but it’s also beaming with history and religion. If you want to immerse yourself in a place that will surely leave you in awe, then you must definitely check this one out.
Ubud – Bali, IndonesiaIf you want to take a break from the coastlines of Bali, Indonesia, you might want to visit the town of Ubud. Ubud is an eclectic, upland town that features lush green valleys, temples by foothills, and vibrant villages. Ubud makes up for the lack of coastline and beach fronts by providing visitors with outdoor activities such as rice trekking and village cycling. If you’re tired from the hustle and bustle of the city, try dropping by vibrant Ubud to experience nature in its finest state.
Siargao Island – PhilippinesThe Philippines is known for its crystal clear waters and majestic beaches but what sets Siargao Island apart is its lively community, carefree lifestyle, and yes, its nightlife. You can rent out a motorcycle on the island and ride along a road lined with lush coconut trees all while having a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Grab a surfboard and ride the big waves at sundown. After that, you can head out to the several pubs scattered across the island. If you want to truly experience a carefree, island life, then you should definitely visit Siargao.
Chiang Mai – ThailandOnce the capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai still maintains its historical charm up to this day. Aside from the temples that will surely leave you in awe, Chiang Mai has a great outdoor culture as well. If you’re quite adventurous and in the look out for something new to try, Chiang Mai offers several day trips such as bathing elephants and white water rafting. Once you’re done with your day trips, you can drop by one of the many spas in Chiang Mai. Travelling can be tiring but it’s also important to relax in between backpacking trips.
Sipadan Island, MalaysiaIf you’re looking for a relaxing activity, take a dive in Sipadan Island in Malaysia. This island is considered as the world’s richest marine habitat. Home to whale sharks and endangered hawksbill turtles, this island protects the quality of marine life by only giving out 120 permits a day. If you were able to get one, you can go ahead and enjoy the snorkeling and diving tours provided on the island; not to mention the crystal clear waters of Sipadan. From the world’s largest temple complex to the world’s richest marine habitat, Southeast Asia can indeed surprise you with its history and culture. Drop your bags and stop by, welcome to Southeast Asia!