Southeast Asia Travel Guide: 9 Best Places to Visit

Southeast Asia is a home to a rich variety of countries for all travelers. There is a misconception that Southeast Asia is primarily a destination for backpackers, but the truth is, it’s easy to travel the area, even on a low budget, and very nice hotel rooms can be found for around $50 per night. Here is the Southeast Asia travel guide for you: check a few places you won’t want to miss during your exotic travels.

Bali – Bukit Peninsula

Southeast Asia travel guide: Bukit Peninsula

The Bukit Peninsula is a must-see for any traveler. Home to clear waters, stunning beaches, amazing waves, and delicious affordable food, you won’t want to miss this beauty.

A high-class hotel in this area will run you about $50 per night, while more modest, but still impressive, accommodations can be found for $10-20 per night.

Vietnam – Mui Ne

Mui Ne

If you’re the adventurous sort, you’ll definitely want to visit Mui Ne in Vietnam. For about $40 per night, you can live like royalty at Tien Dat Resort and wake up to a sumptuous breakfast buffet, then sit out by the pool with a gorgeous view of the ocean.

While you’re there, be sure to head out to see the sand dunes. For an adventure you’ll never forget, local kids rent boards so you can go sandboarding out on the dunes. Beware, though, you will end up covered in sand.

Vietnam – Hoi An

Hoi An

From the moment you arrive in Hoi An, you may not ever want to leave. With an endless array of lodging options and markets, there is plenty to do and see.

The architecture in Hoi An dates back as far as the 15th century, so don’t forget your camera, as you’ll want to take as many photos as possible.

In Hoi An, you will enjoy a five-star hotel with a pool for $20 per night or less. And we should probably mention that the food in Hoi An is delectable.

Laos – Luang Prabang

Laos Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is situated in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. Luang Prabang was the royal capital of Laos until 1975.

Home to many Buddhist temples, including the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong, you’ll want to be sure your camera is ready to go. Mixed in with the temples is a variety of Lao and French architecture for more photographic enjoyment. Compared to other parts of Laos, Luang Prabang is quite modern, with clean restaurants and bars and free wifi.

While in Luang Prabang, be sure to take a day trip to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls, a three tiered waterfall about 18 miles south. The falls begin in shallow pools on a steep hillside and culminate in a 200 foot main fall. The area is beautifully maintained with bridges and walkways. Be sure to take your bathing suit, as most of the falls are open for swimming.

Thailand – Koh Phangan


If you’ve heard that Koh Phangan is all about full moon parties with lots of alcohol, you’ve been misled.

Koh Phangan is an island in the Samui archipelago, southeast of Thailand’s mainland. While it is known for its parties, Koh Phangan is also home to beautiful beaches and a stunning waterfall on the northeast side of the island.

Thailand – Kata Beach

Kata Beach

Phuket, Thailand has a reputation as a tourist trap and party town. While this may be true of some parts of the area, if you’ve steered clear of Phuket because of this, we’re here to tell you there are quiet places to be found.

Kata beach is one of the prettiest, with warm, turquoise waters, and more family-friendly than the nearby Patong beach. It’s also one of the few places in Thailand where you can surf.

Accommodations are a little more expensive than in other areas of Thailand, but very nice hotel rooms are still quite reasonable, at about $30 per night.

Philippines – Boracay Island


Boracay is an island about 196 miles off the coast of Manila and home to White Beach, arguably one of the best beaches in the world for partying.

If you prefer a more tranquil setting, head to the nearby Puka Beach, second longest in Boracay. With spas, bars, nightclubs, and water sports, there’s something for every traveler in Boracay.

Indonesia – Bali


Indonesia is home to more than 13,000 islands, but Bali seems to be one of the most popular. Don’t let this put you off, though, Bali manages to remain an oasis of calm that offers a cultural experience like none other.

Bali is home to thousands of temples and shrines and a variety of animistic Hindu religious practices and observances can be witnessed no matter when you travel.

Malaysia – Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

The third highest mountain in southeast Asia and located about fifty miles east of Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu is open to all hikers. At 13,400 feet, the climb can’t be called easy, but can be accomplished in a few hours without any special training.

Consider making a day of this trip because, while the climb can be done in about four hours, you’ll want to slow down and enjoy the scenery. The mountain is home to more than 600 types of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 species of mammal. Be sure to take your best travel camera for this trip, there’s plenty to photograph.

Summing up

If you are about to travel to this exotic part of the world, there are plenty of great places to explore and wonderful things to experience that you can find in our Southeast Asia travel guide. We just shared a list of 9 beautiful places in Southeast Asia for you to add to your bucket list. Now you have a few great destinations for your next trip to this part of our beautiful planet.

Have you visited Southeast Asia? Did you like it? Share your experience and some more interesting places to visit in the comments! Also, check out 9 more places in the world to visit and the ultimate travel checklist.

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