Top 10 Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia Part 2

Have you been dreaming about trying out authentic pàt tai in Bangkok? Or you’ve started looking for flights to Kuching and get ready for wilderness? In the last article, I shared with you five top destinations in Southeast Asia that I’ve personally traveled. Each destination is unique in its own way and in my opinion, worth every spending penny. This time around, I will unleash another top five travel destinations that will keep your camera’s memory full. Check them out:

5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It’s the city with the world’s tallest twin towers, a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, and mouthwatering street foods. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia that has been a household name in Southeast Asia travel destinations. From the glitzy air-conditioned malls to the jungle lushness of outskirt kampong (villages), the city is bustling with attractions that will take more than just a day or two to discover. Don’t miss crossing the sky bridge of the Petronas Twin Towers and climb the 272 steps to reach the 400-million-year Batu Caves limestone cave.

4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

The majestic ancient temples of Ankor Wat are a sight to behold when you’re visiting Siem Reap. The Khmers have had a dark history in the past but tourism is picking up real good in Cambodia, and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor Wat is one of the main contributors. The temples complex is filled with history and beauty that needs to be savored, not rushed. Siem Reap town itself is chic, backpacker-friendly, cultural and lively.

There are quite a few things to do in the area like floating villages, rare-bird sanctuary, or simply enjoying the local markets and cycle around the town. The locals are friendly and eager to learn English from tourists. It’s not surprising to find people stay longer than expected in this charming Cambodian city.

3. Penang, Malaysia

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It was the epicenter of Asia’s ancient kingdoms and Europe’s powerful empires. The island of Penang has long established a household name in Southeast Asia with its diverse, cosmopolitan and lively culture. The heart and soul of the island is George Town, the main city — a kaleidoscope of the old-world mixed with urban comforts. Explore the charming Chinese-Hakka Blue Mansion or gaze at the historic City Hall by British East India Company. Whether it’s the tropical beaches or the hawker centers, Penang truly lives up the nation’s expectation to give the world a “Truly Asia” experience for travelers.

2. Singapore

Singapore perhaps Asia’s most ambitious and surprising nation and it’s not without reasons. It’s colorful, advanced, historical and innovative. The tiniest nation in Southeast Asia is more than just a trendy stopover for long flights. The blending of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture is harmonious and obvious in its appealing architecture. Highly reliable transport system, myriads of dining options, and mind blowing tourist attractions are just few things that Singapore has to offer. Don’t be intimidated by its dollars as they’re plenty of fun things to do that barely cost anything. Singapore is without a doubt, the perfect introduction for travelers who want to experience Asia.

1. Bali, Indonesia

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If there’s one word to describe Bali, it’s magical. Well known for its forested volcanoes, world-class surf beaches, mesmerizing Hindu culture, charming rice fields, healing yoga, intricate arts, and the list goes on and on. There’s so many things that Bali can offer to all type of travelers that it’s hard to not fall in love with it.

Bali represents the iconic Indonesian hospitality, mouth-watering culinary, impressive arts, beautiful landscapes and preserved traditions that made the island dearly loved by many. Hit the waves in Kuta beach, do yoga and get spa treatment in Ubud, dive the amazing underwater in Amed, and stand in awe watching the sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean in Uluwatu; Bali is calling your name.

Originally published at on May 19, 2016.

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