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My Favorite Destinations in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is the region I was able to travel around in for a month or so. It kick started my wanderlust. I remember my first trip to Bangkok several years ago. My experiences there led me to the conclusion that I wanted to travel as much as possible. Being from the Philippines also made traveling around the region possible and easy (Filipino passport holders don't need a visa to visit countries in Southeast Asia).

Thailand The Wandering Juan

Here's a list of my favorite places in Southeast Asia (excluding my home country the Philippines) in no particular order.


Singapore The Wandering Juan

Singapore is an easy place to like. Their transportation system is seamless and makes it convenient to see all that the country has to offer. I rarely used a taxi when traveling around Singapore. The cityscape is beautiful during blue hour and at night. There's also plenty of options when it comes to food because of the country's mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay influence. 

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh The Wandering Juan

Ninh Binh has plenty to offer nature lovers. The area has stunning views whether you're cruising around on a motorcycle, riding a boat or climbing up to a viewpoint. The landscapes would remind you of Hanoi because of the similar rock formations. I would recommend going ot Hang Mua and taking a boat ride in Trang An and/or Van Long.


Penang The Wandering Juan

I stayed in Penang for around a week when I traveled around Malaysia. It had a laid back charm and plenty of artwork. Some of these pieces of art are found in unexpected places that added to the vibrancy of the city. One of the reasons people visit this part of Malaysia is because of the delicious food (I'd have to agree). I recommend you try the char kway teow, cendol, nasi kandar, roti canai, and lor bak.


Bagan The Wandering Juan

Bagan showcases the rich and long history of Myanmar. I visited Bagan a couple of years ago and was blown away by the temples that stretched out to as far as I could see. Get lost in time as you walk around the ancient temples and enter those you are allowed to. 

Hoi An

Hoi An The Wandering Juan

The charming old town of Hoi An is my favorite destination in Vietnam. This place may feel like a tourist town during peak times in the morning and the afternoon, but go early in the morning and walk around at night to feel the charm of Hoi An. Eat at one of the random food stalls along the street, admire the quaint houses, have a suit made, or just sit somewhere with a cold drink in hand and feel the energy, and hustle and bustle of Hoi An.


Lombok The Wandering Juan

Bali gets all the attention, but I prefer Lombok. Lombok has stunning white, sand beaches and cerulean waters you'd want to dip into. You can also go on hikes to see waterfalls or go on a major climb to Mt. Rinjani's crater lake and peak.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang The Wandering Juan

Vientiane is the most laid back capital I've been to in Southeast Asia. Then I thought a place couldn't be as laid back as that, but then when I went to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is a great place to just go to and do nothing/chill. See the temples, walk around the old town, get up early to see the alms giving, visit Kuang Si Waterfall and soak in the slow pace of life in this part of Laos.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai The Wandering Juan

Chiang Mai is an ancient (and modern) city with several temples scattered all over it. This mix (along with its markets, views, nature trails and food) make it favorite destination in the country. It is also convenient to go on short day trips to nearby destinations such as Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) in Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai.

These are some of my favorite destinations in Southeast Asia. The region has plenty to offer travelers who want a bit of everything from affordable prices to delicious food to culture and history.

What's your favorite destination in Southeast Asia?

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