7 Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia

The region of Southeast Asia is a fascinating one with many small and big countries which are on every traveler’s bucket list. The countries in this region are cheaper travel destinations than any European ones, and you can enjoy a different cultural vibe. Many of them have a pristine coastline and small islands to explore. You can spend your days lazing around on a beach, visiting islands, and sampling local cuisine and street foods. According to the travel report of K2 Tickets, The Southeast Asia countries are considered safe for solo women travelers, backpackers, and LGBTQ travelers. Whether you decide to do a solo trip or group vacation, these places are a must-visit for all. Here is the list of some of the best countries to visit in this region.

Vietnam

Vietnam

The country is located in the Southeast Asia region and is known for its serene beaches and peaceful religious places. It is known for its youthful buzz of floating markets and paddy fields. The best time to visit Vietnam is during the Spring or Autumn seasons.

The major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have great nightlife too. Ho Chi Minh City especially has many bars, clubs, pubs, and very posh venues for you to party the night away. Vietnamese food has a distinct flavor and smells that you can enjoy, from high-end restaurants to street-side vendors.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Halong Bay has the best views of the sea and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ho Chi Minh City is a buzzing place to experience the vibe of the country.
  • Hue is a historic town with many relics from the 19th century Nguyen emperors.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is the modern city-state of the world. It is known for its progressive way of life, fusing over with different cultures, ethnicity, communities, and diverse people. The country is a tad more expensive than most Southeast Asia countries, but it is also the most visited destination. Singapore is known as the ‘City in a Garden’ has new architecture, classy boutiques, shopping malls, and many more places to explore.

The country is a food lovers’ paradise, with different cuisines and exotic places like Chinatown and Little India serving traditional cuisine. The city is known for its top-class nightlife too.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Gardens By The Bay is an imaginative place to be which will transport you to a future.
  • Singapore Flyer is a great place to catch a bird’s eye view of the entire city.
  • Botanic Gardens is a charming lush green place with rare and endemic species of exotic plants.

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand has preserved its cultural identity even though it is a modern country with all its facilities. It is one of the best places to visit globally and has consistently ranked higher in tourist destinations. Therefore, flights to Bangkok are frequently run between Suvarnabhumi Airport and other international airports. You can find clean sandy beaches, luscious green forests, monasteries, and coral reefs in this part of Southeast Asia. Bangkok is the main attraction here, with modern amenities and relaxing spots. Thailand is a top destination for experimenting with Southeast Asia cuisine too.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Ko Phi Phi in Krabi Province is the best place to indulge in water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking.
  • Phang Nga Bay is known for its scenic beauty, aquatic grottoes, and limestone islands.
  • Grand Palace is the best attraction in Bangkok, with many pavilions, wats, halls, gardens, and stately courtyards.

Indonesia

Indonesia

The country of Indonesia is made up of 17000 islands and is the world’s largest archipelago. You can visit the volcanoes of Central Java to the beaches of Bali and Jakarta’s sprawling malls. The best time to visit Indonesia is from mid-April to September.

The cuisine of Indonesia is savory, hot, and spicy with a dash of sweet, sour, and salty. Legian, Kuta, and Seminyak are known for their liveliest nightlife.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Bali is a traditional and cultural landmark as well as a popular beach destination.
  • Borobudur is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient temple constructed by a Buddhist Mandala.
  • Borneo is a place to visit if you wish to meet an Orangutan at the Tanjung Puting National Park.

Cambodia

Cambodia

The country is one of the best historical destinations in the region. Phnom Penh is the capital which is bustling with youth exuberance and many restaurants serving delicious Cambodian food. The country is a gentle reminder that the old and the new can co-exist peacefully.

There are many famous temples to visit, including Angkor Wat, which forms the cultural and historical center of the country.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Phnom Penh is South Asia’s most dynamic city, which has the National Museum and Royal Palace.
  • Sihanoukville Beaches is Kompong Som Province is home to a relaxing resort town
  • Ratanakiri is famous for its red dirt roads and trekking spots galore

Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines is known for its pristine coral reefs, beaches, and churches. There are many activities to explore here like nature walks, wildlife safari, bustling nightlife, and entertainment. You can explore underwater caves, volcanoes, rice terraces, and limestone caves on its 7000 islands.

Manila and Vigan are two cities where you can soak into the colonial vibes and history of the city.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • White Beach, Boracay has an active coastal scene with snorkeling or banana boat rides, or a seaside massage.
  • Shipwreck Diving, Coron is a must-visit for underwater shipwrecks of WWII era
  • Mayon Volcano, Albay, is an active stratovolcano at the height of 2400 meters

Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual country with diverse wildlife, scenic islands, and high mountain ranges, rainforests, and more. It is known for its rich cuisine too. Malaysia is an excellent scuba diving spot.

There are bustling markets, fabulous museums, and world-class shopping malls to explore here.

Top 3 must-visit places
  • Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur is the tallest twin towers in the world.
  • Batu Cave Selangor has 100 years old temples dedicated to Hindu Gods.
  • Mount Kinabalu, Sabah is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Conclusion:

This article is just a sneak peek into the top seven Southeast Asia countries. Along with them, you can also visit countries like Laos and Brunei. These countries are great places to see from a cultural perspective and are visited for their diversity despite being so close geographically. You can cover more than two countries if you plan your trip well.