Throughout my years of travelling I have always been asked where is best place I have been, what was the most amazing thing I have done and many more curious questions to satisfy the curiosity of friends and would be travellers. To be honest people travel for different reasons and therefore have different goals when travelling, to visit spectacular natural scenery, beautiful architecture, discover new culture, meet new people or even just just to develop and grow yourself.
However, the majority of travellers always find themselves on similar paths in search of the most rewarding places and attractions to justify the reasons to why they need to travel. The feeling of discovering and searching out new challenges is always at the forefront of most travellers so I have compiled a list to help guide you to explore and discover what I feel are the things that should be on your bucket list when you travel to Southeast Asia.
Balloon ride over Bagan, Myanmar
This is arguably the most spectacular thing you will do in your travels. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the ancient city of Bagan with it 2500+ temples dotted through amazing plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. Why travel by road to see the endless beautiful temples when you can see them all at once and have a view of the gods.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Wake up early to beat the crowds and get the perfect spot to watch the sun come up from behind the magnificent Angkor Wat. This breathtaking temple complex, which is the largest in the world draws hundreds of tourists everyday to witness this beautiful moment. See and feel the rays of the sun gradually possess the temple and feel the amazing energy that you surely notice in this extremely spiritual place.
Cruise on the Mekong River
The Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia and the 12th longest in the world. It is the lifeline of around 60 million people that live, work and play along its river banks and has been for thousands of years. The biodiversity in the Mekong river system is the second highest in the world after the Amazon.
Swimming in the Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos
The Kuang si Waterfalls are not the tallest nor the largest in the country but the stunning cascades of the falls make the the waterfalls one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Coupled with the fascinating journey to get to the waterfalls from Luang Prabang, you pass amazing views of rice fields and local hill tribe communities. The water itself is beautiful to look at but even better to swim in, with plenty of room to enjoy a relaxing swim or a refreshing shower under the the cascades.
Meditating in the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
The Shwedagon Pagoda will truly amaze you by its sheer size and glamour. It is the most revered place in the whole of the country and said to be over 2500 years old making it the oldest pagoda in the world. Devotees come from all the country to pray and meditate in the temple grounds.
Shopping in Chatuchak Market, Thailand
The market is the largest in the whole of Thailand and first opened it’s door in 1942. Here you can find over 8000 stalls selling everything you can imagine from plants, furniture and all types of foods. It is a great place to mix with the locals and see what Thailand has to offer. Also the best bargains can be found here, so it’s perfect for gifts for family and friends.
Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea, Thailand
Some of the most beautiful islands in the world can be found in this part of the world. Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Phayam, Koh Lipe, just to name a few. Here you will find your own ultimate paradise island, be it on the action packed islands of Phuket or the quiet, blissful beaches of Koh Phayam.
Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam
Here is one of the place places to trek. Cascading rice fields, stunning mountains, and endless green plains. You will also get a great opportunity to meet a number of the hill tribe people like the Hmong and see how they live and their way of life.
Halong Bay Cruise, Vietnam
Arguably one of the most naturally beautiful attraction in Asia. This UNESCO Heritage site is surrounded by emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands covered with rainforests. The highlight of a visit to the bay is to enjoy a cruise past the island and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery.