5 Offbeat Destinations To Visit In Southeast Asia

#1 Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

The hallmark of a perfect getaway is to rejuvenate in blue waters lapping over white sand. Enjoy snorkelling in clear waters in a world of sharks.

Add to the mix a fun experience of smoking shisha on a secluded beach under the stars, riding on a speedboat during low tide under a moonlight glow, and listening to a lively, local aura! Enjoy the small markets serving the most delicious milkshakes.

The beach is the place to be on the Perhentian Islands. Travellers seeking a one-of-a-kind beach holiday will find it here.

#2 Taal Volcano, Philippines

Taal Volcano, Philippines

Taal Volcano can be found on the Filipino island of Luzon. You will discover a lake within a volcano within another lake.

Hidden up amongst the clouds, Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano. Tagaytay City offers breathtaking views of this natural wonder. You can trek to the top of Taal Volcano, although it isn’t an easy climb!

If you are brave enough to hike to the top of the volcano, you will see Crater Lake, a glorious body of water that is well worth the climb. 

#3 Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Bunaken Island, Indonesia

The Bunaken Island is a diving paradise for scuba and snorkelling aficionados. The island is remote, which makes it incredibly popular with tourists.

Of course, Bunaken Island only sees a few travellers, so you will have plenty of space all to yourself. You can swim in the sea all day or simply lounge around in a hammock.

The Bunaken Island sunsets are beautiful and perfect to share with a loved one. Manado Tua Volcano is located on the island, providing you with a cool backdrop for photos of your tropical adventure. 

#4 Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

You have probably heard of the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. The landscapes around Halong Bay are simply stunning. Take a step into the lesser known north-west where more wonders await, the locals call it the Halong “experience on land”.

There are gorgeous crystal-clear waters and landscapes which make you think you’ve entered the backdrop of Pirates of the Caribbean. Trek through the forests, hills, and mountains around Halong Bay.

 #5 East Timor

East Timor

East Timor has gained a reputation as being unsafe to visit, but this is not true. The locals are welcoming & hospitable, and exude the real charm of a country that has existed for less than 10 years.

The country’s natural beauty makes East Timor one of the best-kept secrets in southwest Asia. 

Make your own trail in East Timor aka Timor-Leste. Relax on the beautiful beaches and walk through the lush countryside. There’s no better time to visit than now.

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