In this list by Touropia, travelers will be trekking through the misty hills of Sapa in Vietnam, getting themselves bronzed like Greek gods in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia and be able to differentiate Hanoi and Hoi An at the end of the trip.
The list also features familiar favourites such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket , and lesser-known places like Vang Vieng in Laos. Between the bustling cities to the mysterious caves, you can make 2016 the year for adventure if you embark on this journey. Go SE Asia‘s 29 best places in 2016
1. Vientiane: The capital of Laos is located on the beautiful Mekong River, which has been a popular location in many Hollywood movies.
Add this to your itinerary: Pha That Luang, Mekong Riverside Park. GoVientiane.com
2. Sihanoukville: Regarded as Cambodia’s most popular beach destination, its gorgeous beach huts and bungalows are a hit with both backpackers and guests who prefer the luxury of five-star hotels.
Add this to your itinerary: Snorkeling near the offshore islands, Sokha Beach
3. Sapa: Situated in the remote northwest of Vietnam, the French colonial sites and traditional villages in Sapa are worth paying a visit.
Add this to your itinerary: Trekking in the surrounding mountains, Heaven’s Gate. GoSapa.com
4. Perhentian Islands: Enjoy a range of water activities at the oral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia.
Add this to your itinerary: Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Kecil. GoPerhentian.com
5. Hanoi: The capital of Vietnam appeals with its rustic charm of the old world, while undergoing rapid modernisation.
Add this to your itinerary: Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake
6. Vang Vieng: Try your hand at rock climbing in the picturesque hills of Vang Vieng, Laos.
Add this to your itinerary: Tham Phu Kham, Padeng cave and Ring cave. GoVangvieng.com
7. Phuket: Thailand’s largest island is the place for ultimate relaxation and pampering with its numerous options that range from massage tents on the beach to world-class spa resorts in breathtaking settings.
Add this to your itinerary: Patong Beach, Karon Beach
8. Kuala Lumpur: The capital of Malaysia is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which promises visitors a panoramic view of the city’s skyline. The street food culture is also a force to be reckon with.
Add this to your itinerary: Islamic Arts Museum, Petronas Twin Towers
9. Gili Islands: Made up of three small islands in the northwestern Indonesia off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands is the perfect destination for travellers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Add this to your itinerary: Gili Trawangan, Scuba diving at Gili A
10. Phnom Penh: With a history that dates back to the 15th century, the capital of Cambodia was known as the Pearl of Asia for its French-influenced buildings and monuments.
Add this to your itinerary: Royal Palace, National Museum of Cambodia. GoPhnompenh.com
11. Chiang Mai: Located on the Ping River, Chiang Mai is one of the most culturally significant cities in Thailand.
Add this to your itinerary: Night bazaar at Loi Kroh Road, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
12. Inle Lake: Myanmar’s second largest lake is home to the Intha people, who make their living by fishing and growing fruits and vegetables on floating gardens.
Add this to your itinerary: Enjoy a boat trip, bird watching. GoInlelake.com
13. Palawan: The island province in the Philippines is one of the best diving spots in the world, drawing divers who want to explore Japanese shipwrecks from World War II.
Add this to your itinerary: El Nido, Coron Reefs
14. Taman Negara: The national park located in Malaysia’s Titiwangsa Mountains offers activities for adventure seekers, which includes rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
Add this to your itinerary: Lata Berkoh & Waterfall Cascades, Tahan Wildlife Observation Hide. GoTamanNagara.com
15. Hoi An: Also known as Fai-Fo, the town on Vietnam’s central coast features beautiful old architecture and traditional wooden houses.
Add this to your itinerary: Old Town, Tra Que Village. GoHoian.com
16. Yangon: The former capital of Myanmar has the most colonial buildings of any city in Southeast Asia, which is a reminder of its British past.
Add this to your itinerary: Shwedagon Pagoda, Musmeah Yeshua. GoYangon.com
17. Boracay: The island located south of Manila is known for its blue skies and beautiful beaches that are well-documented in various travel publications.
Add this to your itinerary: Wiley’s Rock, White Beach
18. Mount Kinabalu: Towering above northern Borneo, reaching the peak of Mount Kinabalu is the perfect addition to the bucket list for any couch potatoes.
Add this to your itinerary: Take a 2-day hike and trek up the mountain. GoKotaKinabalu.com
19. Komodo National Park: Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is the only place in the world that is populated by thousands of Komodo dragons that roam around the volcanic islands.
Add this to your itinerary: Observing Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, diving at Kanawa Island
20. Singapore: Although the former British colony is known as the Little Red Dot, there’s always something to do in the city-state.
Add this to your itinerary: Resorts World Sentosa, Gardens by the Bay
21. Koh Phi Phi: Located in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket, you will be to participate in a variety of water recreation activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking.
Add this to your itinerary: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh
22. Luang Prabang: Located at at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in northcentral Laos, the former royal capital is famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Add this to your itinerary: Participate in the daily alms ceremony by monks at dawn, Haw Kham. GoLuangPrabang.com
23. Borobudur: Located on the island of Java, the Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
Add this to your itinerary: watch the sun set, rent a bicycle and visit the neighbouring temples and monuments in the Borobudur area.
24. Ifugao Rice Terraces: The picturesque Ifugao Rice Terraces on the island of Luzon were created by the Ifugao ethnic people without modern tools over 2000 years ago and are still used today.
Add this to your itinerary: Travel in a jeepney, Museum of Cordilleran Sculpture
25. Bagan: Located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan in Myanmar is home to the largest concentration of Buddhist temples and pagodas in the world.
Add this to your itinerary: Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Temple
26. Bangkok: Known as The Land of Smiles, the bustling capital of Thailand is home to eight million people. The capital of Thailand screams of ‘royalty’, with its golden temples and statues.
Add this to your itinerary: The temples and monuments in Rattanakosin, shopping at the floating markets
27. Ha Long Bay: Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story with its thousands of limestone karst islands of different shapes and sizes.
Add this to your itinerary: Exploring the limestone karst islands, day cruises
28. Bali: While Bali lives up to its reputation as the quintessential tropical paradise, The undisputed favorite of Indonesia’s more than 17,000 islands is also known for its performing and artistic culture.
Add this to your itinerary: Seminyak, Kuta Beach
29. Angkor: Angkor is in Siem Reap, northern Cambodia is home to the iconic Angkor Wat, a Bayon temple with its multitude of massive stone faces. It is also the largest religious monument in the world.
Add this to your itinerary: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm. GoSiemreap.com
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