Top Ten Things to do in Southeast Asia
From ancient ruins and verdant landscapes, to picturesque bays and hidden caves – discover the top ten things to do in Southeast Asia.
1. Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Built in 1692, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a landmark of Bhutan – the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s set at an altitude of about 3200 meters above sea level and only accessible on foot, which is a good thing because hiking is probably the best way to discover the breathtaking Himalayas!
2. Borobudur Temple
It took thousands of artisans nearly 100 years to build the extraordinary Borobudur Temple. It’s no wonder then that this pyramid-shaped site on the Indonesian island of Java is the largest Buddhist temple in the world!
3. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is probably the most spectacular temple complex in the Angkor region of Southeast Asia, as well as one of the largest in the world! Nestled deep in the heart of a jungle, the ruined city is considered a testament to the impressive Khmer civilization as well as a revered national symbol.
4. Alms Giving in Luang Prabang
The daily tradition of giving alms to the Buddhist monks of Luang Prabang in Laos has featured in the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage since 1995. Wake early in the morning to witness the streets of the old City fill with hundreds of saffron-clad monks – it’s an experience like no other!
5. Limestone Caves of Gunung Mulu Park
The limestone cave system of Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo, Malaysia, is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Over 40 million years old, it has featured in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2000.
6. Balloon Ride in Bagan
Sprawling over a vast area of 36 square kilometers, the erstwhile royal city of Bagan is home to thousands of pagodas, temples and ruins. On a balloon ride over the landscape, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site in Southeast Asia.
7. UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley is home to no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, set within a radius of only 20 square kilometers! Once upon a time, the historic imperial cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan were in stiff competition with one another – hence the many architectural wonders, each more stunning than the other!
8. Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Built in the 5th century, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka is set atop a granite outcrop in the midst of a verdant forest. Be welcomed into the fortress by the immortal cloud maidens and, once you reach the top, soak in the spectacular views of the surrounding rainforest.
9. The Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak
Ever-popular with gourmands, indulge your taste buds at Damnoen Saduak – one of the largest floating markets of Southeast Asia. Floating by on traditional bamboo boats, you will find not only fresh fruits and vegetables but also stalls offering delicious local fare.
10. Halong Bay
With more than 3000 limestone karsts towering majestically over the tranquil waters, Halong Bay is the jewel in the crown of Southeast Asia. Experience the beauty and charm of the bay aboard a traditional junk!
Top 10 Highlights of Southeast Asia
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