10. Phuket, Thailand
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the continent, Phuket is a popular destination for tourists. It’s also a pretty mountainous region so you can scale those amazing hills and look out over Phuket’s diverse terrain. After enjoying taking the sun on the beach you can chill out on one of the regions many bars or party in one of a range of clubs.
9. Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you’re into your history you’ll love this ancient city. Founded in 1296 much of the architecture still remains. A small but diverse city where you can do anything from cookery courses to mountain climbing with hill tribes. Like Phuket it has a pretty lively night life. The fabulous history of ancient Asia and the modern world come together in this special city.
8. Taman Nagara, Malaysia
This is one for the nature lovers among us. Taman Nagara is a national park located in the Titiwangasa Mountains in Malaysia. You can trek across mountains and rope bridges or forage Bear Grylls style through the rainforest. Taman Nagara is truly a sight to behold but you’ll need your wits about you and bit of preparation in the gym won’t go amiss so you can endure all that hiking and activities.
7. Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines
This unique landscape is truly not to be missed. Referred to by some as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ they are one of Asia’s most famous tourist attraction. However, as the name suggest, the terraces are actually man made, carved into the land by the ancestors of the indigenous people. They are, as much as anything, a terrific feat of architecture.
6. Hoi An- Vietnam
Vietnam has a complicated country with different countries involvement a feature of their history. These diverse cultures merge together in the city of Hoi An. If the more bustling towns of South East Asia were too much then this old fashioned city is just the place for you. It’s got French and Chinese influences and is heaven for any of our bicycle lovers.
5. Ko Samui, Thailand
Ko Samui’s vast, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters almost look too picturesque to be real. The region is regarded as having some of the best beaches in the country (which says a lot in Thailand) and make Ko Samui a great place for a relaxing holiday. While your there Thong National Marine Park is more than worth a visit
4. Luang Prabang, Laos
We move to Laos now and Luang Prabang is an idyllic sett for a summer holiday. The people of Laos are regarded as one of the most welcoming and generous in the world so for that reason alone you should make a trip to Laos. However, Luang Prabang. It’s one of the most historically significant cities in Laos and much of the architecture is a reminder of that.
3. Borneo, Malaysia
Borneo is a nature lovers paradise. You can plunge yourself into the intense humidity of the rainforest and immerse yourself in the nature and wildlife of one of Asia’s most stunning countries. Even if you aren’t the adventurer type you should still be able to appreciate the incredible surroundings. Borneo is also home to some of the worlds most incredible animals such as orangutans and pygmy elephants but watch out for those crocs! (Lonely Planet).
2. Bali, Indonesia
With Bali you get the best of both worlds with some outstanding bars and restaurants and hotels that don’t all cost a fortune as well as the beaches and nature to keep you busy when your not drinking great cheap Asian bear or dining on delicious oriental cuisine. The island is home to volcanic mountains and corals reefs. You can also sit back and a take it all in on a meditation retreat.
- Bohol, Philippines
The only negative thing you could say about Bohol is that it’s numerous ‘chocolate hills’ are not filled with chocolate . From river cruises to conversion therapy with butterflies Bohol really has got it all. You can even visit a a big-eyed tarsier sanctuary, home to the worlds smallest primate.
Walk across a rope bridge or take a motorbike tour around the winding rivers and exotic rainforests in the areas. If your thinking of heading to South East Asia this summer or anytime make sure you put Bohol top of the list of places to visit.
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