Southeast Asia has been firmly established on the backpacker’s trail for a number of years now, and you may be wondering whether there is anywhere that you can go which has not already filled about a thousand other Instagram feeds. Well, the answer is yes! Of course, places like Angkor Wat and Halong Bay are extremely well-known already, but in the blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the attractions which have been flying under the radar for a number of years now. So, let’s go!
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Of course, Bali is a particularly popular destination, especially for couples and honeymooners. But the relaxed town of Sanur has so far managed to escape much of the crowds. If you want to tour around here and other parts of the country, check out G Adventures Indonesia travel. Cycling is a great way to get around the local area, and you could also head up on a hike of Bt Batur and pay a visit to the Hindu temple of Pura Blanjong.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Laos sometimes gets overlooked by visitors to Southeast Asia who favour its neighbours like, but there are more than enough sights and natural wonders to make a trip here worthwhile. And right at the top of your list of places to visit should be the ancient northern capital, Luang Prabang. It is known for its many Buddhist temples, as well as its lush green landscapes, waterfalls and forest trails.
Mt Pinatubo, Philippines
With over 7,000 islands which make up the Philippines, it can be a major challenge to know which ones to visit. Head over to the northern island of Luzon and you can see the volcano of Mt. Pinatubo. Its most famous attraction is the lake which formed after the 1991 eruption. You will have to trek for several hours to get here, but once you reach its emerald green shores, there is no doubt that you will be glad you put in the effort.
When some people travel to Bangkok, their first thought is wanting to get away from the chaos, noise, and people. Well, you don’t need to go far to visit a place with a completely different atmosphere. Just a couple of hours is Kanchanaburi, a tranquil town which is characterised by its floating restaurants and forested landscapes. From here, you can also reach a wide range of Thailand’s rural sights including national parks and historical attractions.
If you are looking to go under the radar in Southeast Asia, any one of these four destinations would make a great starting point. Of course, you will probably want to see some of the more ‘obvious’ places in this part of the world as well. Don’t bet put off by the crowds. Southeast Asia has become a tourist magnet for good reason, and if you have never been before, you will certainly appreciate its warm locals, natural beauty, and fun-loving nature.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.