We’re just starting the year of 2017 and there’s definitely so much to look forward to. If you are a travel junkie then you are totally on the right page. Southeast Asia is said to have some of the richest culture, tourist spots and hospitable people around the globe and there are so many great countries you can visit this year if you haven’t been there.

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Here are the six top countries in Southeast Asia that you can visit:

Cambodia- Southeast Asia

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  1. Cambodia

Cambodia is located in the southern portion of the Indochina border. Cambodia has a large number of population that is 15 million and it is one of the most populated countries in the Southeast Asian region. There are a lot of tourist spots that you can try to visit in this beautiful country. Cambodia is actually a favorite of backpackers from all over the world because they also use Cambodia as a gateway to neighbor countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Cambodia has a lot of tourist attractions and they are the following:

  • Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Thom
  • Tonle Sap
  • Bayon Temple
  • Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Banteay Srei
  • Silver Pagoda
  • Preah Monivong National Park and much more.

 

  1. Philippines

Phillipines, South-east Asia

If you are looking for beaches, mountains and challenging physical activities then the Philippines is the right country for you! The Philippines is considered one of the most frequented tropical countries in the entire world. This country is composed of 7,107 beautiful islands that is why it is called an archipelago. The Philippines is divided into three: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Luzon is frequented by a lot of tourists but there are also great attractions that can be found in both Visayas and Mindanao.

Here are the top tourist spots in the Philippines:

  • Baguio
  • Bohol (Chocolate Hills)
  • Sagada
  • Boracay
  • Davao
  • Palawan (El Nido, Coron, Puerto Princesa)
  • Vigan
  • Manila
  • Puerto Galera
  • Caramoan
  • Calaguas
  • Bicol

 

  1. Vietnam
Vietnam, South-east Asia

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Vietnam is one of the most progressive countries in Southeast Asia. It is known for its natural beauty and natural resources like rivers, beaches and different pagodas that are definitely striking, breathtaking, eye-catching and Instagram-worthy! Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi also pays homage to its communist leader. There are so many wonderful tourist spots in Vietnam that you may visit:

  • Ha Long Bay
  • War Remnants Museum
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  • Po Nagar
  • Independence Palace
  • Temple of Literature
  • West Lake
  • Saigon Basilica
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • Saigon Central Museum

 

  1. Thailand
Thailand, South-east Asia

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How can anyone not know about this country? With the recent passing of the King of Thailand, the world mourned and cried with them. Thailand can be considered as a liberated country because they have accepted the LGBT community and that prostitution is legal because not a lot of young women and transgenders have jobs. Thailand is also filled with beautiful palaces and structures.

Here are some of the best tourist spots you can go to in Thailand:

  • Grand Palace
  • Wat Arun
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Jim Thompson House
  • Elephant Nature Park
  • Sanctuary of Truth

 

  1. Malaysia
Malaysia, South-east Asia

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According to Wikipedia, Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests, and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. Malaysia is also considered as a federal constitutional monarchy and it is also one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia because of its famous Petronas Towers!

Here are the top places you can visit in this beautiful country:

  • Petronas Towers
  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Bukit Bintang
  • KL Bird Park
  • Kek Lok Si
  • Islamic Arts Museum
  • Langkawi Cable Car

 

  1. Indonesia
Indonesia, South-east Asia

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Probably one of the most visited places in the entire world is Bali, Indonesia because of its great beaches, coral reefs, and forested volcanic mountains. Indonesia is famous for its volcanoes that is why many people are going to this beautiful country. Indonesia is a Southeast Asian nation that is considered a home to hundreds of ethnic groups. Indonesia should really be part of your bucket list!

Here are the great spots to visit in Indonesia:

  • Borobodur
  • Tanah Lot
  • Seminyak
  • Mount Bromo
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Prambanan
  • Komodo National Park
  • Lake Toba
  • Legian
  • Mount Agung

 

Southeast Asia is really filled with beautiful countries that do not only bestow the qualities of a good nation but also gives you a welcoming vibe and wonderful experience you will never forget.

 

Author bio:

Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, one of Australia’s modern and luxurious hotels in the suburban district. Mark Aldrin gives hotel tips and hacks to help people make the most out of their vacation.

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