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Offbeat Escapes: 5 Hidden Gems In Southeast Asia To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

If you have been to Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and feel like you have seen it all, think again. This region packs more surprises. We have put together five offbeat destinations you must check out on your next trip

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Laavni Kumar
July 19, 2023
5 Hidden Gems In Southeast Asia

5 Hidden Gems In Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia presents a potpourri of experiences. No matter what kind of traveller you are, there are enough choices to find the perfect trip and destination that are suited for you. Add to that exceptional hospitality and a rich history that finds vibrant expression through art and culture, and you have the holiday destination of your dreams. If you thought you had seen it all in South Asia, here are 5 Hidden Gems In Southeast Asia To Add To Your Travel Bucket List you can consider checking out on your next holiday.

Battambang, Cambodia

If you are a fan of art, then Battambang will impress you. Formerly a French colony, it has been preserved by many local artists and has earned itself the reputation of being touted as Cambodia’s creative capital. These artists have painstakingly held tightly to the beauty of many significant landmarks, transforming them into cafes, galleries, boutique hotels, and more. With its lush rice harvest and teeming creative space, Battambang is a must-visit destination for art lovers. The city’s street art and French colonial buildings are easy to explore on foot, thanks to the curved road that follows the Sangkae River.

Rayong, Thailand

Largely unexplored, Rayong is a peaceful and serene destination. Mae Ramphung Beach and Suan Son Beach are two stunning beaches that offer crystal-clear waters and beachside shacks. For a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Thailand, visit Khao Laem Ya View Point, located in Khao Laemya National Park. This peninsula features camping areas, dining options, a sandy beach, and a wooden boardwalk, perfect for a peaceful stroll. Visitors should not miss the fruit festival in May, where they can witness a fruit parade, a fruit competition, and the Miss Fruit Gardener Contest. Unique fruits can also be purchased at a reasonable price during this festival.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Discover the enchanting town of Luang Prabang in Laos, boasting golden temples and shimmering blue waters. With its French colonial architecture and delectable cuisine around every corner, Luang Prabang is a delightful destination for history and tranquility enthusiasts. Make sure to visit the temples that bring a sense of sanctity to the town; the oldest and most visited one is Wat Xieng Thong. Don’t forget to sample the delicious culinary offerings from the local bakeries and cafes, lovingly crafted with artistry.

Pahang, Malaysia

Pahang brings together verdant forests, majestic mountains, and pristine beaches, in just one destination. Yet it remains one of the least explored regions in Malaysia among tourists. If you are planning a trip here, make sure to visit Taman Negara National Park. As one of the world’s oldest rainforests, it teems with unique flora and fauna that you may have never seen anywhere else. The region hosts a vast number of eco-tourism spots, and this park is one of them. You must also head to Endau-Rompin National Park and the Krau Wildlife Reserve to cover it all. For spectacular views, the Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands top the favourites with their dense forests.

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