The most unique places to explore in South East Asia*
If you are in need of some holiday inspiration I have just the remedy to brighten the winter blues. But before you start planning your next travel adventure, check out these amazing places to visit in South East Asia for that unique holiday experience that you won’t find anywhere else!
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
For a unique beach experience packed with adventure you can’t beat the Perhentian Islands off the north east coast of Malaysia. The beautiful beaches and rugged coastline are home to some of the most magnificent marine life and crystal clear waters in Asia.
Be sure to visit in the dry season between March and November and discover the diverse wildlife on a magical snorkelling or diving trip. Prepare to see clownfish, rays, sea turtles, reef sharks and a huge array of beautiful tropical fish.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and Cambodia’s number one destination for a uniquely historic travel experience. The sprawling ancient complex includes hundreds of temples, just hire a tuk-tuk and driver for the day and you are free to explore as much as you want!
For the ultimate Angkor Wat experience, take in sunrise at this beautiful monument. You need to be there early, but seeing the sun rise over this beautifully preserved ancient temple is a unique sight not to be missed.
Taman Negara Rainforest, Malaysia
Taman Negara is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. It boosts over 4,300 square km of lush jungle and is Malaysia’s premier destination for ecotourism. It’s a biodiversity hotspot and home to more than 150 species of mammals such as Asian elephants and the rare Malayan tiger.
For a unique rainforest experience, discover the world’s longest canopy walkway which gives you a birds eye view of Asia’s best preserved rainforest. The elevated canopy walk stretches 500m through the trees and stands 45m above the forest floor, so you can spy on the wildlife whilst keeping a safe distance.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The town of Luang Prabang in north central Laos became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. The town is famous for its French colonial influences as well as its many Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Each morning the locals offer alms to hundreds of the town’s monks as they make a procession through the town. This is a must-try experience for any visitor to Luang Prabang – you need to be up early, but the peace, tranquility and kindness on show make this an unmissable experience.
For a lazy afternoon, try afternoon tea with some French-inspired pastries and cakes or a spot of shopping in one of Luang Prabangs beautiful boutiques. It’s the perfect place to indulge yourself with traditional beaded textiles or treat yourself to a beautiful piece of travel inspired jewellery.
The Hawker Centres of Penang, Malaysia
For the foodies among us, this is the place to visit. Penang is Malaysia’s culinary capital and famous for its diverse array of flavours. Discover one of Penang’s vibrant hawker markets, a communal eating area where you can sample the regions finest street food.
You can experience the weird and the wonderful, but no trip is complete without sampling Penang’s famous desert Ais Kachang. It translates as “Ice Bean” and consists of shaved ice, which can be decorated with a vast selection of toppings such as red kidney beans, sweetcorn, bright coloured toppings, fruits, sweets, jelly and attap chee (sweet gelatinous balls). The dessert is topped with coconut milk, ice cream or condensed milk and is a colourful neon feast for the eyes!
Floating River Lodges, Cambodia
This is the ultimate place to unwind in South East Asia. Located on the Tatai River in Koh Kong, there are 12 beautiful floating lodges, situated on the edge of the jungle and boasting beautiful views of the Cardamom Mountains.
You are looked after by a team of very friendly and personal staff who can organise everything from the use of kayaks, a waterfall trip or an indulgent hydro-massage.
You can even wake up to the sound of exotic birds and gibbon calls, take a bath in a luxurious wooden tub, or enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle from your own personal riverfront deck. The peace and tranquillity of this unique location is unlike anywhere else in Asia!
[post in collaboration with Muru Jewellery]