Southeast Asia is a collection of countries that are located between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. It is a great touristic place with perfect beaches, low prices, and tasty cuisine. Southeast Asia is the home of the tropical paradises.
Brunei is a small country. It is surrounded by Malaysia and it is located on the South China Sea. It consists of four districts: Brunei and Muara, Tutong, Belait, and Temburong.
Cambodia is a country with a very rich cultural heritage located in Southeast Asia. It is officially known as Kingdom of Cambodia. With an area of approximately 181,035 square kilometers or 88 hectares, it is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, is the country’s economic, political, industrial, and cultural center. The country has a very rich history. In 1953, Cambodia gained its independence. However, the Vietnam War affected the country as it was bombed by USA from 1969 until 1973. After these tragic events, Cambodia was under the power of the Khmer Rouge until the 1991 Paris Peace Accords that enables the United Nations governed the country briefly. In 1997, the country was placed in the hands of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People Party until these days.
Despite Cambodia’s history and today’s economic standing, it still attracts tourists and backpackers to visits remarkable attractions. Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. Along with it are ancient holy places, colorful pagodas, pristine islands, century beach, and other attractions makes Cambodia one of the places to sought. The locals have a very friendly and welcoming attitude, which helps tourists to be more comfortable in touring the country.
Phnom Penh was also once known as the “Pearl of Asia”. It is located at the confluence of three rivers, the Mekong River, the Basaac River, and the Tonle Sap. As the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia, the city is known to have the most beautiful and historical architectures. This includes the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields, and Wat Phnom.
It used to be a Portuguese colony, but in 1975 it became an independent country. After that, it was occupied by Indonesia for in 2002 to be internationally recognized as an independent state. It is a really great place for tourists since there are many interesting things to see and to do.
Indonesia, officially known as the Republic of Indonesia, is a large country in Southeast Asia sharing land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and Palau are the nearby countries on which Indonesia is located. With over 13 thousand islands, it is the largest island country between Indian and Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 258 million people making it one of the most populous countries in the world. Almost half of the country’s population is located in the island of Java, the home of the country’s capital, Jakarta. Indonesia has 34 provinces and 5 of these provinces have Special Administrative Status. The country’s economy is the 16th world’s largest economy by nominal GDP and the 8th by GDP at PPP. Tourism also plays a significant role in boosting the country’s economy. Nature and culture are both the components of Indonesia’s tourism. The natural beauty of the country blends well with the rich cultural heritage that reflects its history and ethnic diversity.
The Jakarta City lies in the Special Capital Region of Jakarta or also known as Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta. Jakarta is a city that never sleeps. A bustling metropolis home to 9 million people. It is the seat of the national government and the provincial government, the political center, and the hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. Homing several skyscrapers and mix of old and new architectures, Jakarta also has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. On its outskirts is the Seribu Archipelago; a place for diving and snorkeling activities, fishing opportunities, and relaxation.
Bali is an island and an Indonesian province on itself. Similar with Java, Bali offers many delicate culture and arts to travelers including dance, painting and a very unique musical style, among other forms. In addition to man-made tourist attractions, Bali is a tropical delight with pure white sands on the south and pitch black sands on the north, a vast turquoise sea and a breathtaking volcano. The island has beautiful beaches, steep hills on the northern side of the volcano and a gentle downslope that extends into floodplains and shallow rivers on the south. Bali is surrounded by coral reefs, replete with marine life and it is an excellent location for scuba diving and underwater sightseeing. Denpasar is the capital city of the Island-Province. It is home to a host of businesses, temples, palaces and museums. A tad off the normal and beaten tourist track, true travel aficionados will find a range of activities, local delicacies, and a melting pot of cultures from all over Indonesia. Other Places in Bali are Sanur, Kuta, and Ubud.
Laos used to be called the forgotten country, but with the many investments they made in tourism it is now becoming more popular. Since most of the country is mountainous it is a great place for backpackers but remember what looks like a short distance by road on a map could mean hours winding through mountains. The best city in it is the town of Luang Prabang. Laos borders with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. It can be separated into three regions: Northern Laos, Central Laos, and Southern Laos.
Malaysia is a fast growing country in the Southeast Asia. It has a total area of 329,847 square kilometers that is separated by the South China Sea into two regions; the Peninsular Malaysia and the East Malaysia. The Peninsular Malaysia lies in the Malay Peninsula sharing a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The East Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Borneo, shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and maritime borders with Philippines and Vietnam. Malaysia has 13 states and 3 federal territories with Kuala Lumpur as its capital city. The country has one of the best economics in Asia with its natural resources as its main economic drive. These resources are now continuously developing and stretching to the tourism industry and commerce. Malaysia has a newly industrialized market economy with the tourism industry as the third largest source of foreign exchange.
Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital city. It is the home of the famous Petronas Twin Towers and the Batu Caves Temple. It is also the home of Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia. Next to Selangor is the state of Negeri Sembilan. This is a small state with a rural setting and some areas of modern living. Its agricultural and industrial economies are balanced. The most developed areas can be found in Seremban, the state’s capital. Although some areas are developed, it still remains as nature-friendly as it could be with less pollution.
Myanmar is an ancient country whit a rich history. It used to be a part of the British Empire and it used to be an Empire on its own. Nowadays, after the military dictatorship has gone by, the country is undergoing great political changes. It shares borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. It is divided into a number of regions: Irrawaddy, Central Myanmar, Western Myanmar, Northern Myanmar, Eastern Myanmar, and Southeastern Myanmar. Myanmar is filled with spiritual attractions such as temples, pagodas, and historical sites.
Characterized by emerald rice fields, busy mega-cities, raging volcanoes and smiling friendly people, the Philippines is an archipelago in the South-East Asia is made up of more than seven thousands islands situated in between the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea. The myriad beaches from virgin patches of sand in the middle of the ocean to sprawling large islands like Mindanao and Luzon appeal to many travellers. But there is a lot more to the Philippines than just sand and sunshine. The combination of the Malayo-Polynesians migrants that settled on the isles, 350 years of Spanish rule and the following American influence has lead to a unique spiritual and cultural group of people, very different from mainland Southeast Asia.
The Philippines feature unique Spanish-Filipino colonial architecture, including stunning centuries old churches, mansions, and stunning museums spread across the country. The landscape offers numerous adventure opportunities for tourists from canyoning and spelunking to kayaking and kyteboarding. The islands offer water sports like rafting and wakeboarding, while numerous diving opportunities await off coast.
Singapore is actually a city-state, and since its independence it has become of the of the world’s most prosperous countries. The modernization of the city has made it a great tourist location, It has many things that are worth seeing and it will definitely not disappoint you.
Thailand, officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, is a Southeast Asian country on the coasts of Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. It is bordering Myanmar to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south. It has a land area of approximately 513,000 square kilometers with a population of more than 68 million. Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is the center of commerce and communication that is known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street lights. By history, Thailand is the only country that was never been colonized in the Southeast Asia. Nowadays, it is the most visited country in the Asian region that has a growing tourism industry. It is known for its tropical beaches, royal palaces, ancient ruins, and sacred temples displaying a great number of figures of Buddha. The country is rich in cultural and historical architectures that mirrors the ancient kingdoms and era of Thailand. It also boasts its pristine natural attractions. Thailand is a popular tourist destination because it has something for every interest and every tourist’s cup of tea.
Bangkok is a busy city in the country. Despite its busy and modern ambiance, Bangkok is still rich with cultural tourist spots. It is a combination of old and new tourist attractions. Ayutthaya is one of the most visited places in the central and is known as a historical site. It boasts the World Heritage Historic City of Ayutthaya and associated Historic Towns. Other recommended places to visit in Ayutthaya are Bang Pa-in Palace, and Bang Sai Folk Arts and Crafts Centre. The largest crocodile farm in the world is also located here in the central. It is situated in Samut Prakan. The Samut Songkhram features King Rama II Memorial Park and Amphawa Floating Market. There are other places in the central to visit like the Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai, which are located at the Kanchanaburi, the Buddha’s footprint in Saraburi, and the remains of King Narai’s palaces and the sunflower fields in Lop Buri. Nakhon Pathom is the place where the tallest Buddha pagoda in the world is situated.
With population estimated at about 90.7 million people (in 2014), making it number 13 on the list of the most populous countries, Vietnam occupies the eastern and southern part of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, with the South China Sea along its entire coast. China is to the north and Laos and Cambodia are to the west, while the East Sea and Pacific are to the east and south. The country’s total length is 1650 kilometers from the northernmost point to the southernmost. Its width, stretching from the eastern coast to the western border, continental shelf area is not included, is 600 kilometers at the widest point in the north, and 50 kilometers at the narrowest part in the Quang Binh province on the central coast. The capital city is Hanoi, situated in on the right bank of the Red River, with an estimated population of 7.7 million people in the metropolitan area in 2015.
There are a total of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam, 5 enlisted as Cultural, 2 as natural and 1 as mixed category sites.
Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Hanoi)- The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption.
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty- The 14th -century Ho Dynasty citadel, built according to the feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Viet Nam and its spread to other parts of east Asia.
Complex of Hué Monuments- Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.
Hoi An Ancient Town -an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
My Son Sanctuary- My Son Sanctuary dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries CE. The property is located in the mountainous border Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, in central Viet Nam. It is situated within an elevated geological basin surrounded by a ring of mountains, which provides the watershed for the sacred Thu Bon river.
Ha Long Bay- located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is 165 km from the capital of Hanoi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate.
Trang An Landscape Complex- Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years.