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7 Iconic Places in Southeast Asia You Must Visit Once in Your Lifetime

If you have been planning to take that long, pending vacation this year, then it’s time to unwind and disconnect from the humdrum of the concrete jungle and, traverse through the pristine landscapes of Southeast Asia. The azure blue beaches the dense tropical forests, bustling cities, enchanting islands there’s everything you need for a perfect vacation.

With so many places and so little time, we’ve picked 7 iconic places  in Southeast Asia you must visit once in your lifetime:

Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos

Steep hikes, zip lines, endless mountain ranges, there’s everything to spike up your adrenaline levels at Bokeo Nature reserve in the Bokeo province of Laos. You will love the You can find the black-cheeked gibbon, discovered in 1997 which was previously thought to be extinct. Elephants and wild water buffalo migrate through the reserve; bears and tigers are also present. The tree houses here are among the world’s tallest and set in natural amphitheatres with spectacular views. Don’t forget to carry your pre-charged batteries as there is no electricity.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Emerald waters, innumerable limestone islands topped by rainforests, Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions, there’s everything you need for a perfect getaway and ensconce yourself on this the pristine island. Ha Long Bay in the Quáng Ninh province of Vietnam is a region that draws scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers. So pack your bags, get set and fly to Vietnam.

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Boracay, Manila

Boracay is a small island located in south of Manila. It is most famous for its beautiful beaches and sunsets.  Top beaches include Yapak, known for its white shells, and White Beach, known for stunning sunsets. Yet another attraction is the Wiley’s Rock, which features a statue of the Virgin Mary sitting atop a volcanic formation.

Boracay, Manila

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Bali, Indonesia

Ever thought of a fantasy land? Bali is just that, it’s a living postcard, a paradise that feels like a dream come true. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand as you explore the sea temples for your dose of serenity. Or walk up the hill to embrace the soothing breeze that kisses your face. Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago, with good reason. Don’t miss the Tanah Lot sea temple and the cliff side Uluwatu Temple, they are aesthetics redefined. Here are more reasons to visit Bali.

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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful, coral islands off the coast of north eastern Malaysia.The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. Kecil attracts more travellers as it has cheaper accommodation, while Besar caters more to families.

In Malay Perhentian means stopping point, this island has a lot on offer, scuba-diving, turtle conservation volunteering, sunbathing, kayaking and snorkeling are just some of the many things you can do here. Not only does it have adventure activities but is home to many species of sharks and most of them are not a genius unless provoked. Check out our recommendations for 8 best islands in Malaysia.

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Mu Ko Ang Thong, Thailand

A fascinating archipelago and marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand, on the shores of the Surat Thani Province, Mu Ko Ang Thong covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 kms.The forests consist mainly of dry evergreen forest on bigger islands, also limestone forest and minor planted mangrove forest around the beaches and bays along with diving sites. The park was established on 12 November 1980.Here are the 5 best places to visit in Thailand.

Mu Ko Ang Thong, Thailand

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