Southeast Asia has been a hot tourist destination for some time now, but what are the hidden gems of this area? There are hundreds of unknown beauty of this area, many of which won’t appear in your travel guide! Here is a list of the 10 secret destinations that will make all your friends jealous
1. Ayutthaya - The Lost City
Ayutthaya was once the most populated city in the world, with over 1 million citizens, but the Thai Government has since made this area to be a sacred monument. After being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century, this area is now considered one of the best historical attractions in Southeast Asia.
2. Chiang Mai’s Flight of the Gibbon Zipline - Feel Like A Real Monkey.
Chiang Mai is home to Thailand’s longest zipline in which you will encounter native thai wildlife such as Gibbon. These cute members of the monkey family can jump up to 15 metres at a time through the trees.
3. Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple)
This temple is located close to the border of Thailand and Laos. Within this temple there are murals of western idols such as Michael Jackson and Freddie Krueger to influence visitors that people are wicked. Visit Wat Rong Khun whilst crossing the Thai/Laos border.
4. Luang Prabang - See Laos In A Different Way
Luang Prabang is known as the most beautiful destination in Southeast Asia due to its intricate French architecture and its hundreds of temples. Surrounded by mountains and cascading waterfalls into the Mekong River, who wouldn’t want to stay in this paradise?
5. Don Det - 4000 Islands To Party On!
Don Det is known as the backpackers hub! What a better way to spend your summer than partying it up in Laos? See the local dolphins in the river, or spend some time at the local waterfalls. Don Det is the place to be for 2018 summer.
6. Pub Street - Siem Reap
Pub Street is Cambodia's restaurant and bar main attraction in Siem Reap, filled with local cuisine options for all. The Top Banana Rooftop Beach Bar is one place to try, with sand on the floor and $1 beer who wouldn’t enjoy this experience?
7. Koh Rong - Idyllic Island
Located in the Sihanoukville Province of Cambodia this island paradise is known for having a small number of guesthouses for tourists. Enjoying tropical snorkeling and fantastic sunsets whilst in paradise.
8. Cu Chi Tunnels - Underground World
See the underground tunnels used in the Vietnam War whilst staying in Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels were used not only for hiding, but for transporting goods and wounded soldiers during the war.
9. Imperial City - An Emperors Home
The Imperial city is located in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. This historic monument allows visitors to see how former leaders of Vietnam lived. Currently the grounds are used a as monument and as training ground for young monks.
10. Canoeing through Trang An Grottoes - See The Beauty On The Water
Try an early morning canoe through the Trang An Grottoes whilst visiting Southeast Asia. Within this time you will see magical mountains and charming caves that surround this area.
These are our top picks for places to see whilst in Southeast Asia. The Stray Lot Pass explores each of them and is now $500 cheaper!