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Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations in Southeast Asia
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Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations in Southeast Asia

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From colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life to verdant rain-forests shadowing ancient temples, Southeast Asia offers the enchanting balance of exotic adventure and ultimate relaxation.

Whether it’s snorkeling in aquamarine waters, biking through tribal villages, climbing volcanoes, or riding an elephant in Thailand, there’s something for every traveler in this vibrant region. Nestled between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Southeast Asia is a vibrant region of spectacular flora, fauna and flavors. Home to 11 countries and 620 million people, it boasts an ethnic diversity like few places on earth.

With so much to do, and see (and taste!) in this robust country, we’ve put together a short list of the top vacation destinations, to help you hone in on the perfect Southeast Asia adventure. Grab a map and a cup of coffee and create your Southeast Asia wish list!

Thailand

Austin Adventures - Thailand - Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

From limestone-speckled bays to elephant sanctuaries and a cosmopolitan city in between, Thailand is an adventure traveler’s paradise. Climbing, biking, scuba diving, kayaking, zip-lining, and of course eating are just a few of the activities we hope you’ll put on your Thailand wish list. With fabulous tourism infrastructure and a warm, inviting population of locals excited to introduce you to their colorful culture and remarkable history, The Land of Smiles is setup ideally for first-timers to Southeast Asia. The rush of chaotic cities is soothed with access to super-chill beaches, and you’ll quickly find this is a place you’ll want to return to again and again.

Thailand with Austin Adventures
Bangkok to Krabi
Experience the best of Southeast Asia on this classic 14-day tour of The Land of Smiles. From the jungles in the north to the white-sand beaches in the south, you’re bound to fall in love with the people, places and delicious cuisine of this gorgeous country. Get up-close-and-personal with elephants, waterfalls, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, zany Bangkok, and the peaceful mangrove forests of Ao Thalane.

 

Vietnam

Austin Adventures - Vietnam Halong Bay Boat
Halong Bay, Vietnam

From lowland tropical rainforests to white-sand beaches, colonial cobblestone streets to insane traffic crossings in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam gets the heart pumping and then gently rocks you into deep relaxation, dreaming about the next day’s adventures.
Hike and bike through rice-terraced plains, lush jungles and charming villages. After working up an appetite in the great outdoors, settle in for unforgettable meals of steaming soups, pho bo, nom, banh goi, and banh cuon to name a few. And get ready for some of the tastiest coffee you’ve ever sipped.

Vietnam with Austin Adventures
Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Long Bay
Experience the best of Vietnam on an exclusive two-week adventure that takes you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Along the way, get swept up by Vietnam’s enchanting landscape and cast of welcoming characters. Hike, bike, kayak, boat, and rickshaw your way through cobblestone streets and rice paddies, while irresistible aromas entice you to see what’s around the corner. Kayak Ha Long Bay, visit the Forbidden Purple City and explore Bach Ma National Park. And don’t forget: coffee!

 

Vietnam with Austin Adventures
Vietnam/Cambodia: Mekong River
For a totally different perspective, step back in time as you travel between the ancient wonders of Cambodia and Vietnam on an all-inclusive, small-ship voyage along the Mekong River. Journey from Angkor Wat, drifting along the Mekong past flooded forests hiding remote sanctuaries of Buddhist monks. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds and turtles, or do as the locals do and fish for lizards. Experience stilted villages and floating markets. At day’s end, unwind in your elegant suite aboard the Aqua Mekong.

Cambodia & Laos

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Sambor Prei Kuk temple, Cambodia

While Cambodia and Laos are rich in their own, independent ways, they both share the same optimistic pulse of countries rising from the ashes of centuries of war and turmoil. From the glorious temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to the colonial charm of Luang Prabang in Laos, these two fascinating regions are open for business, ready with big smiles for tourists looking for authentic flavors and feasts for the senses.

Cambodia & Laos with Austin Adventures
Laos/Cambodia: Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat
Experience a blend of old and new on this 12-day journey from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang to the jungle-clad temples of Angkor Wat. Explore rural villages where life remains the same as it has for generations, and roam cities that have become epicenters for foodie culture. Swim in turquoise streams or wander amongst gold-topped temples. Experience the local art scene through traditional and modern dance, storytelling and acrobatics.

 

Indonesia

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Khiri Indonesia Bratan Temple

Crystalline bays, salt-kissed air, treetop sanctuaries and fiery sunsets make Indonesia one of the most idyllic, romantic destinations on the planet. With over 18,000 islands spanning three time zones and 300 languages, traveling in Indonesia presents a special challenge that’s guaranteed to spark your imagination, stir your soul and engage every single sense. In between the mysterious volcanoes and tribal villages, you’ll find a divine spread of rice fields, waterfalls and over 6,000 temples – in Bali alone! Enjoy the songs of sulphur-crested cockatoos, the beauty of an orchid and the flavors of bebek betutu, nasi kuning and lawar, to name a few.

Indonesia with Austin Adventures
Indonesia – Bali
From city culture to beach life, this enchanting 11-day adventure takes you from sacred mountaintops to seaside temples and the sprawling rice terraces between. Explore the rich biodiversity both above and below the shallow waves while you take in Bali’s chill vibes. Try surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, take a yoga class (or three!), or bike quiet backcountry roads in Borobudur. In the evening, relax over fresh, innovative fare fit for kings!

 

Indonesia with Austin Adventures
Bali – Indonesian Islands Small Ship Sailing
A week of bliss and beauty awaits on this intimate voyage through Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. Relax on remote beaches, hike to rushing waterfalls through jungle-clad mountains and get up-close (but not too close) to the legendary Komodo Dragons. The kaleidoscopic gems of the Gili Islands beckons by day while dark night skies make for perfect wishing on falling stars before you’re lulled to sleep in your luxurious suite.

 

Myanmar

Austin Adventures - Bagan Myanmar Burma
Bagan, Myanmar

Only just in the last few years has stunning Myanmar been open to tourism. Rich in culture and natural beauty, it’s been positively ravaged by a tumultuous past. Unravel its mysteries as you get to know one of the most fascinating and least understood places on earth. The Land of the Thousand Stupas (and 10,000 temples!) invites you to step inside Southeast Asia’s time capsule and prepare to be awed.

Myanmar with Austin Adventures
Myanmar – Burma Luxury Adventure Vacation
Gentle people and ancient tradition invite you to step into a journey like no other on this 12-day adventure in Myanmar. From floating gardens to sapphire-studded stupas, Myanmar is home to a trove of little-known treasures. Explore by foot, hot air balloon, canoe, bicycle and even horse and carriage. Visit colorful markets and pause to enjoy a cup of tea with the locals. Travel with Austin Adventures, and get a behind-the-scenes tour, and a chance to interact with the locals and learn their fascinating ways – from bamboo weaving to bean curd production and every captivating ritual in between.

 

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