Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Weekend Wanderlust: Southeast Asia!


I finally caved in and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring this weekend.  The last time I bought a Southeast Asia guide was when I was in college, so I’m long overdue for a new one!

I’m strongly considering a trip to Southeast Asia in the near future — sooner than I had intended.  And while I’ve had the destinations picked out for years — the Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia loop, Bali, Singapore to Thailand overland — I found a few new destinations.

Here they are:

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Image: mr clearview

After digging through the archives of Around the World L, a great blog by a fellow Bostonian, Lillie, who is currently on her RTW (round the world trip), I learned about Mui Ne, a beach town in Vietnam.

Though it’s not very far from Nha Trang, better known as Vietnam’s best party beach, it’s much more relaxed and low-key.  Mui Ne is also close to some magnificent red sand dunes.

Jungle Trekking in Northern Laos

Image: Christian Haugen

Most backpackers spend time in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane, but some are beginning to discover the jungles of Northern Laos.  Above is the Gibbon Experience — a trek where you zipline while trying to spot the rare black gibbon.  Best of all, this trekking is run by incredibly eco-friendly groups.


Image: Fadil Basymeleh

A visiting friend recently told me about her time in Lombok.  Though Lombok is a short boat ride from Bali, it gets far fewer visitors.  Beaches like Kuta (pictured above, and not to be confused with Kuta Beach on Bali) and Sengiggi are flawless beauties but haven’t yet been overdeveloped.  I’d love to see the Gili Islands as well.

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

This hilly countryside is where the elite British visited to escape the heat of Malaysia.  To this day, they retain a British air and elegance, and it feels almost as if you’ve stepped into another country.  All of these hills are actually tea fields — it must smell amazing!

Image: kaeru.my

Boracay, the Philippines

Image: boracaysweblog

I’ve never had the desire to go to the Philippines — but after researching and learning how cheap it is there, combined with seeing these stunning pictures of the Visayas archipelago, that changed instantly.  I must get to Boracay, the most popular spot in the Visayas.  How beautiful is that beach?

Harboring any wanderlust lately? Share away!


4 Responses to “Weekend Wanderlust: Southeast Asia!”
  1. Glad you are planning a trip to SE Asia. I can definitely vouch for going to the Philippines. I didn’t make it to Boracay, but there are some other great islands like Palawan. On the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, there is a lake called Danau Toba. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Good luck with the traveling!
    .-= Migration Mark´s last blog ..Rules of Engorgement: Cambodian Breakfast =-.

  2. Poi says:

    We are flying to Beijing in august before heading down into SE Asia, we have very few plans and all of these look as though they are well worth a look.

    The philippines were never in my original plans but the more I have read and seen the more I want to go too.

  3. Steve says:

    You should definitely go to SE Asia. I went there as my first traveling experience and it changed my life. Those pictures look really beautiful especially the picture of Lombok. I haven’t been to Indonesia yet so when I travel through there I will have to put that on my list of things to see.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..How to Win an Election-Guaranteed =-.

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