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!
Boracay, the Philippines
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!