You’ve committed to a 30 day trip in Southeast Asia and now it’s time to plan. Where to go? You want to see it all, and while 30 days seems like a lot, time will fly and it’s time to start prioritizing. So what are the spots that you absolutely have to see? We’re here with a list of the top Southeast Asia travel destinations to help you make all 30 days count.
The island options in Indonesia are almost endless, but Bali is the undisputed king. Whether it’s surfing, scuba diving or exploring the inland jungles, Bali will keep your jaw on the floor and demands at least a few days.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Walking the streets of Malaysia’s capital city is an unguided modern architecture tour by itself. The iconic Petronas Towers lead the way as the city’s most iconic attraction. The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is also the world’s largest walk-in aviary, hosting over 200 species of mostly local birds.
Komodo National Park, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia
This national park is the only place in the world where people can find Komodo Dragons in the wild. Think visiting the Jurassic Park Island. But don’t get too close. These guys aren’t always friendly to visitors. They can be 9 feet long and weigh around 200 lbs, so play it safe.
The Bagan Buddhist Temples are otherworldly. Some of have been standing for more than 1,200 years and visitors are free to explore them inside and out. Each temple has its own story so bring your imagination.
Halong Bay, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam
Emerald water and rainforest-topped limestone rock islands make Halong Bay unforgettable. A boat cruise lets you explore the islands and hidden inlets. It shouldn’t surprise you that the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies chose the bay as a shooting location.