9 Popular Photography Destinations in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a popular destination to visit for people from all over the world. Digital nomads, yoga enthusiasts, and travelers of all sorts enjoy the perks of the southeastern region’s many world-renowned locations.

You will also find many popular photography destinations in Southeast Asia. In this article, we’ll be covering 9 places that you can take beautiful photos in SE Asia.

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1. Hanoi

Photo by Katherine Slade

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city (by population) in the country. Hanoi sits on the right bank of the Red River and is known for its beautiful architecture and temples.

2. Prambanan

Photo by Wikipedia

Prambanan is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia. The temples feature intricate Hindu architecture and tower over 47 meters (154+ feet). Prambanan is dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Transformer.

The temples and compound are popular for photos. Take a look at images shared from #prambanan on Instagram.

At Prambanan, also called Rara Jonggrang, you can find many complex temple constructions and reliefs depicting significant Hindu narratives.

Photo by Tropenmuseum

3. Chiang Mai

Photo by HereisThailand

Chiang Mai is full of outdoor adventures and fun activities. There are plenty of brilliant opportunities for gorgeous photos in the tropical rainforests, up on the tall mountains, and in the hill-tribe villages of rural Thailand.

You can also find many elaborate Buddhist temples throughout Chiang Mai including the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang.

4. Siem Reap

Photo by Thomas Allen

Siem Reap is the entrance to the ruins of Ankor. It is a popular resort town in Cambodia that features intricate stone buildings and temples with giant mysterious faces carved into the side.

Siem Reap is a popular tourist and photography destination. From the Angkor Archaeological Park to the silk farms in the lush countryside, there is a lot to see and do in Siem Reap making for some excellent photo opportunities.

5. El Nido, Palawan

Photo by Quero Viajar Mais

Known for the stunning white-sand beaches, steep cliffs, and gorgeous island compositions, El Nido is an incredible photo destination on the Philippine island Palawan.

The area has many unique dive sites, hiking/exploring opportunities, and so much to offer. Take in the fantastic views and discover why so many people visit El Nido, Palawan.

6. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Photo by Quangpraha

Ho Chi Minh City is located in southern Vietnam and is famous for its colonial landmarks and unique architecture. Commonly known as Saigon, the city is full of life with fast-moving mopeds, busy markets, and food stalls everywhere!

If you are a street photographer and enjoy documenting everyday life, Ho Chi Minh City is a must visit. The Bến Thành Market is where you can find the largest, most active marketplace.

7. Bagan

Photo by Corto Maltese 1999

Bagan, Burma by Corto Maltese 1999

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. Bagan is home to the Bagan Archaeological Area. There you can find more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments and monasteries. The temples and pagodas dot a beautiful green landscape with excellent views.

The archaeological zone is over 26 square miles giving you plenty of room to explore and see all the historical Buddhist sites.

8. Bali

Photo by DaFranzos

Arguably one of the most popular places in Southeast Asia, Bali is an Indonesian island known for its beautiful scenery. On the island you will find volcanic mountains covered in forests,  tropical beaches with coral reefs, and rice fields like the Tegallalang Rice Terrace.

Need a quick break from taking photos? Bali is known for yoga and meditation retreats so it’s a great place to relax and reflect on your travels.

9. Luang Prabang

Photo by JoelleLC

Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of the Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos. Luang Prabang is located in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet.

In the capital you can find many beautiful Buddhist temples and epic views of the city life. You can also visit the lively streets and food markets throughout the city to see what life is like in Luang Prabang.

Read more: 2018 Destination Bucket List

Author Bio:

This article was written by Mike Moloney. Mike Moloney is the founder of FilterGrade, a marketplace for creative digital products. He enjoys traveling and documenting his trips through photos and stories. Say hi on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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