My love for Southeast Asia runs deep. The region has so much to do both in luxurious and budget style. From backpacking along the wet markets in Cambodia to having facial massage in Bali is possible! This time, I gonna aim for travelers with expensive taste, so here goes the list of my favorite luxury destinations across SE Asia.
Bali deserves to be the number one! With its tranquil islands, crystal clear water and different nationalities themselves creating a colorful fashion show under the shadows of palm trees made Indonesia the queen of luxurious destinations.
Besides, it is a destination with a long chain of history and unique traditions. If you are lucky enough to arrive there during Bali’s green party, it’d be another add-up. The Green party is actually named as the Grebeg Festival when the villagers painted their bodies green; a ritual of driving away evils.
2. Ha Long Bay
Unless you visit to Ha Long Bay, your journey to Vietnam isn’t completed yet. Get on board their traditional dragon boat and cruise along! In general, the UNESCO heritage sites fall into one of natural, historical and cultural categories; however, Ha Long Bay is the combination of all of them. The picturesque landscape is just impressive and splendid! This destination is luxurious but affordable; even tourist trinkets are worth to buy.
If you consider this is a cheap destination with crowded tourists everywhere, hold that thought! A long coastline will guarantee the sun-kissed natural tan and offer extensive array of fresh seafood. This is a popular rendezvous for socializing with regional tourists, cheap beer and quite numerous activities to do. Thailand has been in vacation business for decades, sophisticated lodgings and lush spa resorts are everywhere! Take advantage of their affordable and incredible services!
Ngapali is one of the unspoiled beaches Southeast Asia has to offer. Just like every beach destination, it features idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast. But something that makes it stand out of others would be the wonderful hospitality of villagers and being the noise free zone. Being Myanmar’s premium beach, the choice of activities to do and accommodations are quite a lot but make sure you book ahead if you plan to visit in high season.
This province is also known as the Last Frontier and considered the best and most beautiful island of Philippines. Palawan offers extraordinary scuba diving sites that allow you to sight astonishing view of Coron Bay. In previous years, this site was under-appreciated though the more explorers are now leaving their footprints on the white sandy beaches.
6. Siem Reap
This is the major tourist hub of Cambodia where the country’s best and lucrative hotels cluster. It is not only the best gateway to the temples of Ankor Wat but also the spot for fine dining and wining. Despite the booming of tourist arrivals, the city still is safe, beautiful and rich in culture for all sorts of explorers.
7. Luang Prabang
This is just another destination of comfort and grand architecture of Buddhist temples. I rather like to call it a home of boutique hotels; the stylish accommodations of Luang Prabang can be counted half of the pleasure you will attain. Spend the whole morning under Lao style massage and a sip of coffee while concentrating the sound of young Buddhist monks praying. It’s the incredible feat of Luang Prabang.
This cosmopolitan city definitely needs to be included in this list. World-class dining and lodgings take over the island of Singapore moreover the country’s remarkable shopping malls are paradise for fashion lovers. Though the city outlook perhaps would be busy and fast-pace, the accommodations and eateries are magnificent and worth-while. The entertainment facilities are lavish, the Sentosa, the Marina Bay Sands and yes, they are that awesome!
9. Kuala Lumpur
At a glance the capital city seems to be the wonder of modern world with the Petronas Towers and skyscrapers and everything. But when you actually put your feet to the door, you’ll find the melting pot culture. The city’s highlights include deluxe resorts, extravagant spas, shopping malls and cuisine delights. Their casino services are remarkable people say. Well, what do I know? I’m still under eligible the age to enter casinos hahaha.
This archipelago has been my favorite summer destination since I was little. According to old Malay language, Langkawi means the island of reddish-brown eagle, it makes sense as there’s a huge landmark statue of Eagle there. Two main astounding features of the island would be the food and the scuba diving sites. As the destination has long been on the tourist trail, the scuba diving instructors are well experienced and the equipment and facilities are very safe.
The water is quite clear that you can see fish swimming to and from the surface! Many resorts present complimentary facial spa treatment and Malay cuisine is something you’ll fall in love with. Langkawi is not a destination to rush for but a place to savor.