New Year, More Wander Lust: 7 of the Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia

Are you looking for a vacation destination that’s full of beautiful sites that look like they came out of National Geographic? Are you trying to find one that is full of delicious food and won’t break your piggy bank? Look no further than Southeast Asia.

Each place has its own appeal and bustling culture.  It will be hard to pinpoint the best countries to visit in Southeast Asia on your own. That’s why we’re here to help you out.

To assist you in planning the best vacation for your entire family, keep reading this helpful guide on the different places you can check out.

Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia

7 of the Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia

  1. Indonesia

When you travel to Indonesia you can expect amazing views, tons of shopping, relaxing spas, scuba diving, and copious amounts of some of the best coffee the world has to offer.

Grab your camera and head to Ubud. There are a lot of gorgeous sites here so you’ll want to take plenty of pictures. While you’re here you can venture into the boutiques.

You’ll find a lot of stuff that actually won’t hit your wallet too hard. If you’re feeling adventurous you can try your hand at scuba diving or pick up some cat poop coffee. Yes, the name sounds disgusting and you’ll question our judgment when we tell you the concept behind it but you won’t regret trying it.

Small cat-like animals called Civets are given coffee-berries to eat. Once they eat them their digestive-enzymes set to work to process the bean. Then they poop the bean out and it’s made into coffee.

It will be the strangest thing you’ll ever drink but it’s some of the best coffee you can get. Be warned it’s also the most expensive.

  1. Brunei

Brunei doesn’t have much but for solo travelers, it’s a dream come true. It’s quiet, peaceful, and you won’t run into many crowds when you’re trying to take part in the attractions.

There isn’t a big party scene but something you will find is history. Head over to Kampong Ayer and take a boat tour of the huge water village. It will be both a fun and educational experience.

When you get hungry, there are plenty of places in Brunei to get some tasty street food. A few foods you should try out before you leave are Ambuyat and Nasi Katok.

  1. Laos

Laos is a beautiful and serene place with a fairly small population. There is a rich culture to explore here but the place you should get started with are the temples located in Luang Prabang.

Despite the serene nature of Laos, there is still plenty of adventure to be had. One of the best ways to take in the gorgeous landscape is to zipline over it or take a hot-air-balloon ride.

If you prefer activities that allow you to stay closer to the ground then there is kayaking, tubing, and caving. The best time to visit Laos is going to be either in November or February. The weather is great during these months and there are fun festivals you can take part in.

Speaking of weather, Laos great for sunbathing but it does get hot depending on when you go. For those hot days, one of the best things you can eat is mango sticky rice. There is just something refreshing about the tropical, sweet flavor.

  1. Malaysia 

If you want a vacation that’s filled with nature then Malaysia is going to be your go-to. It’s full of rainforests you can hike through and wildlife sanctuaries that you can visit. The best time to go if you want to be able to enjoy the nature attractions is going to be March through the beginning of October.

There’s less rain and humidity during these months. Granted, you may still run into a little bit of it but it won’t be as bad. Once you’re done with your wildlife adventure there are plenty of places in Malaysia to eat and shop.

One of the best things you can get to eat here is Laksa. It’s a thick and delicious curry.

  1. Philippines 

The Phillippines is a bustling place with tons of things to see and do. You can go explore the rainforests, lounge on the beaches, check out a few shops, and eat some amazing food.

The Philippines is also one of the best places to get service anywhere. Everyone is friendly and hospitable. You will feel welcome with open arms no matter what walk of life you come from.

The best time to visit the Phillippines is during the dry season. It will be hot, but you won’t run into near as much rain. Good thing you can pick up a shaved ice treat known as Halo-Halo to cool you off.

  1. Cambodia 

You really won’t know how far a dollar can take you until you plan your vacation in Cambodia. You can rent a bike for a buck and take a ride around the famous Angkor Wat. If you need a refresher after riding around all day, you can also get freshly squeezed fruit juice for a dollar.

The hotels, while not a dollar, are pretty affordable if you go between May and October. November-January are great months to go too but the streets will be crowded and the hotel prices will increase to accommodate that.

  1. Singapore 

Singapore has a lot of things to do and even more things to eat. You’ll find unique foods that you can’t get in the other places on this list. If nightlife is what you’re after you’ll want to head to Marina Bay.

You’ll find amazing places to shop, casinos, and other sources of nightlife. If you’re looking for something for the kids to do, Sentosa has its fair share of water parks.

Plan a Vacation in One of the Best Countries to Visit in Southeast Asia 

Are you ready to plan a vacation that will suit the needs of everyone in your group? Then try out some of these best countries to visit in Southeast Asia. They’re full of rich cultural experiences, delicious foods, gorgeous scenery and prices that won’t make you want to scream.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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