Two centuries ago, travel to Southeast Asia was reserved only for wealthy merchants, ambassadors and colonial elites who could afford large and expensive voyages. But the story of the journey has been turned upside down.

With more affordable flights, cheap accommodation, trains and increased international connectivity, it is now much easier to visit Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is an affordable alternative destination for backpackers to high-end tourists from North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

As a result, even though the world is hit by a prolonged economic crisis, a trip to Southeast Asia is the best option: affordable costs, first-class destinations, beautiful landscapes, and stunning cultural attractions. Here are the 8 best destinations in Southeast Asia according to CNN Travel.

Penang, Malaysia

Located off the west coast of Malaysia, the island of Penang is a mecca for food and architecture lovers. George Town, the island’s main city, is a cross town of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures. The cultural beauty is manifested in British colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and ornate Chinese aristocratic houses.

This seaside city is recognized as one of the world’s top food destinations, serving a delicious mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Tourists can find hokkian noodles (fried prawn noodles), roti canai (an Indian-influenced flatbread dish with dal or curry) and laksa penang that scoop up a variety of Asian flavors.

El Nido, Philippines

Looking for a tropical paradise? You will find him in El Nido. Located on the northern tip of Palawan Island, in the southwestern Philippines. The archipelago has clear turquoise waters, silent lagoons, dozens of beaches, and secret caves.

Surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs, Bacuit Bay is El Nido’s gem. This is where you can explore the lagoon by kayak. Tourists spend their days snorkeling and diving, or exploring secluded and hidden beaches across the archipelago.

Many tour operators arrange adventurous boating trips, complete with the grilled seafood lunch served on board.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali has a beautiful panorama and culture, as well as being the center of world yoga. Bali is only one of the beauties among the 17,000 islands in Indonesia. Its beauty attracts 5.6 million foreign visitors every year.

Even in the midst of its popularity, the island offers both relaxation and religion. This can be felt all over the region – on the majestic cliffs of Uluwatu, the calm waves at Nusa Dua, the trendy beach clubs in Seminyak and the dramatic rice fields and temples in Ubud.

For those who love adventure, Bali has Buleleng canyon and various unexplored spots. After the adventure, enjoy a variety of herbal drinks, juices, and even a seafood grill by the beach.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

More than 2.5 million tourists descend on the Cambodian city of Siem Reap every year with the same goal: to see Angkor Wat. Dating from the 12th century, this Khmer temple which is registered as a UNESCO cultural heritage site, houses the Angkor Wat complex. Even though it is a temple, many call Angkor Wat a city.

Its extraordinary architecture features distinct towers, intricate carvings and stone corridors that feel cool below ground level. And inside the Angkor Archaeological Park, you’ll also find two other large temples – Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple – all surrounded by dense forest.

If you’re still curious, head to Banteay Srei (nicknamed the “Pink Temple” for its stone structure) or the 12th century Beng Mealea. The roots of trees and vines, hugging the temples create a frightening and mysterious atmosphere.

Hanoi and Phu Quoc, Vietnam

As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a center of history, culture and nationalism. For first-time travelers, the Old Quarter is a great place to start. The old city which has many corridors is French colonial architecture, which has a landscape of hard workers, displays of various handicrafts and restaurants.

The streets are bustling with motorbikes, creating little fun. After soaking up Hanoi’s history, tourists can catch the sun to Phu Quoc. This district is located off the coast of Cambodia but is still part of Vietnam.

Touted as the most beautiful beach in Southeast Asia, the longest in the world. Whether you want a vacation on the more advanced Phu Quoc Island or the very remote Hon Xuong: both island tours, snorkeling, diving, sandy beaches and more.

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located near the Golden Triangle (at the confluence of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos) in northern Thailand, the city of Chiang Rai is often overshadowed by its neighbor, Chiang Mai. But for those who appreciate natural landscapes and a slow lifestyle, Chiang Mai is just the thing.

Among the highlights around the city, the 14th-century Blue Temple and Wat Phra Kaew Temple showcase historic Lanna architecture. Meanwhile, the photogenic Wat Rong Khun (aka “White Temple”) serves as a complement to beauty.

The dazzling white façade is covered with glittering mirrors, built with a taste of contemporary art. Chiang Rai also attracts tourists to sample northern style Thai food, best enjoyed at local restaurants and markets. Serving grilled pork sausage, khao soi (northern noodle curry) and gaeng hung lay (pork curry with ginger), are a specialty of northern Thailand.

Luang Prabang, Laos

The former capital of Laos, picturesque Luang Prabang is home to colorful temples and dramatic natural landscapes. It’s hard not to fall in love with Luang Prabang. Surrounded by mountains, the ancient capital of the UNESCO-protected Kingdom of Lan Xang provides peace of mind.

You are surrounded by sacred rivers and golden monasteries, cloaked monks and silent meditation – an ideal getaway for those who wish to escape the busy life. Apart from religious tourism, Laos culinary is no less beautiful. Laotian cuisine is famous for being fresh and drawn from local ingredients.

The most popular dishes include fish or pork dishes (similar to a spicy meat salad), khao jee pa-tay (noodle-style sandwich), paeng pet (spicy fried duck mixed with blood, offal and spices), sausage and buffalo jerky.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Located on the island of Java, this ancient city is considered the cultural capital of Java, thanks to its vibrant arts scene, indie boutiques, deep-rooted rituals and religious sites. It is here that you will find two of the most important archaeological sites listed on UNESCO: Prambanan and the Borobudur temple.

Built in the 9th century, the beautiful Borobudur is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is very majestic at sunrise. Meanwhile, Prambanan takes the form of carved towers and elements of Hindu architecture.

As an old tradition, Prambanan hosts performances of the Ramayana ballet every night – an unforgettable dance drama tapping into Javanese cultural roots – which is both enriching and entertaining.

In Indonesia, there are various types of tourist attractions which of course we often visit. Tourist attractions include: beaches, parks, sea, forests, mountains, shopping centers or malls, historic sites, museums, culinary centers, lakes, reservoirs, there, swimming pools, squares, hot springs, zoos, water waterfall, flower and fruit garden, and so on. The following is information about other types of tourist attractions.

TOURIST MOTIVES

1. Maritime tourism

Maritime tourism is also known as maritime tourism or water tourism. This tour is also related to sports that are done in water, such as on beaches, lakes, bays. Activities that are usually carried out when doing marine tourism are fishing and surfing, sailing, rowing competitions, snorkeling, diving and underwater shooting.

In diving, we can see how beautiful the scenery under the sea is. In the archipelago there are also marine parks that we can enjoy its beauty. The potential for marine tourism in Indonesia is found in the Thousand Islands, Raja Ampat, Lake Toba, Mentawai, Bali Island, the sea of ​​the Maluku Islands, and so on. Meanwhile, maritime countries that also have marine tourism potential are Fiji, Hawaii and Tahiti.

2. Cultural Tourism in Indonesia

Doing cultural tourism aims to increase one’s insight and outlook on life. In cultural tourism, especially abroad, we can see the way people live in that country, learn about their customs, arts, and culture.

Cultural tourism is also useful for introducing the culture of one’s own country to the international arena and vice versa (providing information / sharing information about the culture and customs of the country that has just been visited in our country). In other words, making art and cultural exchanges. Such as music, dance, drama.

3. Agricultural tourism

Agricultural tourism is a tour to agricultural locations, seeing nurseries in the fields, plantations. Usually it is done in the context of a study or it can be just taking a walk enjoying the green of the plants and the fresh air. Your eyes will be refreshed again with views of fresh colorful vegetables, peek at various vegetable seeds, and adventure in cool plantations.

4. Tour hurry

Hunting tourism can be done in countries that have forest areas that can be used as hunting grounds. Of course not hunting carelessly, huh. Rather, it follows government regulations regarding the boundaries of hunting areas and what types of animals can be hunted. For Indonesia itself, the government has opened hunting tours in the East Java region, to be precise in Baluran.

Animals that can be hunted are wild boar and bulls. While abroad, we can do hunting tours in various regions of the African continent. Animals that can be hunted are giraffes, elephants, lions, and others. For India, the animals that can be hunted are tigers and rhinos.

5. Pilgrimage tours

This type of tourism is related to history, customs, and beliefs held by the local community. Mostly done by groups rather than individuals. The goal is to go to a holy place, eat people who are considered powerful or holy / graves of big people, burials of famous figures, sacred hills and mountains full of legends, and so on.

Many are associated with the intentions of these tourists, for example wanting to ask for blessings and directions from the divine and some even asking for wealth. For example, a Muslim visiting the holy land or burial place of saints, a catholic on a pilgrimage tour to the Vatican, for Buddhists to visit Nepal, Tibet, or India.

In Indonesia itself, there are also many places visited by people who have a specific purpose as mentioned above, including visiting Borobudur Temple, Mount Kawi, Wali Songo’s tomb, Prambanan, Bali Basakih temple, Soekarno’s tomb, and others.

6. Nature reserve tours

This tour, which is also known as conservation tourism, is carried out by visiting protected parks, nature reserves, areas whose sustainability is protected by law. Most nature lovers who do this tour. For those who like taking pictures, it is very suitable to do this kind of tour.

There are many unique and beautiful plants and animals that can be used as photo objects. The environment is fresh, beautiful, very supportive for relaxation. So the mind is more fresh and relaxed. Nature reserve tourist attractions, for example, are nature reserves on the island of Bali, namely Eka Karya Botanical Garden and West Bali National Park.

7. Tour conventions

This convention tour is closely related to politics. An example is a building where deliberations, trials and meetings are held nationally or internationally. For example, the international congress center in Berlin, Senayan Building in Jakarta, Philippines has the Philippine International Convention Center.

PURPOSE LOCATIONS

1. Historical tours

Visiting various relics and historical sites. For those who like archeology and information related to history / past, come for a historical tour to temples, museums, forts, or see inscriptions.

2. Nature tourism

This type of tourism is carried out with tourist objects in the form of natural beauty around. Our eyes will be spoiled with natural conditions that are amazing and very beautiful. Nature tourism that we can do includes hiking, camping.

3. Religious tourism

Conducting religious tourism by visiting special places for religious people, graves, places of worship. Aim to get closer to God. Like taking a tour to the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, for those who are Muslim. Or the Cathedral Church for Catholic Christians.

4. Educational tours

This educational tour is also called educational tourism and is mostly carried out by children and schools. The purpose of educational tourism is to support the lessons that have been given in schools. Educational tourism is expected to make it easier for children to understand the subject matter.

PEOPLE WHO DO THE TRAVEL

1. Special interest tours

This type of tourism is usually carried out by people who have an interest in certain things and not many are interested in this one tour. Examples of special interest tours are trekking, rafting (river wading), diving (diving), hiking (mountain climbing), and so on.

2. Adventure travel

Tours are carried out with challenging tourist attractions. Usually has tough terrain. Which includes one of the adventure tours is rock climbing, rafting, or going through a vertical cave.

3. Travel many interests

This type of tourism is carried out by people who do not have a special interest in something. In other words, many interest tours are carried out by people who have the same interests as other people in general. Which includes: religious tourism, marine tourism, cultural tourism, nature tourism, shopping tours, historical tours, culinary tours, and so on.

4. Backpacker travel

In Indonesian the meaning of backpacking is a carrying bag or backpack. So tourists who are classified as backpackers are people who go on a tour only by carrying a carrying bag or backpack. And they usually carry very few items (only basic and necessary items are carried).

Backpackers are not bound by time, are free to set the time whenever they want to travel. And another advantage of backpacker tours is that they usually tend to be frugal and don’t want to spend big on tours, they sleep anywhere (sometimes cheap rental lodgings), choose to use public transportation rather than traveling vehicles, and these tours are mostly done by young people.

ATTRACTION AND NATURAL TOURISM INTEREST

Nature was created so extraordinary by God. The diversity of flora and fauna there is really interesting and unique so that it can provoke people’s eyes to continue to look. The charm of natural tourism such as mountains, highlands, lowlands, beaches, lakes, and so on, is influenced by several things, namely:
1. Climatic Conditions
The climate of a region that is different from other regions can be a magnet that attracts both local and foreign tourists to come to visit. Yes, of course it’s interesting. Because for example, we are used to living in cities with air pollution which is felt every day, especially from motorized vehicle fumes, of course we want to breathe fresh air and feel the cool climate.

This is why climate is one of the factors that can attract tourists. An example is the peak tourist area in the Cianjur area, which attracts many people who always feel at home for a long time visiting there.

2. Earth’s Surface and Environment (Topography and Ecology)
Indonesia which is included in one of the archipelago countries will have many interesting natural tourism objects such as caves, beaches, forests, lakes, seas, and even waterfalls. The condition of the earth’s surface and the unique environment makes tourists interested to come and see for themselves its uniqueness.

3. The uniqueness of flora and fauna
The flora and fauna in Indonesia certainly have their own uniqueness as well as the flora and fauna in other countries. Well, this uniqueness is the attraction of tourists to visit the country, including Indonesia. Indonesia, which is an archipelagic country, has different flora and fauna from one island to another.

One of the factors that influence the differences in species is the different climatic conditions. In areas with cold climates, of course the plants and animals will be different from areas with hot climates. Some examples, the giant lizard that we usually know as the Komodo dragon on the island of West Nusa Tenggara, the maleo and anoa birds in Sulawesi, the one-horned rhino in West Java, the orangutan population in Kalimantan, especially Central and South Kalimantan, and many others.

OBJECT ON CULTURAL TOURISM

Cultural tourism object is a tourist place whose source is the result of human culture. Objects are created by society in accordance with their respective cultures. And of course the values ​​and objects contained in one region differ from one another with its own uniqueness and distinctiveness. Examples of tourist objects that are the result of human work and culture include:

1. Historical monuments, which are included in this category, namely: temple buildings in Indonesia, such as Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, forts, old mosque buildings, and old churches.
2. Places with historical value or historical places, including: museums, archaeological objects, arts centers.
3. Art products in the form of traditional houses, traditional weapons, traditional musical instruments, and folk arts.
4. Celebration such as carrying out traditional ceremonies, religious ceremonies, traditional parties.
5. Objects which are the fruit of modern thought and knowledge include: dams, the aviation industry, satellite launches, binoculars, and so on.

TOURISM FORMS

Tourist activities carried out by visitors in a tourist attraction have two forms, passive and active. Examples are Jomblang and Pindul caves in Yogyakarta, Sanur Beach, Kuta, and others.

1. Forms of Passive Activities
The purpose of the form of passive activity in a tourist object is that visitors do not move or move skills when visiting a tourist attraction. This type of tourist tends to emphasize feelings, knowledge, and attitudes, or in other words, just enjoy what is in these attractions.

For example, when doing nature tourism, visitors only take a walk to enjoy the beauty and cool air, enjoy the beauty of nature, and become an observer of how to live and socialize the people there.

2. Forms of Active Activities
The purpose of the form of active activity in a tourist object is that visitors make movements / move a lot and use movement skills. Examples are when doing adventure tours hiking, river rafting or tracing, rafting, golf, football, cycling, tennis, beach volleyball, and others.

TREND PACKAGE TOUR

1. Cultural tourism

Cultural tourism which is often referred to as culture tourism is a type of tour made to find out how the culture, way of life, social, history, customs, arts and culture, religion in an area. For example, visiting the inner Baduy tribe in Banten, visiting indigenous Papuan tribes, witnessing a solo rambu death party in Toraja, seeing the procession of shaving dreadlocks, and others.

2. Adventure tours

Also known as adventure tourism. Usually it is done in the open air and tourists are required to have the skills to do anything instructed by a much more experienced guide. Can train so that the body is alert and spiritually fresh. Adventure tourism clearly has a higher risk when compared to other types of tourists.

Examples of adventure tourism include rafting on various rivers in Indonesia (for example the Alas river), climbing Mount Papandayan, Rinjani peak, Mount Anak Krakatau, seeing birds in the savanna of Baluran National Park, doing rock climbing, rafting, trekking, diving. , and others.

3. Ecotourism

Also known as ecotourism, it is a type of tourism that is carried out to visit nature and conduct conservation, so that it can have an effect on the economy of the surrounding area. For example: tea and coffee plantation tours in Malabar, Bandung, visiting the mangrove forests of Alas Purwo National Park, and others.

4. Business travel

Also known as business tourism. This tour is carried out usually because it is conducting a business feasibility study in the area visited. For example: shopping at Tanah Abang market, visiting Gayo coffee plantations in the Central Aceh area.

5. MICE Tour

Also known as Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition. Is a tour that is carried out in free time or on the sidelines of visits in attending meetings, exhibitions, company trips, meetings. An example is when we go on an official trip, we intersperse with shopping tours when we have free time, visiting JCC Inacraft events, Jakarta, and others.

6. Special interest tours

Also known as special interest tourism. And doing this tour requires a special skill, usually the number of participants is limited and carried out in a certain or special place too (not all tourist attractions can be used). Examples include paragliding on Lake Toba, night dives on Halmahera Island, and others.

7. Volunteer tours

Also known as volunteerism. This tour is carried out to an area with the aim of carrying out social service, sharing experiences and skills with the people there, while doing social activities we can while traveling.

Examples include teaching children in the interior of Papua and Kalimantan and other islands, caring for orangutans in Kalimantan, and so on.

OTHER TYPES OF TOURISM

1. Educational tours

This educational tour is usually carried out by school-age children. Basically, children have high curiosity. They study in class every day, they are bound to experience boredom or boredom. This is where educational tours are needed. Educational tours don’t have to be expensive or to far away places, you know. Can be done at any time. Educational tourism has a concept that is inversely proportional to learning in class.

If learning in class is only theoretical, but with educational tours children can see and feel firsthand what is around them, or objects that they usually see only in pictures, this can be seen in reality. With the existence of educational tours, it is hoped that children will be able to grow their interest in something, and can support existing learning materials in school.

For children, educational tourism is a fun way to learn. When children already have that pleasure, they will continue to remember what they learned and stick in the child’s mind. Examples of educational tours are: visiting the Kite museum, Textile museum, and others.

2. Culinary Tour

This is one of the most popular types of tourism. Culinary tourism can be done by everyone. Eating in a fun place and tasting food that we have never enjoyed before is something fun.

Examples of culinary tourism are enjoying the specialties of a region such as in Yogyakarta (Gudeg, bakpia, yangko, noodles, lotek, satay klatak, and others), tasting chicken betutu, satay lilit, rendang from Padang, markobar from Solo, green banana ice, ice doger, dumplings, various snacks made from aci (cireng, cimol) and others.

3. Shopping Tour

Shopping tourism is one of the most preferred by women. When visiting an area, we definitely want to have or bring souvenirs besides food. Yes, we will definitely go shopping. Shop for souvenirs, clothes, bags, headscarves, batik, and other items that are not in our place or in our area.

We can usually do shopping tours while doing other tours. Shopping tours are mostly carried out in market areas, including art markets, malls, shopping centers, supermarkets, souvenir shops, Muslim clothing specialty shops, and so on. This tour will not be missed for women.

The most important thing when doing this tour is to be careful about protecting our bawan’s belongings, because sometimes there are pickpockets lurking because they see us who are busy and busy with bargaining and groceries.

Those are some types of tourist attractions in Indonesia. It turns out that our country is rich too, huh. So, you don’t need to spend too much if you want to travel, right? In the country there are also many fun and interesting tourist options to visit. So, have a nice trip with your family, let’s go to Bone.

Vietnam, the easternmost nation on the Indochina Peninsula, not only affords a wealthy culinary experience but also excursions of eastern and southern cultural arts.

The ancient temples display a transparent Chinese language affect on the land of Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the broad thoroughfare embellished with trees and stately state buildings became symbols of the French colonial period.

Choosing a vacationer vacation spot in this nation just isn’t troublesome to do, seeing the various fascinating and delightful places that may be visited, from Hanoi to the Mekong River.

Recreation

Quoted from TripSavvy on Thursday (30/8), here are a few of them:

1. Hanoi

The capital metropolis of Vietnam, Hanoi is a must-visit tourist vacation spot when on trip in Vietnam.

Quite a few museums such as the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Hao Lao Prison Museum provide visitors the opportunity to higher understand Vietnam’s history of revolution, battle and art.

Exploring the historic Outdated Quarter in Hanoi on foot may be an possibility if you wish to store for native items or snacks.

2. Halong Bay

Positioned in northeastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is known for its emerald waters and 1000’s of limestone islands that rise above the rainforest.

This location can be easily reached by a five hour bus journey from Hanoi.

Offering such beautiful views, Halong Bay was named a UNESCO World Heritage Website in 1994.

3. Say hiya

Sapa is a small mountain city in Lao Cai Province positioned near the Chinese border, about 350 kilometers from Hanoi.

The fantastic thing about lush inexperienced rice terraces and steep mountains, such as Fan Si Pan which is the very best peak in Vietnam will be discovered on this metropolis.

Mountain climbing actions or interactions with numerous ethnic groups, including Hmong, Dao, Tay Giay and Xa Pho may be an attention-grabbing travel possibility while in Sapa.

4. Hue

Well-known as essentially the most luxurious city in Vietnam, Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty at that time.

Thanks to its sturdy historical past, this metropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historic sites similar to Hoang Thanh Fort, Thien Mu Temple and a number of other tombs of the emperor bear silent witness to the position of Hue City in the Vietnam War.

Tourists typically benefit from the city ambiance by driving a bicycle.

5. Da Nang

Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam.

Aside from a number of historical purchasing and sightseeing spots, the principle reason why Da Nang is in style with many vacationers is its proximity to My Khe Beach, Lang Co, Hoi an and My Son which are well-known in Asian eyes.

The coast of Da Nang metropolis stretches for 30 kilometers with calm and cool waters.

Da Nang can be common for water tourism reminiscent of fishing, water snowboarding, diving and yachting.

6. Hoi An

As soon as serving as an essential buying and selling port in Southeast Asia, Hoi An is now known as a tourism location.

There are various low-cost tailor retailers in town that accept clothing orders and the well-known Japan Bridge. Hoi An does not have an airport and a train station, so journey can solely be made by land by hiring taxis from neighboring cities.

Several cities round Hanoi have airports with flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and different major cities in Vietnam.

7. Nha Trang

Referred to as the Rivera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang provides a six kilometer stretch of shoreline with white sand, clear waters, an abundance of marine life and coral reefs.

This city is arguably the center of diving in Vietnam.

Vin Pearl Land is a five-star resort and entertainment complicated that can be reached by cable automotive from the town.

8. Mui Ne

Mui ne is a coastal resort town alongside the South China Sea located in Southeast Vietnam.

Steady wind situations make the city a strategic location for water sports, including windsurfing and kite surfing.

The realm is only a 4 hour practice journey from Ho Chi Minh. Motorbikes are an inexpensive and easy-to-find transportation option when getting round Mui Ne.

9.Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Despite the fact that its identify has been changed to Ho Chi Minh from the chief of Vietnamese Communism, vacationers and local people still often check with this largest city in Vietnam as Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh is well-liked as a vacationer vacation spot for its gorgeous culture and delightful city landscape full of skyscrapers, basic French structure and temples and shrines.

On top of that, Ho Chi Minh has a lively nightlife throughout Vietnam with a lot of bars and low-cost drinking spots on offer.

10. Mekong Delta

Stuffed with stretches of rivers, houses on stilts and stretches of rice fields, the Mekong Delta presents a quiet tourist atmosphere away from the city noise.

The Mekong Delta can be reached from Saigon in a 4 hour street journey.

Cai Rang Floating Market, Vinh Trang Temple, Cai Be Fruit Farm and Tra Su Mangrove Forest are some of the traditional tourist attractions provided right here.