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The Ultimate Southeast Asia Bucket List: 100+ Epic Things to Do in Southeast Asia

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia can be overwhelming as there are so many beautiful places to visit and amazing things to do. To get you started I’ve created this epic guide containing over 100 things to see and do in Southeast Asia which are perfect for any Southeast Asia Bucket List.  Some of these I have visited and done myself and the rest are places and experiences that I have researched and added to my Southeast Asia bucket list.

Southeast Asia Bucket List

Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia Travel Bucket List

Brunei Bucket List

  • See Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and  Jame’ Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, two beautiful mosques located in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.
  • Do a homestay at Kampong Ayer, a large network of stilt villages over the Brunei River.
  • Visit Istana Nurul Iman (the residence of the Sultan of Brunei and largest residential palace in the world) during the first 3 days of the annual Eid Al-Fitr celebration. This is the only time the inside of the palace is open to the public for three days of the year.
  • Visit Ulu Temburong National Park on a day trip from Brunei.

Cambodia Bucket List

  • See Angkor Wat at sunrise and sunset.

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  • Explore Siem Reap.
  • Spot Irrawaddy dolphins.
  • Visit Kep and Kampot.
  • See the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda at Phnom Penh‎.
  • Bike or drive through the Cardamom Mountains.
  • Take a boat up the Sangker River from Siem Reap to Battambang.
  • Ride the Bamboo train in Battambang.

Indonesia Bucket List

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  • Hike Mount Batur in Bali at sunrise.
  • Take a photo on the Bali Swing.
  • Get close to monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary).
  • Visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud.
  • Photograph Tanah Lot Temple (one of the largest temples in Bali built on a huge offshore rocks) at sunset.
  • Explore Nusa Lembongan by motorbike.
  • Visit Nusa Penida off the coast of Bali.  Is is less touristy than the main island. Read: Guide to Nusa Penida, Indonesia
  • Spot a Komodo Dragon (the largest lizard in the world) at Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park also has great scuba diving and a pink beach.
  • See the ancient monuments in Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Prambanan temple complex.
  • Visit Lombok Island- explore waterfalls and visit the incredible Pink beach.
  • Trek to the summit of the active Rinjani volcano (second highest volcano in Indonesia) in time for sunrise.
  • Visit the Gili Islands. You can swim with turtles, go wreck diving, and sit on a swing in the ocean.
  • Go scuba diving or snorkelling at the Raja Ampat Islands.
  • Hike Kawah Ijen at night to see electric blue flames rising from the crater before dawn.
  • See the three volcanic crater lakes at Kelimutu. They are different colors and the color changes.
  • Visit Uluwatu Temple (Uluwatu Pura), perched on a coastal cliff and watch a performance of kecak, a traditional dance. This tour combines both.
  • See Lake Toba (or Danau Toba) – the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world.
  • Visit the Thousand Islands.
  • Go diving with manta rays.

Laos Bucket List

  • Take the slow boat from Thailand to Luang Prabang.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Luang Prabang (the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site).
  • Take a dip at Kuang Si Falls, beautiful waterfalls right outside of Luang Prabang.

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Malaysia Bucket List

Myanmar Bucket List

  • Watch the sunrise and sunset over the temples in Bagan.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the temples at sunrise in Bagan.

bagan best places to visit in southeast asia

  • Take a boat cruise between Bagan and Mandalay.
  • See the sunrise at U Bein bridge (the world’s longest teak bridge) in Mandalay.
  • Watch the sunset over Mandalay from the top of the Mandalay Hill.
  • Visit Inle Lake.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over Inle Lake.
  • See the Shwedagon Pagoda at Yangon.
  • See the Golden Rock Pagoda (or Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) a small pagoda perched on the top of a boulder covered with gold leaves and an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. Click here to book a tour from Yangon.
  • Visit Pindaya Caves full of thousands of gold Buddha statues of various sizes.
  • Hang out at Ngapali Beach voted one of the best beaches in Asia by Tripadvisor users.
  • Take a river cruise on the Irrawaddy river.
  • Take a train ride over the Gokteik Viaduct, the highest bridge in Myanmar.

Philippines Bucket List

  • See the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.

best places to visit in the Philippines Bucket List

Singapore Bucket List

  • See the nightly light and music show at the futuristic looking Supertree Grove at the Gardens By the Bay.

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Thailand Bucket List

  • Visit the Grand Palace and nearby Wat Pho (with its famous Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun in Bangkok.
  • Walk on the infamous Khao San Road in Bangkok.
  • Visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the largest and most famous of Thailand’s iconic floating markets.

what to see in Thailand Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  • Explore Khao Yai National Park, one of largest and most visited national parks in Thailand and a great place to view wildlife, including gibbons, elephants, deer, bears, macaques and more.
  • Visit the the Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

one of the best things to do in Thailand is visit Ayutthaya

  • Relax in Pai, a small hippie town.
  • Go temple hopping in Chiang Mai.
  • Feed and bathe elephants at a responsible and ethical sanctuary like Elephant Nature Park.
  • See the stunning Wat Rong Khun (also known as White Temple) located near Chiang Rai.

The White Temple is one of the best things to see in Thailand

  • Ride the Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway). You can visit on a tour from Bangkok.
  • Explore Phang Nga Bay. One of the highlights is James Bond Island (a needle formed limestone rock in the sea featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun).

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand bucket list

Timor-Leste Bucket List

  • Visit the uninhabited Jaco (or Jako) Island.
  • Visit Dili (the capital). Click here to book a tour with a local guide.
  • Take a day trip to Atauro Island for snorkelling & hiking.
  • Climb the 500+ steps to the top of Cristo Rei, a tall statue of Jesus Christ.

Vietnam Bucket List

  • Visit Hanoi.
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Explore Hoi An. This city is a full of cheap tailors and is a good place to get affordable custom made clothing.
  • Take a Halong Bay Cruise.
  • Take a river cruise on the Mekong.
  • Go trekking in Sapa and meet the local ethnic tribes.
  • See the sand dunes in Mui Ne.
  • Walk along the new Cau Vang “Golden Bridge” in the Ba Na Hills near Danang. This bridge looks like it is being held up by 2 giant hands.
  • Ha Giang Extreme motorbike loop.

So there you have it – the ultimate Southeast bucket list.  If there is an experience or place I should include let me know in the comments below!


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3 Comments

  1. I’ve had my eye on visiting Southeast Asia for a while now but it’s so hard to decide where to go. This gives me an idea what I can expect in each place. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Wow, what a list of things to see and do while in South East Asia! I haven’t ventured to that side of the world (yet…), but when I do I definitely want to do a of these, including the Gardens By The Bay 🙂 x

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