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Don't miss these 5 stunning Southeast Asian travel destinations

Southeast Asia is a fascinating region. Some places are lost in time, while others have embraced a fast-paced development that makes them a commercial hub in the world without losing what makes them different.

Singapore is a shopping and financial center with plenty of dining options and man-made attractions such as Universal Studios. Bangkok’s charm and worn backpacking trail are well known. Kuala Lumpur is another commercialized, urban destination.

For those with adventure in mind or just want to wander off the usual traveler’s path, some destinations are worth the time and effort it takes to get there.

ALL WHITE. Wat Rong Khun symbolizes the struggle of man to attain enlightenment

ALL WHITE.

Wat Rong Khun symbolizes the struggle of man to attain enlightenment

Visit the hill tribes to learn more about the mix of cultures in the region.

The city is also near natural reserves, perfect for outdoorsy travelers. Go on a tour or drive on your own to Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in the country. Go hiking to meet some of the hill tribes or go on an elephant camp to play and take care of the gentle giants.

How to get to Chiang Mai: There are direct flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai via Air Aisa or Thai Airways and other local airlines. For those who want to travel by land, you can take the train from Hua Lamphong station for approximately 12 hours one-way, and costs THB 771 for a 2nd class bunk ticket. 

These cities give you a glimpse of their country’s culture and history outside the usual places that most Filipinos visit during their trip to other countries in the region.

Southeast Asia has many other cities that are worth a visit. Explore and discover all of them to live through that interesting story you’ll tell time and again, or make a memory to hold close for life. – Rappler.com

Joshua Berida is a full time writer, part-time wanderer with insatiable wanderlust. He plans his next trip during a current one. He plans on exploring the Philippines and beyond. Read about his adventures on thewanderingjuan.net