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Southeast Asian Destinations That Should be on Your 2018 Travel List

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Southeast Asian Destinations That Should be on Your 2018 Travel List

With 2017 almost done and dusted, we bring you the very best that Southeast Asia has to offer with ten travel destinations for the upcoming year.


1. Sky Mirror, Kuala Selangor


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Head over to Kuala Selangor and put an end to your curiosity before it kills your cat. However, do check up with the lunar calendar as you will most likely only be able to experience this mirror image on the 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 30th. For just RM80/person, experience this spectacular phenomenon right here in Malaysia, rather than breaking your bank for a trip to Bolivia, to enjoy the reflection in Salar de Uyuni!


2.Cherry Blossoms, Khun Chang Kian, Thailand


Although Bubbles and Buttercup may not have made the jump from our television screens to reality, Blossom more than surely covers up for their absence. Make this the first trip of the year and experience the very best of this scenery in mid-January. Also, with Southeast Asia offering this treat, you do not have to pop the cherry on your Japan trip just yet.


3. Palawan, Philippines


This gorgeous island is home to one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the longest underground river in Puerto Princesa. If that does not sound like your cup of tea, then the Calauit Safari Park featuring zebras, crocodiles, giraffes and impalas would do well to satisfy your cravings for some good ol’ African rumble in the jungle.


4. Pindaya, Myanmar


Blessed with the spirit of Buddha, dotted with age-old limestone caves and embellished with the traditional Shan paper umbrellas, Pindaya certainly has much to offer. In addition, the Shwe U Min Pagoda Festival, which takes place right here in February makes for a spiritual start to the year.


5. The White Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Viet Nam


There may not be Pyramids and ‘pho-raohs’ in Vietnam, nevertheless, the sand dunes surely do bring a touch of Sahara to Southeast Asia. Just make sure to take a good shower afterward. You will be surprised to find where sand could end up!


6. Kelimutu, Indonesia


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Put hours of chemistry lessons from Breaking Bad to good use in Kelimutu. Here, all three craters in this volcano are of different colours; blue, red and green. Thus, making this a sublime blend of chemistry and colour that should not be missed.


7. Marina Bay Sands’ Roof Pool, Singapore

Somebody once told us raindrop, drop top, ain’t nobody gonna marry you if your roti not tip top. Well, in Singapore, there sure are plenty of roti’s and raindrops, but also rooftop pools, due to the constrained space. So, put on your bling and kick back with a Singapore Sling in this infinity pool.


8. Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang


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Just a short drive from Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls offers visitors an opportunity to witness mother nature at its very best. This three-tier waterfall, which leads to a stunning 50-meter drop will undoubtedly leave eco-travelers in awe of its beauty.


9. The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Brunei


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Head over to the region’s ‘Sultanate of Swing’ and work on those golfing skills. Tee off with a breathtaking sea view and not have to worry about your other half, as the spa will ‘putt’ them to sleep, while you prove that the Tiger is well and truly out of the Woods.


10. Tonlé Sap, Cambodia


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The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and the nation’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve accommodates floating villages, an array of bird and fish species, as well as, snakes, crocodiles, and turtles. Located south of Siem Reap, the sunset cruise certainly provides a feast for your eyes. Hop on one of the boats and watch the lakes life go by, before getting up high to bathe in the glorious Khmer sunset.

That completes our travel bucket list for 2018. If you would please excuse us, we would like to pack our bags and Go Travel!


Written by Sandeep Dhanoa

Sandeep Dhanoa is a content intern at GOASEAN, is pursuing a major in Communications at Monash University Malaysia. KL born and bred, Sandeep believes “tomato ketchup should no longer exist in our lives”.

Research by Nur Emy Syahira and Sandeep Dhanoa

Nur Emy Syahira, a.k.a. Emy is a brand intern at GOASEAN. A fresh grad who majored in Journalism at the University of Selangor, Emy loves traveling, sightseeing, listening to music, and browsing the internet. Her life motto is ‘do what makes you happy’.

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