Traveling abroad for a vacation is no longer a distant dream. Most of us can actually afford to visit foreign places with a properly planned itinerary and just enough cash. However, if someone asks you where you would like to go on a holiday, which places would top your list? While a majority would prefer beach destinations such as the Maldives or Bali, others would prefer a fancy Euro Trip.
What many people often overlook are the currently developing passive holiday destinations, which are definitely worth both your time and money. Here is a list of the three most underrated cities in South East Asia that you must at least consider visiting once, during your next holiday planning.
City of Denpasar in Indonesia
Denpasar, the capital city of Bali forms the central hub of the entire Indonesian province. Located in the southern part of the country, Denpasar is a great beach destination. Some of the popular beaches in this city include Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Canggu. You can relax on the sands, get wet in the water, or even engage yourselves in some of the exciting water sports these beaches have to offer.
In addition, Denpasar has many interesting places to visits including ancient temples, old palaces, and museums that speak volumes of the Balinese culture. One place that you must visit is the Tanah Lot, an island temple that provides a mesmerizing water view. You will also find tantalizing food served by friendly localities. Most importantly, do not miss the art shows and street shopping especially in the region of Kuta.
The city of Chiang Rai in Thailand
Thailand is not all about Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket. If you need more to explore, then Chiang Rai is the right destination to be in Thailand. You can experience magic in Chiang Rai’s culture and history that tells many interesting Thai narratives. When in Chiang Rai, do not miss a cruise on the Kok River on one of those long-tailed boats. You will really love the ride and the experience.
Further, there are many interesting places to visit including the traditional hill tribes, Singha Park – famous for its tea fields, and the ancient monuments of the Lanna kingdom. Other places include Wat Rong Sueur Ten or the blue-toned temple and Wat Phra Kaew that houses an emerald Buddha with 1300 other small temples. That is not all – the food here might be a little too hot for the regular taste buds but your tears will not be those of regret.
City of Kampot in Cambodia
People say that you get all religious the minute you land on the soils of Cambodia. The city of Kampot is no different. There are many well-constructed temples in Kampot that stand tall and beautiful. In addition, you will find several other things that you do not want to miss here. For instance, Kampot is an ideal location for trekking and backpackers. If you want to escape the bustling city life and look for a nice and quiet holiday spot, then Kampot is where you should be. The city also has many beautiful landscapes that make the place photogenic. Thanks to the naturally created rivers, mountains, and hills in this place.
Some of the must-visit places in Kampot include the Durian Roundabout, the Lotus pond, shop houses, and sunset at the Praek Tuek Chhu River. Moreover, a visit to the Bokor National Park that still preserves the ruins of past colonial monuments intact and the Kampot Provincial Museum should also be in your itinerary. You should also visit some of the salt fields and the large pepper plantations for which the city of Kampot is famous. It is a good chance to taste and take home exotic souvenirs. Lastly, if there is a shopaholic in you, then wind up sightseeing in the daytime and hit straight to the Kampot Night Market for some great shopping experience.
Be it the beaches or historical places, South East Asia has it all and more. Moreover, the best part is that you can explore these places in a much shorter time when compared to other countries of the world. Further, these cities are a rich haven of history, culture, and traditions, that most of us would admire, making these cities a must-visit place.