As spring break comes to an end heres some motivation to make it through to summer! Don't put your bikini and suitcase away yet! Start planning your next summer vacay now with some of these awesome adventures on our 2019 Ultimate Southeast Asia Travel Bucket List! We have included the most trendy Southeast Asia locations and our favorite locations/adventures! If you have any adventures you want to add make sure to comment it below!
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SHOP & PARTY IN SEMINYAK
Seminyak is Bali's most upscale and luxurious beach resort area. Built to be picturesque in the most literal sense, every store, restaurant and street corner is designed for the most epic instagram photos. They have the best shopping and the best bars, restaurants, and nightlife of the whole island.
HAVE A POOLSIDE PICNIC IN YOUR PRIVATE VILLA
What is more luxurious than a poolside picnic in a tropical paradise? Renting villas in Bali is extremely cheap compared to Europe or North America and it is really easy to find affordable villas with private pools. Most of these villas come with breakfast included, so do breakfast by the pool like the Queen that you are.
-UNWIND IN CANGGU
Canggu is known a cute little surf town. Tucked between the more luxurious towns, this hipster little village has the laid back quiet vibes of a sleepy surf town. Work cohorts are common here for people who telecommute and you will see little cafes line the street. Grab a latte and enjoy the surfers, because you're on vacation!
-GET SUNDAZED IN ULUWATU
Gorgeous villas line the cliffs, with beautiful beaches tucked in below. Visit the famous Single Fin cliffside restaurant and watch the surfers while a dj spins a track and you will really feel like your on vacation.
-FERRY TO THE GILI ISLANDS
Known as the Turtle Capitol of the world, The Gilli islands are 3 small islands off the coast of Bali each with its own vibe. You will find pristine beaches, good snorkeling and lots of fun beach restaurants and villas. FUN FACT: Cars are not allowed on the islands, so you travel by donkey taxis.
Gilli Trawangan - Paradise Party Island full of beach bars, restaurants, and amazing snorkeling
Gili Air - Quiet beautiful island perfect for families and snorkeling
Gili Meno - Known as the honeymooners paradise
- T H A I L A N D -
-VOLUNTEER AT AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
Did you know that Elephants are the largest land animal? Not only that but you can hang out with these awesome animals in Thailand. These animals have been abused for decades, so make sure you visit an ethical tourism Elephant Sanctuary like the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand where you can help the elephants eat, bathe, and your entry fee helps take care of the elephants. Check out one of the ethical and sustainable Elephant sanctuaries here.
-PARTY HEARTY IN THE PHI PHI ISLANDS
You could say this island is Disneyland for the adventurous 20 something. The most blue water you've ever seen, raging pool parties, hiking, scuba, dozens of beachside bars complete with fire shows, rock climbing, kayaking...do I even need to go on? You reach these islands by ferry or speed boat.
-TAKE A BOAT TO RAILEY BEACH
The definition of paradise, this beach is secluded and located between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang. It is only accessible by boat and is the most famous destination for rock climbing in Thailand. They have beach restaurants, thai massages on the beach, and crystal blue water.
Some of the best diving in the world is located in the Similan Islands. They are 9 islands with an abundant amount of wild life and a live reef. Stay a couple days or take a day tour by catching a boat from Phuket. Manta rays and whale sharks can be seen if it is the right season.
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-SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS
You might be thinking, "Swim with sharks?! Are you crazy?!' These gentle giants can get up to 33ft, but they are extremely docile and only feed on plankton. Do your research when booking a tour because certain companies are known to exploit the sharks.
-VISIT THE ULTIMATE TROPICAL ISLAND
This tear drop shaped island, known as Siargao Island, is a hidden beauty. It is one of the top destinations for surfers in the world, but don't worry if you're not a surfer theres plenty to do. Rent a moped to cruise the island, explore clear water rock pools, sun bathe on the beach, or day trip to smaller private islands or on an ocean cave excursion.
-VISIT THE BEAUTY OF THE BANAUE RICE TERRACES
Commonly thought of as the 8th wonder of the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces were built largely by hand by the ancestors of the indigenous people of the Philippines. They have been around for about 2000 years and soar to a height of 1500m above sea level. It is a trek to get there taking about 8 hours in a car from Manila
-FORGET REALITY IN BORACAY
Boracay is a small resort island off the coast of the Philippines. Most known for its powder white sand, it is home to many palm trees bars and restaurants. The strong winds make it ideal for water-sports, and there are plenty of shipwrecks teaming with ocean life for snorkeling. Last year the island was shut down for renovations because of the amount of tourists visiting annually, but now that is back open it is more pristine than ever and they now allow only a certain number of people on the island each day. If you do decide to go, make sure to make reservations in advance.
This concludes our Southeast Asia bucket list! Hope you found some inspiration for a future trip! If we forgot anything that you have on your bucket list, make sure to comment it below! Click on the photos for the source and for more information for each of the locations listed. Happy traveling!