At the start of June we will be travelling to Southeast Asia for the first time. We will be travelling around for several months visiting these countries:
Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.
This will be the first time we’ve travelled to another country for more than two weeks so it’s very exciting! We have been searching for some of the top things to do while we’re there and found loads of exciting sights and activities.
Here are some of the things we are most looking forward to:
See orangutans in BORNEO
Orangutans are exclusive to Southeast Asia. The only places where you can see wild orangutans are in the northern parts of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo. We’re planning on looking for them in Sarawak at Batang Ai national park and visiting the Semenggoh Nature Reserve where they rehabilitate orangutans who have been injured in captivity or orphaned.
Take a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai, THAILAND
We love trying new recipes at home and we’ve never been to a cooking class so this sounded really fun to us. We really like eating Thai food at home so it will be good to learn how to make it properly. Chiang Mai has loads of cooking school where you can learn to cook some delicious Thai food.
Travel by boat along the Mekong River in LAOS
When travelling from Chiang Mai in Thailand to Luang Prabang in Laos it seems the most popular mode of transport for travellers is a boat trip down the Mekong River. This trip takes two days and we think this will be a great way to see what life is like along the river.
Watch the sunrise at the temples of Angkor, CAMBODIA
The Temples of Angkor is a UNESCO world heritage sight in Cambodia. They stretch over 400km squared and include the famous Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple. It’s the most famous thing to do in Cambodia and it seems that the best time to come is at sunrise and sunset when the views are meant to be spectacular.
See the temples of Bagan, BURMA
This is another set of temples we can’t wait to see. Over 10 thousand temples we’re build here between the 11th and 13th century and about 2200 temples still exist here today. We’ve read that the best way to get around is by bike or horse and cart so that you can see some of the less famous, bus still impressive, temples
Scuba diving in Perhentian Islands, MALAYSIA
We’ve always wanted to try scuba diving but it’s quite expensive. Southeast Asia is one of the cheapest places in the world to complete a PADI diving certificate so we thought this would be a great place to try it. We’re hoping we’ll be able to see some turtles and reef sharks and lots of other sea life.
Drink singapore sling at Raffels, SINGAPORE
Singapore’s famous drink, the Singapore sling, was invented at Long bar in the Raffles hotel. We love cocktails so we will have to try one while we’re there even if it is incredibly expensive – $29!
See Halong bay in VIETNAM
Halong bay is another UNESCO world heritage site thats on our list of things to see. It seems like popular ways to see thousands of limestone karsts that make up the bay is by a junk boat journey and kayaking.
All photos from freeimages
Have you got any other suggestions of things to do in Southeast Asia?