We've put together Stray's ultimate Southeast Asia Bucket List...
Southeast Asia is jam packed with iconic places, local hot spots and opportunities for adventure.
Add these 10 'must do' experiences to your travel bucket list!
1. Visit the World's #1 Tourist Attraction
Trip Advisor listed Angkor Wat as the #1 tourist attraction in the world in 2017 and it really does live up to the hype. Did you know that the ancient Angkor Empire stretched from Myanmar to Malaysia, and Angkor was the capital city? Pretty impressive! To get the full experience, get there before dawn and watch in awe as the sun rises behind this intricate ancient temple.
2. Meet the locals at a Homestay or remote village.
Not many travellers get the chance to stay with locals in a remote village and experience life untouched by commercialism. Stray travellers have the opportunity to experience everyday life in an ethnic village in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
3. Go tubing down the river
Spend a day floating down the river surrounded by the beautiful karst mountains in Vang Vieng (Laos). If you're in need of any refreshment, wave to the bars along the river side who'll be more than happy to throw you a rope and pull you in for a cold Beer Lao!
4. Explore a lost world in Ninh Binh
Once a hidden gem in Northern Vietnam, the Trang An Grottoes, (also called the ‘Halong Bay on land’) is an impressive network of tunnels and caves connected by rivers with an otherworldly feel.
Enjoy a boat ride with spectacular views of the towering peaks and seemingly endless fields of wet rice. This gem won't be a hidden for long though as it was a filming location for Kong: Skull Island!
5. Experience a traditional Baci Ceremony
A Laos Baci Ceremony is an once in a lifetime opportunity to experience another culture's spirituality. Join the elders of a village in a traditional ceremony that calls back your ‘lost souls’ that are said to drift away during the course of life. During the ceremony you will experience chanting, gifting and the tying of strings to your wrists which symbolises a reconnection. It’s an enlightening experience that will leave you feeling more enriched.
6. Cool off in the picturesque Kuang Si waterfall
If you had to name paradise, Kuang Si falls (Laos) would probably be it. With natural waterfalls cascading into turquoise terraced pools, the photos taken by visitors often appear to be photoshopped. Take your camera and your swimsuit for a cool off...and the bonus part: there is a bear rescue sanctuary next to the waterfalls and entrance is included in your ticket!
7. Take a 2 Day slow boat cruise down the Mekong River
Take a slow boat ride along the Mekong River so you can just sit back and soak up the incredible journey as you wind your way through lush farmland, thriving jungle and rugged mountain scenery. Drifting past water buffalo, locals fishing, and kids splashing in the shallows and get a real glimpse of river life in Laos.
8. Learn all about Rice!
Rice is an integral part of Southeast Asia's economy and provides a livelihood for so many families. Spend time on an organic rice farm to learn about the steps of growing, harvesting and cooking rice. It's way more complex than you think! Meet the farmers and have a go at ploughing in the traditional way with the help of a water buffalo! Finish by tasting local rice based specialities and sugarcane juice.
9. Eat something crazy.
Travel is all about expanding your horizons with new sights, new friends and new experiences, so we challenge you to find something you wouldn't normally eat and give it a go! Whether it's barbecued field rat, scorpion on stick, or a crunchy fried spider - if it's good enough for the locals, give it a try!
10. Drift high above ancient temples at sunrise.
Drift over villages, temples, and serene landscapes in a hot air balloon as a new day dawns. Experience the beauty of early morning Bagan and the stunning landscape dotted with over 2000 ancient temples, from a unique viewpoint high above the Bagan Archaeological Park in Myanmar.
Are you ready to start ticking these off?