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Sunday, April 29, 2012

10 interesting places to visit in Southeast Asia

This summer, it's definitely "more fun" to travel and visit great tourist destinations both in and out of the Philippines.

Here are some of the best places to see within Southeast Asia:
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banawe, Philippines

According to the travel site, “My Travel Guide Posts," Banaue Rice Terraces is definitely a must-see place as one will be perplexed at how this 2000-year-old wonder was made.

These terraces rise 1,500 meters above sea level and are believed to be completely sculpted by the early Ifugao people using only rock tools.

Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand (Estimated Filipino population in Thailand: 26, 772*)

If you love to shop and party, this is the perfect place for you. According to My Travel Guide Posts, this road is filled with hundreds of shops that virtually have everything. The street, one of the world’s longest, has hotels, night clubs, and restaurants which are affordable.

Nha Trang Coastline
Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam (Estimated Filipino population in Vietnam: 5,100*)

My Travel Guide Posts said the Nha Trang Coastline is an easy choice if you are into beaches. Its coastline, white sand and clear waters will make Filipinos feel like they are in a Boracay away from home. The other attractions include a museum, waterpark, and a cable car ride where one can appreciate the beauty of Nha Trang.
Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Estimated Filipino population in Malaysia: 316,273*)

‘Great shopping and excellent views’ – this is how My Travel Guide Posts describes a visit to the tallest buildings in the world.

Aside from the stunning views, there are also several tour and dining options at the Petronas Twin Towers.

Siem Reap
Cambodia (Estimated Filipino population in Cambodia: 3,283*)

Temples, relics and ruins are what you will find in Siem Reap. According to My Travel Guide Posts, Angkor Wat is the main attraction of this location along with other temples like Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean.
Kinabalu National Park
Malaysia (Estimated Filipino population in Malaysia: 316,273*)

The destination of choice for nature lovers and one of the top picks of My Travel Guide Posts, this natural haven is home to rare plant and animal species such as the pitcher plant, mountain squirrel and leopard cat.

Kinabalu National Park also boasts one of the world’s highest peaks in Mount Kinabalu which is perfect for mountain climbers.

Bagan, Mandalay Division
Myanmar (Estimated Filipino population in Myanmar: 515*)
Another temple and ruin destination, Bagan is home to numerous temples which have stunning architecture.

According to My Travel Guide Posts, the temples and ruins in Bagan were built during the 11th and 13th centuries.
Bukit Lawang
Sumatra, Indonesia (Estimated Filipino population in Indonesia: 11,914*)

Miles of forest filled with diverse wildlife makes Bukit Lawang the best option for adventure-seekers, according to online directory Article Base. The forest is mostly home to orangutans and other various wildlife.

Haw Par Villa
Singapore (Estimated Filipino population in Singapore: 160,020*)

In an article on the website Hub Pages, Haw Par Villa is cited as a historical representation of Chinese mythological characters. The statues range from normal to bizarre.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the new seven wonders of the world, is a subterranean network of caverns and caves formed naturally by erosion.

Its beauty is otherworldly and can only be fully experienced by boating through a series of underground tunnels filled with stunning rock formations.
Visiting these places can be a very fulfilling experience. However, let us always remember that the condition of these Asian wonders will depend on how we care for our environment. - VVP, GMA News

* Based on the 2010 data of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas 

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