From pristine forests, unspoilt beaches, color-changing lakes and dramatic landscapes, these Southeast Asian destinations capture the most incredible beauty of a wonderfully diverse region.
1 Mondulkiri, Cambodia
This eastern region of Cambodia is the largest but most populous region of the country, with vast forested lands, powerful waterfalls and rolling, tree-clad hills. The local community is home to 10 tribes that create a sinister Pongong influence throughout the region of the Khmer state. Central to the discovery of elephant reserves is the hub, the iconic "Ocean of Trees," and locally run strawberry, rubber, coffee, and cashew fields.
2 Taman Negara, Malaysia
One of the world's oldest deciduous rainforests - estimated at over 130 million-million - is spread over 4,343 square kilometers through central and northern Malaysia. One of the jumping points to explore this ancient forest. Situated on the banks of the Tahn River, day-trippers can roam treetops along the world's longest suspension bridge or trek to Bukit Teresek Hill. Long treks - both guided and maintained - are available for nine days, with essential supplies available for sale or rent in the village. Visitors can also visit Orang Asli settlements, the indigenous nomadic tribes of Taman Negra, raft through rapids, explore the cave system and join night safaris to see rare mammals such as Malay tigers and Asian elephants.
3 Koh Rong Sanlom, Cambodia
This undeveloped counterpart to nearby Koh Rong's backpacker paradise appears to be straightforward from the pages of Robinson Crusoe. The entire spit of just nine kilometers long and wide stretches its name, which translates as y duruh 'or' dreamer ', so expect some serious rest while cruising along its shores. The main area of activity is the Aquamarine-Framed Saracen Bay, with futuristic pods ranging from tree houses to beach shores and luxury huts in hidden lagoons for ultimate privacy.
4 Inlay Lake, Myanmar
About 3,000 meters above sea level in the Shan Hills of Myanmar, Iconic is home to several subsistence tribes spread across four main villages along the lake, with several small settlements that make up the shoreline. Most indigenous people live in communities of stagnant bamboo houses, and local fishermen practice a distinctive foot-rowing style, which develops from fish needs to reeds and floating plants. The Shan region is also famous for its incredible Chinese-inspired cuisine, weaving Lotus textiles, and cigars made from tobacco, honey, rice flour, tamarind, bananas, and star anise. The local village also has its own beautiful vineyard to see the village valley with wine tasting.
5 Bai Zepp, Vietnam
A small fishing village south of Quy Nhon, this isolated inlet has two coves: Bai Truach, a bustling beach used by Vietnamese traditional circular fishing boats, while Bai Sau white swimming. And offers a large bay to rest on the white sandy beach. The area is brilliantly equipped with no cars or anything, even conspicuously cosmopolitan, with cooking classes, hiking trails, and plenty of opportunities for waterfall trekking.
6 Mae Hong Song, Thailand
Ma Hong Song Province, located on the border of Myanmar, is a spectacular expanse of mist-filled mountainous landscape with hundreds of hidden caves, hot springs, nature parks and waterfalls. Trekking opportunities are world-class, opening up incredible perspectives and providing access to indigenous hilltrib villages. There is also the iconic Su Thong Pai bamboo bridge spanning about a kilometer between rice trees, which is still used by monks today during begging ceremonies, and Phu Clone Mud Spa actually treated itself while returning to nature Huh.
7 Nusa Island, Indonesia
The breathtaking beauty is not entirely inaccessible. Just off the coast of Bali are the Nusa Islands - Lambongan, Penida, and Seningan - each a step back in Bali's time before mass tourism. As Bali enjoys incredibly diverse landscapes, parts of the Nusa Islands are blanketed with turquoise waters by tranquil, white sandy beaches, with others dramatic cliff-sides and surf breaks, naturally formed infinity Pool, and overlooking the hidden lagoon. The area is also home to some of Indonesia's incredible Manta Ray populations, where there are plenty of operators available to get you swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving with these gentle giants.