If you’re ready for an exotic adventure, don’t overlook some of the most beautiful islands around Southeast Asia. Some of the most scenic spots in the world are home to gorgeous beaches, stunning coasts, and spiritual venues ripe for exploring. Here are five secret Southeast Asian islands to add to your bucket list:
Mount Pinatubo, Philippines
The Philippines are home to dozens of islands with untouched territory and natural wonders and there are a few hidden gems you don’t want to miss. Mount Pinatubo is one of them, which is an old volcano that last erupted in 1991. The top of the mountain is now home to a giant lake and your can go on a trekking adventure to see it for yourself. Head out on a guided tour of this mountain that includes a trip to area coffee plantations and natural sites to make the most of your visit.
Koh Chang, Thailand
Located on the Eastern shore of Thailand, this island of untouched beaches is the perfect place to enjoy a day in paradise. Elephant Island is one of the more remote areas of this part of Thailand and is the place to enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean while enjoying traditional Thai cuisine at local restaurants.
Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world and is home to Gunung Leuser National Park. It’s the perfect place to go on a jungle hike, volcano climbing, and visit the large city of Medan. The island is surrounded by mountains and you’ll find plenty of places offering lakeside accommodations to take in the picturesque views.
Ke Ga, Vietnam
If you’re looking for a traditional seaside village with easy access to the ocean, plan your trip to this little island a few hours from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s home to an old French colonial lighthouse and you can hire a boat to take you out for a tour of the island to learn about its rich history.
Nusa Islands, Indonesia
Located off the coast of Bali, these islands boast white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and naturally-formed infinity pools. This is the place to go scuba diving and snorkeling, see the manta rays up close, and enjoy breathtaking views from the dramatic cliffs.