The perfect tropical climate, island chains of volcanoes, and sparkling waters are just a few of the things that make Southeast Asia such a prime destination for captivating natural landscapes. Here are 12 natural wonders of Southeast Asia that are sure to impress!
1. Krabi Province – Thailand
Jagged limestone cliffs and clear Andaman seas make Krabi an inspiring destination in the south of Thailand.
A few adventurous opportunities include climbing on the rock formations, adventurous trekking, island hopping, or just relaxing at a slow pace to admire the wondrous natural beauty.
Krabi is a great place to learn how to dive and see an entirely new dimension of environmental beauty on a memorable vacation.
2. Sangkhlaburi – Thailand
Located on the Thai Burmese border, Sankgkhlaburi represents pure relaxation and sheer natural charm.
The simple town that surrounds the emerald-green waters of the lake is friendly, easy to manage, and laid back.
The best way to see it is during the cool climate of early sunrise. A thick layer of fog hovers above the lake, slowly being dispersed with every second of gaining light.
The morning sunshine in Sangklhaburi is so soft; it feels healing.
3. Mount Kinabalu – Sabah, Malaysia
Borneo is an island that is blessed with an abundance of natural growth and hundreds of square miles of magnificent landscape.
The island is divided into three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. In the Malaysian part of Sabah lies the unmissable Mount Kinabalu.
Ascending the peak takes determination and lots of energy, but the plant life and views of the island make it worth every step.
4. Taman Negara – Malaysia
Considered the world's oldest rainforest, Taman Negara is a UNESCO world heritage site with a dense ecosystem of plant life. You can even see komodo dragons.
The beautiful attractions are trekking through the jungle, walking through the top layer of the trees on the world's most extensive canopy, and spotting wildlife.
This UNESCO natural world heritage site is the ideal vacation destination if you want to see unique flora.
5. Lake Toba – Sumatra, Indonesia
Located in the center of the massive Indonesian island of Sumatra, Lake Toba defines the ideal tropical paradise.
A break in the lush forest makes way for one of the world's deepest volcanic lakes.
The lake is so calm and pure that it's possible to stare into the water and see the depths of the volcano.
6. Mount Bromo – Java, Indonesia
Indonesia is an island nation that is formed on the foundation of volcanoes.
This area consists of two prominent volcanic peaks, Mount Bromo and the continually active Mount Semeru.
The view from the top ledge surrounding the Bromo basin is moon-like, a truly surreal landscape.
The famous sunrise over the volcanoes creates vibrant colors of light.
7. Palawan – Philippines
The Philippines is home to some of Southeast Asia's most concealed and gorgeous beaches.
From Coron to El Nido, the island of Palawan is a treasure trove of crystal clear waters, private beaches, and underwater springs and caves, with an expansive underground lake.
8. Chocolate Hills – Bohol, Philippines
The perfect little rounded cone-shaped hills on the island of Bohol, Philippines, appear to be evenly spaced throughout an area of 50 square kilometers.
These symmetrical mounds of earth transform to a chocolate brown color during the dry season, resembling a field full of giant Hershey Kisses!
9. Mount Pinatubo – Philippines
The volatile nature of volcanoes gives them the power to destroy and create some of the most dramatic natural scenes of beauty available.
Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991, creating a caldera from the excess lava flow.
The basin began to fill with water, and the result was a turquoise volcanic lake surrounded by the hands of Pinatubo.
10. Batad Rice Terrace – Philippines
Rounding the final corner of the hike and facing the amphitheater of the rice terraces of Batad is nothing short of breathtaking.
The rugged mountain scenery of this amazing place cradles the irrigated rice fields, or rice paddies, on terraces built directly into the side of the highest mountain in complete natural harmony.
Hiking and swimming in waterfalls is another incredible thing to do here in this verdant destination. The stunning terraced hills of this hilly region make it one of the Philippines' most popular tourist destinations.
11. Halong Bay – Vietnam
It's a vast mystical bay, littered with thousands of limestone islands that proudly stick out of the water.
It's possible to explore some of the limestone island caves or paddle a sea kayak through the dreamlike landscape.
12. Mekong River – Laos
The wide Mekong River is a vital part of life in the country of Laos.
The expanse of the brown-colored river weaves its way through green jetting mountains, nurturing natural ecosystems and the farms of indigenous people along the way.
Floating down the river on a boat trip is a glimpse at its power and the environment that so crucially relies on the waterway.
The indescribable landscape of Southeast Asia is a truly stunning display of mountain peaks, glassy lakes, turquoise seas, and chocolate hills! A great trip for nature lovers.
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.