The "backpackers loop" in South East Asia has become a popular destinations for many gap-year students and travelers to branch out and see the world with fellow backpackers. This loop consists of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Which is great... unless your like me and get a bit sick of the tourist crowd. So, here is a list of 5 Underrated Destinations in South East Asia to get away from the crowds and have gorgeous places all to yourself!
There are plenty of hidden gems here, but Railay Beach comes highly recommended if you want some peace and quiet. For those who are more adventurous there is the chance to enjoy a half day rock climbing session for around $40 USD per person. You can also go visit a temple in the warren of caves at Wat Tham Sua - with over 1,200 steps to climb to reach the exquisite "Footprint of the Buddha."
Kapas Islands, Malaysia
If you want to make sure you keep active during your trip you might elect to hike the island. Keep in mind that this island is not large, and you could walk it in a couple of hours, but it is a really interesting way to soak up the atmosphere of the island.
Koh Kood, Thailand
You also need to check out family-run Koh Kood Divers, located on the shores of Bang Bao Bay. They offer wonderful diving opportunities that allow you to come face-to-face with the stunning marine life beneath the ocean waves. A 1-day dive + snorkeling experience is available from around ฿2,500.
If you don’t fancy the national park, there’s the 250m long Koh Tonsay beach to check out. There is also an impressive crab market where you can get away from some of the more unusual food. Cambodian tarantulas are a delicacy, as detailed by 1Cover... No thank you! I think I’ll take the crab market all day long, and enjoy some delicious seafood.
Châu Đốc, Vietnam
These are 5 unique places to visit in South East Asia that are a little off the beaten track. They give you a stunning snapshot of these countries and fill you with incredible and unmatched experiences, and you’ll hopefully never look at travel the same way again.