8 Hidden Gems Place in Southeast Asia, Must-Visit!

From ancient temple sites to secret places and secluded beaches, these are the most interesting hidden tourist destinations in Southeast Asia that you must visit.
8 Jun 2022 · By Ayurizka Purwadhania
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From ancient temple sites to secret places and secluded beaches, these are the most interesting hidden tourist destinations in Southeast Asia that you must visit.

With most countries in the region easing COVID-19 restrictions gradually, this is the best time to explore the hidden places of Southeast Asia, especially in 2022.

Why a hidden place? Because many of us want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life in search of the less explored and relax in the serenity of the place, alone or with that special someone. Although there are remote vacation spots worldwide, Southeast Asia has its own little world that is different from the rest.

1. Banteay Chhmar - Kamboja

Banteay Chhmar - Kamboja / Dharma (Wikimedia Commons)
Banteay Chhmar - Kamboja / Dharma (Wikimedia Commons)

The site of an ancient temple built in the Angkorian period (802-1432) is located in Banteay Chhmar, in Thma Puok district, Banteay Meanchey province, about 65 km north of Sisophon town. It is about 110 kilometers from the Angkor World Heritage Site in Siem Reap.

For lovers of history and architecture, this ancient place is a must-visit. One can easily take a bus or taxi from Sisophon to reach this place.

Nearest Hotel to Banteay Chhmar

2. Koh Rong Island - Kamboja

Koh Rong Island - Kamboja / Dara Keo
Koh Rong Island - Kamboja / Dara Keo

One tip when visiting Cambodia is to see one that not many tourists know about. Koh Rong Island is one of the hidden gems in Cambodia.

With lush green forests in the background and wildlife roaming in their natural habitat, this is one of the best places to vacation with someone or yourself in Southeast Asia.

Nearest Hotels to Koh Rong Island

3. Nusa Penida Island - Indonesia

Nusa Penida /
Nusa Penida / Fausto Silenzi
Nusa Penida /
Nusa Penida / Alec Favale

Lembongan, Penida, and Ceningan are three islands that make up the Nusa Islands. Penida is one of four islands in Indonesia that hosts a marine biota named Manta Ray.

If you are a diving enthusiast, you can swim with these harmless creatures by contacting the local operator who organizes the dives. Often called 'hidden paradises,' these islands are sure to surprise you with their serene hidden lagoons and natural pools as you venture deeper.

People often say that Nusa resembles Bali because it was more than 30 years ago. One can reach Nusa by ferry from Sanur, Bali, which hardly takes 30 minutes.

Nusa is the best place for a relaxing holiday as it has some beautiful luxury villas and resorts for you to relax. Some must-visit locations include Mahana Point (cliff jump) and the Blue Lagoon.

Popular Hotels in Nusa Penida

4. Kuta, Bali - Indonesia

Pecatu Kuta /
Pecatu Kuta / Max
Pecatu Kuta /
Pecatu Kuta / Steph Smith

Kuta, Bali because it is an entirely different version of Balinese culture. There are various ways to reach this place, but the easiest is by ferry or bus from Ubud (Bali). Also, Lombok International Airport is only about 20 minutes from this place.

The city of Kuta and its beaches are technically no less attractive, as many tourist enthusiasts know of its existence. However, renting a bike and heading for a secret passage that takes you to exciting and less explored places is something visitors can do.

Plus, this surf/fishing village will keep you busy for a week or so.

Popular Hotels in Kuta

5. Kapas Island - Malaysia

Kapas Island -
Kapas Island - Cheeky Passport

If you want to meet one of the most interesting characters you have ever met or will meet in your life and stay in one of the most incredible places, Captain's Longhouse in Cotton is your place. The 'Captain' will welcome you, treat you like a family member, and send you back with fond memories. People rarely visit this place. If you want to relax for a few days with tranquility, head straight to Kapas.

Popular Hotels on Kapas Island

6. Pahang - Malaysia

Pahang /
Pahang / Qelola

Have you ever imagined a place that offers majestic mountain views, lush green forests, and pristine beaches? If so, one of the most beautiful hidden gems in Southeast Asia, Pahang, is sure to leave you spoiled for choice. Although it is the third-largest state in the country and home to many ecotourism destinations, it is under-visited by tourists.

Popular Hotels in Pahang

7. Mae Hong Son - Thailand

Mae Hong Son -
Mae Hong Son - Thai Airways

With mist-shrouded mountains, nature trails, hidden caves, hot springs, and waterfalls to greet you every once in a while, this is a place where you can immerse yourself in nature and be immersed in its radiating beauty. Don't forget to check out the Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge, which is an essential part of traditional ceremonies such as the one where monks (now very few) use this bridge to receive offerings.

Nearest Hotel to Mae Hong Son

8. Koh Kood - Thailand

Koh Kood Thailand /
Koh Kood Thailand / Agoda

You can spend peaceful moments in empty monasteries and lush green forests alone in this hidden place in Southeast Asia. Koh Kood is a must-visit for those who take 'the street of the underdog' seriously.

A solo traveler by choice, Pyusha loves exploring life more than anything after meals. When he's not gardening, writing, reading, cooking, or singing aloud, you may see him watching movies and series, arguing with friends, or organizing unnecessary things.

Nearest Hotels to Koh Kood

Reference: Lifestyleasia

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