Must-Visit Destinations for Solo Travellers in Southeast Asia

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Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

Use the best Asian cities for solo travel as springboards for exploring beaches, jungles and bays on these awesome Southeast Asia trips.

Southeast Asia is a paradise for solo travellers. Imagine spending a week tasting your way through the street food carts of Vietnam. Picture yourself hiking through Thailand’s jungles in search of colourful birds that seem torn from the vibrant pages of encyclopaedias. Envision what life would be like on a Balinese beach with cocktails on tap and all your worries drowned out by spectacular sunsets. Now book these trips to Southeast Asia and explore the best Asian cities for solo travel in real life.

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The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in Bali, cascading down greenery-covered cliffs

Soak up the sun in Bali and beyond

Need a solo beach getaway? You’ll have plenty of time for tanning alone on this 12-day trip in Bali, Indonesia. The sun will shine on you wherever you go, from the sacred Lempuyang Temple to the top of Mount Batur. Swimming at the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls will cool your skin just in time to heat it back up on the pristine shores of Gili Trawangan. For those who need to submerge themselves for refreshment, hanging out with the stone statues beneath Gili Meno’s waters will do the trick.

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Trip highlights and details

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, Indonesia

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Discover rural villages and epic waterfalls in Laos

Don’t discount Laos on your Southeast Asian adventures. This beautiful country shares borders with Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, but is often left out of gap-year summer plans. We spend the second half of our epic two-week Thai-Laos Rail Trip exploring Laos, starting with a river cruise down the Mekong. We’ll hop off at rural villages to meet whisky-making locals and discover sacred caves, before embarking on a hike to the stunning Kuang Si Falls – the country’s most famous attraction for a reason. After that we’ll catch the high-speed train to Vang Vieng, from where we’ll go kayaking on the Nam Song river, before hopping on the overnight sleeper train back to Bangkok.

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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STYLE

Discovery

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Angkor Wat at sunrise

Marvel at the ancient wonder of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

You only need one reason to visit Cambodia, and that’s the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat. This surreal temple complex is one of the most spiritually rousing places on the planet, especially if you visit at sunrise, which is exactly what we do on our border-crossing Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam trip. To watch the sun slowly appear from behind the temple’s intricately carved towers, reflecting a striking silhouette onto the surrounding moat, is an experience you’ll never forget. The rest of our time in Cambodia will be spent gorging on the street food of Phnom Penh and watching a local Phare Circus show.

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Trip highlights and details

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Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Alex Jordan. Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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