When someone speaks of the island countries in Southeast Asia, many people may think of beautiful seas and resorts such as Bali in Indonesia and Philippines.
Southeast Asia’s island nations are rich in nature such as rainforests and mountains.
Let’s look at some of these countries.
Indonesia is a country with a very long east and west territory which consists of thousands of volcanic islands. As of the year 2020, Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world after China, India and the United States.
The first eco-tourism spot in Indonesia is Gili Island. Gili Island, with its blue sea and white sandy beach, offers maritime activities such as snorkeling.
This may sound like an average trip to the shoreline, but at Gili Island one is able to protect sea turtles and coral reefs as well as learning about sustainable lifestyles and environmental protection.
For a change of scenery, Komodo National Park has a variety of land-based activities. There seems to be a chance to view the huge monitor lizard, the “Komodo Dragon”.
The Philippines is a rarity in Southeast Asia and accounts for 90% of Christians, and its official languages are Tagalog and English. These days one may be familiar with online English conversation and studying abroad. The author of this article stayed in the Philippines for six weeks and was surprised that as soon as September the Christmas decorations began to display.
Bohol Island, which is said to be a sacred place of ecotourism, is located in the Philippines.
Experiences at Bohol include watching the fireflies and tarsier monkey’s, staying at an eco-friendly hotel and dining in an environmentally friendly restaurant. It makes one wonder that if one can touch nature and eat things that are good for both nature and one’s own body, then both body and mind will be beautiful!
Diving is possible, but please be aware concerning sunscreens and rubbish disposal in order to protect the sea. Even without a diving license, one can do a diving experience, so that might be something worth looking into.
Brunei Darussalam may not be the most familiar country to introduce.
The country’s name, Brunei Darussalam, has a wonderful meaning, “a country forever peaceful”. It is a country located on Borneo, and its land is quite small, but it is blessed with abundant natural resources and is known as the country where the royal family is said to be the world’s top millionaire.
About 60% of the land is tropical rainforest, and it is possible to view the gibbons which only live in Borneo. In 2017, tourism increased by 20%. Many travellers were attracted by the amazing rainforest.
Among the National Parks in Brunei, the Ulu Temburong National Park has won the first place in Trip Adviser.
There is a jungle trekking where one can access the location by high speed boat or car from the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.
Malaysia is not only Malay peoples (approximately 69%), but also Chinese (approximately 23%) and Indian-Malay (approximately 7%). The author has visited, and found the diversity of tourist destinations impressive that Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Islamic mosques were each famous in their own right.
Malaysia has more than 25 national parks and rich rainforests, but Penang National Park is one of the most accessible places from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about one hour by airplane, followed by a 50 minute bus ride from the city. On a wide trekking course, one can see beautiful flowers, monkeys, more than a thousand plant varieties and hundreds of birds and reptiles. It is safe to take a trek with a local guide or ranger who will help you to learn about the local nature and culture!
Will your next much needed holiday be immersed in beautiful nature?
Are there any countries or activities that are of interest? It is possible to forget the stresses of everyday life when travelling in Southeast Asia. Refresh yourself by taking a refreshing walk in nature or enjoying the mountains or even swim in the sea!
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