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Picture Perfect: 9 Incredible Photography Destinations in Southeast Asia

By Contributed content 4 September 2018

Southeast Asia is a popular destination, drawing in visitors from all over the world. Digital nomads, yoga enthusiasts, and travellers from all walks of life enjoy the perks of the region’s many world-renowned locations. You will also find many popular destinations that are popular with photographers. A quick glance at AllTheRooms top picks will have you understanding why, in no time at all.


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1. Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second most populated city in the country. Hanoi sits on the right bank of the Red River and is known for its beautiful architecture and temples.


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2. Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan (also called Rara Jonggrang) is a 9th century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia. The temples feature intricate Hindu architecture and tower over 47 metres (more than 154 feet). Prambanan is dedicated to Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Transformer. The temples and compound are a popular place for photographers. Take a look at images shared from #prambanan on Instagram.


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3. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is full of outdoor adventures and fun activities. There are plenty of brilliant opportunities for gorgeous photos in the tropical rainforests, on the tops of tall mountains, and in the hill tribe villages of rural Thailand. You can also find many elaborate Buddhist temples throughout Chiang Mai including the 14th century Wat Phra Singh and 15th century Wat Chedi Luang.


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4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is the entrance to the ruins of Angkor. The popular Cambodian resort town is filled with intricate stone buildings and temples with giant mysterious faces carved into the side. Siem Reap is also a popular tourist and photography destination. From the Angkor Archaeological Park to the silk farms in the lush countryside, there is a lot to see and do here, making for some excellent photo opportunities.


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5. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Known for its stunning white sand beaches, steep cliffs, and gorgeous island compositions, El Nido is an incredible destination on the Philippine archipelago of Palawan. The area has many unique dive sites, hiking and exploring opportunities, and so much else to offer. Take in the fantastic vistas, and discover why so many people visit this paradise on earth.


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6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is located in southern Vietnam and is famous for its colonial landmarks and unique architecture. Commonly known as Saigon, the city is brimming with life – fast-moving mopeds, busy markets, and food stalls everywhere! If you are a street photographer and enjoy documenting everyday life, Ho Chi Minh City is a must visit. The Bến Thành Market is where you can find the largest, most active marketplace.


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7. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. The Bagan Archaeological Area boasts more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments and monasteries, and the temples and pagodas dot a beautiful green landscape with excellent views. The archaeological zone stretches over 26 square miles, giving you plenty of room to explore all the historical Buddhist sites.


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8. Bali, Indonesia

Arguably one of the most popular places in Southeast Asia, Bali is an Indonesian island known for its beautiful scenery. On the island, you will find volcanic mountains covered in forests, tropical beaches with coral reefs, and rice fields (one of the most popular being Tegallalang Rice Terrace). Need a quick break from taking photos? Bali is known for yoga and meditation retreats, so it’s a great place to relax and reflect on your travels.


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9. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of the Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, and a photographer's dream. Luang Prabang is located in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. In the Laotian capital, you will find many beautiful Buddhist temples and epic views of city life. You can also visit the lively streets and food markets throughout the city to get a true taste of what life is like in Luang Prabang.

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