If you’ve been around a lot, we understand that it’s not easy to find off the beaten path locations for you to visit. But we may surprise you with our list today. Southeast Asia is a favourite for thousands of tourists, and there’s so much more to it than just beaches, jungles, and nightclubs if you really look – you’re bound to find some amazing, untouched havens.

First things first. Because this list covers some lesser-known Southeast Asian destinations, it’s important to know what to pack and where to get the best travel insurance deal in Asia. Besides, every traveller knows the advantage of being well prepared.

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Kapas Island, Malaysia. How does so few know about this place? Well, we’re guessing the Malaysians are keeping this all to themselves. Outside of holiday times you will possibly be one of the few people on the island and the beach here is truly something worth experiencing

Visit the Captain at The Captain’s Longhouse and meet one of the coolest persons you’ll come across on your travels. He’ll warmly take you in, treat you like his own family and send you on your merry way with a smile on your face. There’s no place like Kapas Island.

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. Based on many accounts, this is hands down the nicest beach in the world. And there’s two of it in Cambodia. One is a drive location for boats that leaves Sihanoukville and is nestled out in the sea’s expanse, left mostly untouched by tourism. You may have seen all the best beaches from Asia to Africa, the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, but Koh Rong trumps them all. The incredible jungle backdrop, coral reef and the fact that only a few people know the place just adds to its exquisiteness. It’s one of the best sights in Southeast Asia.

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Sumatra, Indonesia. Sumatra Island is mostly an untouched paradise. There are areas where you will run into a few backpackers but even in those places you can go alone and find a place of your own. Sumatra is largely non-touristed and it brags some of the most wonderful sights in the entire region. Lake Meninjau and Lake Toba offer crystal clear, fresh water in the middle of a volcano crater.

If you stay here, you will probably have an entire guesthouse to yourself (depending on which side of the lake you stay on). Don’t miss Sumatra if you’re trying to avoid crowds, it’s one of the best places to be. A stark contrast to the busy Bali.

Hsipaw, Myanmar.  It may be true that Myanmar is not the untouched paradise as it once was, however, visiting the villages around Hsipaw will let you see some of the breathtaking Shan culture and nature it’s known for. There are farmlands, waterfalls, natural hot springs and sincere local hospitality. Locals freely invite tourists in for meals and you can see their homes and their remarkably laid-back lifestyle.

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El Nido, Philippines. El Nido is a paradise that shows up in the front of Lonely Planet’s best. They actually dub it as “a gateway to the sublime.” Take your pick of one of the beautiful 45 islands, pack your gear, your favourite snacks and start exploring! Camping on one or two of the islands will be a highlight of your trip to Southeast Asia. Talk to the locals, fishermen, other travellers to figure out what to do next.

There you have it! Itching to travel for the holidays? Don’t forget to pack the right gears have fun!