6 Must See National Parks In Southeast Asia

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Brown Wooden Waterfall Direction Sign Placed on Brown Tree Bark


We all have our different preferences for when it comes to travelling, whether it’s action-packed city jaunts, lazy days on the beach, or something in between. Then there are those of us who love to get amongst nature and really explore. For some of the world’s most beautiful National Parks, Southeast Asia has so much to offer. When we indulge in the outdoors, these are the times when we truly relax, experience tranquility and come home feeling fully refreshed. There are so many parks to see in Southeast Asia; it might be tough to see them all! Regardless, here are six ideas to get you started.

Khao Sok National Park

You won’t want to miss this absolute gem of a national park; be blown away by the globe’s largest evergreen forest (there’s over 700 square kilometers of it)! Get lost amongst the valleys and explore the gorgeous waterfalls. On Cheow Lan lake, you’ll find charming floating raft houses, so have your cameras ready. If you’re a fan of wildlife, you won’t be disappointed by a trek here, look out for the elephants and the monkeys too. For an authentic one of a kind experience, Khao Sok has it all. 

Komodo National Park

For the amazing opportunity to spot Komodo dragons, be sure to visit Komodo National Park. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site which spans the volcanic islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo. Visitors come not just to catch a glimpse of the Komodo, but to have one of Indonesia’s top diving experiences at the coral triangle. At Komodo National Park, there are thousands of species of tropical fish, hundreds of coral, and even rare mammals to spot, such as the dugong. You can reach the par by Labuan Bajo or Bima. From here, it’s simple to travel in via boat. 

Grey Komodo Dragon


Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Vietnam

Made up of beautiful mountains and caves (over 400 million years old), Phong Nha-Ke Bang is not a Vietnam sight to be missed. Here you’ll find the world’s largest cave plus plenty of beautiful greenery to admire above. The jaw-dropping caves are one of the main draws; however, the park is also excellent to hike or take a kayak. Phong Nha remains largely undiscovered, so you’ll find plenty of tranquility as you explore in peace. There are many cave tours, plus tours by bike or motorbike if you prefer. For those who love a camping trip, there are opportunities to do so here. (A night under the stars might be just what the doctor ordered)! 

Hoàng Liên National Park

Another Vietnam favourite for the bucket list can be found in Hoàng Liên; beautiful stretches of forests surround you as you take in the sights of Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam. At the park, there is the opportunity to take a village tour, which involves staying with the native people who live here and taking a glimpse at their local way of life. For the adventurers among you, there’s also the chance to conquer Fansipan via mountaineering or rock climbing. As with any sports practice, be mindful of your health and safety. It’s best to seek advice from the locals if you are unsure.


Home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu, this UNESCO World Heritage site boasts breathtaking beauty. If you’re into climbing, there are plenty of route options to reach the summit. You’ll find two trails, Kota Belud or Ranau. It’s best to book in advance if you want to climb (as spaces can get filled up quick)! Mountain treks can be a real challenge, so if you’re a beginner it’s worth doing a little training for seeking some advice before you brave it. 

Bokor National Park 

At Bokor you’ll find breathing taking mountain to marvel at, as well as vast stretches of lush forestry. Bokor National Park was originally established as a wildlife sanctuary to protect leopards and Elephants. Top sights to see here include the Popokvil Waterfalls and the ruins of the Black Palace.

Photography Of Waterfalls Between Trees


National parks are just one element of Southeast Asia; there is so much more to experience. From gorgeous beaches to ancient temples, delicious cuisines, and full moon festivals, there’s much to discover. For an amazing and varied experience, Explore Southeast Asia with On the Go Tours. Here you’ll find a range of options available in destinations from Thailand to Vietnam and Cambodia. Before you know it, you’ll be taking in some of the best sunsets in the world.

Why not check out my post all about backpacking!

I hope you found this post on Southeast Asia, both informative and exciting.





  1. Chris Toone
    January 15, 2020 / 9:36 pm

    That waterfall looks incredibly refreshing, especially after a satisfying day of hikes! Of all of the times I’ve planned trips to SE Asia, I never considered seeking out the national parks… thanks for expanding my ideas!


  2. January 15, 2020 / 9:37 pm

    That waterfall looks incredibly refreshing, especially after a satisfying day of hikes! Of all of the times I’ve planned trips to SE Asia, I never considered seeking out the national parks… thanks for expanding my ideas!


  3. shortgirlwalking
    January 20, 2020 / 10:12 am

    This is a really cool list! I did want to go see the komodo’s at some point – but I heard the government was intending to raise the price of admission to the island to over $1k australian due to the tourism damage. I hope that’s not the case!

  4. laurawoots
    January 20, 2020 / 11:18 am

    I’ve started planning a trip to SE Asia later in the year and this has inspired me! Thank you 😊 x

  5. January 22, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    As I sit here freezing my butt off in the dead of winter, this post is giving me some serious travel lust. Southeast Asia has always been a travel destination of mine, so this post is inspiring me to actually take the steps to make it happen. Especially Komodo National Park (my dad was big into reptiles, so we had a lot of pet lizards growing up…I’d love to get a chance to see actual komodo dragons in the wild…from a safe distance). Wonderful post!

  6. January 22, 2020 / 4:10 pm

    We love national parks and have just started targeting them abroad. Can’t wait to get back to this region and hit some of these up. Thank yo!

  7. January 22, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    This is beautiful!!! I’d love to visit sometime ❤️

  8. January 22, 2020 / 9:18 pm

    Awesome parks and could get an amazing adventure in these places. Thank you for sharing because I kinda adding south Aisa to the list of traveling and might give them a visit.

  9. Lellalee
    January 22, 2020 / 11:08 pm

    Wow so many National Parks. Each one just as stunning as the other! I’ve never been to this part of the world but it looks utterly beautiful xxx

  10. Kat
    January 23, 2020 / 3:46 am

    Your post makes me want to visit them my next vacation!

  11. makeupmuddle
    February 4, 2020 / 7:26 pm

    Oh wow so many amazing parks! I’ve always wanted to visit South East Asia xo


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