Vietnam

20. The tunnels of C? Chi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

C? Chi

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History buffs will enjoy this informative tour of the harrowing C? Chi tunnels. Of course there is the fabulous Vietnamese food, art and hectic pace of Ho Chi Minh to attract those more interested in the present.
Getting there: Cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

Malaysia

21. Amazing views from Penang Hill, Malaysia

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Take the Swiss-engineered funicular railway up the steep hill to an inpressive view of bustling Georgetown. The food is as much of an attraction as the views so be sure to sample Malaysian cuisine from street stalls and markets.
Getting there: Cheap flights to Penang

22. Dive off Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman Island, Malaysia<

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The largest island in an archipelago of 60 volcanic islands, Tioman is brilliant for diving. You can walk the island in a couple of hours through unspoilt forest.

23. Visit the world’s oldest rainforest in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Taman Negara National Park,

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The world’s oldest rainforest at 130 million years old is also the largest in Malaysia. Visit to experience what vegetation was like when dinosaurs roamed the planet.
How to get there: By road to Kuala Tembeling then by boat to Kuala Tahan.

Myanmar

24. Hot air balloon over the plains of Bagan, Myanmar

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Rise at dawn to watch the temples of Bagan appear against a back drop of sunrise jewels. Hot air balloon trips cost around 300 dollars a trip but are well worth the extra coin.
Getting there: Cheap flights to Yangon

Philippines

25. Find paradise at Palawan Island, Phillippines

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A personal favourite of Travelstart’s Nick Paul, Palawan island is a true paradise with pristine beaches and tropical forests. The Japanese shipwrecks from WWII are of interest as is the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary and the Subterranean National Park.
Getting there: Cheap flights to Cebu

26. Banaue Rice Terraces, Phillippines

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The people of Batad have carved these incredible rice terraces into the mountains over the past 2000 years. They are an amazing feat built by hand stone by stone. Hiking is a popular activity for visitors.

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