5 Rare Sights You Shouldn’t Miss in South East Asia

South East Asia has been booming in the traveling community for the last few years. But here are a few rare sights you shouldn’t skip as you make your journey of a life time.

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  • Sơn Đoòng Cave, VIETNAM

One of the best and most underrated natural sights is Son Doong Cave, one of the largest in the world. One of the many things that makes it so magnificent is the “skylights” that have been worn away into the cave’s limestone ceiling, revealing the jungles that are growing within the cave itself! It’s so large that its own localised weather system. It can fit an entire New York city block (complete with 40-story tall buildings) into its massive chambers.

But passage into Son Doong Cave doesn’t come easy. Only 500 permits were issued in 2015 (at $3,000 each), and you’ll have to visit between February and August, before heavy rains make this rare sight inaccessible.

 

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  • Palau Jellyfish Lake, PALAU

Palau is a small archipelago made up of over 500 islands, just east of the Philippines (in fact, it’s only a 3 hour flight away from Manila). But one of these small islands hides a surreal treasure: a lake filled to the brim with palm-sized jellyfish you can snorkel with pain free!

This lake was once apart of the ocean, but after the Ice Age their ancestors were trapped… in a perfect little jellyfish paradise. No predators, plenty of algae, and plenty of human snorklers to play with, which have left these jellyfish with stingers that aren’t long enough to hurt humans

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  • The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu, MALAYSIA 

For the bold and adventurous, this Malaysian mountain might be your biggest challenge yet. It’s so challenging that the Malaysian Army comes here for training. But if you make the 3 day journey up to the peaks, you’ll be treaed along the way to all sorts of unique fauna and flora, some of which can be found nowhere else.

 

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  • Trunyan Island Cemetary, BALI

If you’re seeking a truly unique experience, and don’t mind a bit if your sight is a bit macabre, the Bali Aga people have a unique burial tradition which has them lie their dead out at the feet of a large banyan tree, which the people consider holy. Like the Tibetan sky burial, they wait until natural forces dissolve the body and then place the skeletal remains on a stair shaped stone altar, which can only be reached by boat. Because the Bali Aga people welcome travelers and are open about their funeral rites, it’s a sight that’s slowly growing in popularity but still flying under the radar.

But there’s so much more to see on Trunyan Island, including a myriad of festivals and rituals that are hundreds of years old.

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  • Korowai Tribe’s Tree Houses, PAPA NEW GUINEA

There’s a bit of back and forth as to whether or not the Korowai of Papa New Guinea are still cannibalistic or if that practice ceased once contact was made in the 70’s. However, should you visit you should have no fear either way. You’ll be perfectly safe. What the Korowai are most noted for in Papa New Guinea is there homes: built 6 – to 12 meters off the ground! These houses are shared by several families and are quite stable, if you’re brave enough to make the climb!

 

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