beautiful and bizarre in southeast asia

Yay for beauty and weirdness! It’s probably one of my favorite things in the whole world. Seeing something that is so weird and doesn’t make sense, but is still gorgeous. Here’s my list so far. I definitely plan on seeing more bizarre and beautiful places in the future. If you want more information (and pictures) on the place I mention, click on the place, they are all linked!

Here are 7 amazing, beautiful, but most of all, bizarre places in Southeast Asia.

Hanging Coffins –  Sagada, Philippines

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There are coffins perched up high on a rock in Sagada…. for real! Bizarre, beautiful, creepy, and weird all rolled into one. To get here you have to walk through the lovely Eco-Valley, a small forested area, and then walk down to the rock at the bottom of the valley. It’s there on that rock that the precariously hung coffins are located.

Also, the Sumngan Caves have coffins piled up at the caves entrance. Some of the coffins are so old, they are broken. Which means human remains are scattered about. Nothing like seeing a pelvic bone on the side of the path of the cave you’re about to explore.

 

Bokor Hill – Kampot, Cambodia

My friend really want to go on this abandoned building tour while were in Kamot… I was like, dude… really? Abandoned buildings?

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I’m so glad we went! The buildings are time-worn, yet still beautiful in their own eerie way. I really enjoyed learning about the history of the buildings. The views though… Those coastal vistas were beautiful!

 

Penis Shrine – Phranang Cave Beach, Railay, Krabi, Thailand

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The beautiful beaches are your reason for going to Phranang Beach, but you will be greeted by something other than white sand and blue water. Here is  a small cave that holds…a penis shrine. For real, people. Talking about bizarre places in Southeast Asia, this one might take the cake. Why is this here? It’s supposed to instill luck and fertility and all that other stuff. But at the end of the day, it’s a small cave full of phallic figurines. Totally weird, but also awesome.

 

Plain of Jars – Phonsavan, Laos

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Literally… A plain of jars. There are some rolling hills and then random rock jars. Where did they come from? Why are they here? How many of them are there? ….Why?? Many questions come to mind, but one thing is evident… It’s weirdly cool and pretty!

 

Buddha Park – Vientiane, Laos

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OK, so this is probably the least weird, but I loved it so much. It’s more super random than weird. I’ve seen many temples in my day, but this spiritual place was way different. First- the ride here is a feat in itself. The bus was only about 100 years old and drove as slow as molasses because there’s essentially no road. Unless you count the very dusty path that usually has goats and cows in the way as well as village children. Huge pot holes, rocks, and dips included.

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Once you get here, it’s an assault on your mind. Where to look? There’s so many random statues and figures, you can walk around for a few hours, for sure. Hinduism and Buddhism are evident throughout the park. The park is set on a river with Thailand just across the way.

 

Fairy Stream and Sand Dunes– Mui Ne, Vietnam

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This is such a beautiful spot, but it doesn’t make sense. At least not to me. The fairy stream maintains a low-level of water, so low that it looks like you are walking on water when you walk through it. Very cool! All the while these weird white sand rocks follow you along the way. They look like huge melted wax sand candles!

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When you get to the end, the sand dunes just don’t belong here. Sand dunes in Vietnam? I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem to fit. It’s certainly one of the most bizarre places in Southeast Asia in my opinion.

 

Kawah Ijen – Java, Indonesia

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This place is my favorite! I highly recommend going here if you want something a little dangerous, adventurous, and beautiful. It’s bizarre because how often do you get to hike down into a crater to see blue flames coming out of the ground, in the middle of the night, with other volcanoes surrounding you, and sulfur miners working hard on the scene. It’s just so oddly beautiful. The blue flames are spectacular, but the billowing sulfur smoke all around you is terrible. Worth it though! After seeing that, you make the climb out of the crater for the stunning views of the green acid lake below and the sunrise from the rim. What an amazing place!

 

OK, now tell me about another bizarrely beautiful place to go to? Anywhere in the world! I would love to add it to my list! 🙂

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