bucket list (noun)
  1. a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

Like most travellers, our bucketlist is a bit uncontrollable. Every time we tick one thing off we add three more, such is the nature of wanting to experience everything a destination has to offer. In order to plan our travels better we decided to make a number of different bucket lists.

This is our bucketlist for South East Asia. We hope to tick off as much as possible while living in the region, but if not then its just another excuse to visit Asia! Incase you’re curious we’ve kept our Vietnam bucketlist separate as it features all the experiences and adventures we hope to have before leaving and, trust me, its too long a list to include here.

There isn’t really any particular order to this list but the destinations nearest to Vietnam we are hoping to tick off before our contracts are up!

As you can see, some countries we’ve done research for and others we have only briefly looked at. If you have been to any, then tips on where to visit and experiences to add to our list are greatly welcomed! Alternatively, anything/anywhere you’ve been that you think we should skip? Please let us know in the comments!


Ride around Bangkok in tuk tuks – August 2014

Find hidden temples in Bangkok – August 2014

Take the over night train from Bangkok to the North – August 2014

Bathe with Elephants in Chiang Mai – August 2014 (recommend Elephant Nature Park for ethical interaction with Elephants)

Learn to cook traditional Thai curry and Pad Thai – August 2014 (recommend A Lot of Thai Cookery School)

Be in Chiang Mai for the floating Lantern festival

Experience Songkran

Explore the white temple of Chiang Rai


Relax and chase waterfalls in Koh Samui – August 2014

Learn to scuba dive in the underwater paradise of Koh Tao – August 2014 (recommend Davie Jones Diving School)

Take a Thai boxing class in Phuket

Relax in Krabi

– Koh Lanta

– Koh Phi Phi


Pagoda hop in Phnom Penh

Explore the grandeur of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Take a traditional Cambodian cooking class

Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat  – December 2016

Sleep in a beach bungalow on Koh Rong Samloem – December 2016

Relax on the beaches of Koh Samloem – December 2016


Watch the sunrise over the temples of Bagan

Explore Saddan Cave


Luang Prabang

Go tubing


Visit the ornate mosques


Sample malaysian street food in Kuala Lumpur – November 2016

Watch the Petronas towers light up Kuala Lumpur at night – November 2016

Get lost wandering and eating in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur – November 2016

Climb to Batu Caves – November 2016

Visit the oldest hindu temple in Malaysia, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – November 2016

Learn traditional Malay cooking in Sungai Penchala

Explore KL Forest Eco Par’s canopy walkway

Cook traditional Penang curry in Penang

Hike in Penang National Park

Get lost in George Town



See the rice terraces of Bali

Sample Healthy food spots in Bali

Hike Mt. Batur for sunrise

Laugh at Monkeys in Ubud

Island hop the Gili islands

Learn to surf

Learn to cook Balinese cuisine


Spend a night in the Marina Bay Sands

Be a big kid a Universal Studios – November 2016

Marvel at Gardens by the Bay – November 2016

Watch the lights show at Gardens by the Bay

Eat at the only street vendor with a Michelin Star – January 2017

Eat and wander around little India – November 2016

Eat and take in the hipster vibes of Haji Lane, Arab Street and Bali Lane – November 2016

Singapore Zoo – November 2016

Stay in Chinatown – January 2017

Enjoy a Singapore Sling at Raffles – January 2017

Wander through the botanic gardens – January 2017


Island hop

Swim with whale sharks in Palawann


Take in the city skyline from Victoria Peak

Explore the Mong Koh Markets

Take a dinner ferry ride

Climb up to the Big Buddha

Bargain in Temple Street Night Market

See the stilt house of Tai O


Walk part of the great wall of China

Have rooftop drinks watching the Shanghai skyline light up at night

View the stunning peaks of Zhangjiajie and explore the caves

Get traditional massages and treatments

Drink herbal tea/pick tea


Hop between Unesco heritage sites

Ride the train in Sri Lanka

Release turtles and help with conservation

Climb Sigiriya

Sample street food in Colombo

Take a tuk tuk ride

Do a cooking class

See the Elephants at Uda Walawe National Park

Relax on the beach


Eat BBQ in Seoul

Samples food in night markets

Get lost among the traditional homes of Bukchon Hanok Village

Walk through the Dongdaemun Plaza and Park


Cross the worlds busiest road in Tokyo

Eat at Hello Kitty cafe

Eat at Robot restaurants

Visit Hiroshima

See the cherry blossom in Osaka

See Mount. Fuji

Visit the temples and gardens of Kyoto

Try on traditional dress

Go to a thermal spa


Hike in Taroko National Park

Take a dip in natural hot springs

Visit a traditional spa

Paddle a boat out into Sun Moon Lake

Visit the Bao’an Temple in Taipei

Have you travelled anywhere on our list? What were your favourite (aka which should we make a priority?!) Anything we need to add? Let us know in the comments!


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