THE TOURISM industry is predicted to increase along with the approach of the summer holidays which fall right during the school holidays and the decline in COVID-19 cases.

Among all the tourist destinations, Southeast Asia, which consists of several tropical countries, stands out for its stunning natural beauty. It’s no wonder that Indonesians are starting to get ready to explore these countries because regional borders have now been reopened and international flights are available again.

Ready for a walk? Here are the famous natural tourist destinations in Southeast Asia:
Komodo Island Indonesia
Komodo Island, which is located at the western tip of Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara Province, was once part of the 7 wonders of the world. Komodo Island is home to the Komodo dragon species which is the largest lizard species in the world, with an average length of up to 2-3 meters and a minimum weight of 90 kg.

According to data, in mid-2009, the island was inhabited by about 1,300 komodo dragons (+/- 2500 in all islands in the Komodo wildlife park). Komodo National Park consists of an island separated by the sea.

Here, you can visit Pink Beach which is famous for its dazzling pink sand. You can also find 385 species of coral, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, green turtles, and various types of sharks and rays making it the perfect destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Gardens by the Bay Garden Singapore
Located on the shores of the Marina Bay Waterfront in central Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a haven for nature lovers as well as horticulture enthusiasts.

Unique and different from other natural attractions, Gardens by the Bay offers an iconic modern nature experience that you can only find in this country. The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay broke a Guinness World Record in 2015 as the world’s largest glass greenhouse which is home to a variety of plants and flowers from five continents, having more than 1 million plants from 19,000 species such as orchids, peonies and dahlias.

The famous Supertree Vertical Garden is 25 to 30 meters high and connects two tall buildings with the beautiful arch of the OCBC Skyway. Climbing to the top of the 50-meter-high Supertree Observatory observation deck, you can enjoy unforgettable views of the stunning Marina Bay district at night or during the day.

Batu Caves Malaysia
Batu Caves is a limestone hill located in Gombak district, Selangor, Malaysia which has various kinds of caves and temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, this cave is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside India.

Batu Caves has more than 160 hiking routes and has been the center of rock climbing development in Malaysia for the last 10 years. The routes are scattered around Batu Caves, which consists of limestone up to 150 m high. This hiking route is easily accessible because most of the rocks are at ground level.

This tourist spot also offers science education tours accompanied by a tour guide, where you can explore the cave to see the cave’s rock formations, bats, and several other animals and types of insects that inhabit the cave. [antaranews/photo special]