20 Best Places to Visit in Asia
While many picture a great family holiday destination as some place in Europe, over the rolling valleys of Switzerland or Scotland or under the romantic lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! However, Asia is not to be ignored when it comes to visiting incredible places as many spots in Asia have largely been unexplored by crowds of tourists and untouched by overly commercial business hubs! There are pristine scenic places some with incredible cultures, cuisines and sights that are a must see at least once in a lifetime.
So, here are 20 incredible places to visit in Asia for any true wanderlust:
#1 Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan
A country rightfully known as the ‘happiest place on earth’ is home to this magnificent Buddha temple perched atop a cliff, right at the border at a whopping height of 3000 feet, at the Paro valley. It is a sacred Buddhist monastery built around 1300 years ago with mythical stories behind its constriction. Legend has it the revered Guru Rinpoche had materialized on the back of a flying tigress and converted the people of Bhutan to Buddhism at this very spot. Also known as the Taktsang this rocky mountain cliff with capped with amazingly beautiful golden pagodas of quintessential Bhutanese architecture is a must see spot in Asia. The view from the top of the cliff is where you would click some of the best pictures of your lifetime.
#2 Bokeo Natural Reserve, Laos
Situated in the Bokeo province of the country Laos, is home to the black cheeked gibbon. The nature reserve was built as a sanctuary to protect and preserve this unique yet endangered species that finds its home among the tall trees. Initially thought to be extinct, this is the largest natural reserve that protects this species and is a treasure-trove of rich biodiversity. There are several safaris and other sightseeing tours offered by the reserve authorities like the Gibbon Experience or the Waterfall Gibbon Experience that includes three hours of trekking along the beautiful Nam Ngam River in the thicket of the forest.
A truly unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet to witness one of nature’s most unique looking animal, a visit to the Bokeo Natural Reserve is a must see for any wildlife and nature lover.
#3 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
An architectural melting pot housing both the craziest modern marvels in buildings as well as preserving the traditional structures of the country’s culture, Kuala Lampur is a must visit city in Asia. Not only for the great things to see at the city but also as there are amazing things to do. The biggest attractions within the city are – the Petronas Twin Towers, China Town, the Buta Caves and Central Market. This is the best place to witness the old and new coexist in complete harmony without making each other look out of place. The lively city with the friendly people and amazing gastronomic experiences are a must see for anyone wanting explore Asia’s finest.
#4 Ha long Bay, Vietnam
Pristine clear blue waters and amazing serenity makes this place one of the revered UNESCO World Heritage sights in Asia. There are more than 3000 islands that make up this bay with 1600 people living in these unique floating villages with a quirky livelihood. The best way to experience the place is to rent a cruise and witness life surrounded by water everywhere. The interesting terrain and flora and fauna and the adoptive livelihood of those that call this place their home is a must see in Asia.
#5 Danxia Landform, China
Unique lands in china, if you ever imagined rainbow land where rainbows touch your feet then know that this is where it is. This land has been formed out of red sandstone and the strong forces of nature. The place was recently added to the list of World Heritage List in 2010, this is a must see destination in China.
#6 The Taj Mahal, India
Yet another architectural marvel regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this beautiful structure is known as the ultimate symbol of eternal love. Located in the city of Agra, close to the national capital of Delhi this is a must see destination among several others in India.
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#7 The Great Wall of China
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this massive structure was initially built as a defense wall. The wall is a whopping 3945 miles long and is the longest on the planet. While some parts of the wall have been damaged and are no longer accessible, it is a unique experience to visit this massive structure and climb what is remaining of the history. To visit the Great Wall one must either go to Qinhuangdao or Beijing in China.
#8 Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan
One of the prettiest parks in all of Asia, this garden is located right in the middle of Tokyo that is regarded as a concrete jungle. Originally built in 1772, the resent layout was decided upon in the year 1906. The garden has over 20,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical flora and one of the largest greenhouses, housing 1,700 different plants.
#9 Yolyn Am, Mongolia
Unique for its thick ice field, this is also known as the Valley of Eagles and is a deep narrow gorge located at Gobi Desert in Mongolia. A unique oasis amidst the desert, due its depth this ice capped gorge with several feet of ice layers is a wonder of nature and a must see spot in Mongolia.
#10 The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea
A testament to the bloody Korean War this memorial has unique exhibits of the past battle days for the country. There are 6 indoor exhibitions and over 13,000 war memorabilia showcased outdoors of what used to be the former army headquarters in Korea. The popular combat experience room gives a unique glimpse into the different situations that army went through during the past Korean War and paints a moving picture of the repercussions of violence.
#11 Bali, Indonesia
Long beaches, pristine blue ocean, sun, sand and exotic resorts are what makes Bali the best holiday destination in Asia of all time. Popular for its beaches, architectural marvels like temples and unique caves and under water diving experiences this place is perfect for a holiday with a great weather all through the year and relaxed vibe in the locals.
#12 Hong Kong, China
This is the place to be to experience, urban fashion, shopping and lifestyle. Famous for its designer wear shopping destinations like the Landmark Mall, also known as Central and the several other hundreds of street markets. Hong Kong is the place to be to experience the lifestyle and luxury of a quintessential Asian city.
#13 Daehan Dawon, South Korea
One of the largest green tea plantations in South Korea, this plantation area produces 40% of the country’s green tea. The combed green valley lined with tea gardens offers a wonderful panoramic view and the simplistic hill station life is perfect for city slickers to visit for a relaxed holiday.
#14 The Mekong Delta, Vietnam
The city that connects the entire city, like a water filled national highway, this river delta region offers a unique glimpse into the livelihood of the locals who find this water body as their lifeblood and sell crops and fruits along the river. One can get off a boat on the river and visit any temple or city nearby.
#15 Patong, Thailand
The place to visit for great nightlife, the entire area is lit up at night with numerous discos, pubs and restaurants selling unique cuisines and bustling with crowds that are out to party all night. If you want to have a good time, this is the place to be in Thailand.
#16 Phewa Lake, Nepal
Situated near the Tal Barahi Temple and Baidam, this is the second largest lake in Nepal. A beautifully scenic place located very close to the Pokhara region of Nepal that is the most popular tourist spot in the country.
#17 Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
The biggest and most sacred pagoda for Buddhists around the world, this 325 feet tall structure is wrapped in gold and precious gems of over 7000 in number. The age of this architectural marvel with unique beauty and a transcendent of serenity is said to be around 2500 years old. A must see spot in Asia, do visit the Pagoda when in Myanmar.
#18 Banaue, Philippines
Well known for its green rice terraces, this is small hill top town in Philippines. The rice terraces were all made by hand several years ago, which makes them one of the unique destinations as per the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. A must see destination for all those who relish nature and greenery.
#19 Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan
Get a glimpse into the magical world of art created by the hard work of a single man named Huang Yung-Fu who is aptly named as Grandpa Rainbow. The man lives in the military dependent’s village and one day decided to start painting to make the simple place more appealing and colorful. Simple yet beautiful artwork drawn by hand of a simple man and the unique stories related to place makes it one of the must see spots in Asia, prepare to be moved by the colors of the Rainbow Family Village.
#20 Siem Reap, Cambodia
The capital of the Siem Reap province in Cambodia, this is the place of the legendary Ankor Wat, where Wat means temple. A treasure trove of archaeological ruins consisting of several more temples, museums and interesting local markets this is yet another famous tourist destination in Asia that is a must see.
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