Beautiful Places in Asia To Visit Before You Die
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Home to over 40 countries, Asia is a sprawling and diverse continent that does not lack variety. From energetic mega-cities to hidden coves and steamy tropical jungles, Asia is teeming with marvelous places that offer a heavy dose of fun, adventure, history, and culture. A wondrous mash-up of cultures and religions, Asia offers a plethora of intriguing destinations for every kind of traveler. Night owls, outdoor enthusiasts, gourmands, and history lovers will all find their bliss in this side of the world.
Planning on going on an epic trip across Asia? Here are 10 destinations in Asia that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Aptly billed as the “Scotland of the East”, Batanes is truly a charming, laid-back and surreal destination that will give you a taste of heaven on earth. Praised for its extraordinary landscapes and unrivaled natural beauty, this remote Asian paradise will leave you in awe with its deep canyons, rolling hills, boulder-line shores, majestic steep cliffs, and extraordinary beaches. Often deemed as one of the top places to visit in the Philippines, this heavenly destination boasts fresh and mouthwatering seafood as well as a cluster of historic stone houses.
Bangkok, composed of dynamic and colorful neighborhoods, is sure to surprise you with its nonstop nightlife, high-rise buildings, and flavorful cuisine. From the handmade jewelry on its pleasingly chaotic roads to the glitzy goods in its modern malls, there is also no shortage of shopping opportunities in this well-known Thai destination. To top it all off, the city has authentic canals and is dotted with magnificent places and temples, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho.
Headed to the “Land of the Rising Sun”? While Tokyo is the nation’s undisputed political and financial capital, Kyoto proudly stands as the cultural hub of Japan. Famous for its ethereal beauty, art, and cultural relics, this picturesque Japanese city has a collection of historic shrines and temples – 17 of them are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites – that would transport you back to the ancient times in Japan. Plus, the ancient capital of Japan also has a magical bamboo forest, gleaming contemporary buildings, tasty dishes, and remarkable parks with stunning seasonal blooms.
Hong Kong, famed for its gorgeous harbor and expansive skyline, is an eclectic and vibrant city with a glut of diversions and attractions to keep you occupied for an entire year. Lauded as one of the most visited cities in the world, Hong Kong is one immensely big metropolis that guarantees lively excursions, with towering skyscrapers to admire, mountains to climb and splashy theme parks to explore, like Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Not to mention, it hosts a lot of interesting events and festivals throughout the year, including Chinese Lunar New Year, Spring Lantern Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, and a whole lot more.
With its sandy shores, deluxe hotels and ancient temples like the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, it’s easy to see why lovey-dovey couples and honeymooners flock this tropical Indonesian haven. But, make no mistake about it – Bali is more than just a destination for newlyweds and romantic couples. As a matter of fact, it has a rugged interior ripe that would bring bliss to those who are into nature and thrilling adventures. Nicknamed fittingly as the “Island of the Gods”, this fabulous island also has a ton of delectable culinary treats and world-class surfing and diving sites, like the wreck of USAT Liberty.
Borobudur, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, is a scenic and monumental complex of Buddhist stupas and temples that were erected in the 8th century. As you visit this otherworldly Indonesian site, you’ll be blown away by its sheer size, intricate details, and elaborate figures. Romanticized for its glorious sunset, Borobudur also has a spellbinding backdrop of volcanoes that would magnify the sense of drama and awe.
Beijing – the appealing capital of China – may not be the most populous city in the country, but it nevertheless hosts the nation’s most significant cultural sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. Plus, the city is home to the largest public square in the world – Tiananmen Square.
Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan
Bhutan‘s most sacred refuge is a beautiful and enthralling treasure that delights its visitors with its laid-back atmosphere, relaxing mountain breeze and awe-inspiring panoramic views. Perched grandly and precariously on an elevated rocky cliff, it is a one-of-a-kind monastery that will surely take our breath away. While getting there can be demanding – both physically and mentally – it is still a spectacular site that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia
There is, as far as I’m concerned, no archaeological site in Southeast Asia that inspires more awe than Angkor. Magical, mystical and utterly beautiful, this UNESCO World Heritage is famous all over the world for its symbolic structures, intricate details and breathtaking temples like Angkor Thom, Bayon Temples and the Temple of Angkor Wat.
Known as a culinary mecca in Asia, Singapore offers travelers a sweet and delectable taste of Southeast Asia. The city’s incredibly diversion population has brought an international flavor to its fantastic local culture. And this harmonious blend has led to the city’s immense wealth that takes physical form in its superbly striking skyline.
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