There is something about Asia that forms a kind of mystical feel that is as perplexing as it is calming–perhaps this is one of the reasons why it continues to be explored by people from all parts of the world.
Allow us to give you an idea about the wonderful places in Asia that still possess the charm and beauty that they had decades ago; places where culture and nature blend seamlessly and form something that millions continue to marvel at. Here’s our list of the top ten must-see Asian destination, where shopping, natural attractions,monumental sights, and beautiful diversity of cultures could be found. If you’re planning on going on an Asian trip, here are some ideas on specific places to go and landmarks to see.
Hong Kong – One of the reasons why people go to Hong Kong is the shopping scene here. Places such as Temple Street Night Market, Stanley Market, and Ladies’ Market are where you’ll find great bargains, and you’ll most probably find yourself shopping for more things than expected. One of the best places to see and feel the beauty of HK is by going to the Victoria Peak, where you’ll see the skyline, the harbors, and the mountains that embrace the whole vibrant city.
India – This place has been tourist favorite for so long already, and it still hasn’t lost its wonder. Aside from breathtaking Taj Mahal in Agra, other places that deserve a visit are the beaches of Goa, the temples in Temples in Thanjavur, and the Rivers in Haridwar.
Indonesia – If you love the beach, Bali is definitely one of the first places in Indonesia that you must consider. Kuta Beach never fails to impress, the humble village atmosphere at Sanur Beach hasn’t lost its charm, and the mountains enveloping Ubud will allow anyone to easily harmonize with nature.
Jordan – The ancient city of Petra did not need the help of Indiana Jones in order for it to be a tourist favorite. If you’ve heard the line about the “rose red city, half as old as time,” this is the place where you’ll be able to see it with your own eyes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is home to the ancient Nabataean city, where you’ll see the magnificent Siq, Roman Theatre, and royal tombs.
Laos – The best way to visit this country is the place that you must not miss, especially if you’re doing the Indochina route (around Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma). What’s in store here are inspoilt mountains of the Oudomxay Province, the religious monuments at Vientiane, and of course, the incomparable ancient city of Luang Prabang (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Nepal – Aside from Mt Everest, Nepal is also home to so many wonderful attractions that will sure make any visitor want to stay longer. The stupas in Boudhanath in Kathmandu, Lord Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, and the trekking opportunities in Pokhara are some of the things that await you here.
Cambodia – The Angkor Complex, which include the Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, are reminders of a time when the country flourished and beamed with overwhelming beauty—these things alone could serve as enough reason for anyone to visit. The city of Phnom Penh and the Siem Reap province will sure delight and educate visitors of all ages, and narrate to them a history that is simply bewildering.
Philippines – This is another Asian destination that you must consider when you’re thinking of spending time in the water. There’s Boracay Island if you’re more into partying, and there’s Palawan, for unspoiled beaches, caves, and impressive marine life.
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Singapore– Singapore is a relatively small country, but the attractions that it offers to travelers has made it one of the most famous destinations in Asia. Aside from the beaches in Sentosa, shopping at Orchard Road, and the scrumptious food practically everywhere, Singapore is also known for its music events such as Laneway Music Festival and Mosaic Music Festival, which is flocked by thousands of music lovers from all over the world.
Thailand – There is simply so much to explore in Thailand, as all cities have something unique in store. Aside from the capital city Bangkok, the ones that you may want to include in your Thailand to-visit list is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, the ancient ruins at Sukhothai, and the staggering green city of Chiang Mai.
Have you been to any of these countries? What other places in Asia are you planning on visiting in the future? Share with us you thoughts on these countries/other great Asian destinations that you think should be included in every visitor’s itinerary.