Though Carribean islands may have the best parties alongside scenic beaches, though Western Europe has a charm quite unmatched from the rest of the world, there’s one region in the world which is so exotic and so unique that your experience of travel is sure to get redefined. Can you guess it yet? Yep, we’re talking about the mystical Land of the East- Asia! Asia is a wonderland that will leave you amazed to a different level as your mind will not have any reference point to connect it to anything seen or felt in the past. The sights and sounds, the aromas and the colours of the East dazzle your entire being leaving the traveller inside your content! Holiday destinations in Asia provide travellers with an eclectic mix of history, spirituality, mystery, beauty and excitement.
1. Zhangjiajie, East China
This other-worldly Chinese mountainous region, rich in history is picturesque. The spot is called Wulingyuan, one of the top destinations in Asia. Air-travel to the location is possible as Zhangjiajie has an airport 19 miles away from the scenic spot. Wulingyuan Scenic Area is a destination suited for photographers, trekkers, nature lovers and any person who’s an admirer of beauty. Well, that broadens it down to almost every person on the planet!
2. Agra, India
South Asia Destinations like India also host to the monument of love- Taj Mahal built by King Shahjahan in the memory of his wife. A slightly expensive room in the walled city of Agra can treat you to a pleasing view of this structure. 220 km from the national capital- New Delhi, there are easy and multiple ways of getting there. Taj Mahal’s complex is rich in history, sculpture and trellis work.
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Temples of Angkor Wat are surely one of the best places to visit in Asia. It takes you back to the times of the Khmer dynasty who ruled between the 9th & 15th century AD. What is today abandoned ruins of sandstone was once an exquisite and sacred part of a bustling civilization. Located only 6-7 km from the city centre, note that sunrise and sunset times are the best times to be there.
4. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
With beautiful sand beaches and gigantic limestone cliffs, travellers are in for a real good time dipping their feet in the pristine waters. A perfect place for snorkelling and scuba diving as well, the islands are accessible by ferries & speedboats from Krabi (80-90 mins) and Phuket (2 hours). The best time to visit South-east Asia is between November to February.
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5. Mount Everest, Nepal
The highest peak in the world is a top Asian destination for all wanderers. The sheer experience of being next to this wonder of nature is unique and amazing. Located 690 km from Lhasa (Tibet) and 375 km from the capital city of Kathmandu, there are hotels with basic amenities at the Everest Base Camp (EBC).
6. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Apart from the travel and shopping destination that Hong Kong is, it is a one-of-a-kind global city with the presence of Kowloon walled city and close to 600 ancient temples. Victoria Peak which stands at 552 m provides a breath-taking view of the island city. It is ideal to take a tram (90 passenger capacity) to the top on a weekday as it is crowded on weekends.
7. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is a country with secrets. Once the capital of the country, Kyoto is a must-visit for its beautiful temples, shrines, palaces and gardens. Being the cultural capital of the country today, it is “the” place to experience traditional Japanese dining, art, Geisha (female Japanese entertainers). The city is 364 km away from Tokyo and transport facilities to Kyoto are suitable and convenient.
8. Jeju Island, South Korea
It is often compared to Hawaii because of the island’s beaches and the pull of tourism. Apart from its white-sand beaches, Jeju Island is also known for its natural waterfalls. Sitting at the centre of the island is a dormant volcano which also happens to be South Korea’s highest mountain. There’s an international airport in this province, so travelling is convenient.
So there we have it! A handful of the most exotic destinations in Asia for travellers around the world who want to explore the unknown. In the truest sense for a Westerner, each and every spot mentioned above is sure to provide a superb, transformational experience. Travel that has the potential to bring inner silence, a feeling like you would not be in any other place at that moment. Complete silence, completely at the moment!