Awesome Asia!Asia being the largest and the most populous continent, has many hidden treasures of beauty. It covers almost 30% of the earth's land area and also has the largest coastline of 62,800 km. Because of such a huge area, it has diverse climates. It has everything from forests, and high mountain ranges like the Himalayas, to arid deserts and beautiful beaches. The exquisite flora and fauna found in this continent, are an addition to its natural beauty.
- Asia has both the highest and the lowest points on earth; namely, Mount Everest (8,848 m) and the Dead Sea (-395 m).
- 9 out of 10 of the world's tallest buildings are in Asia. Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the first and Shanghai Tower is the second.
If you're thinking of places to visit in Asia, you have come to the right place. We have compiled some of the most fascinating places in Asia that are worth visiting at least once in life.
This monastery is also known as Paro Taktsang. It is located on a cliff of the Paro valley in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) came here on a flying tigress and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, which gives it the name. In the 8th century, the Guru meditated here for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. This sacred temple is located on 3,000 ft above the Paro valley so we can surely imagine the scenes. The slopes are very steep but all is worth the effort.
Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in Cambodia. It is a beautiful place with many different attractions. The Angkor Wat temple is the most popular attraction there. Apart from that, there are many museums, the Old Market, handicraft shops, silk farms, rice paddies, and plenty of options for you to soak in the Cambodian culture. Just roam around the town and enjoy whatever interests you. There are many attractions around the town too.
These unique and colorful landforms are seen in southwest, southeast, and northwest China. These have this beautiful red color and steep cliffs. The red color is because of the red-colored sandstones and the other colors are because of the deposition of different minerals. The steep cliffs are a result of weathering and erosion, over years. A total area of 6 landforms in south China was regarded as a World Heritage Site in 2010. These beautiful formations are a must-see, just imagine the color blending with the sunset, and you'll know what beauty is!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Vietnam. This bay is home to almost 2,000 islets (small islands), which cover an area of almost 1,553 km2. The beauty lies in the limestone islands, 14 endemic floral species, and 60 endemic fauna species. Experience the magic of this place with the localities living on houseboats. Also, there are various caves ready to be explored! Great views and the weather makes it a dream place for any traveler.
This place in Taichung, Taiwan is like a kid's drawing board. It's filled with bright color paintings done by an old man named Huang Yung-Fu, often called "Grandpa Rainbow". Maybe he thought that the village lacked color, so he started painting and he has been successful in painting the whole village by himself. This is a must-see because this is like a dream which you surely want to be in! No words can describe the colorful ambiance. Go check it for yourself!
Taj Mahal is a white marble mosque located on the Yamuna river bank in the city of Agra, India. This is considered as an exquisite piece of art, which was made by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was built in the years 1632 to 1653. This beautiful symbol of love is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Also, it has beautiful gardens around, which add to the beauty.
The Great Wall of China is a wall made of stone and other materials, that stretches from east to west across the northern borders of China. It was built to protect the empires from raids of some nomadic groups. It is the largest wall in the world, but unfortunately many parts are damaged and are not accessible currently. Go there and get fascinated by the huge area and the beauty that it has preserved.
Yolyn Am is a deep and narrow gorge, which is a part of the famous Gobi desert. It is situated in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains and is also known as the Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles. This gorge is known for its thick ice field. In the olden days, this ice used to be there for the whole year but now it is seen disappearing after September. It is like a small oasis area in the desert.
Bali is the perfect meaning of the words "Tropical Paradise". It is a beautiful island and province of Indonesia, known as a perfect tourist destination. The place is famous for its beautiful beaches, the temples, the caves, and the culture. It has a great climate which helps you enjoy the vacation to the fullest. Go there, rest, take a walk through their culture, and refresh yourself!
Daehan Dawon is the largest and the most famous green tea plantation in Boseong, South Korea. It is a tourist attraction where you can take walks through the plantation and there are some cider and bamboo forests too. If you love hiking, you can climb up. These slopes are said to be quite steep but the view is worth all the effort. Try the green tea ice cream to beat the heat of the day!
The Mekong river in Vietnam is the most productive region, and plays an important role in fishing, agriculture, and even for selling the crops in the region. This beautiful river is used to travel along and sell the crops produced. You can take a boat ride and enjoy the great weather and scenes. You can even get down at any point to get fascinated by the temples.
Phewa or Fewa lake is the second-largest lake in Nepal and is a freshwater lake. It is a must-see because of its serene location. It is only 28 km away from the famous Annapurna range. Also, you can take a floating ride while enjoying the reflections of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. The lake also has an island with the Taal Barahi Temple, which is an important religious monument. You can also visit Baidam, from where you can visit the touristic city of Pokhara.
Banaue is a small town in Philippines which is famous for huge areas of rice terraces. These are said to be 2,000-year old and are thought to have been made by hand by the ancestors. These terraces are at almost 5000 ft above the sea level and are till date used for cultivating rice and vegetables. There's nothing much you can do other than sight seeing, but that itself is enough! You just have to go there and stand in awe of the beauty of the place.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 325 ft tall pagoda on the Singuttara hill, in Myanmar. The amazing thing is that it is fully covered with gold plates and varied gems, which reflect the rays, making it even more beautiful. It is said that it is 2,600 years old (still debating on the date) which makes it the oldest pagoda. All these factors make it a must-see!
This bamboo forest is located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. The tall trees sway in the wind and the sunrays pass through all of them, which will give you scenes you can never forget. It is one of the great woodlands. The entry to the park is totally free, which invites crowds. So, try to avoid going on weekends and go there early in the morning or late evening to enjoy some alone time. Plus, you can also visit Tenryu-ji Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos
- Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan
- The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea
- Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Mongolia