The 21 Most Beautiful Places in Southeast Asia
Tricolor Lake “Kelimutu”, Flores, Indonesia | © Muhammad Nurudin / Shutterstock
From ancient forests, unspoiled beaches, colour-changing lakes, and dramatic landscapes, these Southeast Asian destinations capture some of the most incredible beauty of a wonderfully diverse region.
This eastern area of Cambodia is the largest but most sparsely populated of the country, a land of sprawling forests, powerful waterfalls, and rolling, tree-topped hills. The local community is home to 10 tribes that instill a penetrating Pnong influence throughout the region of the Khmer kingdom. Sen Monorom is the central hub for exploration to elephant reserves, the iconic “ocean of trees,” and the locally-run strawberry, rubber, coffee, and cashew nut farms.
Sunset over the dense forests of Mondulkiri, Cambodia | © Visualize Creative / Shutterstock
One of the world’s oldest deciduous rainforests – estimated at more than 130-million-years-old – extends across an enormous 4,343 square kilometers through Central and Northern Malaysia. Kuala Tahan is just one of the jumping off points from which to explore this ancient jungle. Situated along the Tahan River, day-trippers can wander across the treetops along the world’s longest suspension bridge or trek the Bukit Teresek Hill. Longer treks – both guided and unguided – are available for up to nine days with necessary supplies available for sale or rent in the village. Visitors can also visit Orang Asli settlements, the indigenous nomadic tribe of the Taman Negara, raft through the rapids, explore cave systems, and join night safaris for the chance to see rare mammals like the Malay tiger and Asian elephant.
Canopy bridge in Taman Negara, Malaysia | © wong yu liang / Shutterstock
This undeveloped counterpart to the backpacker paradise of nearby Koh Rong appears to be straight from the pages of Robinson Crusoe. Just nine kilometers long and four wide, the entire spit of land lives up to its name loosely translated as ‘drowsy’ or ‘dreamy,’ so expect some serious relaxation once hitting its shores. The main area of activity is the aquamarine-framed Saracen Bay, which has a great variety of accommodation options from tree houses to beachside futuristic pods and luxury huts in hidden away lagoons for ultimate privacy.
Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia | © Jochen Netzker / Shutterstock
At nearly 3,000 meters above sea level in the Shan Hills of Myanmar, Inle Lake is home to a number of subsistence-based tribes dispersed across four main villages along the iconic lake, with a number of smaller settlements framing the shoreline. Most of the indigenous people live in communities of stilted bamboo homes, and the local fishermen practice a distinctive leg-rowing style that developed from the need to fish from a vantage point among the reeds and floating plants. The Shan region is also famous for its incredible Chinese-inspired cuisine, Lotus textile weaving, and “cheroot” cigars made from tobacco, honey, rice flour, tamarind, banana, and star anise. The local village also has its own beautiful vineyard overlooking the village valley with wine tasting available.
Fishermen at Inle Lake, Myanmar | © nattanan726 / Shutterstock
A tiny fishing village just south of Quy Nhon, this once isolated inlet has two coves: Bai Truoc, a bustling beachfront harbour used by Vietnamese traditional circular fishing boats, while Bai Sau offers a larger bay for swimming and relaxing on the white sandy beach. The area is gloriously devoid of cars or anything even suggestively cosmopolitan, with plenty of opportunities for cooking classes, hiking trails, and trekking to waterfalls.
Bai Xep beach, Vietnam | © Nhan Nguyen Trong / Shutterstock
Bordering Myanmar, Mae Hong Song province is a lush expanse of misty mountain landscape with hundreds of hidden caves, hot springs, nature parks, and waterfalls sprinkled throughout. Trekking opportunities are world-class, opening up incredible viewpoints and offering access to indigenous hilltribe villages. There’s also the iconic Su Thong Pae Bamboo Bridge that spans nearly a kilometer across rice paddies, still used today by monks during alms ceremonies, and the Phu Klon Mud Spa to really treat yourself while getting back to nature.
Aerial view of North Thailand | © Phattana Stock / Shutterstock
Breathtaking beauty doesn’t have to be totally inaccessible. Just off the coast of Bali are the Nusa Islands – Lembongan, Penida, and Ceningan – each a step back in time to Bali before mass tourism. Just as Bali enjoys incredibly diverse landscapes, some parts of the Nusa Islands are blanketed by calm, white sandy beaches framed by turquoise waters, with others revealing dramatic cliff-sides and surf breaks, naturally-formed infinity pools, and enchanting hidden lagoons. The area is also home to some of Indonesia’s incredible manta ray population, with tons of operators available to get you swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving with these gentle giants.
Nusa Lembongan island, Indonesia | © Dinozzzaver / Shutterstock
This (almost) deserted paradise lies within Nino Konis Antana National Park, an ancient coral reef built up of dramatic limestone cliffs. Locals revere Jaco Island, which is considered sacred as the land sits at the convergence of two seas: the Banda and the Timor. This reverence has instituted firm policy against any development or construction, meaning day trips are the only means of visiting, but the integrity of its natural beauty remains entirely untouched. Boats can be hired in the nearby, mainland village of Tutuala, which also offers the area’s accommodation and a relaxed peek into the daily lives of the Timorese people.
Jaco Island, Tutuala | © Andrew Kosyanenko / Shutterstock
This group of 16 islands once served as a political prison during French colonial times and was later used by American forces during the Vietnam War. Today, dilapidated structures still stand as remnants of the region’s unique history, eclipsed only by the natural beauty of the islands – forested hills, sandy beaches, and fringing reefs submerged in turquoise waters. There’s also the tomb of national heroine Vo Thi Sau, and each day at midnight people visit to pray, burn incense, and make offerings.
Con Dao Sunset | © Ly Thien Hoang (Lee) / Flickr
Affectionately known as the “hidden Maldives of Malaysia,” this island off southeastern Sabah is actually comprised of two smaller bits of land connected by a natural sandbar visible during low tide. The region is a premier diving and snorkeling destination packed with rich marine biodiversity including sea turtles, sharks, and enormous shoals of pelagic fish. There’s even an underwater post office within a sunken fishing vessel. Waterproof covers and rubber stamps are available for purchase on the island and letters can be delivered internationally from under the sea. Other activities are available across the island like sea kayaking, jungle trekking, as well as local businesses that teach cooking, traditional dance, and handicrafts like batik painting.
Maiga Island, Semporna Sabah, Malaysia | © muhd fuad abd rahim / Shutterstock
Getting to this laidback town in the Shan province is half the experience. The train route connecting Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, and Hsipaw was made famous by Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, and today still runs through the incredible hill country of the Shan state and across the dramatic Gokteik Gorge. The viaduct that crosses the gorge was the largest railway trestle in the world upon its completion in 1901, and is still the highest bridge in Myanmar. The village of Hsipaw itself lies in a low valley, a jumping off point for excellent day hikes and nearby waterfalls.
Hsipaw, Myanmar | © Alexander Mazurkevich / Shutterstock
This tiny town is almost entirely laid out along the Mekong River, set in stunning natural surroundings juxtaposed against the odd assortment of French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, and an ancient Khmer temple complex sprinkled along the hillsides of the region’s mountainous landscape. Though distinctive elements to the ancient local culture are evident, there are similarities in design to the famous Angkor Wat complex, and remnants of the pilgrimage route that once connected the two.
Wat Phu, Champasak, Laos | © Peera_stockfoto / Shutterstock
Up in Udon Thani province is a 26 square mile lake that blooms with millions of pink lotus flowers during the cool months of November to February. This unique wonder is of special reverence to the Thai people, who consider the lotus to be the traditional flower of Buddhism, and along the river there are several small islands with Buddhist statues, shrines, and pagodas.
Sea of red lotus, Thailand | © MSPT / Shutterstock
Referred to by Spanish colonists as the Isla del Fuego, or Island of Fire, Siquijor is entrenched in tradition of mysticism and witchcraft. The island gets its fiery name from the enormous swarms of fireflies within its molave trees that give the entire landscape of beaches, caves, and waterfalls a uniquely magical glow. While the majority of the population today practises Catholicism, a remnant of Spanish rule, the community still practises ancient healing rituals and incantations, and many of the island’s natural features are veiled with enchanted traditions.
Siquijor Island, Philippines | © Greg Leighton / Shutterstock
This small fishing village along Vietnam’s southern coast have nearby expansive sand dunes, one field of white sand, another of red, each sculpted into ever-changing dunes by the whim of the winds. Jeep and dune buggy tours are available to explore either guided or unguided – if you choose to go at it on your own, be aware not to disturb the natural ecology and life within the dessert.
White sand dune in Mui Ne, Vietnam | © Det-anan / Shutterstock
This volcano on the island of Flores has three crater lakes famous for their ever-changing colours. Local legend believes that the lakes are the resting place of departed souls – Tiwu Ata Bpau is the Lake of Old People, Tiwu K’o Fi Nuwa Muri is the Lake of Young Men and Maidens, and Tiwu Ata Polo is the Bewitched Lake – and change colour according to the mood of the spirits. The lakes’ colours change independently of one another, as often as several times a month, caused by changes in the levels of elements like iron and manganese that interact with dissolved volcanic gas.
Tricolor Lake “Kelimutu”, Flores, Indonesia | © Muhammad Nurudin / Shutterstock
Located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – the oldest karst mountains in all of Asia formed 400 million years ago – Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, only discovered in 1991 by a local villager, first surveyed in 2010, and then open to the public as of 2013. The cave has its own subterranean river, campsites, beaches, and even a localized weather system.
Son Doong Cave, Vietnam | © Vietnam Stock Images / Shutterstock
Far in Indonesia’s eastern Papua region is this archipelago of 1,500 islands, entirely within the Coral Triangle boasting some of the world’s richest marine biodiversity. Raja Ampat has four main mountainous islands: Wayag offers the most the iconic viewpoint of the seascape, while Tomolol has incredible sea caves with ancient paintings of human palms and animals still in tact today. The Ayua islands consist of small spits of land across a large atoll, many connected by natural sandbars and full of vegetation and fauna entirely unique to the region. Scuba diving and snorkeling are among the most popular activities, along with bird watching, sailing, learning traditional Papuan fishing, waterfall trekking, and cave exploration. If you’re visiting during the end of the year, head to East Waigeo to experience the “Sea Ghost,” a natural phenomenon of light across the ocean’s surface for 10-20 minutes.
Karst Paradise, Indonesia | © Andre Djohan / Shutterstock
While temples around Southeast Asia measure into the millions, this ancient complex on Java is the world’s largest Buddhist temple buried deep in overgrown jungle. The temple’s history is shrouded in mystery and legend, built at some point in the eighth or ninth century, and then abandoned for unknown reasons – theories suggest the capital’s move was due to earthquakes or the mounting dominance of Islam. The temple was rediscovered in 1814, but not accessible to the public until it was restored in the 1970s. Today, the traditional pilgrimage route treks across five kilometres along three tiers that each symbolize the paths from the world of desire, to the world of forms, to the world of formlessness, respectively – yet the complex itself is accessible without making this trek.
Candi Borobudur, Jawa, Indonesia | © Valery Bocman / Shutterstock
The northernmost part of the country, this archipelago province is the smallest in terms of both population and land mass, with only three of its islands inhabited primarily by fishing and agricultural subsistence communities. Its landscape and climate are distinctly different from the rest of the Philippines as the region is only 120 miles south of Taiwan, with lush, mountainous panoramas that give way to deep canyons and rocky shorelines.
Batanes, Philippines | © Hendra Xu / Shutterstock
This tiny, overlooked paradise between the heavy tourist meccas of Phuket and Krabi is an unspoiled depiction of the beauty that Thai islands have come to be known for. The local, predominantly Muslim communities have cultivated thriving rubber tree and fishing industries, while many of the island’s other locals descend from the Sea Gypsy or Monken people. Across Yao Yai, and its more developed sister, Koh Yao Noi, numerous cave paintings have been found extending back as far as 2,000-years-old, hidden away within the islands’ mountainous centres that cascade down to rice flats, mangrove trees, and endless expanses of sandy beachfront.
Laem Haad, Thailand | © KOHYAO / Shutterstock
50 Most Beautiful Places in Asia – Farfelue
Where to even begin with Asia, there is so much I’ve seen yet so much more I haven’t seen. Of course this isn’t a conclusive list of the most beautiful places in Asia, but rather a list of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.
Temple-studded landscape famous for its golden sunrises and balloon-dotted sky.
Kinkaku-ji Temple, Japan
Gold-leaf temple surrounded by water otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion.
Cadlao Lagoon, Philippines
Turquoise-coloured lagoon with towering limestone karsts jutting out from the sea.
Indonesian island with rice terraces and waterfalls – now a haven for yogis and vegans.
Koh Lipe, Thailand
One of Thailand’s most idyllic islands fringed with aquamarine waters.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Ancient Khmer temple and iconic sunrise spot.
Supertree Grove, Singapore
A futuristic garden made up of Avatar-inspired supertrees.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Undulating hills of luscious tea plantations.
Sigirya rock, Sri Lanka
Ancient rock fortress with remnants of a ruined palace atop.
Scattering of islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean lapped by pristine waters.
Yala national park, Sri Lanka
Wild elephants roam free in this beautiful national park. Lucky game drivers may also spot the secretive leopard.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Multi-coloured colonial city with hanging lanterns and some of the best Vietnamese food you’ll encounter.
Tokyo skyline, Japan
Sprawling city as far as the eye can see with Mount Fuji in the distance, best seen at sunrise when the city turns to flashing neon lights.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
Gold-leaf pagoda which is one of the most sacred sites in Buddhism.
Tea country, Sri Lanka
Rolling tea plantations as far as the eye can see.
Chureito Pagoda, Japan
Five-storied pagoda with breath-taking views of Mount Fuji in the distance.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Spectacular scatter of limestone islands rising from emerald waters.
Mount Ijen, Indonesia
Volcanic crater with a turquoise-hued lake steaming with sulphur.
Filipino island surrounded by emerald and sapphire waters.
Singapore Flyer, Singapore
London Eye copycat that suits the Singapore skyline.
Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
Buddhist temple encircled by bell-shaped stupas.
Historic seaside town with multi-coloured houses and a popular market street.
Long beach Koh Rong, Cambodia
Stretch of crystal clear waters and soft white sands.
Filipino sunsets, Philippines
Skies light up in pinks, purples, oranges and reds.
Inle lake, Myanmar
Serene lake with water villages and local fishermen using age-old fishing methods.
Petronas Towers, Malaysia
Twin skyscrapers that have become Malaysia’s most iconic building.
Train from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka
One of the most scenic train journeys in the world passing through Sri Lanka’s rolling tea plantations.
Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, South Korea
Ancient palace surrounded by a pond – most famous at dusk when the reflection can be seen on the water.
Kinabatangan river, Malaysian Borneo
A mecca for wildlife spotting with Pygmy elephants, orang-utans and proboscis monkeys along the river.
Daigoji Temple, Japan
World-heritage red temple reached by a traditional Japanese bridge, best viewed in Autumn when its framed by burnt orange and red trees.
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Japan
Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of red gates which lead to the top of Mount Inari
Singapore skyline, Singapore
Futuristic cityscape pierced by cutting edge skyscrapers.
Ha Giang region, Vietnam
A remote area of epic mountain ranges along the Chinese-Vietnamese border.
El Nido, Philippines
Cluster of limestone islands surrounded by lagoons. A mecca for scuba divers with shipwrecks attracting multi-coloured fish.
Oishi park, Japan
Flower-filled park overlooking Mount Fuji which changes with the seasons.
Langkawi cable car, Malaysia
Jungle-clad island with long, sandy beaches.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Tropical Thai island known for its incredible marine life.
Chocolate Hills, Philippines
Cone-shaped hills that turn to a burnt chocolate brown in the dry season.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Active volcano famous for its mystical sunrises where the volcanic peak emerges from a thick fog of clouds.
Danum Valley, Malaysian Borneo:
Pristine rainforest home to a complex ecosystem which has remained untouched for over a million years.
Seokguram Grotto, South Korea
A sacred statue of a Buddha resides in this grotto overlooking the mountainous landscape.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Indonesia
Hindu multi-tiered temple located on a lake.
Pom Pom Island, Malaysia
Honeymoon island dotted with hammocks and lapped with translucent waters.
Future World Exhibition, Singapore
Interactive exhibition with luminous lights and a glimpse into future technology.
Puerto Princesa Underground river, Philippines
Marvel at limestone rock formations as you glide through the world’s longest underground river.
Arashiyama Bamboo Path, Japan
Mystical pathway lined with towering bamboo trees.
Yangmingshan national park, Taiwan
Mountainous national park sprinkled with natural hot springs and geothermal activity.
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Brunei
Lavish gold-domed Mosque surrounded by a lagoon – the most famous moment in the Kingdom of Brunei
Timba Timba Island, Malaysia
Tiny slither of an island off the coast of Borneo with an epic sandbank.
Perhentian islands, Malaysia
Snorkel with baby sharks, turtles and rainbow-coloured fish on these idyllic islands.
10 of The Most Beautiful Places in Asia
Asia covers a lot of land area and encompasses hundreds of natural scenic wonders. Towering mountains, white-sand beaches, and virgin rainforest parks make up some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Asia. Below are 10 worth your consideration.
1. Mount Fuji (Japan)
Mount Fuji is the highest volcano in Japan (12,388 feet) and still tops most lists when it comes to the most beautiful natural attractions in Asia. Over 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji annually—30% of them foreigners.
2. The Li River and Yangshuo (China)
The Li River is like an artist’s masterpiece according to many who have had the fortune to travel to this breathtaking part of China. Many tourists only go as far as Guilin, which is where the spectacular scenery begins. But travel a little further to Yangshuo and the natural beauty is astounding. This popular area is world famous for its karst hills and meandering river.
It is listed as one of the world’s “Top 10 Watery Wonders” by America’s National Geographic Magazine and the World’s “15 Best Rivers for Travelers” by CNN Travel.
3. Zhangjiajie (China)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of the most fascinating national parks in the world. Highlighted by more than 3,000 immense quartzite sandstone pillars stretching skywards (some over 2,600 feet tall) to the streams and thick forests below, this UNESCO World Heritage site is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
It also served as the visual inspiration for the surreal landscape featured in the blockbuster film, Avatar.
4. Phi Phi Islands (Thailand)
Although threatened more and more by overdevelopment and huge number of tourists, these islands continue to provide some of the most beautiful seascapes in Asia. The islands feature beaches and clear water that have had their natural beauty protected by national park status.
5. Boracay Island (Philippines)
Boracay island in the Phillipines is one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia. ©iStock.com/Holger Mette
In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Whether you are swimming in the sparkling blue water, strolling along the powdery beaches, or enjoying the restaurants and nightlife, you’ll continue to be amazed by the island’s spectacular scenery.
6. Jeju Island (South Korea)
South Korea’s largest island lies off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, southwest of South Jeolla Province. This World Heritage Site is dominated by Hallasan, a 6,400 foot volcano and the highestmountain in South Korea. With its pristine Gotjawal Forest, beautiful beaches and network of well-marked hiking paths, it has been a popular tourist destination for Koreans for generations.
7. Taman Negara National Park (Malaysia)
Taman Negra is reputed to be the oldest jungle, the best kept tropical rainforest and one of the great natural wonders of the world. The old-growth forest covers almost 1,700 square miles and is home to flora and fauna that has evolved naturally over hundreds of millions of years.
8. Mount Rinjani (Indonesia)
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok. Those who make the trek to the top during the mountain’s dormant periods are awarded with a view of the crater lake and its deep blue water. One of the least developed islands in Asia, there are only a few basic tourist related activities that can be found in the nearby village of Senaru.
9. Koh Rong (Cambodia)
This small island off the coast of Sihanoukville Province in Cambodia remains relatively undeveloped but the beaches more than rival those of its more well known neighbor, Thailand. Over 70% of its 38-mile coastline is beaches. In absence of even the most basic infrastructure, transport by boat is required to all settlements and holiday resorts, which are scattered all over the coastline.
10. Luang Prabang (Laos)
Travel to Luang Prabang and you will step back into time. This UNESCO heritage site provides a window into another era when life was slower and most road activity consisted of bicycles and foot travel. Encircled by mountains and located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and the Mekong River, this colorful rural town is now Laos’ foremost tourist showplace.
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15 Best Countries to Visit in Asia (with Map & Photos)
The largest continent on Earth, Asia stretches all the way from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Its vast landmass encompasses everything from epic mountain ranges such as the Himalayas to the dry and desolate Arabian and Gobi deserts. Steamy jungle can also be found in Southeast Asia, as well as paradise islands and beautiful beaches.
In addition to its colossal size, Asia is remarkably home to more than half of the world’s population. With so many different cultures and languages for you to delve into, the continent’s dazzling diversity defies definition. As each country has its own unique history and heritage, Asia’s many natural wonders and hidden treasures could take a lifetime to unravel.
Made up of 1,200 or so islands and atolls, the Maldives boasts some of the best and most breathtaking beaches in the world. Nestled away in the Indian Ocean, the glamorous getaway is renowned for its luxurious resorts, many of them with their own private island.
While each idyllic island in the archipelago appears more stunning than the last, the Maldives is also noted for its underwater riches. As such, it is a fantastic place to go scuba diving or snorkeling, with lots of colorful coral reefs and shimmering shoals of fish to discover.
With so many picture-perfect white-sand beaches for you to check out, this serene and secluded honeymoon destination is not to be missed out on.
Consisting of Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, this incredible country is home to some of the oldest rainforest on Earth. Its national parks boast lots of fantastic trekking and wildlife in addition to the marvelous nature and scenery on show.
Very multicultural and diverse, Malaysia’s thriving cities and capital Kuala Lumpur are home to Chinese, Indians, and ethnic Malays. Amongst the modern skyscrapers, impressive historical and cultural landmarks can be found, and its restaurants serve up lots of delicious local cuisine.
With you can find idyllic islands and pristine beaches in Malaysia, seeing an orangutan up close in their natural habitat is probably the highlight of any visit.
Tucked away in between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is awash with astounding historical ruins and archaeological sites.
This is because the mighty Khmer Empire built lots of amazing temples, monuments, and palaces around the country between the 9th and 15th centuries. Of these structures, the undoubted highlight is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.
Besides the vibrant cities of Siem Reap and the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodia also boasts plenty of delightful nature. With picturesque paddy fields, jungle-clad mountains, and fabulous tropical islands for you to explore, Cambodia has something for everyone to enjoy.
12. Sri Lanka
An increasingly popular tourist destination, Sri Lanka is set in the Indian Ocean just off the south of India. While its fabulous beaches are one of its main attractions, the island has a rich history and culture for you to delve into.
As its history dates back around 2,500 years, Sri Lanka has lots of impressive archaeological sites and historic and cultural landmarks to check out. Ranging from ancient temples to colonial-era forts, many of these can be found in the enthralling cities of Anuradhapura, Galle, and Kandy.
In addition to this, Sri Lanka also has some spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife for you to enjoy. Offering up the perfect mix of beaches and culture, history, and nature, Sri Lanka has it all.
Steeped in history, the Sultanate of Oman’s unique culture, traditions, and heritage are visible wherever you go. Indeed, the proud identity of its people and their welcoming nature is in part what makes the country so charming to visit.
Unlike many of its neighbors, Oman hasn’t erected any skyscrapers or modernized dramatically. This means its desert oasis towns and the capital Muscat still exhibit lots of lovely old architecture, and their skyline has remained unchanged for centuries.
While its souks and medinas are captivating in their beauty, the country’s desolate landscapes are no less alluring. Home to spectacular mountains, a gorgeous coastline, and lots of scenic sand dunes, Oman is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
10. The Philippines
As the Philippines are made up of over 7,000 different islands, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is a very popular beach holiday destination. Its inviting waters make for some fantastic surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, with Boracay and North Palawan particularly great places to enjoy watersports.
While some islands are coated in lush rice fields or tropical rainforest, others are home to hidden lagoons and smoking volcanoes. Dotted about its varied landscapes, you can find chaotic yet colorful cities, such as Cebu and the capital Manila.
The cultural make-up of the country is varied; while traveling around, you’ll notice Spanish, American, and traditional influences, amongst others. As you can see, the archipelago has much more to offer than just sun, sea, and sand.
9. South Korea
The home of K-Pop and Kimchi, South Korean culture is currently very much in vogue around the world. This represents a marked change, as for much of its history, it has been overlooked and outshone by its larger and more powerful neighbors China and Japan.
What makes traveling around the peninsula so fascinating is that the nation boasts a rich and unique history, heritage, and culture. It has, however, modernized rapidly. You’ll find centuries-old palaces and temples alongside skyscrapers and gigantic shopping malls.
Deceptively mountainous, South Korea also has lots of marvelous national parks for you to explore, with beautiful islands and beaches hugging the shore. Of these, Jeju Island is the most popular to visit among locals and tourists alike.
With so much astounding history, culture, and nature, Vietnam is one of Asia’s most rewarding destinations. The country encompasses lots of different landscapes, and its idyllic coastline hugs the South China Sea.
Many visitors rent a motorbike and explore the Ho Chi Minh trail. This takes you from the colorful yet chaotic capital Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, guiding you past the ancient capital of Hue on the way. Ha Long Bay is another must-see sight due to its stunning seascape and breathtaking limestone islands.
The picturesque coastal town of Hoi An is also well worth checking out, while the hill tribes around Sa Pa showcase some of the nation’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Regardless of where you go, Vietnam’s fabulous cuisine is sure to be a treat.
Due to its strategic location between Africa, Europe, and Asia, Jordan in the Middle East has long welcomed travelers and traders to its lands. Armies also passed through, and over the millennia, rulers and empires left behind crusader castles, Roman amphitheaters, and of course, Petra.
Majestic to behold, the ancient Nabataean city is sure to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Set amid the desert and carved out of rock, it is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to the country.
While Petra is justifiably the main attraction, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum’s desert landscapes are also well worth exploring. The safest country to visit in the region, Jordan’s many charms and Middle Eastern hospitality will surely beckon you back in no time at all.
One of the best places in the world to go trekking and mountaineering, Nepal is a breathtakingly beautiful country full of amazing scenery. Dominated and defined by the Himalayas, the mountain nation is home to many of the tallest peaks on Earth. Of these, Mount Everest stands head and shoulders above them all.
While many people come to hike the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal also boasts a rich cultural heritage. Centuries-old temples, shrines, monasteries, and palaces dot the country, with Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini being the most famous. It is here that the Buddha was born some 2,500 years ago.
Known as the ‘City of Temples’ due to its many religious sites, the capital Kathmandu is not to be missed out on.
Made up of more than 18,000 islands that span some 4,700 kilometers from east to west, Indonesia covers a huge area. As such, the nation is one of the most diverse places on Earth – whether that’s in terms of people, culture, and languages or landscapes and wildlife.
In many ways, the archipelago defies definition. For instance, its small, secluded sleepy settlements are in stark contrast to the teeming and chaotic capital of Jakarta. One of the most populous nations in the world, its customs, traditions, and cuisines also vary dramatically depending on where you go.
Lying between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, its islands’ habitats are just as diverse. While in Bali you can find beautiful beaches, Borneo has wonderful wildlife and awe-inspiring orangutans. With so much to see and do, the ‘Emerald of the Equator’ definitely warrants a visit.
Home to one of the world’s richest and oldest civilizations, India is awash with different cultures, religions, peoples, and traditions. It is this diversity that makes it so mesmerizing to explore.
While the Himalayas dominate the north, steamy jungle, picturesque tea plantations, and gorgeous beaches can be found in the rest of the country. Tucked away among these varied landscapes are millennia-old archaeological sites and colorful yet chaotic cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi.
From temples to cuisine and history to wildlife, the world’s second-most populous country has something for everyone. The only question is where to begin.
Although it consists of almost 7,000 islands, most of Japan’s main sights and tourist attractions can be found on Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. These are the four largest of them.
Lying to the east of mainland Asia, the island nation is a fascinating place as old and new collide wherever you go. While the futuristic metropolises of Tokyo and Yokohama are full of skyscrapers and neon lights, Kyoto and Nara instead boast traditional palaces and age-old temples.
Covered in mountains and forests, the country is also home to some delightful nature and scenery. This explains why the vast majority of its large population is found in the densely populated cities that hug its long and indented coastline.
Thanks to its breathtaking beaches, glittering temples, and welcoming population, Thailand is a very popular tourist destination. Fittingly enough, it is often called ‘the Land of Smiles.’
While Bangkok has lots of fantastic cuisine and nightlife on offer, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are home to some of the nation’s most famous temples. Further afield, you can find wild jungle, picturesque paddy fields, and quiet and secluded towns and villages.
Lying in between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, its golden sands and underwater marvels attract hordes of people every year. Many also come to party in its beachside towns, visit idyllic islands such as Ko Tao, or enjoy the stunning scenery at Krabi.
Dominating Asia in terms of both its size and population, China boasts one of the world’s oldest civilizations. As such, incredible historical and cultural landmarks are on show wherever you go.
While the Great Wall of China is obviously its main attraction, the Terracotta Army in Xi-an and the Forbidden City in Beijing attract just as many people. Others come to enjoy China’s beautiful scenery that includes towering mountains, endless rice terraces, and the desolate Gobi Desert.
The most populous nation on Earth, China is home to many rapidly modernizing cities that are enthralling to visit. Its age-old traditions and customs remain, however. A continent of a country, China and its vast and varied landscapes, cities, and cultures could take a lifetime to explore.
29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia (with Map & Photos)
Southeast Asia is a group of diverse countries between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, featuring indigenous cultures influenced by Indian, Chinese and Western culture. The region includes the most populous Muslim country in the world, very prominent Buddhist countries, and quite significant Christian, Hindu and Animist communities.
It has long been a favorite corner of the world for globe-tramping backpackers, known for its perfect beaches, tasty cuisine, low prices, and good air connections.
The countries of Southeast Asia represent a totally different culture for Western travelers. Instead of cathedrals, they’ll find temples. Instead of cold temperatures and snow in the winter, for the most part they’ll be bathed in a tropical climate. They may find simple accommodations in remote fishing villages but also luxurious five-star hotels in the bigger cities and on the more popular islands.
Southeast Asia will appeal to active, adventuresome travelers, who want to trek through steamy jungles, dive in some of the world’s best coral reefs, camp or go whitewater rafting on new rivers. But the region also offers the less active travelers something, who, after a day of visiting temples and other cultural sites, just want to relax in comfort in a luxury hotel. An overview of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia:
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is located on the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. A former French holding, it is a graceful city that is now the country’s economic center. Visitors to Vientiane won’t want to miss the Pha That Luang, a a Buddhist stupa that dates back to 1586. Buddhist temples and sites abound, but travelers also will want to walk through the Mekong Riverside Park.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Vientiane
See also: Vientiane Attractions
Cambodia’s most popular beach destination, Sihanoukville is where the U.S. fought its last battle in the Vietnam War. Though none of Sihanoukville’s beaches would qualify as Southeast Asia’s finest it is a great place to relax after visiting all the Khmer ruins in the rest of the country.
The beaches are popular with a variety of travelers from backpackers who stay in huts on the beach to those who prefer the luxury of five-star hotels. Snorkeling is popular on some of the offshore islands.
See also: Best Sihanoukville Beaches
Situated in the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a quiet town used as a base for trekking in the surrounding mountains, touring rice paddies and visiting traditional villages and hill tribes.
In the town of Sapa itself, there are attractive French colonial sites worth visiting while the various ethnic tribes in the area often gather at the town market to sell their handicrafts, which make excellent souvenirs.
26. Perhentian Islands
The Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia, not far from the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil (Big and Small Perhentian). Kecil attracts more travellers as it has cheaper accommodation, while Besar caters more to families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, blends the charm of the old world with a pace of life that is quickening as this old city modernizes. Visitors may see locals taking tai-chi lessons in the park in the mornings, while skateboarders zoom by. At the heart of Hanoi is its Old Quarter, an open-air museum of historic Asian and French colonial architecture that has largely remained intact. Ancient temples and art museums share the attractions list with museums devoted to the Vietnamese revolution and military history.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Hanoi
See also: Top Hanoi Attractions
24. Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng is a picturesque town north of Vientiane that is known for its limestone karst formations. Located on the Nam Song River, the town is surrounded by karst hills, making it very scenic.
This town of 25,000 people is popular with backpackers who come to tube and kayak on the river. Visitors also like to hike, explore caves and rock climb in the hills. Textiles are a popular purchase.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Vang Vieng
Known for its gorgeous beaches and excellent diving, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and most popular destination outside of Bangkok. With resorts, hotels, shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Patong Beach is the most popular beach.
Phuket is also a place for ultimate relaxation and pampering with its numerous options that range from massage tents on the beach to world-class spa resorts in breathtaking settings.
See also: Best Places to Visit in Phuket
22. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a bustling city that serves as the capital of Malaysia. The country’s most populous city, it has a landscape filled with innovatively designed skyscrapers, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. Kuala Lumpur also boasts an outstanding Islamic Arts Museum; the Bukit Bintang pedestrian bridge and tunnel that connects the downtown area, and a bird park that is the world’s largest walk-in aviary.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
See also: Top KL Attractions
21. Gili Islands
The Gili Islands are three small islands located in northwestern Indonesia off the coast of Lombok. The islands are perfect for travelers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Cars aren’t allowed on the islands, with people using horse carriages or bicycles to move about. Relaxing may be the primary activity here, but the islands also are popular with divers and snorkelers.
20. Phnom Penh
Once known as “the pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh is considered one of the prettiest of the cities the French built in Indochina though the city is still recovering from war and revolution. French influence can still be found today in Cambodia’s capital.
Located on the Mekong River, the city actually dates back to the 15th century. Top attractions include the Royal Palace and the National Museum, which contains a large collection of Khmer artifacts.
See also: Top Phnom Penh Attractions
19. Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, was founded in the 13th century, and is one of the most culturally significant cities in the country. It’s located on the Ping River among Thailand’s highest mountains.
The region is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples and also hosts a night market that is famous for handicrafts. It’s a good place to take in one of the area’s Thai festivals.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Chiang Mai
See also: Top Chiang Mai Attractions
18. Inle Lake
Inle Lake, located in southeast Myanmar, is the country’s second largest lake. The Intha people live in small villages round the lake and in floating houses on the lake itself, making for a picturesque scene. Besides fishing, locals also grow fruits and veggies on floating gardens.
Commuter and tourist motorboats and flat-bottomed skiffs navigate the vast lake, the latter propelled by the unique Intha technique of leg rowing in which one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion.
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Palawan is an island province in the Philippines that stretches from Mindoro to Borneo between the South China and Sulu seas. Puerto Princesa, which is close to large karst formations with an underground river, is the provincial capital.
Coron Reefs on Busuanga Island is one of the best diving spots in the world, drawing divers who want to explore Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. Another popular destination is El Nido, a town sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and the beautiful Bacuit Bay.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Palawan
16. Taman Negara
Taman Negara is a national park located in Malaysia’s Titiwangsa Mountains. It’s one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia for ecotourists and travelers who want to get up close and personal with a tropical jungle. Popular activities include walking through the jungle, sometimes on rope bridges through the forests; hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, fishing and camping. Travelers will need a high level of energy to tackle all the activities the park offers.
15. Hoi An
Hoi An is a charming town known for its great atmosphere at the mouth of the Thu Bon River on Vietnam’s central coast. Also known as Fai-Fo, the town boasts a well-preserved Southeast Asian trading port, which it once was until the river silted up.
The narrow, winding lanes of the old port are lined with beautiful old architecture, traditional wooden houses and hundreds of tailor shops selling everything from clothing to souvenirs.
See also: Top Tourist Attractions in Hoi An
With more than 5 million residents, Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is a former capital of Burma and Myanmar’s largest city. Once a small fishing village, Yangon was ruled by the British at one time and has the most colonial buildings of any city in Southeast Asia.
Top tourist attractions include the Shwedagon Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist shrine surrounded by parks, a war cemetery, and the city’s only synagogue, Musmeah Yeshua.
Boracay is a small island located less than 320 km (200 miles) south of Manila, the country’s capital. It is most famous for its beautiful beaches, which various travel publications have termed some of the best in Southeast Asia.
Top beaches include Yapak, known for its white shells, and White Beach, known for stunning sunsets. Another top attraction is Wiley’s Rock, which features a statue of the Virgin Mary sitting atop a volcanic formation.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Boracay
12. Mount Kinabalu
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Towering 4095 meter (13,435 ft) above northern Borneo, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the island of New Guinea. The main peak of the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment although climbers must be accompanied by guides at all times.
For those with limited time or energy, there are gardens and many short walks through the jungle to enjoy in the vicinity of the entrance.
11. Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is located on an archipelago near the island of Flores. The islands are populated by thousands of giant lizards known as “Komodo dragons” because of their appearance and aggressiveness.
This is the only place in the world where these lizards, the largest in the world, can be found. Although attacks are very rare, Komodo dragons have been known to attack humans.
Singapore, a city-state, lies at the south end of the Malay Peninsula just 137 km (85 miles) above the equator. Chinese are the predominant ethnic group, at 75 percent of the population. Travelers will hear residents speaking a variety of languages: Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil. Singapore is a former British colony, with its top sights including the graceful Raffles Hotel, gardens and nature trails, the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum, and the city zoo.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Singapore
See also: Top Singapore Attractions
9. Ko Phi Phi
Phi Phi is a beautiful archipelago located in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket. Ko Phi Phi Don is the only island in the group with permanent inhabitants while the smaller Ko Phi Phi Leh is famous as the filming location for the 2000 movie “The Beach”. Travelers go here enjoy the beaches and to participate in a variety of water recreation activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. The island was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, but is bouncing back with new construction.
See also: Best Beaches in Ko Phi Phi
8. Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang lies at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in northcentral Laos. The former royal capital is famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries, with monks walking through the city collecting alms in the morning.
The old town is popular with tourists who want to shop, visit temples or soak in the atmosphere. There are several waterfalls nearby, as well as the famous Pak Ou Caves.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Luang Prabang
See also: Luang Prabang Attractions
Located on the island of Java, 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Yogyakarta, the Borobudur is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple in the world. The Borobudur was built over a period of some 75 years in the 8th and 9th centuries by the kingdom of Sailendra, out of an estimated 2 million blocks of stone.
It was abandoned in the 14th century for reasons that still remain a mystery and for centuries lay hidden in the jungle under layers of volcanic ash.
6. Ifugao Rice Terraces
Photographers will want to have lots of memory cards with them when they visit the picturesque Ifugao Rice Terraces on the island of Luzon. For 2,000 years, people have been growing rice on terraces that follow the contours of the Cordilleras Mountains.
The most famous ones can be found around the town of Banaue. They were created by the Ifugao ethnic people without modern tools and are still used today.
Myanmar’s answer to Angkor Wat, Bagan, on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, is home to the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas in the world. Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire from the 9th to the 13th centuries.
The site that Marco Polo once described as the “gilded city” was home to around 13,000 Buddhist temples in its 11th-century heyday. Thousands remain, including the famous Ananda temple with its sparkling gold spires.
What started out as a small trading post in the 15th century has now grown into a city of eight million people: Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Visitors will find plenty of photo ops at the city’s famous floating markets where they can also buy veggies, tropical fruits and Thai snacks made in a floating kitchen. When travelers grow weary of visiting temples, they can visit a snake farm or just go shopping.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Bangkok
See also: Top Bangkok Attractions
3. Ha Long Bay
Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story with its thousands of limestone karst islands of different shapes and sizes. Some of the islands contain lakes while some are hollow, with a colorful fairyland of grottoes inside.
Four fishing villages composed of floating houses where the occupants fish for 200 different fish and 450 kinds of mollusks, can be found on Ha Long Bay.
The undisputed favorite of Indonesia’s more than 17,000 islands, Bali lives up to its reputation as the quintessential tropical paradise. The waters around Bali are known for its high marine diversity and coral reefs while the lush rice terraces provide a picturesque backdrop to its colorful and deeply spiritual Hindu culture.
The island also has several great beach towns, like Kula, as well as other areas, such as Ubud, which are known for performing and artistic arts.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Bali
See also: Best Bali Places
When it comes to archeological sites, travelers won’t want to miss Angkor in northern Cambodia. It contains some of the world’s most important cultural remains. These include the enormous Angkor Wat temple, the Bayon temple with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees.
Historically, Angkor served as the Khmer capital from the ninth to 14th centuries, which influenced art throughout Southeast Asia.
See also: Top Angkor Temples
12 Best Places In Asia To Visit – Hand Luggage Only
The first time I visited Asia was actually when I moved to live there! I was doing a research project with Cambridge University in Singapore as part of my dissertation and made Singapore my home. That being said, Singapore is only one tiny part of Asia and there’s a heap of the best places in Asia to visit all across the region.
The way I then ‘did Asia’ was picking out a specific destination (a city, a town, a village, a resort area; it didn’t matter). It was the best excuse to visit places and countries nearby, too. For instance, visiting Hong Kong gave me the opportunity to throw in a quick visit to neighbouring Macau.
The point, I’m trying to make here is that a great way to the best places in Asia. Split your trip into manageable chunks (or regions) and get to explore this hugely diverse and incredible area of the world.
Anyway, I don’t want to ramble for too long, but take a look at some of the best places in Asia to visit on your next trip. Have the best time.
1.) Beijing, China
Beijing, being the capital city of China, is almost a no-brainer when it comes to deciding where to visit in China. After all, it’s one of the best places in Asia to visit if you want to visit one of its vast cities.
It’s fast-paced, exciting and arguably a lot more cosmopolitan than most other places you’ll visit in China. Well, that and Shanghai, at least.
With a heap of cultural and historical sites, such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, there are enough places to explore to last you months!
Plus, there’s a load of bustling street markets (you’ve got to check out the Panjiayuan Flea Market), Beijing is unquestionable a fun city for all travellers and a fantastic place to begin a trip through China.
Read more: Best things to do in Beijing
2.) Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rich with thousands of years of history and with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, Siem Reap is one of the best places in Asia to visit for sure.
Take some time to tour the temples and ruins of Angkor Wat for a fascinating insight into Cambodian history.
Oh, and when you’re done with this (as well as the other amazing ruins), be sure to make time to eat your weight in delicious Cambodian food (try Fish amok) at the local markets.
Read more: Best temples to visit in Siem Reap
3.) Bangkok, Thailand
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is a brilliant blend of new and old! It’s one of the best places in Asia to have a mix of shiny and new, and totally ancient spots to explore in and around the city.
When you visit, you can hop over to see some of the incredible palaces and temples and also join one of the best food tours in Bangkok (in a tuk-tuk), which we loved.
Also, visiting the city is a great opportunity to check out Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world’s largest open-air markets. Also, stand at the base of a 150-foot golden Buddha statue (in Wat Pho), too.
Finally, make sure to take a trip to the nearby ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya, too. It’s so incredible to see.
Read more: Best things to do in Bangkok
4.) Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities in the world and a place I could very happily live in.
Thing is, it’s a bright a shiny city but there’s so much of it that’s also very gritty and very real which, in a lot of ways, reminds me of cities like London (i.e. home… which probably explains why it was so easy to feel at home almost immediately here).
The best part about Hong Kong is that there’s pretty much everything and anything you’d want from a city here; amazing food, fantastic nightlife, old historic temples, right through to fun places like Hong Kong Disneyland, to mention but a few.
Point is, if you’re looking for an exciting city holiday, you’ve come to the right place here.
Read more: Best things to do in Hong Kong
5.) Kathmandu, Nepal
Famous as a gateway to Mount Everest, there’s a heap of epic and historic things to do in Kathmandu that you can’t miss when in Nepal.
For me, it’s one of the best places in Asia to visit, especially as it can be a gateway to explore the rest of Nepal (like we did), too.
Besides potentially hiking in Nepal, there’s a fair bit to keep you busy once in this dusty and lively city.
For instance, places like the Pashupatinath Temple (a sacred Hindu temple), the busy shopping streets of Thamel and (to step away from the main hubs of activity) heading down Old Freak Street (an important part of the 60s and 70s) hippie trail all make this city totally unique.
Read more: Best things to do in Nepal
6.) Bali, Indonesia
When people think of Bali, people probably think of beaches but there’s so much more to this amazing Indonesian island than that.
There’s are fantastic temples to visit, some of the best coffee in the world, amazing hikes and those epic rice fields, to mention but a few.
Of course, once you’re done with all that (or perhaps even before), it’s definitely still worth checking out the amazing beaches that Bali and incredible waterfalls that Bali is famed for.
Read more: Best things to do in Bali
7.) Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo is an amazing city in Japan (no matter how much time you spend here, you’ll leave wanting more) but if you’re looking for a more traditional side to Japan, Kyoto is where you should explore.
You see, Kyoto was once the capital of Japan, a fact that becomes very visible once you start to visit the amazing shrines and palaces dotted across the city.
Thanks to the super-fast bullet train, Tokyo is only a few hours away and perfectly combined with a trip to Kyoto, leaving you with a fantastic opportunity to experience old and new Japan.
Not only that, but it’s also one of the best cities in Japan to explore when you arrive.
Read more: Best things to do in Kyoto
8.) Bagan, Myanmar
This area used to be home to more than thirteen-thousand temples and stupas now offer travellers the chance to explore the two-thousand temples that remain. Incredible, right?
A trip to Bagan is unlike anywhere else you’ll ever see and is one that you have to do, even if that’s all you have time to do in Myanmar. It’s easily one of the best places in Asia to include on a wider trip.
9.) Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The sights you will experience in Ha Long Bay are pretty epic and probably one of the best places in Asia for some stunning views.
Which, is totally understandable why this beautiful area of Vietnam has deemed it a UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth a visit.
With lush greenery and steep cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters below, this is one amazing place to explore the best places in Vietnam that are totally beautiful.
Travellers can sail through the Bay of Descending Dragons, cruise through the stunning rock formations and islets and generally just soak up the amazing sights in this Vietnamese gem.
Afterwards, take a trip down to some of Vietnam’s cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, too. After all, it’s likely you’ll have flown into one of these when you visit.
Read more: Best places in Vietnam to visit
10.) Kandy, Sri Lanka
The city of Kandy is the gateway to quite a few UNESCO World Heritage site in Sri Lanka and is a fantastic place in itself to start a trip through Sri Lanka.
Kandy was once home to the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka and is the last place that was actually home to said, Ancient Kings.
So, in addition to the stunning array of sights to see here, there’s so much Sri Lankan culture and tradition to be gleaned here – one of which is the traditional Kandy dancing of which you must attend a show when you visit.
Plus, it’s really easy to visit Kandy as part of a wider trip around the best places in Sri Lanka when you’re exploring the country.
Read more: Best things to do in Sri Lanka
11.) Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is the capital city of South Korea and one place that, for me at least, is so amazing to visit. In fact, for the amount of history and culture to explore, I’d say it’s one of the best places in Asia to visit.
Once here, make sure to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit Bukchon Hanok Village and explore Myeong-dong for some epic foodie spots. It’s a great way to try out some tasty South Korean dishes.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to visit some of the other best places in South Korea, too.
It’s a gorgeous country.
Read more: Best things to do in Seoul
12.) El Nido, Philippines
Perched on the island of Palawan, El Nido is one of the best places in the Philippines to visit.
Now, it might be a little bit trickier to get to than the likes of Manila, but you can easily get internal flights to El Nido to explore this area.
Honestly, the tiny islands and bays in this area are totally stunning, making it a perfect place to chill out.
This is especially true if you’ve been hiking in the Philippines or exploring some of the other islands (like Bohol) that make up this stunning country.
Read more: Best places in the Philippines to visit
12 Best Places In The Philippines To Visit
The 25 Most Beautiful Places in Southeast Asia that you should visit · HostelsClub
A list of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia to visit at any time of the year with friends, family or your partner.
Southeast Asia is an area that has become very fashionable in the last decade. Millions of travellers excitedly buy their plane tickets in order to venture through unexplored beaches, jungles with exotic animals and strange century-old sacred temples.
The popularity of this zone is due to the sheer diversity that its different places offer. There are so many that it’s difficult to choose the best ones in order to make the most of your time here! The internet is overloaded with countless blogs, articles and tips on what to visit in Southeast Asia. This is why we decided to do all the work for you and put together a list of the 25 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia. (Thank us later!)
1. El Nido, Philippines
Tucked away in the south of the Palawan Islands, El Nido is not just another photographic paradise but it’s also an ideal place for water activities such as snorkelling and offshore trips that can be booked on site.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Rent a motorcycle and speed into the depths of Bali’s exotic beaches and volcanoes while making sure to stop every once in a while and enjoy some of the most unique panoramas in the world. Bali is also an incredible place to get to know the locals and to learn about their distinctive culture.
Don’t forget to taste the rich and abundant Indonesian cuisine on offer, but be sure to keep an eye out for the naughty monkeys that might try to steal off your plate!
>>> The best hostels in Bali.
If you arrive to Singapore after having already travelled around the neighbouring areas, you will surely be in for a big shock as you experience the cultural change! The contrast between Singapore and other places in Southeast Asia couldn’t be more apparent, and you will notice this as soon as you step foot within this autonomous state situated in the extreme south of Malaysia.
It’s a rich, luxurious country with a truly incomparable city atmosphere, making it a place that is often feared by the pockets of many travellers. However, there is nothing that a good low-cost hostel can’t fix! Don’t forget to dive into the famous infinity pool located at the top of Marina Bay Sands and enjoy the views of the skyscrapers. This is a prime photo spot so make the most of it and get that camera out!
>>> The best hostels in Singapore.
4. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This is the capital of Cambodia, and it’s known that Asian capitals are very dynamic and offer countless things to do. Admiring the old French and Colonial style architecture is definitely one of the highlights.
The most interesting thing is the tragic and historical event that happened in the past, the sad genocide caused by the fearsome community of Khmer Rouge.
>>> The best hostels in Phnom Penh.
5. Penang, Malaysia
Malaysia, the land of the famous Malaysian Tigers and the impressive Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Penang offers a surprising contrast where you will see how several Asian cultures are mixed.
George Town, its main urban settlement, with its modern culture and lively atmosphere, hosts an exceptional artistic scene and a series of incredible carnivals that should not be missed.
6. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. It’s fame is not only due to its particular culture, people and street food, but also thanks to the overwhelming media attention it has received in recent years (movies, documentaries etc.).
It is a hot, frantic and somewhat writhing city, but at the same time presents its history through temples, traditions, gastronomy and technology.
>>> The best hostels in Bangkok.
7. Bagan, Myanmar
Many say it should be classified as one of the wonders of the World, others say it should be a destination that brightens up magazine covers and luxury travel brochures. What we do know is that it is a spectacular place which is home to one of the most beautiful sunrises on the planet.
You can explore the site on foot or by bike, but try to climb to the highest peaks to observe those fabulous views of the temples and pagodas which are so frequented by the laughing families living there (who are very friendly by the way!)
>>> The best hostels in Bagan.
8. Trat, Thailand
Trat is not just another island or unknown destination. Trat is a Thai province located in the south of the country, next to its neighbour Cambodia. This area is the ideal place to experience the famous Thai street food.
Walk through the small stalls and try some spicy noodles or fried chicken as you watch local children ride their bikes at full speed around you.
9. Siargao, Philippines
Welcome to the Philippine’s surfing capital, where not only will you run into very high waves, but also many opportunities to explore other areas independently should you choose to do so.
If you’re an avid surfer, we advise you to go to Jacking Horse or Daku, both beautiful spots. If you know little about the sport, why not go swimming at Magpupungko’s pools, or if you really have guts grab a flashlight and head over to Tayangban Cave Pool. You won’t believe your eyes!
10. Monkey Island, Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is another popular place visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The geographical concept is simple: a series of mountains located in an extensive bay.
But this is not all, the past is somewhat darker: a legend tells that when a war broke out between the Vietnamese and Chinese people, a reddish dragon descended and defended the village. “Ha Long” literally means “descending dragon”.
>>> The best hostels in Halong Bay.
11. Tam Coc, Vietnam
Rice fields, spectacular canals, long rivers and rock formations are some of the natural qualities of Tam Coc. We recommend day trips to really get to know the area and soak up the culture.
“Tam Coc”, meaning three caves, is located 90 km from Hanoi, and a few years ago it became a top destination of the Vietnamese country. Let’s not forget that this place has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
12. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Strolling through the old Cambodian temples is mandatory for all backpackers travelling around the province of Siem Reap. Some say it’s like travelling back in time to many centuries ago.
Bayon or Ta Prohm are two monuments to visit. They even appeared in the popular Tomb Raider saga in the scene in which Angelina Jolie approaches the ruins that are under the roots of the trees.
>>> The best hostels in Siem Reap.
13. Bolaven Plateau, Laos
Laos really is an excellent country, thriving and warm in every which way… Hot and hospitable! You can’t miss the villas of the old villages and the coffee bean farms, however the cherry on the top has to be the beautiful waterfalls you can find here.
We also recommend renting a motorcycle starting from Paske and ride along the 500 km fresh, wild route this country offers. Cross the Mekong River and stop to take pictures along the way (it’s definitely worth it). Take care to watch out for the cows you may meet along the way!
14. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, the chaotic city with more than 8 million inhabitants, offers the possibility of a close encounter with Vietnamese culture, something hard to come by in the multicultural region of Southeast Asia.
If you want to start with a spectacular view of the city, we recommend you go up to the Lotte Center Hanoi, an imposing tower that boasts 360 degree views of the city. Then, to give your nerves a rest, you can go to the Temple of Literature and walk through the busy paths of Hanoi’s most popular neighbourhood, the Old Quarter.
>>> The best hostels in Hanoi.
15. Temburong, Brunei
Photo credits: Adib Wahab @flickr
Don’t listen to those people that say Brunei is boring, or that it is not worth visiting. We can guarantee the opposite; mosques, floating villages and rainforests await you in this amazing corner of the world.
The central jewel is located within the perimeter of the Ulu Temburong National Park, where flora and fauna intermingle, resulting in a pure and beautiful environment.
16. Inle, Myanmar
The most peculiar and authentic corner of Southeast Asia according to many backpackers, travel agents and bloggers. It’s an inhabited village that settled many years ago upon a large lake called Inle.
The most striking thing here is the transport, which is reduced to only a simple, long wooden boat guided by a fisherman in rustic clothing who sails the boat by standing on one leg and paddling at the same time. You definitely have to go and see it!
17. Atauro Island, East Timor
An tiny, exotic island whose weeds cover most of the perimeter. Walking and getting lost in the jungle is a perfect activity here as it is very safe. You must visit the Beloi Market where you can buy fresh fruit and fish.
It’s essential to know how to reach this curious town since there are not many ways to get there. Ideally, take the public boat that departs from the Dili pier, only on Saturdays, and in three hours (each way) you arrive. It costs 4 dollars each trip.
18. Tanjung Puting, Indonesia
Tanjung National Park is a must-see for all those curious travellers who seek different experiences, thirsty for exotic sites. It’s a park located in Kalimantan, and it has the originality of being completely inhabited by dozens of orangutans!
These monkeys rule the island from the treetops and swing through the thick vines, demonstrating their dominance throughout the beautiful park. Be careful of the food you bring and your cameras. You won’t want to lose them!
19. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Kho Phi Phi is the central island within this archipelago of 4 islands and also the only one inhabited. It’s divided into two zones, Tonsai Beach and Loh Dalum Bay. The best thing about this location is that there really are many things to do.
Some places we recommend visiting: Maya Beach, Phi Phi Le and Mosquito Island. Another unmissable ride is the long boat that runs through Bamboo Island, Viking Cave and La Lagoon.
20. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and the funny thing is that it was actually deserted land only a few decades ago. Now, due to mass tourism, an entire structure of incredible lodging and shops has been built upon it.
This will not ruin your vacation however, as you can stray away from the crowds and visit the 25 metre tall Great Buddha Monument, or enter the most important temple on the island, Wat Chalong, with its great relics. If you’re a fan of viewpoints you must go up to the Prompthep Cape and Karon viewpoint to admire the beautiful panoramas.
>>> The best hostels in Phuket.
21. Bohol, Philippines
Bohol is known for its Chocolate Hills, large grassy mounds that are made up of pure stone. They are considered the National Monument of the Philippines and a symbol of their local flag.
Panglao Island is recommended if you like snorkelling and observing marine life. If you don’t have a phobia of heights you can cross the Loboc river, 80 metres wide, on the incredible bamboo suspension bridge. Even more of an adrenaline seeker? Ok, why not rent a kayak on that very same river!
22. Lombok, Indonesia
Lombok is an ideal place for backpackers seeking tranquility and peace because it has not yet been invaded (entirely) by mass tourism. We recommend spending about 3 to 4 days here, it’s surely a place where you won’t get bored!
The Rinjani Volcano is a great attraction of the area, and you can climb it as part of a tour. Bear in mind that it takes a long time, but yes, the views from the top are definitely worth the effort. If you are staying here for a couple of days and have some extra time on your hands then visit the Gili Islands; they offer the perfect rest from your long journey through Southeast Asia.
>>> The best hostels in Lombok.
23. Hong Kong
There are some who say it doesn’t belong to Southeast Asia, but today many people say that it does. In short, Hong Kong, the former British colony attached to the Asian giant of China, is an overpopulated city that really is worth visiting.
A small island, but with many activities for you to discover. For example, you can climb Victoria Peak (522 metres), go to Stanley Beach or go soak up the culture in one of the most interesting museums in Asia: the Hong Kong History Museum.
Tip: don’t miss out on the nightlife of Lan Kwai Fong.
>>> The best hostels in Hong Kong.
24. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The capital of culture. This place has hundreds and thousands of years of history with multiple stories to tell its visitors. Buddhist roots, Hinduists and Islamic influences all combine with each other to offer tours with so much information that it’s even worth taking note as you go.
You can take a Bechak (traditional transport from the Island of Java) and tour the bustling, vibrant Maliboro Street in the evening. The next day explore the Water Palace or, Taman Sari, which is a real symbol of Muslim architecture and El Kraton, where the Sultan resided.
>>> The best hostels in Yogyakarta.
25. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Last but not least, Kuala Lumpur is another metropolis full of buildings, a city that never stops expanding thanks to the constant flow of money that floods into these lavish streets. The interesting thing here is the cultural diversity that exists. Although Muslims rule the territory, it’s not hard to find other communities such as Hindu or Islamic.
Take a selfie with the Petronas Towers, visit the glamorous KLCC neighbourhood or simply wander around the renowned shopping centers with their large food courtyards offering everything from typical fast food chains to traditional dishes of the surrounding countries.
>>> The best hostels in Kuala Lumpur.
We hope this article has inspired you to travel Southeast Asia and see these amazing sites for yourselves!
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1. Zhangjiajie, China
The Zhangjiajie region became famous throughout the world thanks to the film “Avatar”. The unique local landscapes served as the prototype for Pandora. The most beautiful places – mountains, canyons, forest trails and observation decks – are located in the Zhangjiajie National Park.
Karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: Dayou_X, Flickr
2. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is a natural wonder and perhaps one of the most beautiful places on the planet.About 3000 limestone and dolomite islands are scattered over an area of 1. 5 thousand square meters. kilometers, forming breathtaking karst landscapes. Halong Bay is a magical, mystical place and it is especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset hours.
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3. Guilin and Yangshuo, China
Old-timers say that Guilin is the most beautiful place on Earth, and Yangshuo is more beautiful than Guilin.Travelers who love the city and comfort come to observe the beauty of the karst landscapes of Guilin province, while lovers of rural landscapes and closeness to nature come to Yangshuo.
Karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: samuel-berthelot, Flickr
Asia’s karst landscapes. Photo credit: marin tomic, Flickr
4. Krabi, Thailand
Krabi is the southern province of Thailand, known to the world for its incredible sea karst landscapes, white beaches and small, wonderful islands. Most of Thailand’s advertising posters are made on the beaches of Krabi. They create the region’s reputation as one of the most scenic spots on the planet. In addition, Krabi is one of the best starting points for island travel in Thailand.
Find out more: Krabi – beaches and islands
Karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: Alessio Tacchini, Flickr
5. Van Vieng, Laos
Van Vieng is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Laos. Because the city is located near karst caves, the appearance of which gives a special unique beauty to the local landscapes.The signature type of vacation in Van Vieng, for which backpackers from all over the world come here, is tubing, rafting along the river on a rubber wheel.
Find out more: Laos – travel planning
The karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: Malena Andrade, Flickr
6. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is a scenic region in the southwest of the Philippine archipelago. The unspoiled virgin nature of the island attracts wildlife lovers here. The most beautiful karst landscapes can be seen in the area of El Nido, Puerto Princess and Coron Island.
Photo credit: Yen Baet, Flickr
7. Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Ninh Binh is located near Hanoi and offers rare travelers dramatic views of the karst mountains and rural bike rides, scenic rice terraces and a pleasant atmosphere, and quite good conditions. for living. Despite the fact that in the immediate vicinity of Ninh Binh is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam – the Tamkok karst caves region, the city is rarely visited by tourists, preferring organized tours from Hanoi.But even a short stop in the city will allow you to get better acquainted with the real, non-tourist Vietnam.
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Karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: Hoang Giang Hai, Flickr
8. Bohol, Philippines
Bohol is an island best known for its Chocolate Hills – amazing natural formations that are brown hills against a backdrop of vibrant green landscapes. Travelers who go to admire this natural attraction will also find magnificent tropical jungles, rice terraces, white beaches and beautiful dive spots on the island. And finally, Bohol is notable for the fact that tarsier crumbs live here – the smallest monkeys on the planet.
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Photo credit: Julia Sumangil, Flickr
9. Phang Nga National Park, Thailand
Enchanting marine karst landscapes can be seen in the Phang Nga province along the Andaman coast of Thailand.Koh Yao Islands, which are located in the heart of Ao Phang Nga Bay. And also Phuket and Khao Lak are popular resorts in the region.
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Karst landscapes of Asia. Photo credit: Daryl James, Flickr
10. Kunimin, China
The southern Chinese province of Yun’an is home to the Stone Forest near Kunming City. Unusual karst formations of bizarre shapes create a unique stone landscape.
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90,000 10 places to visit with your kids
Yulia Bialetskaya, Project Manager at Renters Legal Liability
There are only two types of people: those who are forever and irrevocably in love with Asia, and those who have not yet fully understood it. Asia holds a special place in my heart, also because of the unique attitude towards children.
For many, Asia may seem repulsive, especially for families with children due to different stereotypes and opinions.Practice shows and proves the opposite: Asia is very child-friendly in general, and in particular everywhere you can spend time so that both children and adults are interested.
In Asian countries, there is a very reverent and affectionate attitude towards children, they are loved there, sometimes brought up in modesty, but with all their soul and warmth. They also treat children of foreigners well, in any cafe / restaurant (if the child is still small) waiters will offer you to swear the baby in their arms so that you can eat in peace, will entertain the children and always, always smile at them and try to hug them.
Be prepared that on the street just passers-by will ask how to help you, and will want to hug your child and take a picture. There is no malice in this, they just have such a culture of perception of children.
Koh Samui / Thailand
We spent the longest time on Koh Samui – 8 months, so it is very difficult to single out just a few attractions, because a piece of my heart remained on this island. Many people associate this small (only 230 km2) island with a heavenly place; it really has all the attributes of a heavenly holiday – blue water, white sand, coconuts and an abundance of tropical fruits.The main attraction of this island and a must visit is, of course, the beaches!
There are more than 30 beaches on Koh Samui, so you can even go to a new beach every day, and believe me, they are all different! There is white sand with blue calm water, and yellow coarse sand, and the sea with raging waves, and beaches with stones, and partying, and almost wild beaches. The most beautiful sunsets and photo shoots on Nathon beach, the most calm and shallow sea and clean coastline – Bang Po, Bang Tai and Maenam, on Chaweng beach – the most beautiful color of the sea on the whole island and the famous white sand, there is also a lot of entertainment here.Quite a quiet beach with the same white sand – Chongmon.
Stock up on sliced fruit and coconuts from the roadside trolleys for a real treat of paradise on the beach under the palm trees! And you don’t have to worry about the children, because there are almost never waves and the entry into the sea is very shallow and long.
In the interior of the island there is a petting zoo – Paradise Park . Here you can feed many birds from your hands (grain is given on the territory of the park), plant colored pigeons on your hand, take pictures with a monitor lizard and a cockatoo.But most importantly, there is a corral with deer, where visitors are allowed to enter, and you can calmly stroke them, treat them with something, these deer are really wonderful there! And a pleasant bonus after the walk will be an infinity pool with a gorgeous view of the island and the sea, take your swimwear with you. Admission is about $ 12-15 dollars for adults.
One of my daughter’s favorite places on the island was Sheep Farm . Sheep and rabbits live on this farm. For the sheep they give out a baby bottle with milk, and for the rabbits – a glass of carrots.And the sheep happily drink milk directly from the hands of the child. The territory of the farm is very well-groomed, everywhere there is green grass, there are two playgrounds and many toys. There is also a small cafe on the territory where you can have a snack or quietly drink coffee while the child plays on the grass. The farm is small in size and arranged so that the cafe is located on a hill, and you can always see what the children are doing and where they are. Here you can also buy the freshest lettuce and cherry tomatoes from their greenhouses. The farm is located in the Maenam district, turn opposite the main street, follow the signs – you can’t go wrong!
A separate item is Crocodile Farm , it is worth going here for the very show of snakes and crocodiles. Tamers do incredible things: they stick their hands and heads into the mouth of a crocodile, kiss crocodiles and demonstrate their beauty and power in every possible way. There is a tiger farm in the same format, here you can also see a tiger show and take pictures with a tiger.
Also on Koh Samui there is a beautiful butterfly farm k, which is made in the style of a real tropical garden – a variety of plants, beautiful flowers, small streams and huge butterflies! But keep in mind that the best time to visit this farm is March – July, at other times you may simply not find butterflies, which you are honestly warned about at the entrance.
If you are staying on the island, I advise you to go see pink dolphins . It is on the mainland, you need to take a ferry from Lipa Noi and to the port of Donsak, from there about 30 km to the city of Hanoi. In this city on the beach, you can rent a boat with a local who will take you to watch the splashing dolphins. And among the usual gray dolphins, pink ones do come across!
Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia
In Malaysia, we managed to visit Penang and Kuala Lumpur several times.Penang is a beautiful modern island, but probably you shouldn’t go there on purpose, there are practically no beaches and there is little entertainment for children. Mostly they go to Penang for Thai visas, although you can also find places for family pastime. Another thing, of course, Kuala Lumpur! There is a park with a children’s pool in the center, an oceanarium, a Discovery Center, a bird park and much more.
It is easy to get around Kuala Lumpur by public transport, it is quite cheap to ride Uber, and if you live near the main attraction – the Petronas Towers, you can get everywhere on foot.
Climbing the Petronas Towers
We flew to Kuala Lumpur in the late afternoon and saw them for the first time in full light, and could not stop looking and stop taking pictures. The beauty of this masterpiece of modern architecture is difficult to describe, it is definitely better to see! The height of the towers – 451. 9 meters, are now considered the tallest twin buildings in the world, the towers are connected by a glass bridge at a height of 170 meters.
And already in the morning we went to the towers to climb one of them.Visits to the towers are carried out on a schedule, as part of an organized group, to which a guide will be attached. Everything lasts about 1 hour. First, you will climb the glass bridge (connecting the two towers), where you can walk and take pictures. The view and the sensations are unforgettable! Your guide will tell you how much time you have, and you will have badges with the color of your group around your neck so you don’t get lost or get left behind.
And after the bridge – the real cherry on the cake, this is the ascent to the top of the tower.From above, the picture is mesmerizing, and people on earth seem to be no larger than ants. Our daughter was delighted with this and walked along the bridge with great pleasure, and then looked at everything in the large windows. During the excursion, you will definitely be photographed a couple of times in order to then offer to buy souvenirs with your photo against the backdrop of the Petronas Towers.
On many forums and sites there is information about huge queues for the rise, but when we were (early October), we immediately bought a ticket. Probably, the excitement will be observed during the holidays, but tickets can also be bought in advance online.You can get on the excursion through the business center of one of the towers, ask – you will definitely be directed to the right place. Ticket prices: for adults – $ 20, children 3-12 years old – $ 8, children under 3 years old – free.
Near the same Petronas towers there is a beautiful large fountain, during the day it is pleasant to walk around it, but in the evening there is a fascinating show of singing fountains. The musical accompaniment is classical music, the fountains are constantly changing their shape and showing bizarre figures, and all this is illuminated by the light changing in time to the music. A special thrill is to admire the show against the backdrop of the illuminated Petronas twins. Both children and adults are delighted! Interestingly, every day the music and the show are different, so you can safely go and watch it several times. It starts in the evening, you can see the show in the area from 7 to 9 pm.
Park and pool in the center
Having walked a lot in the shopping center of one of the Petronas towers, relaxing in the park next to it seemed like a visit to a real oasis in the desert. The park is large enough and green, you can sit on all the lawns, there are, of course, benches.What I liked especially was the many fountains with drinking water, which is important for a tropical metropolis.
And the most amazing thing is a free pool for children in the same park, that is, any child can come and swim in the clean pool, ride on the water slides and enjoy the freshness of the water. There are observers in the pool who monitor the order and compliance with hygiene standards. In no case is it allowed to enter the pool in shoes, although in clothes it is possible. One adult is allowed with small children.
In the same park there are several modern playgrounds with many mazes, slides, climbing frames, etc. And such playgrounds are also a place of international acquaintance between the parents of children, while the kids are driving around the playgrounds, you can chat with foreigners or locals who are very friendly and speak English well.
Oceanarium Aquaria KLCC
So how to come to Kuala Lumpur with a child and not go to the aquarium? Even without a child, this aquarium is definitely a must visit! There is a huge tunnel aquarium here, and it is so long that it has a special moving walkway.
Also collected different species of sharks: dwarf, and tiger, and sand! And here you can also see how divers feed the marine life. The oceanarium is built in such a way that visitors move from land to the seabed, that is, first, the forest zones and their aquatic inhabitants, and so gradually we reach the tunnel aquarium, which imitates a walk on the seabed.
Aquaria KLCC is really huge and contains an incredible variety of the aquatic world. My and my daughter’s top impression of the aquarium is a tunnel with sharks and a pipe with colorful shiny fish, which resembled some kind of sea fairy tale.
The Oceanarium is located in the same Petronas towers on the lower tier, the cost for adults is about $ 16, for children 3-12 years old – $ 14 dollars, up to 3 years old – free.
And as, probably, has already become clear from the story, in Kuala Lumpur it is best to settle within walking distance to the towers, then you can easily see all the best sights.
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Top of the most famous ancient cities of Central Asia
Speaking about the most famous ancient cities of Central Asia, the first thing to think about is Samarkand, Tashkent and Bukhara. But do not forget about such ancient cities as Khiva, Termez and Shakhrisabz, especially since the latter is the birthplace of the great commander and national hero – Amir Temur.
All these cities truly embody and most accurately convey the entire history and color of Central Asia. Therefore, do not miss the opportunity to visit them.
Samarkand – the legendary capital of the ancient empire
What is Samarkand worth – one of the most ancient cities in the world! A real key point on the Great Silk Road, replete with architectural masterpieces: the Registan ensemble, the Ulugbek observatory on the Kuhak hill, the complex with the intriguing name “Living King” (“Shahi Zinda”), the Temurid family tomb (“Gur-emir”), the epic mosque “ Bibi Khanym “, built by Temur for his wife, and many other unique structures.
Old Shakhrisabz – the birthplace of Amir Temur
Samarkand conditionally acquired the status of Temur’s second homeland, and the old Shakhrisabz is considered the first. After all, it was in Shakhrisabz that the great emir was born and spent his youth, engaged in hunting and the art of war. It was here that Temur’s grandiose residence, the Aksaray Palace, was built. Huge in size, it began to be built back in 1380 and has been partially preserved to our time. It is great that in the modern world we still have the opportunity to see the “remains of antiquity” with our own eyes, and not in books or other media.
In the east, their heroes are highly respected and remembered, and therefore the very center of Shakhrisabz is decorated with a monument to Amir Temur.
Tashkent – a skillful combination of antiquity and modernity
Do you know what other city can boast of the same monument? Of course, Tashkent is the capital of modern Uzbekistan. On one of the main squares of the city – the park, another sculpture of the commander proudly stands, this time on a war horse. It is always very crowded here, there are many tourists and locals.Excursions around the capital almost always include this square and a monument in their route.
Arriving in Tashkent, it may seem that this modern city is filled with high-rise buildings and business centers, but we know the very ancient places that are so interesting to tourists. The mausoleum of Kaffal al-Shashi, the Barak-khan madrasah, the Khazret-imam ensemble, the Shaikhantaur and Zangiata complex are not a complete list of ancient sights of Tashkent.
Bukhara – casket of antiquities
Moving on.Making up the top of the most famous ancient cities of Central Asia, it is impossible not to include Bukhara, Khiva and Termez in it. Bukhara is considered one of the most visited cities in Uzbekistan and this is understandable. A city with such an unprecedented number of ancient sights still needs to be searched. Just imagine, having arrived in one city, you can have time to visit several dozen unique structures: traditional mosques and madrasahs, the famous Ark fortress, Poi-Kolyan and Lyabi-Khauz ensembles, trade domes and Bukhara baths of the 16th century, the summer residence of the emir and the memorial complex of Nakshbandi Sufism. …And this is only a small part of the sights of the fabulous Bukhara.
Khiva – “city-museum”, striking with its beauty
The city of Khiva, “the pearl of the Khorezm oasis”, is just as rich in architectural monuments. Khiva is known all over the world for its unique “city within a city” – Ichan-Kala, Kalta-Minar minaret, Kunya-Ark fortress, luxurious mosques and madrasahs, and also an unusual fortress “Kyrk kyz” (“fortress of forty girls”), shrouded in many legends and legends.What can we say, because even the emergence of the city itself is associated with a well dug by the order of the son of Noah. True or not, the well really exists.
Such a “city-museum” appears before us ancient Khiva, with which it is impossible not to fall in love!
Termez – the center of Buddhist religion
Well, Termez closes our list – the southernmost city in Uzbekistan. Previously, it was called Demetris and Ta-li-mi, and the ancient Bactrian, Islamic and mainly Buddhist religions spread among the population.Such a merger could not but be reflected in the architectural masterpieces of antiquity. Here are just a few of them: the Buddhist complex “Fayaz Tepe”, the Sultan-Saodat family tomb, the Jarkurgan minaret, the Alexander Nevsky temple, the Aral-Paygambar reserve with the mausoleum of the prophet Zul-l-kifl (Ezekiel) and other attractions.
This is how we see the top of the most famous ancient cities of Uzbekistan, which must be visited in order to feel the real oriental flavor and feel how rich the history of Central Asia is.And although this list is endless, it is these six cities that very vividly represent the culture and life of the ancient world.
Sights of Asia
Probably many Asian sights are associated with China. Moreover, in this country many things are still prohibited for tourists, and this is precisely what attracts travelers, who, under various pretexts, still manage to visit certain interesting places in Asia.
Wall of China and other sights of Asia
As we know, many of us associate China quite often with such concepts as “the most”.In particular, this is the largest population on our planet and the world’s largest fortress wall – the Chinese one, which is rightfully considered one of the most outstanding sights of Asia.
First, a little history and interesting facts about this Asian attraction. First of all, it should be noted that this is practically the only structure that can be observed from space without special optical instruments. And this is not surprising, because with its length of 6350 kilometers, it is quite difficult not to notice it with the naked eye from a distance several times less than its length.In addition, this is a rather ancient structure, the wall began to be built back in the III century BC during the reign of the Chinese emperor Qin Shi-Huang. And the main motive for the construction of this sight of East Asia was the incessant wars of China with its northern neighbors, the nomads, who, possessing a fairly large number of horsemen, constantly inflicted great damage on the Chinese empire.
Sights of East Asia
However, in addition to its splendor and a symbol of power, the Great Wall of China is the personification of the grief and suffering of the Chinese people.Indeed, throughout its construction, and this is more than a dozen years, hundreds of thousands of forced slaves, Chinese peasants and guilty soldiers who died on its construction and were walled up in its foundation worked on its construction. According to the impartation of the souls of the dead, they had to guard the wall as well as the entire Chinese empire from enemies and invaders. As far as it was possible to judge it is difficult, as historians note, for many nomadic peoples with whom China fought, the Great Wall of China remained impregnable.In addition, throughout this man-made miracle, there are still many interesting places that can be defined not only as Chinese, but as a common world heritage and attractions of East Asia.
Great Wall of China today
Having stood for more than one hundred years, today the Great Wall of China undoubtedly belongs to one of the most recognized attractions of Asian countries and it is almost impossible to meet a traveler who, visiting the Celestial Empire, did not bother to visit the Great Wall of China.
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Samarkand and its significant sights
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Ararat. Noah’s Ark
From time immemorial, Mount Ararat belonged to the Armenians. The situation changed after the military conflict between Armenia and Turkey in 1920, as a result, the world-famous mountain became Turkish territory.Mount Ararat and the Biblical Noah’s Ark This mountain is usually called the pier, where the legendary Noah’s Ark from the biblical tradition arrived long ago and became part of the mountain forever.
Asia harbors mysterious traces of numerous cultures and peoples inhabiting its endless expanses. It was from here that Tamerlane and the great Genghis Khan began the conquest of the world, and it was here that Alexander the Great suffered the most crushing defeat. The word “Asia” seems to be thoroughly saturated with various amazing fantastic legends, tales, oriental riddles, luxury, centuries-old wisdom, peculiar philosophy, exotic religions and original culture of peoples.Many ancient civilizations originated in Asia, as evidenced by the unique ancient cultural monuments of Asia , which, along with modern monuments, are very loved by local residents and are in great demand among tourists.
Cultural and historical monuments of Asia
Shwedagon, Heart of Myanmar
Many cultural and historical monuments Asian monuments amaze the imagination of even modern architects and builders, despite its venerable age, which in some buildings reaches many centuries. Sights of Asia , as well as sights of Russia for an Asian, will really be interesting for Russians and Europeans, who rest in Asia will certainly surprise with something pleasant and unexpected. What to see in Asia?
Great Wall of China
Speaking about sights of Asian countries, first of all comes to mind Great Wall of China, which was, is and will be a visiting card not only of China, on the territory of which it is located, but of all of Asia.It stretches for a staggering 2,450 meters, and if you add up all the ramparts and branches, the total figure will be more than 6 thousand meters. This wall is so huge that it can be seen from space. Only a few places located near Beijing are open for tourists. The Great Wall of China is a truly breathtaking sight, and is deservedly considered one of the greatest wonders of the world and the main attraction in China.
Forbidden City in Beijing
Forbidden City in Beijing is the world’s largest palace complex.Its total area is 720 thousand square meters, and the number of rooms is 9999. From the Imperial Palace, China was ruled by as many as 24 emperors of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Built at the beginning of the 15th century, the palace remained closed to ordinary citizens for many centuries. And even now, almost a century after the last Chinese emperor left his palace chambers, some rooms of the Forbidden City are still closed to tourists.
In Indonesia, there is an incredible temple complex Borobodur , which is the most outstanding monument of all Buddhist culture and also a rather impressive ensemble of architecture.Huge majestic terraces rise on a large stone square platform with each side of 118 meters, narrowing in pyramidal form. The three upper and five lower tiers symbolize the scheme of the universe, which corresponds to Buddhist ideas. No less famous among Buddhists around the world is the golden temple Shwedagon , the great monument of Burma (modern Myanmar), the “Land of the Golden Pagodas”.
Angkor Wat , located in Cambodia, is a striking example of Khmer architecture, as well as one of the most ancient religious buildings (built at the beginning of the 12th century).The total area of the temple is about two square kilometers. The three levels of the structure of this temple, dedicated to the god Vishnu, are connected to each other by countless passages and staircases. Another outstanding feature of the architectural ensemble is geometric rigor and incredibly thoughtful harmonious composition.
Magnificent Taj Mahal
Many sights of Asia are known and recognizable far beyond this part of the world.So, the architectural gem and the main attraction of India is considered the unsurpassed in grandeur and beauty palace Taj Mahal , whose story is the love story of a commoner girl and a noble prince. For the construction of the Taj Mahal complex in honor of his beloved wife, Shah Jahan invited twenty thousand of the best craftsmen from all over the world. The walls of pure white marble were topped with intricate mosaics and an abundance of precious stones, most of which had been irretrievably lost after the robbery raids.
Natural attractions of Asia
Sagarmatha National Park
The top of the world is Everest in English, Sagarmatha in Nepali, Chomolungma in Tibetan. The highest point on our planet is located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, right on the border of China and Nepal. After the first conquest of the mountain in 1953, the summit of Everest (the height of the mountain is about 8850 meters) was visited by a lot of climbers, amateurs and professionals, both single and as part of expeditions, and many of whom left their lives on its slopes.
But a really exotic country is Maldives . The sheer number of islets and their location is already an interesting attraction. That is why tours to the Maldives are very popular among our tourists. Going to the Maldives, you should definitely plan a tour of the city of Male – the capital of this island state.
All historical monuments of Asia represent a huge cultural heritage of all mankind, because it is impossible to underestimate the contribution to the world development of Asian countries.Asia’s most distinguished, labor-intensive and memorable monuments have been protected by an organization such as UNESCO , which is dedicated to the preservation of the world’s most significant landmarks. The largest groups of monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List belong to China, India and Japan.
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90,000 Top 10 Places in Asia to Go (This Summer) | Blogger Bumble_bee on SPLETNIK.RU July 24, 2016
This is my first post on Gossip, and I decided to write it because I really love travel and Asia and it seems to me that the site lacks posts about tourism, beautiful places in the world, etc.
Traditionally I ask you not to judge strictly, as well as to understand and forgive))
So, a variation on the theme “Top 10 places in Asia, which are worth seeing.”You can this summer, you can anytime.
10. Taitung, Taiwan
He is Taitung, Taidong, 台 東 in Chinese.
The coastal town of Taitung has a modest charm that takes days to unfold. The Pacific Ocean, mountains, traditions, temples, cultural diversity and the strong influence of local folk color create a very special atmosphere here. The streets of Taitung smell of the sea and incense, life flows slowly here. The relaxed atmosphere attracts Taiwanese bohemians, some of whom have settled here and set up small cafes or do art.There is always something to do here, be it a concert by a local pop band or the most significant event of the year, the Paper Lantern Festival, which has been held since 1954 around the time of the Lunar New Year. In summer, the Taiwan International Balloon Festival is held here. In the surrounding area you can find activities such as whale watching, surfing or visiting the hot springs.
9. Meghalaya, India
The mountainous state of Meghalaya, also called the “Clouds Abode”, separates the Assam Valley and the plains of Bangladesh.It is a cool area with fir trees growing on rocky mountains. The townships of Cherrapunji and Mosinram are statistically some of the wettest places on the planet; most of the rainfall falls here from June to September, creating spectacular waterfalls as well as carving caves that are some of the longest in Asia. The population of the state is mainly composed of the Jainthia, Hasi and Garo tribes, who live in the eastern, central and western parts of the state, respectively. Autumn, when the four-day Wangala Festival is taking place in the Garo Mountains, is a good time to visit Meghalaya.
8. Trang Province Islands, Thailand
South of Krabi in the Andaman Sea lies Trang province, which includes several magnificent islands. For those who love adventure, rich nature – dozens of waterfalls and limestone caves. Transport links are improving from year to year. In high season, you can easily get to Malaysia by moving from one island to another.
7. Pemuteran, Indonesia
This is a popular oasis in the northwestern part of Bali, there are several resorts that are located on the shores of a small bay.Most of the tourists who come here go for scuba diving and snorkeling off Menjangan Island. Singaraja-Gilimanuk Street is the main artery of the town. Here you can find many shops and travel agencies that are geared towards visitors.
6. Ipoh, Malaysia
Ipoh is undergoing a quiet revival. This pretty town has become a convenient stopover for tourists on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. A resurgent enthusiasm for Ipoh’s heritage is now allowing old shops to be rebuilt, and new cafes are opening in historic buildings.The hotel chain is also growing – from humble hostels to luxury hotels.
5. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong welcomes its guests with signature skyscrapers and legendary cuisine, but has also prepared a surprise – rich nature, which is strictly protected by law, and rare birds. The quays of Victoria Bay, in the waters of which you can often see a junk with red sails, seem to be made for filming. Walking the streets of Kowloon Island, you will see a lot of banks and shops of the most famous brands.It is worth visiting the island of Lantau, where you can get there by cable car. Here on a hill stands a huge statue of Buddha and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding islets. In the hours before sunset, do not forget to climb Victoria Peak and enjoy the view of the bay, on the banks of which the lights of the skyscrapers are lit up. And kids will surely appreciate Disneyland and Ocean Park.
4. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
These islands can be called the jewels of Vietnam.The place where political prisoners used to be exiled is now gaining more and more popularity among tourists due to its magnificent nature. Kon Son, the largest of the 15 islands, has beautiful beaches, coral reefs, beautiful bays and dense forests. In addition to hiking, scuba diving, coastal roads and deserted beaches, rare wildlife can be observed here. Almost 80% of the island’s territory is occupied by a national park.
3. Jeonju, South Korea
This city is known as the birthplace of the Korean Joseon Dynasty, as well as one of the country’s most famous dishes – bibimbap (boiled rice and meat, fresh vegetables, fried egg and hot sauce).In the central part of the city, there are ancient hanok buildings, where museums, teahouses and workshops are now located.
2. Shanghai, China
If you are looking for the center of the world, this is the place for you) It seems that the city’s 24 million inhabitants have made it a goal of their lives to have a good time. Ballroom dancing in the park, tasting rare sorts of tea in tea houses, lunch of Chinese dumplings in vinegar sauce – scenes from the everyday life of this metropolis. Great cocktails and craft beers can be found in the rooftop bars.And it shows how international the city has become. But old Shanghai is always close by. Life flows between the lines of old “chicoumen” houses in the French Concession area, and the Art Deco buildings still stand on the Bund. The first Disneyland in mainland China opens here this year.
1. Hokkaido, Japan
The magnificent “powder” in the Hokkaido mountains has provided the island with a place on the tourist map of the world. Wild mountain landscapes ask to be explored on foot or by bike.You will also find alpine villages and seafood freshly caught from the sea and served to your table. Thanks to high-speed trains from Tokyo, Hokkaido has become much more accessible in recent years.
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- Harbin, China (prices for hotels and photos)
- Otaru, Japan (prices for hotels and photos)
- Yamagata, Japan (prices for hotels and photos )
- Deogyusan National Park, South Korea (Prices for Hotels and Photos)
- Lhasa, Tibet (Prices for Hotels and Photos)
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- Almaty, Kazakhstan (Hotel Prices and Photos) )
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- Shimla, India (Hotel Prices & Photos)
- Gangwon-do, South Korea (Hotel Prices & Photos)
If you don’t want to avoid the winter cold, but instead want to admire amazing snow-capped landscapes while exploring some of Asia’s best destinations, you’ll discover this and more by going to one of these impressive locations.
Harbin, China (prices for hotels and photos)
The “Ice City”, as it is known in Harbin, hosts one of the world’s largest snow and ice festivals – Harbin International Ice Festival … Held throughout most of January and February, it has about 1,500 ice structures larger than life that sparkle with colorful lights. Each year there are different themes, from mythical beasts to famous landmarks from around the world.The 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which will take place in 2017, will open on January 5 with the theme “Happy Ice Snow, Exciting City”. It will include a grand opening ceremony, fireworks and a series of theatrical performances such as: ice and snow activities, a world of ice and snow entertainment, Zhaolin Park and other special events at venues throughout the city. Other winter adventures can also be enjoyed here, including dog sledding, romantic sleigh rides, winter swimming, and safari-style Siberian tiger watching.Harbin and the surrounding area also offer some of the best winter sports on the planet, including skiing and snowboarding.
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Otaru, Japan (hotel prices and photos)
This winter wonderland in Hakkaido is a port city that entices visitors with its beautiful architecture and long scenic canal. which is famous for its Victorian-style gas lamps and stone buildings that once housed herring merchants but today is home to shops and eateries.The Otaru Canal, which is also open to short cruises, turns out to be the main venue for the Otaru Snow Light Path festival, in which locals place floating candles inside the canal, distributing about 15,000 snow candles and lanterns to illuminate the narrow trails. a slightly more Russian look than Japanese, more industrial than bucolic, yet incredibly delightful, especially in its winter glory.
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Mount Zao, Yamagata, Japan
Yamagata, Japan (hotel prices and photos)
If you like skiing or snowboarding, you can spend your holidays in Zao Yamagata …This massive skiing and snowboarding area receives the highest average snowfall in Japan and is even popular with tourists who are not into winter sports, and many come just to see Juhyo or “ice monsters” (pine trees covered with a thick layer of snowy wind that creates bizarre forms) that appear in winter. The area also hosts snow festivals and many onsen (hot springs), and the prefecture’s Yonezawa beef is considered one of the best and is perfect to feed that delicious appetite after a day on the slopes.
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Deogyusan National Park, South Korea
Deogyusan, South Korea
Deogyusan National Park, South Korea (hotel prices and photos)
Deogyusan Resort, formerly known as Muju Resort, is located in Deogyusan National Park and is best known for its annual Firefly Festival, which takes place in the summer, but when it snows, visitors come in droves to enjoy nature in a different way.hitting the slopes. This is one of the most famous ski resorts in the country, which can be reached in 3 hours from Seoul. It is especially famous for boasting some of the longest ski slopes, such as the Silk Road, which is nearly 4 miles long. It also offers some of the widest variety of trails, with trails suitable for everyone from beginners to the most advanced, such as the Raider Course, with the steepest slopes in South Korea.
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Yak near Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet (Prices for hotels and photos)
If you don’t mind or maybe even enjoy extreme winters, go to Lhasa the breathtaking beauty of one of the world’s most stunning snow wonders with fewer people and cheaper hotel accommodations.While it will be cold, it won’t be as cold as one might think, especially when you consider that December and January are the driest months and the high altitude sun is almost always abundant, making it warmer than temperatures you would believe you can enjoy too. festivals such as Monlam or the Great Prayer Festival, in which monks and artisans create colorful oil sculptures to be burned during the Oil Lantern Festival. If you’re here for the Tibetan New Year, Losar, you can celebrate with the locals by watching dance performances at the Potala Palace and even hanging prayer flags on temples and mountain tops.
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Snow Monkeys, Nagano, Japan
Nagano, Japan (Hotel Prices and Photos)
In the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, you will find the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort.It offers an unforgettable experience, as well as the opportunity to spend days on the steep slopes before visiting the soothing hot springs, 13 public soto-yu or indoor thermal pools owned by the villagers. There is no entrance fee, all bathing is discretionary and each has a separate area for men and women. By visiting in mid-January, you can take part in the Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Festival. Annually held on January 15th, the festival is held by men to celebrate the birth of the first child in the family, to pray for a happy marriage and to dispel evil spirits.The highlight is the “fire battle”, which ends with a huge wooden structure set on fire by torches.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan (Hotel Prices and Photos)
This Central Asian country that stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains on the eastern border with China and Russia is usually not the first destination you can think of when it comes to winter sports, in fact the only word that comes to mind for most in the western world is probably Borat.But Almaty is becoming more and more popular with winter sports enthusiasts as it is surrounded by majestic peaks that would not be out of place in the French Alps. Taking off to altitudes of over 13,000 feet, they receive reliable snow conditions from December to April and also have two ski areas, Chimbulak and Ak-Bulak. Chymbulak is located in the magnificent Zailiyskiy Alatau gorge in the Tien Shan mountain range. It hosts a variety of activities including skiing, snowboarding, sledding and even fierce snow fighting.
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Sapporo, snow festival, animal forest
Sapporo, Japan (hotel prices and photos)
The capital of Hokkaido prefecture and the largest city on the northernmost main island, Sapporo a winter wonderland in the colder months of the year.Every February, the Sapporo Snow Festival is held here, which is attended by about two million people annually. It is one of the largest and most popular winter events in Japan. They come to admire hundreds of impressive snow statues and ice sculptures, as well as taste delicious local cuisine such as snow crab and university, thrilling rides, slides and fantastic music that combine in a carnival atmosphere to celebrate the best the region has to offer.If the weather gets too cold for your taste, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the Sapporo Beer Museum or Ishia Chocolate Factory to keep warm.
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Shimla, India (Hotel Prices & Photos)
A fabulous outdoor retreat, Shimla is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, while monkeys roam freely on overhead cables, casually watching shoppers down below.It enjoys snowy winters thanks to its northern latitude, making it an ideal place to escape the intense heat experienced by many other cities in India. Near Wildflower Hall, you’ll find a haven for ski lovers seeking refuge from crowded, commercialized resorts. This premier mountain resort will make you feel as if you are entering the pages of a fairy tale with magnificent views of the endless forest and snow-capped mountain peaks. Spend your days participating in whatever winter sports you like and in the evenings in the holistic spa treatments complemented by more unusual types.
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Gangwon-do, South Korea
Pyeongchang, South Korea
Gangwon-do, South Korea (Prices for hotels and photos)
Pyeongchang in Gangwon is a preparatory process for the Winter Olympics, possibly 2018, and therefore , there is no better time to take advantage of the slopes of Taebaek Mountain.South Korea has accelerated the development of its winter zones, including the construction of a new KTX high-speed rail line from Seoul to Olympic resorts including Alpencia and Yangpyong. Yongpyong is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, offering something for all types of skiers, with beginner, intermediate, advanced and advanced runs available on nearly 30 different slopes. Alpencia is considered a haven for beginners to intermediate levels who can practice and improve their skills in a relatively quiet resort with six slopes.
Sights of Asian countries
Asia – the largest and most densely populated part of the world – stretches from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, from the North Pole to the tropics. The border between the two parts of the world runs along the foot of the Ural Mountains, where obelisks are installed, on one side of which is written “Europe”, and on the other – “Asia”.
Asia occupies a third of the world’s land mass (43.4 million km²), and 3.981 billion people live on this territory., that is, 60% of the world’s population. The name “Asia” came from the ancient Greeks and their legends. However, the word “Asia” itself has an Assyrian origin and is translated as “sunrise” or “east”. According to Herodotus, part of the world is named after Asia (Asia) – the wife of the titan god Prometheus, who gave people fire. The ancient Greeks portrayed Asia as a woman riding a camel. In one hand she held a shield, and in the other a box of oriental spices.
Asia – a world of contrasts
Due to its enormous length from north to south, Asia is represented by a variety of natural zones – from tundra and taiga to forest-steppes and degrees, deserts and jungles .In terms of elevation marks, Asia is the most contrasting part of the world. It is here that the highest peak in the world is located – Mount Everest (8848 m), the deepest depressions occupied by the Dead Sea (-405 meters below sea level) and Lake Baikal with a depth of 1620 meters. A characteristic feature of Asia is the garlands of island arcs bordering it from the east.
Volcanism (in the East and Southeast), outcrops of relic underground ice (in coastal cliffs in the northeast of Siberia) and coral reefs (in the South and Southeast) are inherent in many areas of the Asian coast.
Asia – a treasury of cultures
Today, 54 states are located in Asia in whole or in part. Asia is the birthplace of ancient agricultural civilizations that originated in the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, Indus and Yellow rivers. In the Middle Ages, the two parts of the Eurasian continent were connected by the Great Silk Road – a caravan road that played a large role in establishing cultural ties between the peoples of Western Asia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China.
Those tourists who are lucky enough to visit Asia will be able to see the monuments of the Mughal era, the ruins of ancient Persia, the snow-white Indian Taj Mahal, exotic Hindu and Buddhist temples, imperial palaces and ultra-modern high-rises.
90,000 Singapore Attractions: Top 30 (LOTS OF PHOTOS)
One of the smallest states in the world, Singapore, is spread over several dozen islands in the Indian Ocean. The country is unique not only for its small size, but also for its unprecedented population density – about 6 people per square meter, and for its rich history and contrasts of antiquity and modernity. The sights of Singapore attract fans of oriental flavor, culture, pristine nature of the tropics and historical monuments that demonstrate the former power of the British colonies.Against the background of the intricacies of ancient cultures, customs, religions, there is something to see in Singapore and among the modern attractions – huge skyscrapers, multi-level road junctions, the latest entertainment complexes, fountains with extraordinary illumination, modern parks make an extraordinary contrast with ancient monuments.
What to see in Singapore first
What to visit first, the best knowledgeable guides in Singapore . There are also numerous reviews of travelers who have visited this country – it is on these real data that an objective rating of what to see in Singapore is compiled.Let’s talk about this in more detail.
1. Changi Airport
Interior of Changi International Airport
The best attractions are mostly concentrated in the capital of Singapore and its surroundings, and if you choose what to see in Singapore in 1 day , , the first thing to do is to go to its capital. So, 20 kilometers from the capital city of Singapore is the world famous Changi airport. Changi annually passes through a colossal number of passengers – more than 50 million, has a modern infrastructure, thought out to the smallest detail, and includes 4 large terminals.Visitors note the well-coordinated and accurate, like clockwork, work of the staff, the highest level of service, a large number of shops, catering establishments, as well as spa complexes, cinemas, museums and catering establishments on the territory of the airport.
Official website: http: //www.changiairport.
2. Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Ship Hotel with Rooftop Pool
A trip to Singapore must include a visit to the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel if you are looking for what to see in Singapore to get the most out of your experience.In addition to the hotel rooms themselves, there is everything to usefully spend time: a casino, conference rooms, a sky bar with an incredible panorama of the city, a gorgeous swimming pool, a huge shopping center. The hotel building has a unique design – three high-rise towers are united by a single roof-platform in the shape of a large ship.
Official website: https: //www.marinabaysands.
3. Sentosa Island
A beautiful view of the sea and white sand of the Sentosa Island beach
A trip to Singapore cannot do without a trip to Sentosa Island – a small tropical island, the tourist infrastructure on which began to develop not so long ago – in the 70s. e years of the last century.For several decades, Sentosa has made an amazing transformation from an eerie and gloomy place, as it was during the Second World War, to a fabulous holiday island, with a lot of attractions and interesting places. Water parks, numerous attractions and entertainment, upscale hotels – all this is open to guests on Sentosa Island.
Official website: https: //www.sentosa.
4. Clar Key Embankment
Clar Key Embankment is the epicenter of nightlife
When choosing where to go in Singapore for a leisurely stroll and relaxation, you should definitely find the evening time to visit Clar Key Embankment.Today it is the most popular vacation spot in the city, and even a century and a half ago it was a bustling marina. Any tourist and local resident will be happy to take an evening walk along the embankment, where a fresh breeze from the sea brings a pleasant coolness, and thousands of lights flicker everywhere from shop windows, signage of restaurants and nightclubs. A visit to local souvenir shops will result in new acquisitions of the country’s symbolic attributes.
Official website: https: //www.capitaland
Corner of the nature reserve Bukit-Timah Adrian Lim
At the highest point of Singapore, on a hill 163 meters high, there is a small reserve Bukit-Timah. On its territory there is a Botanical Garden with exotic plants and a picturesque park – a wonderful quiet recreation area equipped with stairs, bridges, paths and benches. Here you can take beautiful photos, walk by one of the three lakes. About 160 species of animals have found shelter on the territory of the reserve, including monkeys, which have become practically tame here.
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6. Gardens by the Bay
Giant steel “trees” in the park Gardens by the Bay
Futuristic gardens by the bay are one of the main attractions and are covered with vegetation and occupy 101 hectares land. In total, this includes three gardens – South, East and Central, dedicated to the vegetation of South America, Africa and Asia.Among the interesting places in the park are two huge greenhouse greenhouses, a grove of giant futuristic super-trees, a restaurant and a bar on top of one of these trees, a large entertainment area for children, a greenhouse with cacti and much more.
Official website: http: //www.gardensbythebay.
7. Singapore Flyer
One of the cabins of the Ferris wheel Flyer
The overview cannot do without the most “prominent” attraction of Singapore – the Ferris wheel of unprecedented height.Until some time, it was the highest on the planet, at a height of 165 m. Anyone can ride it in comfortable cabins equipped with air conditioning. A full turn of the wheel takes half an hour, during which time you can see the gorgeous views of the outskirts of Singapore from a bird’s eye view.
Official Website: http: //www.singaporeflyer.
8. Esplanade Theater
Impressive architectural structure on the shores of Marina Bay
On the waterfront of the famous Marina Bay is the cultural landmark of Singapore – Esplanade Theater, which is a theater and exhibition complex in the modern style.This is a colossal architectural complex with an area of about 60 thousand square meters, which includes 2 halls – a concert hall with 1600 seats, and a theater hall with 2000 seats. Famous musical groups, symphony orchestras perform here, classical dance and opera performances are organized.
Official website: https://www.esplanade.com/
9. Museum of Art and Science
ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM – a building in the shape of a lotus bud
What to see in Singapore for art lovers, besides the famous theater? Another institution with a worldwide reputation is the Singapore Museum of Art and Science.Here, in turn, the emphasis is placed on the interaction of science and art and their harmonious interaction. In total, the 6 thousand square meters museum contains 21 galleries, where major exhibitions are held, the most famous of which were dedicated to the wreck of the Titanic, the creations of Salvador Dali, the Harry Potter movie.
Official website: https: //www.marinabaysands.
10. Orchard Road
Orchard Road – the center of shopping and entertainment
The most modern and trendy area of Singapore is Orchard Road with its fashionable Singapore hotels, shopping centers, restaurants and clubs.But the most important specialization of the area is shopping, so everyone who wants to buy goods from the most expensive and high-quality brands comes here. Orchard Road stretches along the entire central part of Singapore for 2.2 km, and throughout its length there are lines of skyscrapers, shopping and business centers, luxury hotels, the best restaurants and entertainment centers.
11. Raffles Hotel
The historic building of the Raffles Hotel with a snow-white façade
What to see in Singapore for a deeper acquaintance with its history? One of the historical symbols of Singapore is the Raffles Hotel, a true national monument of the country.The hotel was built in 1887, and its walls remember the magnificent balls and official receptions that were held here over a century ago. The elegant white building of the hotel retains the architectural features of the colonial style, it is surrounded by an amazing garden with fountains. Today, inside, in addition to the rooms, there is a shopping arcade, a swimming pool, restaurants and bars, a beauty salon and a gym.
Official website: https://www.raffles.com/
12. Little India
Religious monument of the Little India district in Singapore
Little India is another historical attraction of Singapore , representing a special area where the descendants of Indian settlers live.These lands were once allocated to the Indian community to solve interethnic problems, but over time, the area has become multi-ethnic. Today, the district has temples of different religions and other ritual structures, and there is a lively trade in the market, where you can meet representatives of different nationalities.
Official website: https: //www.littleindia.
View of Chinatown and the central financial district of Singapore
There is another ethnic region in Singapore, only here the Chinese population of the country lives.The Chinatown quarter was formed as a result of the ethnic settlement of the city in the middle of the 19th century. You will certainly find something to visit in Singapore, once in Chinatown, because all the local historical sights of the Chinese people are concentrated here: Chinese temples, mosques, restaurants, boutiques, as well as everything for shopping.
Official website: http://www.chinatown.sg/
14. Singapore Zoo
The baboon family at the Singapore zoo cells, and move freely throughout the park, among the abundant vegetation.There are no rigid restrictions on the living space for the inhabitants, with some representatives of the fauna you can stroll around slowly, others feed from your hands, and especially dangerous predators are separated from visitors by artificial ditches with water or transparent plastic partitions. In total, about 300 species of animals live here – mammals, birds and reptiles.
Official website: https://www.wrs.com.
15. Butterfly Park on the island. Sentosa
A butterfly and a tourist in the Butterfly Park on the island.In the Butterfly Park, you can see with your own eyes all stages of the birth of the beautiful Lepidoptera
Those for whom the question of what to visit in Singapore with children should be advised should be the Butterfly Theme Park on Sentosa Island. Here, in their natural environment, amidst greenery and flowers, a huge number of insects live, among which there are more than 3 thousand endangered species, including about 1,500 individuals of bright charming butterflies. The park is open-air, and Lepidoptera flutter freely right next to visitors.The greenhouse with butterfly pupae deserves special attention of visitors, where you can observe different moments of the birth of butterflies.
Official website: http://jungle.com.sg/
16. Night Safari in Singapore
Excursion buses in Night Safari Christian Stocker
Another “living” attraction of Singapore is the unusual zoo “Night safari ”, where all the nocturnal animals are gathered. The zoo opens its doors to visitors at dusk and is open throughout the night.Today, about 130 species of nocturnal inhabitants live on an area of 35 hectares, among which there are rare species under threat of extinction. The park is located right in the rainforest, and the dim lighting resembles the light from the moon. The territory is divided into 77 zones, corresponding to the climatic zones of different inhabitants.
Official website: https://www.wrs.com.sg/
17. Marine Life Park
Scene of a shipwreck in one of the aquariums Marine Life Park
Currently, the world’s largest oceanarium is located it is in Singapore – this is “Marine Life” on Sentosa Island.The volume of the oceanarium is truly colossal – 45 million liters, in which about a hundred thousand marine inhabitants live. The entire volume is divided into 49 areas intended for different groups of inhabitants. Panoramic view panels create an incredible illusion of finding visitors right on the seabed. In addition to the aquarium, there is an amusement park with a variety of water attractions.
Official website: https: //www.rwsentosa.
18. Jurong Bird Park
Flamingos in Jurong Bird Park
Another popular destination is excursions in Singapore to Jurong Bird Park, one of the most beautiful and colorful parks in Asia.On an area of 20 hectares, among the tropical jungle and waterfalls, more than 5 thousand birds live, most of which are bright feathered inhabitants of the paradise tropics. In total, the park has several zones adapted for certain groups of inhabitants – penguins, parrots, nocturnal, waterfowl, birds of prey and other categories of birds.
Official website: https://www.wrs.com.sg/
19. Singapore Botanic Garden
Walking alley in the Singapore Botanic Garden
The main purpose of the famous Botanical Garden in Singapore was once the cultivation of crops – cocoa, nuts, fruits and spices.But later, a new garden was laid on these lands, based on ornamental plants, which was built right in the pristine rainforest. Today, the garden is spread over 74 hectares and includes several thematic zones dedicated to different types of vegetation. You can walk in the park endlessly, contemplating beautiful alleys, fountains and ponds.
Official website: https: //www.nparks.
20. Sultan Hussein Mosque
The center of the Muslim community of Singapore – the Sultan Hussein Mosque
The most ancient landmark of Singapore that has survived to this day is the Sultan Hussein Mosque, which to this day impresses with its external splendor.It was built in the period 1824-1826. Today the mosque is designed for 5 thousand Muslims, the halls are divided into a lower room for men and an upper gallery for women. An interesting fact is that the domes of the mosque were erected on a glass base, for which the bottoms of bottles donated by the poorest residents of Singapore were used.
Official website: http: // sultanmosque.
21. Sri Mariamman Temple
Gate Tower “gopuram” (gopuram) of Sri Mariamman Temple
Even without knowing the exact address of this Singapore landmark, walking around Chinatown, you simply cannot fail to notice a bright and extraordinary temple with an amazing facade.This is Sri Mariamman – the oldest Hindu temple, decorated with numerous multi-colored sculptures of Indian gods. The interior of the sanctuary is no simpler than the outside, and the central place in it is occupied by the sculpture of the mother goddess Mariamman.
Official website: http://www.smt.org.sg/
22. Peranakan Museum
Exhibits of the Peranakan Museum Tim Adams
The only historical museum in Singapore today, which is based on the history and culture of the Peranakan people, this is the Peranakan Museum.In total, the museum has 10 permanent exhibitions, spread over 3 floors. The first floor presents the history of the emergence of Peranakan communities in Asian countries. The second one tells about the traditions of the Peranakan wedding, and the third one tells about the peculiarities of the life of the nationality and gets acquainted with the objects of decorative and applied art.
Official website: https: //www.peranakanmuseum
23. Temple and Museum of the Shrine of the Tooth of Buddha
The Temple and Museum of the Shrine of the Tooth of Buddha in the middle of the night metropolis
This landmark of Singapore is located in the Chinatown area and is dedicated to one of the most important Buddhist relics – the tooth of the enlightened teacher, left after the cremation of the body of Siddhartha Gautama.The temple is distinguished by external modesty, but rich interior decoration. On the upper tier of the temple there is a museum that houses various artifacts, one way or another connected with the life of the Buddha and the cult of worshiping him.
Official website: http://www.btrts.org.sg/
24. Universal Studios
Figures of God Anubis in front of the entrance to the Mummy’s Revenge
The first major entertainment complex in Asia, created by the best in the tradition of Hollywood, is Universal Studio Park on Sentosa Island.It was created based on the movie masterpieces from Universal and is decorated in different styles, in accordance with 7 thematic zones. In addition to a variety of attractions, on the territory of the park you can visit cafes, souvenir shops or watch one of the shows held here – in general, it is worth setting aside the whole day to visit this fascinating place.
Official website: https: //www.rwsentosa
25. Fountain of Wealth
Fountain of Wealth that brings good luck and prosperity
Singapore’s vibrant and modern landmark that cannot be ignored is the Fountain of Wealth.The huge structure covers an area of about 1,700 square meters, symbolizing the wealth and prosperity of the city, and is divided into two sections – a large fountain and a small fountain, which recreate a breathtaking sight. In the evening, a beautiful sight is complemented by an amazing lighting. It is believed that prosperity and wealth will accompany everyone who dips their hands into the bowl of the fountain and walks around it three times.
Official website: https://sunteccity.com.
Sights of Singapore: what else to visit in Singapore
Along with the main attractions, there are others, no less worthy of attention and recognition of visitors.Here are recommendations and descriptions of other interesting places in Singapore, worth a visit.
26. Museum of Optical Illusions
Skydiving at the Museum of Optical Illusions Catriona Ward
This complex is an interactive 3D exhibition on Sentosa Island. The exhibits of the museum are three-dimensional paintings and sculptures that recreate an incredible effect of presence for visitors. Here you can not only see the exhibits, but become a part of these exhibits yourself. This is a great place to take unusual photos, and you can even rent monopods for selfies at the entrance.
Official website: http://www.trickeye.com
27. Observation deck of Marina Bay Sands
View of Marina Bay Gardens from the observation deck of Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands hotel was mentioned earlier, and now we will talk about the observation deck of the hotel. Three huge tall towers are connected by a single “deck” of the ship on the roof, it is on this “deck” that the world’s largest swimming pool, recreation area and observation deck in the bow of the “ship” are located. The platform offers fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area of Singapore – for example, you can see the Gardens by the Bay, the Ferris wheel, futuristic trees or the roof of the Esplanade Theater.
Official website: https: //www.marinabaysands.
28. Formula 1: Singapore Grand Prix
One of the stages of the Formula 1 World Championship Roderick Eime
This is one of the most exciting and beautiful stages of Formula 1, as it takes place at night, when the deserted streets become an extreme racing track long 5 km. Marina Bay Street Circuit is characterized by its speed and special surface for perfect grip. Another unique feature of the race is bright artificial lighting that covers every centimeter of the road and creates an unusually beautiful, exciting and dynamic show.
Official website: http: //www.singaporegp
29. Merlion – the symbol of Singapore
Merlion – the statue and symbol of Singapore on the waterfront Marina Bay
Almost every capital city has its own unique symbol. Singapore, in turn, personifies the mythical creature Merlion, or Merlion – a creature with the body of a fish and a lion’s head. It is the 8.6-meter sculpture of this creature, installed at the mouth of the Singapore River, that has become a symbolic landmark of Singapore and the hallmark of the city-state.In addition, the Merlion here is an active fountain: a powerful stream of water erupts from the lion’s mouth directly into the river, and in the evening the sculpture is effectively illuminated by colored illumination.
Official website: https: //www.onefabergroup.
30. Songs of the Sea laser show
A fragment of the Bruce Tuten laser show.
Songs of the Sea is an incredibly beautiful light show with music, fireworks and water jets. The show tells the story of a young man who fell in love with the sleeping beauty of the sea.But the plot, in fact, is not so important as the spectacle itself, which is a combination of extraordinary special effects: various images are projected onto the screen from water jets, all this is accompanied by a real extravaganza of light and sound, fireworks explode, and extraordinary laser illumination turns on.
Official website: https://www.sentosa.com.
Singapore is a truly fabulous destination that attracts travelers with its rich nature, mild warm climate and hospitality of the locals.Having been here once, I want to return to Singapore again and again to discover new sights and interesting places of these paradise lands.