Asia is a beautiful place, filled with such diversity and the most sumptuous cuisines in the world. If you’re planning your next holiday to Asia, be sure to check out these unforgettable holiday destinations.
India is known for its rich culture, along with a strong spiritual and religious belief system. If you want to experience the most ornate temples in the world, you must visit India. Delhi acts as a gateway of discovery to the rest of the country, with many temple tours departing from the city. Buddhism and Hinduism are both prominent religions throughout India, with both devout followers and tourists making their way to marvel at the beauty of the temples and shrines in this country.
A tropical island paradise, Langkawi is situated just off the shores of the mainland of Malaysia. Home to some of the most spectacular beach views in the world, it is easy to see why Langkawi continues to grow in popularity. World class resorts line the shores of the island, providing the most sumptuous seafood cuisine to holidaymakers.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Culturally significant to many countries around the world, Vietnam is a must visit Asian destination. Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant destination, home to endless shopping precincts and ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants that serve up some of the finest foods in Asia. The war memorials throughout Vietnam are a must see when travelling through the country, a tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
Koh Samui, Thailand
While Phuket and Bangkok may be the first destinations that come to mind when you think of Thailand, Koh Samui provides a more relaxed island destination, filled with secluded getaways and tranquil beaches. Koh Samui holiday packages are very affordable and often include some great perks including days of water sports and bookings at some of the finest restaurants on the island.
The fashion capital of Asia, if not the world, Harajuku attracts millions of international visitors each year. You’ll find all styles of fashion amongst the streets of Harajuku, including gothic, vintage, glam, cosplay and even girls dressed as your favourite fairy tale characters. Most of the people who call Harajuku home will love a photo opportunity, so don’t be shy to ask, particularly if you see little-bo-peep or a Japanese rock god.
Located in Central Bali, Ubud is the heart of music, dance and art in Bali. Visitors to Ubud can escape the hustle and bustle of touristy destinations like Kuta, to experience the quaint village lifestyle of the Balinese hinterland. Almost everything you can purchase in Ubud has been made by hand, including meticulously carved stone statues, standing metres high in the air. Beautiful, handcrafted jewellery stores can also be found throughout Ubud, along with a variety of market stalls selling home wares and traditional Balinese trinkets.
Possibly the most well-known tourist attraction throughout all of Asia is the Great Wall of China. The eastern most section of the Great Wall begins in Shanhaiguan, leading to the further most western point of Lop Lake. If you’re travelling through China, a visit to the Great Wall is not to be missed. Holidaymakers can choose to take a day tour to the wall, great for some photo opportunities, or a trek of the entire wall, which can be as long as 7 days. This enormous structure was built and rebuilt over hundreds of years and while much the wall has withstood the tests of time, some areas have collapsed or been eroded by rivers and other natural formations.
Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience, a tropical beach getaway or a step back in time, Asia quite literally has it all. For a holiday to remember, take some time out and experience the wonders of Asia.
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Marcia Mayne travels a world full of books, music, art, fun people and great food. She raves about them constantly. Currently, she is journeying through Jamaica, her home country, to discover the places she missed.