Places While many picture a great family holiday destination as some place in Europe, over the rolling valleys of Switzerland or Scotland or under the romantic lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! However, Asia is not to be ignored when it comes to visiting incredible places as many spots in Asia have largely been unexplored by crowds of tourists and untouched by overly commercial business hubs!
There are pristine scenic places some with incredible cultures, cuisines and sights that are a must see at least once in a lifetime.
#1 Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan
A country rightfully known as the ‘happiest place on earth’ is home to this magnificent Buddha temple perched atop a cliff, right at the border at a whopping height of 3000 feet, at the Paro valley. It is a sacred Buddhist monastery built around 1300 years ago with mythical stories behind its constriction. Legend has it the revered Guru Rinpoche had materialized on the back of a flying tigress and converted the people of Bhutan to Buddhism at this very spot. Also known as the Taktsang this rocky mountain cliff with capped with amazingly beautiful golden pagodas of quintessential Bhutanese architecture is a must see spot in Asia. The view from the top of the cliff is where you would click some of the best pictures of your lifetime.
#2 Bokeo Natural Reserve, Laos
Situated in the Bokeo province of the country Laos, is home to the black cheeked gibbon. The nature reserve was built as a sanctuary to protect and preserve this unique yet endangered species that finds its home among the tall trees. Initially thought to be extinct, this is the largest natural reserve that protects this species and is a treasure-trove of rich biodiversity. There are several safaris and other sightseeing tours offered by the reserve authorities like the Gibbon Experience or the Waterfall Gibbon Experience that includes three hours of trekking along the beautiful Nam Ngam River in the thicket of the forest.
#3 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
An architectural melting pot housing both the craziest modern marvels in buildings as well as preserving the traditional structures of the country’s culture, Kuala Lampur is a must visit city in Asia. Not only for the great things to see at the city but also as there are amazing things to do. The biggest attractions within the city are – the Petronas Twin Towers, China Town, the Buta Caves and Central Market. This is the best place to witness the old and new coexist in complete harmony without making each other look out of place. The lively city with the friendly people and amazing gastronomic experiences are a must see for anyone wanting explore Asia’s finest.
#4 Ha long Bay, Vietnam
Pristine clear blue waters and amazing serenity makes this place one of the revered UNESCO World Heritage sights in Asia. There are more than 3000 islands that make up this bay with 1600 people living in these unique floating villages with a quirky livelihood. The best way to experience the place is to rent a cruise and witness life surrounded by water everywhere. The interesting terrain and flora and fauna and the adoptive livelihood of those that call this place their home is a must see in Asia.
#5 Danxia Landform, China
Unique lands in china, if you ever imagined rainbow land where rainbows touch your feet then know that this is where it is. This land has been formed out of red sandstone and the strong forces of nature. The place was recently added to the list of World Heritage List in 2010, this is a must see destination in China.
#6 The Taj Mahal, India
Yet another architectural marvel regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this beautiful structure is known as the ultimate symbol of eternal love. Located in the city of Agra, close to the national capital of Delhi this is a must see destination among several others in India.
#7 The Great Wall of China
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this massive structure was initially built as a defense wall. The wall is a whopping 3945 miles long and is the longest on the planet. While some parts of the wall have been damaged and are no longer accessible, it is a unique experience to visit this massive structure and climb what is remaining of the history. To visit the Great Wall one must either go to Qinhuangdao or Beijing in China.
#8 Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan
One of the prettiest parks in all of Asia, this garden is located right in the middle of Tokyo that is regarded as a concrete jungle. Originally built in 1772, the resent layout was decided upon in the year 1906. The garden has over 20,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical flora and one of the largest greenhouses, housing 1,700 different plants.
#9 Yolyn Am, Mongolia
Unique for its thick ice field, this is also known as the Valley of Eagles and is a deep narrow gorge located at Gobi Desert in Mongolia. A unique oasis amidst the desert, due its depth this ice capped gorge with several feet of ice layers is a wonder of nature and a must see spot in Mongolia.
#10 The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea
A testament to the bloody Korean War this memorial has unique exhibits of the past battle days for the country. There are 6 indoor exhibitions and over 13,000 war memorabilia showcased outdoors of what used to be the former army headquarters in Korea. The popular combat experience room gives a unique glimpse into the different situations that army went through during the past Korean War and paints a moving picture of the repercussions of violence.