See a different side of travel with these top 5 asian destinations
Asia is undeniably a popular region with travellers from all over – it’s no surprise considering just how vast, diverse and beautiful it truly is. With that being said, some destinations are considerably tired and busy as tourists flock in their masses year after year. If you’re looking to escape the crowds and see a different side to Asia, these top 5 asian destinations could potentially inspire you.
Explore a national park in India
Unbeknownst to many travellers from outside of India, the country’s national parks are perhaps the best in the entire world. From Ranthambore to Bandavgarh, these sprawling feats of nature are actually home to an impressive range of wildlife . So much so, in fact, you can actually go on safari in many of them.
India is actually the only country in the world where you’re able to see both tigers and lions coexisting in the wild alongside elephants, rhinos, birds and countless other species. That isn’t to mention the natural scenery to be discovered, with stretching panoramas and diverse terrain making for some of Asia’s most wondrous scenes.
Some of the major national parks and forests in India include :
- Jim Corbett National Park
- Kabini National Park
- Kanha National Reserve
- Gir Forest
- Kaziranga National Reserve
- Periyar National Reserve
Discover a quieter Japan in Kyoto
Source : https://unsplash.com/photos/_UIN-pFfJ7c When travellers head to Japan they often opt to explore Tokyo, the bustling, bright neon city full of technological marvels and quirky districts – which means its little sister gets unfairly overlooked. Kyoto is just as rewarding a destination, steeped in culture and history that is unparalleled by any other city in the country.
The temples are arguably the biggest draw here, all of them as incredible as the next. Kiyomizu-dera is the one with the biggest crowds, yet its scale and majesty means the influx of tourists never manages to detract from the allure. The city itself is wistful and relaxed, so much so that you’ll often see geisha strolling underneath the cherry blossom trees.
Lose yourself in the secluded Sumatra
With a majority of this Indonesian island remaining uncharted and unexplored, there’s plenty of potential to lose yourself in Sumatra. However, somewhat surprisingly, there’s a vast number of things to see and do here; wild jungles, laidback cities and beautiful lagoons are just some of Sumatra’s best offerings.
If you’re an avid hiker, make sure you pay a visit to Bukit Lawang. This village offers both amazing trekking opportunities alongside the opportunity to spot orangutans in the wild. And Padang, a city in West Sumatra, is renowned for its cuisine – head here if you consider yourself to be quite the foodie.
Consider a beach holiday in Thailand’s Railay
There’s no denying Thailand is incredibly popular with tourists, the numbers increasing each and every year. But whereas many travellers flock to Bangkok or Phuket, head off the beaten track and relish in seclusion upon Railay Beach. This shoreline in the quiet and relatively hidden Krabi is quiet enough to be your very own personal paradise.
With jutting cliffs giving way to gorgeous turquoise waters, Railay Beach is perhaps the most naturally beautiful setting in the entirety of Thailand. There are plenty of luxurious resorts here, too – consider visiting with your partner to make the most of it.
If you are looking for alternate options in Thailand, apart from Krabi, Bangkok or Phuket, you can consider the following places which has less tourist places than others. These include :
- Koh Samui
- Chiang-Mai , Chiang-Rai
Here’s a 6 day Thailand travel itinerary from my previous post.
Experience the undiscovered wonders of Kazakhstan
Made famous by the film Borat, Kazakhstan is often laughed off as a potential travel destination. Think again – this is a thriving country full of wonder and things to discover. The locals are overwhelmingly friendly, the cities have a cultured European flair and the nature is beautiful – it’s a country that should be on your bucket list.
Kazakhstan’s two main cities, Astana and Almaty, contrast considerably in almost every way – the latter is recommended, what for its laidback vibe and natural scenery making for a feel-good visit.
Are there other countries and places in Asia that you feel is worthy of a mention? Do let me know your comments on the same 🙂