If you follow my YouTube channel you know that I departed India and I’m currently in Southeast Asia, spending a huge amount of my time travelling and exploring. It’s hard to deny that Asia is a continent full to the brim with beautiful sights, and India is where I first learned that. Countries boast ancient temples, ruins and natural wonders that every traveller simply needs to discover. Starting with Incredible India, here are seven wonderful places where you’ll see the best Asia has to offer.
Get lost in India’s north-eastern Himalayas
One of my biggest regrets was not travelling more in India, especially in the north. India has its own little section of the Himalayas, between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and it’s where you’ll find some of the country’s best sights. West Bengal is part of this mountain range, and it’s here that you’ll find Darjeeling, the city that’s most famed for its rich and fragrant teas.
But the Himalayas themselves are not to be skipped and if you’re the type of traveller that likes to hike, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. The state of Sikkim is known as the best place to do it, little explored by tourists, and you’ll find an authentic taste of rural India as you encounter locals and greet them with a “namaste”.
See the majesty Kuala Lumpur
You may be surprised to find Malaysia boasts such a vibrant and developed city but you’ll have to trust me on this one because it’s the country I currently call home. Kuala Lumpur is where I live and the country’s capital is like no where else in Malaysia. The skyline is something to marvel at because of the infamous Petronas Twin Towers, quite literally towering over their surroundings at a height of nearly 1,500 feet.
Kuala Lumpur itself is a fascinating city – you’ll find old-town buildings in between the monumental skyscrapers, a well-integrated public transport system acting as its veins, and it is home to the second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world at Batu Caves. The best thing about it? You can afford it on any budget, so if you feel like splashing out in the illustrious malls one day and exploring the night markets and dining on street food the next, you absolutely can.
Explore the traditions of Japan in Kyoto
Japan is high on my bucket list! Although many tourists seem to flock to the vibrant, bright lights of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, there’s somewhere that’s arguably even more exciting. Kyoto is often considered the sister city to Tokyo due to its size and popularity, yet it has a wholly different feel due to its laidback tranquillity and cultural value.
You’ll find an abundance of traditional temples here in Kyoto, the most impressive arguably being the Kiyomizu-dera temple that stands majestically in the city’s eastern hills. Although there are usually crowds upon crowds of tourists in the surrounding gardens, the peaceful Buddhist influence of the temple emits a calm aura into the atmosphere.
Discover the temples of Angkor in Cambodia
If you want to be able to cast your eyes on the world’s largest temple complex, look no further than Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The sheer magnificence of this 500-acre site is simply breath taking. So much so that Cambodia have adorned their national flag with it.
The complex was created as a Hindu temple for the Khmer empire, as detailed by Me Want Travel, and you’ll immediately be aware of its religious majesty as you approach Angkor Wat’s front façade. Although tourists line the paths around the temples the essence is not lost in the crowds, and you’ll likely be blown away by just how magnificent and detailed the architecture is here.
Immerse yourself in the bustle of Bali’s Kuta
I’ve spent about 90 days travelling Bali and Lombok over the past couple of years and have loved it all. Most people look at Bali as a peaceful and tranquil country, a place to escape for a quiet getaway. And although that is a true for a majority of Bali, Kuta couldn’t be more different. It’s undeniably a tourist hotspot, but for good reason … there is simply so much here to see. And it has the cheapest beer and wine around, making it happy hour all day long in Kuta!
Take Kuta’s beach, for example. You’ve probably seen it in all its glory upon Instagram, your friends posing on the lush white sand with the backdrop of a serene turquoise sea. Although there’s frequently crowds of people upon the beach, it’s still absolutely a must visit – and that isn’t to mention the huge waterpark, delectable restaurants and shopping opportunities inland.
Witness the unique community of Thailand’s Bangkok
I’ve recently just returned from my first trip to Thailand, an 11 day trip to Phuket, (check out my video on what to see and do there). But busy Bangkok is on my list for next month! I couldn’t be more excited to stroll along the riverside in the heart of Bangkok to see some of its most beautiful architecture. The Grand Palace sits by the Chao Phraya River, standing out due to its golden magnificence. Two other temples, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, are visible from the water also, and they’re frequently visited by tourists looking to see some Buddhist places of worship.
I’ve heard that Bangkok is a city like no other. That it thrives and excites just like any capital but that there’s an essence to its way of life that is completely unmatched. Markets exist upon the river (a dream come true for me!) with boats sailing peacefully through the middle of the city. On land, I’ll be there sampling incredible street food every day and losing myself in Bangkok’s unique vibrancy.
Sail into Vietnam’s magnificent Halong Bay
It’s one of the world’s most magnificent sights! Vietnam’s Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site like no other, a cluster of limestone towers emerging from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. There are over 1,600 islands and inlets here in Halong Bay, most of which are topped with luscious green uninhabited rainforests.
If you’re a fan of seafood, this is where to go because you’ll be able to sample some of the finest examples here, including crab meat and shrimp. You might even be able to catch something yourself, considering the fishing opportunities in Halong Bay are unbeatable. Consider visiting a fishing village to see how it’s done, and get a chance to weave a net with the locals.
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