Asia is a vast and diverse continent, full of opportunity and surprise. For those travelling there, loads of amazing experiences await. Whether it’s simply relaxing on the shore of one of Thailand’s beautiful islands or getting lost in Tokyo, you’ll learn a lot about different cultures and yourself.
Although your experiences will be unique to you, many travellers share similar stories about their time in Asia. We’ve picked some of our most memorable moments to hopefully inspire you to visit the region. Check them out:
1. Sail in Halong Bay
As one of the most famous and photographed sites in Asia, it’s easy to start with Vietnam’s Halong Bay. First things first, it’s a huge place. In total, it covers 580-square miles and contains some 2,000 limestone islands. The peaks create a spectacular backdrop and are home to nature only. Add it to your bucket list, as it’s one of CN Traveler’s 50 things to see in Asia before you die.
2. Learning to Scuba dive
There’s a lot you can learn while travelling Asia – one of the most impressive is how to dive. With a whole world to explore under the water’s surface, once you know how to dive, it’s something you can do all over the world. Some of the best places to dive in Asia include Shark Point in Phuket, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Busselton Jetty in Australia. These are just a few of thousands of amazing dive sites.
3. Tasting some amazing street food
Many people are put off street food, which is a shame. When freshly prepared, it’s some of the best food you can try in Asia – and for amazing prices. In Singapore and Thailand, for instance, food stalls are commonplace. Locals and tourists alike flock to the most popular stalls to try authentic flavor combinations. It’s definitely worth a try.
4. Safari in India
India might not be your first thought when it comes to safaris. But the country’s wildlife is diverse, consisting of both unique indigenous species and those passing through on their annual migrations. As this post explains, India also remains the only country in the world where both the tiger and lion can be found in the wild. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
5. See the Taj Mahal
Staying in India, the Taj Mahal is an iconic building which is surely on many people’s bucket lists. Unsurprisingly, it’s very popular. The crowds and Indian heat can make it a bit uncomfortable at the busiest times. To make the most of this experience, get there by daybreak and you’ll beat most of the tourists.
6. Relax in Bali
A favourite on backpacker routes, you should do your research to get the most of a visit to the country. We suggest avoiding the party-centric Kuta-Legian-Seminyak region, and heading to Ubud instead. Here, rice fields and jungle merge and the area is better known for its crafts and artisanship, as well as the Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 bestseller and subsequent Hollywood movie – Eat, Pray, Love – which put Ubud on the “spiritual tourist” map, according to Traveller.com. As such, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to relax.
7. Explore Angkor Wat
This ancient city in Cambodia used to be the center of the Khmer empire, who ruled over most of Southeast Asia at one point. Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved ancient temple, but the area is home to many more. You can spend hours exploring. However, it is pretty popular now – particularly at sunrise. It’s still breathtaking and if you head further out to other temples, it’s much less crowded.
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