Asia offers 21st-century lifestyle and beyond or back. Asia offers tranquility to the truest of meanings. Asia offers freedom in a different sense. Asia offers wilderness and paddy fields. Here is a look at 10 such places in Asia to visit right away.
1. Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud offers stone temples and endless rice paddies perfect for backpackers. One of Bali’s major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry.
2. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, is the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country.
3. Guizhou, China
Guizhou is a mountainous province in southwest China. It’s known for its ancient rural villages, traditionally inhabited by minority groups like the Miao and Dong. It’s also famed for its 74m-high Huangguoshu Waterfalls.
4. East Coast, Srilanka
Slowly emerging from civil war and tsunami, the east coast of Srilanka offers plenty of attractions, from superb beaches to Buddhist remains, and only a few tourists in sight. It also provides a world class diving experience.
5. Kansai, Japan
Kansai is a region in the south of Honshu, Japan’s main island. In its center is the city of Kyoto, Japan’s capital from 794 to 1869. Its canalside Philosopher’s Walk is home to Buddhist temples like Ginkaku-ji, with its pine-framed pond, and Nanzen-ji, with a renowned Zen garden.
6. Pyeongchang, South Korea
Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. The 2018 Winter Olympics is coming to S Korea so a place called Yongpyong is widely considered the best ski resort, with 13 lifts plus a gondola.
7. Dalat, Vietnam
Dalat, the capital of Lamdong Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centered around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls.
8. Tamil Nadu, India
Tamil Nadu, a southeast Indian state, is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. In Madurai, Meenakshi Amman Temple has high gopurams (tower gateways) ornamented with colorful figures. Rameswaram temple, on Pamban Island, is a pilgrimage site, and Kanyakumari, at India’s southernmost tip, is the site of ritual sunrises.
9. Hangzhou, China
Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, is known as the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, originating in Beijing. Its West Lake, celebrated by poets and artists since the 9th century, encompasses islands (reachable by boat), temples, pavilions, gardens and arched bridges.
10. Kathmandu, Nepal
From the hippie era till today Kathmandu has been a magnet for repeat tourists. There is something about it. The surrounding hills, the warm people, the numerous Hindu and Buddhist temples, the impeccable weather, old buildings, and streets. A superb destination to calm down.
Source: 500px.com, wikipedia.com