The fact is, Asia is the largest continent in terms of size and population. It is also the most diverse multi-cultural point for most of the oldest civilizations on earth. Because of its size and diversity, there are just a lot of things to see and do in Asia. For sure, it’s hard to narrow down a shortlist of where to visit in Asia as just exploring one country requires a month of your time. If you are planning to travel on a budget, here are five of the top travel destinations to visit in Asia that you should target.
1. Mount Fuji – Japan
Mount Fuji, Japan is a stunning snowcapped mountain that is one of the Three Holy Mountains revered in Japanese traditions. Those three mountains are traditionally believed to have power, and Mount Fuji contains volcanic power. Technically classified as a stratovolcano, Mount Fuji has not erupted since 1708. At the base of the mountain lies Aokigahara, which is a dense forest grows out of the hardened lava that surrounds Mount Fuji and includes a number of incredible ice caves to explore. Without a doubt, Mount Fuji in Japan is one of the most stunning places to visit in Asia.
2. Hoi An – Vietnam
The city of Hoi An is one of the oldest cities in Asia and is home to the oldest trading port on the continent. The port was a major commercial stop for trading ships back in the 15th century and is still a busy port to this day. The city itself is breathtakingly beautiful, with much of the old timber frame buildings with colorful French colonial shutters still standing. The city celebrates the Lantern Festival in every full moon cycle, honoring all the ancestors through light. This is one of the best times to visit and one of the reasons why Hoi An is one of the top places to visit in Asia. If you are a fan of history and culture, Hoi An is a place for you.
3. Taman Negara National Park – Malaysia
The breathtaking Taman Negara National Park is known as one of Asia’s oldest jungles, one of the continent’s most beautiful tropical rainforests, and one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. This ancient forest covers 1700 square miles and is home to fauna and flora that naturally evolved over millions of years. If you are a wildlife enthusiast and have longed to see some of Asia’s unique and incredible wildlife, visiting Taman Negara National Park is a great option for you.
4. Koh Rong – Cambodia
For travelers who would like to get a little bit more off the beaten path when visiting Asia, a great option is to visit the wonderful island of Koh Rong in Cambodia. This small island off the coast of the Sihanoukville province has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. While most of your time there will be spent relaxing, getting to the island by boat is an adventure you will remember.
5. Luang Prabang – Laos
If you are looking for a stunning place to visit in Asia, many can be found in the region of Southeast Asia. The beautiful village of Luang Prabang in Laos is certainly one. It is one of 33 villages under the UNESCO Town of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site. If you want to visit Luang Prabang, the best ways to visit are either by foot or by bike because of the narrow alleyways between the many temples, colonial buildings, and houses.
Outside the village, you will find lush hills and beautiful rice paddies that seem to stretch into the horizon. There are a number of incredible natural sites to visit in the surrounding area, including the Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River and a number of beautiful Buddha statues.
Are you planning a trip to Asia? If so, there is an amazing mixture of history, culture, and breathtaking nature waiting for you at these five incredible destinations.
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