Being a vast continent to explore, Asian travel can be quite difficult to plan out, especially for the first timers. Here we have the top 10 destinations in Asia for this year.
1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Being the destination of ardent Buddhists around the world, Angkor is a place for peace and quiet. Spread over 494,000 acres, this ancient heritage site of the 9th century is replete with archeological relics and unique architecture of that time. It takes no less than 3 days to explore the complex even briefly.
2. Bali, Indonesia
This is an island in Indonesia lying between Java and Lombok. From rice terraces to temple ceremonies and walking among volcanoes to basking in the beach resorts, there is something for everyone at Bali. Thus it is counted as the most crowded destination in this part of Asia.
3. Dead Sea, Israel
Distinguished as the lowest point on the earth’s surface, this sea has water that is so saturated with salt that you can only float on it. There is no drowning here. That apart, the dead sea is a hotspot for spa lovers as this doubles up as a natural spa open to all. So this year make a trip to Israel’s Dead Sea for that extra shine on your skin!
4. The Great Wall of China
Stretching along 8 provinces of this huge country, the Great Wall of China is the longest human wall ever built. Designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO, this magnificent wall is also considered among the seven original wonders of the world. If you visit the capital city of Beijing, you can make a trip to a part of the wall.
5. Lake Baikal, Siberia
This is the world’s deepest and oldest freshwater lake that stretches through 400 miles of Siberia. Its untouched beauty and the amazing wildlife make it a top destination for nature and adventure tourists. A must visit for all those going to Russia.
6. Kathmandu, Nepal
Here is one place from where you can witness the mighty and the majestic Mount Everest. Home to some of the world’s highest and treacherous mountains, Kathmandu in Nepal is a place you must visit this year. It is also the capital city of this small nation where you can experience the mixed Buddhist and Hindu culture. You can also visit the famous temples and monasteries in and around Kathmandu.
7. Petra, Jordan
Also known as the rose city, Petra reminds us of fantasy tales from fables of the yore. Another UNESCO heritage site, this city is an educational trip, so grand and breathtaking – something you will never forget.
8. Registan, Uzbekistan
An ancient desert city, this was an execution ground and a proclamation alter for all royal announcements. The unique use of copper pipes called dzharchis to gather attention is still on display. It was a famed trade city along the ancient Silk Route and to this day draws crowds to its magnificent architecture.
9. Taj Mahal, India
Considered the most incredible and fascinating work of art ever done by mankind, the Taj Mahal is a part of everyone’s bucket list. It is an architectural wonder built by the Mughal King Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its unsurpassed beauty is something you cannot afford to miss in your lifetime.
10. Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand
If you are an ardent Buddhist or one who practices the teachings of this master of peace and wisdom, then Wat Phra Kaew also known as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is one place you cannot afford to not see. It is a representative of the Thai Society and located in the centre of the capital city of Bangkok.
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