Asia a continent that should not be missed, so much to explore being the biggest continent in the world and home to more than half the world’s population. There is something different in each country from beautiful landscapes to astounding architecture of temples and palaces, delicious cuisines bursting with colour and flavour, exotic beaches, busy cities and a growing economy. Here are some of our recommendations to help you plan for your next trip.
Climb Mount Fiji, Japan
Climb Japan’s highest mountain at 3776 meters and witness exquisite views that will ll take your breath away. The official climbing season on Mount Fiji is in the months of July and August as the weather is mild and generally there is no snow this time of year, however it does get a bit overcrowded with climbers and tourists. Going to Japan this time of the year is great timing for the many traditional festivals throughout these summer months with loads of things to see and do in the area. Mount Fiji is situated between Osaka and Tokyo and can be viewed from many different points, one of the best things to do is to take a train ride for fantastic views of the mountain or visit the Fuji Five Lakes based on the Northern foot of the mountain which has a quiet and calm surrounding of nature and the lakes. So get into shape and put your best foot forward to experience a once in a life time adventure.
Family fun at Disneyland, Tokyo
Interested in some family fun? Pack up the kids and set out for Disneyland in Tokyo, this was the first Disney theme park that was built outside of the United States and has eight themed areas within the park for the family to have a time of their lives. Enjoy a variety of rides at the Kingdom of Dreams and Magic and set sail on your adventures to Disney’s Sea Park or Indulge in a Disney shopping experience at Bon Voyage and Ikspiari. This Disneyland has up to 14 million eager visitors per year making this the third most visited theme park in the world and the most popular tourist attraction in Asian. With entertainment throughout the parks, you’ll be kept amused all day and all night long.
Shopping the streets of Hong Kong
Truly a shoppers paradise that should not be missed, shopping in Hong Kong is a little treat for all walks of life. The streets are bursting with markets where you are literally able to buy anything the heart desires from clothes and shoes to electronics, antiques, fresh produce and so much more. Some of the most popular markets include the very popular ‘ladies market’ situated in Tung Choi Street in Mangkok which sells both male and female clothes, it’s a great place to pick up Chinese curious as well. For those gadget geeks out there, pop into ‘Temple street market’, also situated in Mangkok, and find great bargains on electronics and second hand goods. The gem about this place is that, at night, the surrounding streets are transformed into a hubbub of restaurants where food sellers prepare their stalls for hungry bargain hunters. Besides the busy street markets, Japan has thousands of great shopping malls and departments stores where you are bound to pick up what your heart desires.
Hot air balloon ride over Taj Mahal, India
Most thoughts on India is that it is over populated, dirty and poor which puts off a lot of tourists, however this is a country worth exploring, it has a richness is history and religion and will surely be an experience like no other. The Taj Mahal is an extremely popular tourist attraction located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. If you want to avoid the crowds take a hot air balloon ride and experience the Taj Mahal from a different and more thrilling point of view. There are several tourism companies that offer up these balloon rides, some even have combination tours such as balloon rides and camel rides or balloon rides and horseback riding. This is a fantastic way to see some of the country; another great place to enjoy this exhilarating experience is over Rajasthan where one can enjoy the spectacular site of the golden dunes.
Exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Cambodia, a historic and religious country complete with the beauty of nature and gorgeous temples invites you to explore its serenity. This part of the world boasts its many architecturally impressive temples attracting millions of visitors all year through. For a humbling and breath-taking experience visit Siem Reap and explore the Angkor Wat Temple built in the heart of the jungle hundreds of years ago between 1130 and 1150 AD. This is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Take a guided or a self-tour around this magnificent place and make sure you do your homework or research prior to your visit to understand the history and understand what you are about to be see. Take an elephant ride between Bayon and Angkor Thom to explore some of the park from a different point of view.
Experience bustling Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok claims to be the most popular tourist destination in Asia and welcomes you to its beautiful warm and sunny beaches, bustling city, ancient temples and excellent opportunity for shopping. Its vibrant night life boasts its extravagance with shows, street markets and parades that entice tourists to keep coming back for more. Besides the gorgeous beaches in Thailand, there is so much to do and see in the busy city of Bangkok, if you enjoy markets, then visit the colourful and chaotic Chinatown which is bursting with market stalls, lights, food stands and apparently the highest concentration of gold shops in the city or stop by the Floating Market just outside Bangkok city. Visit the National Museum that is filled with Buddhist and Hindu devotional art or visit the Grand Palace which was the premier empire of Indochina in the 9th century. How about going for a relaxing and enjoyable traditional Thai massage or visit the Siam Ocean World to view the many species of beautiful marine life and colourful corals.
Relaxing Ha Long Bay
Humble yourself by taking a trip to a splendid part of the world, Vietnam. A place enriched with culture and religion, a landscape to take your break away, beaches that will comatose you into relaxation and vibrant cities so dynamic with excellent cuisines. For crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs and mangrove forests visit Halong Bay. In direct translation Ha Long Bay means ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’, and that is exactly what this majestic place is all about. With about 120 kilometres of coast line, gorgeous beaches, enormous caves and thousands of little pillared islands topped with lush vegetation you’ll find yourself begging to stay longer. A great way to relax and enjoy this part of the world is to take a couple of little boat trips or go kayaking on the turquoise waters or even enjoy a hiking trip in the Cat Ba National Park.
Elephant orphanage sanctuary park, Kuala Lumpur
Only one and a half hours outside Kuala Lumpur, nestled in a gorgeous tropical rain forest is the Elephant Conservation Farm at Kuala Gandah. This elephant sanctuary will be a pure awe-inspiring experience as you come into contact with semi-wild elephant. Take a private tour through the sanctuary and get to experience feeding the elephants, going for a ride one of these gentle giants or even bathing with them. On your way to the Sanctuary you’ll get to see the oil and rubber plantations settled in the Malaysian scenic landscape. Pop into Deerland Park and spend a few hours encountering the wildlife by feeding the deer, monkeys, snakes etc. Be a bit adventurous and swing across the river on a knotted rope or just chill out and have a relaxing picnic.
Tour Taroko Gorge, Taiwan
Visit the steep valleys and carved our cliffs amongst the sub-tropical canyons of Taroko Gorge located on Taiwan’s East coast. Get your energy levels up and go hiking through the national park on the well prepared paths or go river tracing or repelling down waterfalls. Make the most of your trip out here and visit the Eternal Spring Shrine amongst beautiful mountains and waterfalls, take a trip through The Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail which is a 2km section on the original highway through the park which is just a spectacular park of the park to enjoy.
Exploring the ruins of Guge Kingdom, Tibet
Travel to gorgeous Tibet and explore Tibet’s history and ancient architecture in the carvings and sculptures at the ruins of Guge Kingdom. The ruins are elevated on a hill at 3800m and covers about 180 000 square meters, it was founded in the 10th century but strangely disappeared in the 17th century which left a reason for it to be studied as it was rediscovered in 1985 when huge dwellings, monasteries, carvings and sculptures were found. The most interesting part to your journey here would be the ruins of the five temples and palaces with the many statues, inscriptions and murals still in place.