By: Tia S.
Asia is a beautiful place, but it’s so vast and varied that it would be impossible to go everywhere. This list will show you what’s worth seeing, and ultimately give you some great memories and experiences in Asia.
- Climb Mount Fuji: If you need a break from the bustle of Tokyo, Mt Fuji is the place to go. This snow-capped mountain is over 12 000 feet high, making it Japan’s tallest mountain. Give yourself a day to climb the mountain the right way. And don’t forget to enjoy the view; it will amaze you.
- Walk the Great Wall of China: This wonder of the world was once used to protect China from invasion during the Ming Dynasty, but is now one of the most popular places to visit for travelers. The Wall is almost 9 000 km long, so if you planned on walking the whole thing, don’t expect to.
- Discover a Forgotten City: If there is one place that I would definitely recommend seeing in Asia, it would be the Angkor Wat Temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Built between around 1113 and 1150 A.D., Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed, and would be considered one of the most beautiful as well.
- See the Terracotta Warriors: The Terracotta Warriors were discovered in 1974 by a group a peasants digging in Shaanxi province in northwest China. This finding turned out to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times. Near the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi lay an entire army of life size Terracotta soldiers and horses, all made of out clay.
- See Bangkok’s Floating Markets: Every traveller has to visit a floating market on their first trip to Thailand. Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s best known floating market. Take a boat through it and buy some groceries, and you’ll be just like the locals.
- Look in Awe at the Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in the bank of Yamuna River in Agra, India. It was built in the early 1600’s, at a cost estimated to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be valued at around 52.8 billion rupees.
- Take a Boat through Halong Bay: This Vietnamese bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Asia. You can take a boat around the tall rocks (otherwise known as islets) and bask in the beauty surrounding you.
- Cleanse Yourself in the Ganges: It is believed by Hindus that if you bathe yourself in the Ganges’ waters, you are cleansing yourself from anything bad. The river is extremely sacred to Hindus, and they use it for everything, whether it’s cleaning yourself or putting the ashes of the dead into it. Watching this happen can be a great cultural experience, but you may not want to participate, since the river is considered one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
- Meet some Monkeys in Swayambhunath Stupa: The monkeys in this temple in Nepal are considered holy to Buddhists. The temple is covered in them, so if you have a fear of monkeys this may not be the place for you. For everyone else, going to see this ancient temple is a great experience, and I highly recommend it.
- Climb to the Tiger’s Nest: Paro Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest) is a Himalayan Buddhist temple complex, located on a Cliffside in Bhutan. Visiting the Tiger’s Nest is an unforgettable experience, thanks to it’s unique location and the amazing view surrounding it.
- Stroll through Bagan: This ancient city in the Mandalay Region of Burma, was once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. There were over 10 000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries built at the Kingdom’s height, but now only around 2200 temples remain.
- Eat Some Street Food: Whether it’s in the streets of Hong Kong, China or at the Hawk Center in Singapore, street food in Asia is thought of as quite exotic for most people. If you’re brave enough, have some fried spiders from Cambodia, Balut (a fertilized duck egg) from the Philippines, or some locusts, silkworms, and grasshoppers from Thailand.
- Be Peaceful in Bali: This Island in Indonesia has a diverse culture and environment that will blow you away. It is known for it’s art, music, cuisine, and it’s peaceful and spiritual nature. You will come back a different person.
- Visit the Geisha in Kyoto: Although many people don’t know it, the Geisha culture is still alive and thriving. They are known for their white-painted faces, traditional Japanese hairstyles, and their beautiful kimonos. If you have a chance to meet one, it may be the highlight of your trip to Japan.
Buy some Fish at the World’s Biggest Fish Market: Tsukiji fish market in Japan is not only the world’s largest fish market but is one of the world’s largest food markets in general. The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood, and over 700 000 metric tons of seafood are handled every year. If you don’t like fish, this may not be the place for you.