Asia is the biggest continent in the world, with thousands of destinations to be visited by any traveller worth his or her salt. However, visiting these magnificent destinations should not be done impulsively.
You will have to plan your trips (and probably spread it over several trips, not a one-time big adventure), but you just have to include these destinations to your itinerary.
Batanes in the Philippines
Batanes is located in the extreme north of the Philippine archipelago, close to Taiwan. Known as one of the last frontiers of the island country, Batanes has its own traditions, culture, and language very different from that of the bigger islands. This destination is located where the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, giving the island dramatic and panoramic views of crystal clear waters at almost every point. However, make sure to check with the local weather conditions when visiting Batanes; it can be difficult to fly in and out during the typhoon season.
Borobudur in Indonesia
Borobudur is home to the largest Buddhist structure in the world—a majestic ancient landmark surrounded by mountains and lush jungles. The Indonesian government has overseen restorations on the structure, and Borobudur can be enjoyed by tourists who have chosen to forego the wonders of the urban Indonesian landscape. Borobudur is speculated to symbolize the Buddhist concept of nirvana, and you just might find exactly that once you behold this breathtaking landmark.
Boko National Park in Cambodia
Cambodia’s Boko National Park is perfect for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts—the lush tropical jungle is perfect for an enjoyable hike and to spot rhesus monkeys, hornbills, and Malayan sun bears. When visiting, make sure to go on a boat ride through the mangroves at Ream National Park.
Jaisalmer in India
India is home to a wide variety of destinations (including the world-renowned Taj Mahal), but exploring further will bring you to Jaisalmer. Located in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is an awe-inspiring landmark with 99 spectacular turrets rising up from the desert horizon. Jaisalmer is also home to the Golden City, which was once the residence of rich merchants.
Mount Everest in Nepal
Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, and has been the destination of choice for many adventurers for decades. Not every visitor will have the chance to scale the treacherous mountain face and reach the glorious peak, but everyone can behold the wonder of this snow-capped mountain.
The Snow Festival in Japan
Winter is a very magical time, and especially so in the Japanese regions of Asahikawa, Sapporo, and Yokote. The landscape is blanketed in shining white snow, and the locals celebrate the occasion with their traditional festive customs.
The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia
The islands of Besar and Kecil in Malaysia are the closest you can get to paradise when visiting this Southeast Asian country. The islands remain pristine despite the modernity of Malaysia—the waters remain very clear and the beach unspoiled by throngs of tourists. Make sure to see the turtles at Three Coves Bay and watch the breathtaking sunset when at the Perhentian Islands.