Asia is a great escape from the ordinary stresses of your day to day life. There are so many different cultures for you to explore. Here are 5 Asian escapes that you will love!
Thailand is a wondrous mixture of beautiful old temples, exciting nightlife, fabulous food, and some of the best beaches in the world. Begin your trip in the capital city of Bangkok and be sure to visit the night market for the fascinating sights, smells, and tastes that are sure to please. Visit the Golden Buddha and see this treasure that was hidden in plain sight for centuries. Take a boat ride along the Chao Phraya where you can cruise along this beautiful river or take a breathtaking trip to a floating market in a low slung canoe that cruises through narrow waterways at an exciting pace. For peace and relaxation be sure to head to one of the many beautiful beaches in Khao Lak National Park just an hour north of Phuket. For more ideas, check out some of the most popular Thailand tours and see what you like best.
Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates and originally their economy was based upon oil. Once the oil wells dried up they invested heavily in the tourism industry so it is now the perfect place for a holiday. The area is delightful with plenty of things for tourists to do and see. If you are interested in shopping there are many high end shops with the latest fashions as well goods imported from all over the world. Many of the world’s best chefs have relocated here and it is a great place to splurge on a gourmet meal. If you are interested in seeing the desert you have come to the right place and you can watch the sun rise above the desert from the comfort of a hot air balloon, take a safari trip out into the desert, or even drive a high end sports car out into the sand. It is also a great place to relax and unwind and you can play a round of golf, take a cruise, or just relax in the sun.
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and has the highest population density of any city in the world. Be sure to Harajuku to see the exciting fashion trends and check out the anime. The city moves at a fast pace but you can always visit one of the many temples for some tranquility from the hustle and bustle. Hiroshima is five hours by train and you must visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and see the beauty that has been created after the devastation of World War II. Be sure to pick up a Japan Rail Pass which is only available outside of the country and a great way to get around this fascinating country.
China is a country that is rich in culture and history. Be sure to visit the capital city of Beijing and visit the Forbidden City, the imperial palace from 1420 until 1912. Take a hike along the Great Wall that construction began on over 2200 years ago. You can also take a boat cruise along the Yangtze River which is the third longest river in the world. Take the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai and you can travel nearly 1400 km in less than six hours.
India is a fascinating blend of old and new and it is a fascinating place for travelers to visit. Be sure to visit the temples, mosques, and churches to study the fascinating religious culture of this highly populous country. There are so many fascinating experience that you can have here. You can learn yoga in an ashram, volunteer to help the less fortunate, go on a safari to see tigers, or even stay in a palace.
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