Best Places to Visit in Asia

From the diverse cultural backgrounds to colorful people, Asia is on everyone's must do list. Be it wildlife or lifestyle, mountains or beaches, Asia has something to offer every traveler.

1. Nepal

Home to the mighty Himalayas, Nepal has a lot to offer an eager traveler. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the city of Bhaktapur Patan and Pashupatinath Temple offer a pot of bubbling culture waiting to be savored for those who wish to broaden and enrich their knowledge on diverse Civilizations. More of an adrenaline junkie? Not to worry! Fancy a bit of hunting? The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve allows you to make game of blue sheep and wild boar while it is stated that Hunters are granted permission to take away their games to their country. 501 rhinos and 125 tigers call Chitwan National park home. Formerly a royal hunting reserve, this park along with the Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park are your best chances of admiring the majestic tiger in its natural habitat. You could try white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and bungee jumping as Nepal's mountainous geography sets the ideal backdrop, however if that doesn't whet your appetite for adventure, you could make that trek, peak climb or take a mountain flight to Mount Everest.

2. Indonesia

Indonesia simultaneously brings to mind the sun and sand of Bali. However unbeknownst to most Indonesia also houses some unnerving places. The Pura Dalem or temple for the dead is dedicated to Dewa Siwa who is believed to judge the destiny of the dead. Located in the aptly named Monkey forest, 500 or so long tailed macaques frolic in the trees above the headstones. Blessings by a sacred snake? Look no further than Tanah Lot and her sea caves. This Hindu temple along with 6 others having been erected in the reverence of the spirits of the sea is home to many sea snakes while it is rumored that a monstrous sea snake guards the temple and the waters around it. Feel like a spot of ghost hunting? The Ghost Palace Hotel is your spot. Whilst the accurate past of the hotel is hazy, the building gives the impression of being abandoned right before its inauguration, with its furnishings in place. Ever heard of a tree that masks the scent of decomposition? The Bali Aga who are descendants of the initial Balinese citizens, practice a burial ceremony where their dead are covered and places at the foot of a large banyan tree. Mysteriously, the smell of decomposition doesn't once overwhelm any visiting tourists. If you'd prefer a tamer tour, feel free to pick between swimming with sting free Jellyfish in Kakaban Island, hanging out with orangutans or meeting the famed Komodo dragons at Komodo National Park.

3. Vietnam

whereas many of you know it as the country of picturesque beauty, Vietnam is quite an original country. With plenty of lush paddy fields and gorgeous views like that of Halong Bay, Vietnam can cater to both those looking for some sporty adventure, those looking to unwind and those looking for both. Filled with great cuisine and terrific coffee (think egg coffee at the start of your day), not many people know that you can also have snakes' blood shots or have yourself a crisp snake meat spring rolls in Vietnam. Not for the faint of heart!

4. Thailand

Undoubtedly Thailand is a country that doesn't need much introduction as a holiday destination. Take a boat ride on Phang Nga Bay, which resembles Ha long bay in Vietnam, treat yourself to a soothing massage, go scuba diving at Similan Islands or simply enjoy a snorkeling experience in Phi Phi Islands. From food and drink to clothes, Chatuchak weekend market has almost everything for sale, or give your shopping expedition a twist at the floating markets. Street food is a must for every traveler with food stalls serving a variety of dishes, and if its cuisine with an experience you crave, do try the Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise. If you're feeling a tad dare devilish, dive with a shark at Bangkok's Siam Ocean World.

5. Malaysia

Home of the supreme Petrona towers, Malaysia is a travelers must visit destination

Referred to as the theme park capital of Southeast Asia, the country has 16 operating theme parks. Genting Highlands has attractions based on fox films like Ice age and Rio, while Sunway lagoon has a staggering 80 attractions of fun. Berjaya Times Square Theme park is said to be the country's largest indoor stadium with a massive indoor roller coaster. Amongst other theme parks, Bukit Gambang Resort City is a substantial water park consisting of water slides, Penguin Island and Malaysia's largest wave pool while other notable mentions are the Bukit Gambang Safari Park, Lego land, KidZania Kuala Lumpur. These are places you will want to visit and let your inner child gambol around. If you're more of an outdoorsman, visit the Cameron Highlands tea plantation or observe the orangutans in Sepilok amongst other attractions. Is it 5 a.m. and you've just been awoken by your rumbling stomach? Not to worry! Pop over to Jalan Alor. Functional from 5 a.m. to late evening, this is Kuala Lumpurs biggest collection of roadside restaurants.

6. Singapore

Singapore is a perfect mix of excitement, adventure and most importantly, food! Attractions and theme parks ranging from the world's first night zoo, The Night Safari, that with the help of special lighting, allows you to observe what animals like hyenas, lions and leopards get up to after the sun sets. The equally enthralling River Safari, is a themed zoo and aquarium that houses crocodiles, fresh water puffer fish and manatees. The trick eye museum worth a visit with its 3 dimensional artwork creating optical illusions. Singapore is also home to the Singapore flyer, the world's largest observation wheel where you're guaranteed to get some of the most spellbinding views of the city. If you visit on a clear day, you may even see neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia. Gardens by the bay is home to a large number of exotic plants and man-made, illuminating super trees. While the garden boasts of a waterfall and an aerial walkway, hang around till 7.00 p.m. in the evening and you will be treated to a light and show sound at the gardens. You can also take on skydiving, snorkeling, or watch a polar bear gracefully hunt live fish that is released by the zoo with the aim of encouraging the bears to hunt as they would in the wild. The New2U Thrift Shop is the place you shopaholics want to head to as it is widely known to have designer wear at the lowest of fares, while at Kilo Fascion Asia you pay for your goods according to their weight. A great place for night life and food, you can chose to either live it up at Tanjong Beach Clubs full moon party, savor $5 beer and wine at FIVE Izakaya Bar, or frogs prridge for the more daring!

7. Maldives

Only 200 of the 1,190 islands are inhabited, which means you are quite certain there's a lot of exploring and discovery awaiting you at Maldives. From beautiful resorts, Male offers up a delightful selection of water activities. Scuba diving with whale sharks, snorkeling with sea turtles, surfing, dolphin spotting, ship wreck diving and paddle boarding are on offer to all the thalassophile travelers. Activities you can enjoy range from island hopping, enjoying a Balinese massage, relishing your dinner underwater at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort or simply enjoying Maldivian short eats.

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