must see sights of Asia

The must see sights of Asia – 5 potential destinations

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Rick Richard is a thirty-something travel writer on a mission to see every single country in the world – on her own.A Graphic Artist by trade and a traveller by nature, Rick avidly trots across the globe; along the way sharing stories, pictures and tips for anyone wanting to travel the world solo.

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It’s safe to say Asia is the prime destination for any traveller. Full of history, culture and natural beauty, there’s plenty of potential places to visit – but you likely don’t have enough time to see and do it all.

So, with that being said, plan your trip around the best sights Asia has to see. Here are just five of them.

Must see sights in Asia…

1- Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Boat weaving its way through limestone mountains

Limestone towers rise from the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with majesty, as small boats weave their way through the hundreds of stacks that make up the region of Vietnam. It’s a bucket list destination for many travellers, and for good reason – the sheer scale of it is hard to believe until you see it for yourself.

You can do cruises in Ha Long Bay that last for a good few days – plenty of time to see it all, whilst also bathing in the waters themselves as well as trying your hand at a spot of fishing if you want to. Alternatively, you can traverse the land surrounding the bay and simply take in the sights – any way you experience it, it’s one of Vietnam’s most coveted spots.

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Choose the best cruise for you at Ha Long Bay

Be sure to come here when the weather’s good, though – spring and autumn are said to be the best months with the least rainfall. Ha Long Bay shouldn’t be skipped over, what for its unparalleled natural grandeur and beauty.

2- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You may not think Asia could call itself home to such a developed, current and sprawling city – but that’s because you haven’t seen Kuala Lumpur. “Friendly, fascinating and fun”, according to some, this is an inexpensive yet luxurious capital city that offers almost anything you could want, from nightlife to beaches.

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Amazing view of Petronas tower

There are shopping opportunities, remarkable hotels (again affordable) and some incredible architecture to be seen in Kuala Lumpur – the famed Petronas Twin Towers are the centrepiece of it all. It’s clean, safe and friendly, and whether you want to take it slow or embrace the energy of the city, you’ll easily find something you want to do here.

There’s even a cave system here in Kuala Lumpur which houses temples in its caverns. Batu Caves is one of the city’s main attractions, a stark contrast to the built-up and bustling surroundings. Be sure to visit for an insight into the Hindu culture of Malaysia.

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One of the most important sights in Asia: Kuala Lumpur

3- Taj Mahal, India

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Taj Mahal: The symbol of love

There’s simply no way you can travel through Asia without visiting the Taj Mahal, indisputably India’s most famed site by a long stretch. The ivory white mausoleum looks as grand and monumental to this day as it did when it was first erected, commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife.

It does get busy here at the Taj Mahal – understandably – so make sure you’re there early to catch a view of it in the rising sun with minimal crowding, as recommended by Audley. You can also take local tours through villages to catch unique views of it from the surrounding land.

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The interior architecture and design of Taj Mahal

4- Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

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One can never forget a beautiful destination like Phi Phi island

If you truly want to discover natural beauty, the Phi Phi Islands are the place to go. Despite still reeling from the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean – which completely devastated the entire islands – it remains one of the most stunning locations in the entirety of Asia, with its crystal-clear waters flowing between jutting cliffs covered in lush greenery.

You may want to be quick, though – the National Reform Council of Thailand is conscious of how mass tourism is affecting the natural beauty of the Phi Phi Islands, and so it may not be long before you’re unable to visit anymore. For now, though, it remains as tranquil and luxurious as ever. Diving is said to be one of the best things to do here in the islands’ waters. Dramatic limestone walls give way to shallow, colourful coral gardens teeming with wildlife. Best of all, it’s a dive even beginners can easily conquer – be sure to give it a try when you’re here.

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Exotic sight of Phi Phi island

5- Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It’s the largest religious complex in the world, a feat that already suggests it’s a place worth seeing from the jump. But Cambodia’s Angkor Wat needs to be seen to be believed; a stunning, sprawling collection of ancient temples and ruins that somehow appear just as magnificent today as they have since their creation.

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The collection of unusual ancient temples

Covering no less than 500 acres, Angkor Wat provides an opportunity to get lost – it’s best to take out an entire day to explore. It’ll be worth it once you discover its treasures, with intricate carvings and detailing upon the temples and countless architectural wonders to gawk it. There’s an endless number of things to be discovered here in this Cambodian wonderland.

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An important site of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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  1. Manoj

    Ha Long bay and Phi Phi isalnds are my favorites. They are awesome and filled with natural beauty. Great places to explore.


  2. sapna

    Ok!! so have been to Taj Mahal only but others are on my list and this post really made me curious to visit , especially Cambodia and Phi Phi Island.


    1. prateekgoel

      Haha! Very true. Even Cambodia is in my bucket-list.


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