Asia beckons millions around the world every year from all parts of the globe. Apart from the wide variety of cultures Asia accommodates, there are a lot of scenic landscapes in the continent where nature is at its best. Be it the natural or the cultural scenario, Asia spreads across one extreme to the other. If there is one place in the whole world where dynamicity and stillness collide, it’s Asia. Here are a few Asian destinations that are to be experienced:
Gokyo Lakes Trek, Nepal
Gokyo will take you to greater heights than the Himalayas. At a peak 17,000 feet above the Himalayas, you could be in close quarters with the one and only Mount Everest. The summit of the mount will blow your mind with a panoramic view of the Himalayan spots such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.
Chocolate Hills, The Philippines
The conical Chocolate Hills of Bohol, in The Philippines, are vibrantly green. The mount with the delicious name would open up before you as many as 1,776 chocolate mounts on the island of Bohol. Several local legends and scientific speculations lie around the origin of this national geological monument of Philippines.
Mount Kelimutu, Indonesia
The stunning volcano Mount Kelimutu is a remote hill located far away from the city buzz. Kelimutu trekked to fame with its three summit crater lakes, each having a different tinge. Each lake has been shifting colours over the years. The chameleon-like properties of the craters have always puzzled geologists from all over.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
According to NatGeo, the term Danxia is used for describing the several other areas in China, which was created over millions of years when the movement of the tectonic plates and weathering of sandstone created these magnificent vistas. However, the landscape we are talking about are the mountains of Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park near Zhangye. The landform covering almost 3200 square feet offers the view of a shouldn’t-miss rainbow rocks!
Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Phoong Nha Ke Bang National Park hosts one of the world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong. Its main cavern is said to be as large as to be capable of accommodating a Boeing 747 plane . Hang Son Doong literally means ‘mountain river cave’. A wide fast river that tunnelled through the Earth formed the cave, over time.
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Vietnam-China border
This spectacular waterfall straddles Vietnam and China, tumbling down to the heart of the Quay Son river below. Though the height of the falls is not too high, the width of the cascade surrounded by karst rocks and the green forest will surge adrenaline in you. From the Chinese side, Detian falls fall near the city of Nanning. It is 225 miles apart from the Vietnamese city of Hanoi.
Jigoku Valley, Japan
Hokkaido islands host the Jigoku valley which is a part of the Shikotsu Toya National Park near the town of Noboribetsu. The vision of Oyunuma lake surrounded by colourful foliage is capable of leaving you intoxicated! The Onsen thermal hot springs are the main attraction. The Oyunuma Brook natural footpath, is a healing spring within the park that shouldn’t be missed.