Asia is an expansive continent with the highest density of population in the world. So if you’re agoraphobic, you might want to avoid it. On the other hand, the countries that make up the Asian continent have some of the most beautiful natural environments and some of the oldest cultures in the world. So pop a few happy pills because visiting these 10 amazing places in Asia is definitely better than locking yourself in your apartment and wearing tissue boxes as slippers.
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1. Luang Prabang, Laos
Both a rich land for historical, cultural and natural beauty Luang Prabang the Kuang Si Falls and the Pak Ou caves are especially noteworthy, the Pak Ou caves being scattered with up to 100 Buddha statues.
2. Angor Wat, Cambodia
One of the largest temples in the world Angor Wat is a stunning example of Khmer Architecture. The temple is widely known for its elaborate bas-relief sculptured walls and humbling grandeur scale.
3. Stone Forest, China
With monumental and dense limestone outcroppings, the Stone Forest of China seems more alien landscape than earthen formation. With a historical village nearby, this area in China’s interior is both breathtaking and surreal.
4. Danxia Landform, China
These bright multi-colored mountains are not a painting or photoshopped, but a unique geological feature that is unique to China.
5. Batu Caves, Malaysia
This 500 million year old network of caves houses various stunningly large religious shrines and statues. You won’t even have to skip leg day to see it because visitors have to climb a not so small 272 steps to reach the mouth of the cave network.
6. Kiso Valley, Japan
During the Edo period, Kiso Valley housed lay-over post towns for people traveling to Kyoto (the Edo period capital) for commerce. Kiso Valley is home to many beautifully preserved examples of Edo period villages, a rare chance to see history immaculately preserved.
7. Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan
This is a strange story, a story about color and a 90 year old veteran and street artist. Huang Yung-fu picked up a brush one day and started decorating the ex-military dependent community he was living in. Three years later Grandpa Rainbow (as he has become known due to his energetic colorful paintings) has decorated floors, walls, streets, roofs and any other surface paint sticks to in the community. Noticed initially by some college students the Rainbow Family Village has now become an point of interest in the area.
8. Aral Sea, Uzbekistan
If you’re a fan of surreal, post-apocalyptic landscapes, then the Aral Sea is one of the strangest places on the Asian Continent. It used to be one of the largest inland lakes in the world but was unfortunately drained due to Soviet irrigation projects. It is now called the Aralkum desert and considered one of the planet’s worse environmental disasters. Pack a dust mask and hazmat suit because due to weapon testing, toxic salts are regularly dispersed into the atmosphere due to dust-storms.
9. One of the Largest Buddha Statues in the world, Nara, Japan
Also known colloquially as the Daibustu (that basically means large Buddha) is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. It is housed in the Todai-ji a complex of Buddhist temples that has stood since 728AD.
10. Wat Rong Khun, Thailand
This a bizarre art installation come Buddhist temple in Thailand, which was financed entirely by Chalermchai Kositpipat (a contemporary Thai artist). The structure includes a fresco of Keanu Reeves and a depiction of the smoldering Twin Towers tragedy.
Are there any other locations on the Asian continent that are worth visiting? Any other places of unique beauty? Let me know in the comment section below.