Top 5 places to visit in Asia for an incredible cultural experience

by Toti

Asia is a vast and eclectic continent with endless vacation potential. But you don’t want to just spend a couple of weeks on a beach in Thailand, do you? You want to experience something truly transcendent. Here, we’ll be focusing on the locations that offer something truly unique and spectacular. Some of them might be obvious and others much less so. They will all, however, offer you an Asian holiday experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

The Taj Mahal – India

Taj Mahal - India - places to visit in Asia
The Taj Mahal is not just a religious landmark, but also one of the 7th Wanders of the World.

The most famous commemorative piece of architecture in the world. This iconic and gloriously decadent mosque was built in 1632 by the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan, who wanted to create a building in honour of his favourite wife. The building was finished 16 years later in 1648 and still retains its unique look today. The gardens alone are worth a visit, but it’s the marble dome and imposing towers that leave the most lasting impression.

The Great Wall of China – China

The great wall of China - Asia Undiscovered
The great wall of China – Asia Undiscovered

This defensive structure is one of the few man made artefacts that can be viewed from space and is one of the true wonders of the world. Walking the wall has become a bucket list item for many adventurous and ambitious vacationers and it can be seen in all of its glory from Beijing, but it’s outside Qinhuangdao where you’ll find the most spectacular and well-maintained sections.

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Cambodia from the front prospective
A front prospective of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

This UNESCO-listed 12th-century temple is another common bucket list fixture thanks to its intricate carvings, distinct towers and enviable historical relevance. Drawing in millions of tourists every year, the incredible building isn’t the only reason to visit Cambodia either. Indeed, Siem Reap, where the temple is located, is home to an incredible restaurant scene and there is also the Angkor Archaeological Park, which features two similarly gorgeous temples sheltered amidst lush jungle.

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

The most spectacular seascape in Asia from a Bay
Ha Long Bay one of the best seascape in the World – Vietnam

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Vietnamese bay is made up of 3,000 islands, many of which tower into the sky and all of which are covered in greenery. It’s populated by locals living in floating villages and those locals run several cruises that take in the most spectacular views the bay has to offer. One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world and a must-see for anyone who truly appreciates nature.

Sri Lanka – The pearl of Indian Ocean

Moevenpick Hotel Colombo Pool - Places to visit in Asia
The view over Colombo and the Indian Ocean from the Movenpick Hotel

Located on the southeast corner of India, Sri Lanka might be famous for the urban sprawl of Colombo, but that sprawl is littered with some truly fascinating Buddhist temples and some of the most well-kept colonial architecture in the world. From the iconic Sigiriya Rock palace to the imperial city of Kandy, there are hundreds of sights to see and dozens of perfectly engineered Sri Lanka tours that take in the very best the teardrop-shaped island has to offer.

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