Asia is the largest and most populated continent in the world, covering 8.7% of the total surface of the Earth. Fascinating not only for its landscapes and nature but also for the culture of the different peoples so different from each other and so similar for the dose of mysticism that characterizes them. But what are the must-see destinations in Asia?
Whether metropolitan cities or remote islands, the most beautiful places in Asia offer a good dose of adventure, history and culture. Here we try to list some of the best places to visit at least once in a lifetime that you should not miss during your trip to this beautiful continent.
Places not to miss in Asia
Rub 'al-Khali - The empty quarter, Arabian Peninsula
È one of the largest sandy stretches on the entire planetStilllargely unexplored and virtually uninhabited, the desert has a total area of over 650,000 km² and even the Bedouins only touch its marginal areas.
Nevertheless, there are tour companies offering GPS-assisted Desert Excursions. Tourists and photographers are attracted by this vast and changing landscape. The world's largest oil fields are also located here.Discover all the excursions to visit Rub 'al-Khali
Pangong Tso Lake
The impressive lake stretches from India to Tibet in the Himalayas at 4,350 meters (14,270 feet) above sea level. The lake is 134 km (83 miles) long. The landscape is defined by mountain ranges that surround the lake and attract tourists and filmmakers, who find here a fantastic setting for their films.
Discover all the tours to visit the Pangong Tso lake
Red Beach, Panjin, China
The unusual and suggestive landscape of this Chinese city has as its protagonist the red color that comes from a particular type of algae that grows and develops in the alkaline-saline soil.
The incredible Red Beach is located on the banks of the Liaohe River and every autumn the algae take on a crimson red color, mainly in September: during the summer it remains green.
The area is at the center of the path of 236 species of migratory birds. They stop here on their journey from Asia to Australia. Tourists can visit the beach in particular areas with bridges, specially designed for tourism.
You can take a bus or train from Beijing or Tianjin to get here and admire this once-in-a-lifetime suggestive view.Book an excursion to visit the Red Beach
Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey
This place attracts many visitors from all over the world for a good reason. Tourists are faced with a fairytale landscape made up of towers, subway cities, canyons, pinnacles and rocky castles. The beauty of Cappadocia is protected by UNESCO. It is considered a natural wonder as well as a historical and cultural site.
Cappadocia is famous for the pinnacles, the fairy chimneys that were formed by the erosion of the rocks, and for the houses carved into the tufa. The oldest sculptures were made in the 8th century. Tourists have the opportunity to participate in a magnificent show of hot air balloons flying over the fairy chimneys.
Book a tour to visit Cappadocia
Kathmandu is one of the most interesting cities in the region. The capital is a religious center, with a long history, which is reflected in the architecture and traditions. The surrounding Himalayan mountains help to create a magical atmosphere.
The city is full of wonderful ancient templesand plays an important spiritual role. Archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient civilization, dating back to 185 AD. Discover the tours available to visit Kathmandu
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
The huge 200-meter high rock served as the capital in the 5th century AD. The Royal Palacewas built on it and its sides were decorated with colorful frescoes under King Kasyapa. It was later used as a Buddhist monastery.
Today Sigiriya is protected by UNESCO. The well-preserved site is a wonderful example of ancient cities: some water systems still function today. Sigiriya is one of the most visited sites in Sri Lanka. Discover the available tours to visit Sigiriya
Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Giappone
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This garden is an amazing tunnel, naturally formed by 150 growing wisteria. The 20 species planted determine the different coloration of this wonderful place. The best time of the year to visit is from the end of April to mid-May.
Buy your ticket to visit the Kawachi Wisteria Gardens
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
The world's deepest lake, which reaches 1,642 m (5,387 ft) deep, becomes a beautiful place when it freezes over. Not only is it one of the oldest lakes in the world: it is at least 25 million years old, but it is also known to contain about 20% of the world's unfrozen freshwater.
Lake Baikal is one of the 7 wonders of Russiaand protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Book a tour to visit Lake Baikal
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious complexand the largest Hindu temple in the world is a monumental example of ancient architecture. Undoubtedly one of the jewels of the Asian continent.
The holy city and archaeological region of Angkor was the capital and the cultural, social and political epicenter of the Khmer Empire, one of the most important in the history of Asia. In addition, it was also one of the longest-lived, ruling the region for 6 centuries, from the 9th to the 15th century.
The archaeological complex is composed of about 1000 templesand all but Angkor Wat were abandoned by man for centuries.
The architecture is quite unusual and simply mystifying and makes the temple look like one of the most recognizable structures in the worldand one of the must-see places in Asia. Book a tour to visit the temple of Angkor Wat
The subway river of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines.
Puerto Princesa in the Philippinesis a nature lover's paradise and is home to one of the world's most unique natural phenomena, a protected subway river within a national park.
This natural wonder is the longest navigable subway river in the worldand you can visit it with paddle or boat tours that showcase beautiful rock formations and fluttering bats. Discover the tours available to visit the subway river.
Another must-see country in Southeast Asia is Myanmar, not only for the beauty of its landscapes and temples, but also for the incredible hospitality of its people and its cultural diversity.
One of the main attractions of Myanmar is a city full of templesin the area known as Bagan. In addition to the holy city of Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan has also been the cradle of a Burmese civilization for several centuries.
It is a splendid area of 40 square kilometers where more than 10,000 Buddhist templeswere built between the 11th and 13th centuries, although today "only" 2,200 remain.
This is a real archaeological jewelto visit quietly on one of the comfortable and economical electric bicycles and where you can take spectacular photos. Discover all available tours to visit Bagan
Wat Rong Khun, Thailand
Better known as "the White Temple", it is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple, on the outskirts of the city of Chiang Rai, attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, and is one of the most visited attractions.
Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out for its white colorand the use of pieces of glass in the plaster that make it shine in the sun. The white color indicates the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha and the Dhamma, Buddhist teachings. It is definitely one of the must-see places in Asia. Book a tour to visit Wat Rong Khun
Sabah and Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
Borneo is the third largest island in the world, only behind Greenland and New Guinea, and is divided into three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Despite the uncontrolled advance of the palm oil industry in Borneo, the Malaysian area still has dozens of protected national parkswith thousands of native species.
For nature lovers and photographers it is a must-see place, the animals and vegetation are incredible. In national parks near the city of Kuching, in the state of Sarawak, you can see snub-nosed monkeys, snakes, crocodiles, mangroves and giant trees.
On the other hand, in the state of Sabah there is Mount Kinabalu (the highest in the region with 4095 meters), and one of the most spectacular diving sites in the world: the island of sipadan. There you can see giant turtles, sharks, incredible coral reefs ... Discover all the tours to visit Borneo
The Great Wall, China
With 21,196 kilometers long, the Great Wall of Chinais a symbol not only of the country, but also of the world and there is no traveler who has never dreamed of walking it.
It was built from 200 BC at the behest of Emperor Qín Shi Huáng, the same emperor to whom we owe the so-called Terracotta Army of Xi'an. Some of the most famous and visited features in the world, such as Badaling, are located not far from Beijing.
Instead, we recommend that you enter the Great Wall through one of its less restored sections, such as the Jinshanling or Simataiarea, where hiking is quite difficult but allows you to discover a more authentic China. Discover organized tours to visit the Great Wall of China.
Baia in Halong, Vietnam
Halong Bay, in the northeast of Vietnam, is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia. 1600 islands form a magnificent natural scenery, formed by caves, arches and karst peaks covered with dense forests.
It is not far from the capital Hanoi, and can also be visited during the day. Alternatively, you can participate in a cruise through this karst chain that will allow you to admire its splendor, visit the islets, practice rock climbing and other activities.
Small warning: visibility is reduced during the monsoon months, from June to September and from January to March. In any case, the best option is to opt for a cruise to the outer islandswhere beautiful natural landscapes await you, little explored by tourists.