Most of us travel to escape from our tedious daily routine. But if you go to similar places every time you travel, your regular escapade becomes monotonous and you go back to your cubicle feeling dissatisfied with the break. To pep up your travel moments, you need to spice it with an adventurous twist. Here are my Top 10 Asian Destinations for Mild Adventures, which you might want to visit this year:
Mandalay is the second largest city and the commercial center in north Myanmar. It is the last royal capital of Burma and remained to be the center of Burmese culture. Amidst the growing number of modern establishments and increasing vehicular traffic, there are numerous well-preserved pagodas and old monasteries.
The South Korean capital is one of the most admired cities in the world. And it is more than just a modern metropolis; Seoul has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Baler is the capital of the province of Aurora. This municipality in Central Luzon is located 230 kilometers northeast of Manila, about 5 to 6 hours bus ride away. Its shore faces the Philippine Sea and is one of the top surf spots in the country.
Vang Vieng is popular among travelers as a party capital of Laos. This river town is so alive with numerous guesthouses, restaurants and bars lined next to each other in a single neighborhood. Most backpackers come here to join the pub crawl at night and be charmed by the picturesque view of the Nam Song River with the karst mountain in the background during the day.
6. LEH, INDIA
Leh is the capital of Ladakh Region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This Indian dessert town has a fantastic landscape of brown rocky hills bestrewed with Tibetan traditional brick houses down the slopes and a dale enliven by a myriad of shops, restaurants, guesthouses and other establishments.
Dambulla, a town in the central part of Sri Lanka, is a convenient stopover destination for tourists visiting the famous ancient rock fortress, Sigiriya. It also has its own UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, the Golden Temple of Dambulla which is the largest cave temple complex in the country.
Mondulkiri is the largest province in the country and most of its land area remains uninhabited. It is home of Cambodia’s indigenous people making it the perfect place to visit and see traditional villages and wildlife sanctuaries.
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah, Malaysia located in northwestern Borneo. It is the travelers’ gateway to most parts of East Malaysia and Borneo. It is now blossoming into a sophisticated city but still has its well-preserved natural features to charm visitors.
Phokara is the second largest city in Nepal and the mecca of trekkers due to its proximity to the Annapurna Range. It offers variety of attractions, such as: (1) The world peace pagoda on top of Ananda hill (2) The placid Phewa Lake and (3) Sarangkot viewpoint where the snowcaps can be best viewed while they gradually change color from gray to gold to shiny white as the sun rises.
Lombok is a less popular Indonesian island off the east coast of Bali. It offers many white sand beaches some of those are still untouristed. There are likewise a number of ignored natural parks, surfing and scuba diving locations.
How many of these places have you been to already? Do you have moderate or extreme adventure to share? Tell us in the comment section below.