For those that are perhaps a bit bored with the regular vacation destinations, Asia is your go to. It offers a wealth of idyllic, and unique, vacation spots. There are many locations with beautiful beaches, remote islands with tropical palms.
Unexpectedly, there are a lot of fascinating centers of cultural and historical significance. Travellers can reach any of these five underestimated tourist destinations in Asia with excellent cheap air flights.
Japanese tourists taking a home vacation love the ‘Island of Little Beans’. However, this land of hot springs, lush olive groves and wild monkeys is still a well-kept secret when it comes to foreign tourists. The second-largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima (pictured above) enjoys a Mediterranean climate. As result citrus groves are a feature here. Hikers readily take the trails across the rocks. They enjoy the scenic views from the cliffs or those across the Kanka Valley. The island’s many hot springs provide a welcome respite for those tired feet. Especially after a long day of walking and sightseeing.
The home of the Balinese royal family, Ubud is a relatively small town. With an impressive number of galleries, museums and a lively art scene, Ubud is such a delight. For example, visitors can try the craft of a silversmith at Chez Monique. They can take home some personalized jewelry they have created. For a wildlife treat, the lush greenery of the Monkey Forest must be seen. It is home to a lively bunch of monkeys that are fun to watch. They will swoop down to steal food or anything that looks like it could be food, so beware!
In South Goa, there’s the surprisingly quiet and beautiful Agonda Beach. It has smooth, soft sand, stunning sunsets and charming beach huts where visitors can stay. Sea turtles nest at the beach. And there are lifeguards on patrol to ensure that it is safe for children. Definitely, Goa is a destination for those seeking peace and quiet. It is never crowded, the locals are very friendly. There are enough shops and good restaurants to make going about interesting. Hire a scooter to make the most of the visits to the other beaches and the local towns.
The Tang Palace walls and those of the Ming dynasty are clues to the glorious past of Xi’an. One of the oldest cities in China, which has many ancient tombs and ruins. Outside the city, at 25 miles to the east, the 7,000 statues of the Terracotta Army can be found. This represents one of the most significant archaeological finds in the world. The life-size warriors, their horses and chariots, depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. And they date from 210 BCE. Xi’an city has many important historical sites, including pagodas, royal mausoleums and towers. While outside the city walls, the southern area offers shopping, bars and some nightlife.
Penang Island, Malaysia
The “food paradise” of Malaysia, Penang’s rich multicultural history makes it a divine place to enjoy an extensive range of cuisines. It boasts of a splendid mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay foods. These are allegedly some of the best cuisine in Southeast Asia. Gurney Drive in Georgetown, Penang’s capital, is a coastal promenade with restaurants and bars. Alongside the huge variety of carts serving some of the best street food available. There are also upscale eateries and some Western chain restaurants.
Take a break from all that eating and enjoy a trip to the Penang National Park – Malaysia’s newest park. See nesting sea turtles in the turtle sanctuary. Also, explore the trails across the pristine beaches or above the jungle canopy from the elevated walkway.