East Asia has long been something of a mecca for western travellers and it’s not difficult to see why, the complete shift in cultural attitudes, the beauty of it’s landscapes and the richness of it’s architecture attracts millions of people a year to it’s most favoured destinations. If you are planning a trip to any part of this part of the World then here are 5 destinations to get you started.
With it’s growing economy and deep cultural heritage as one of the most forward thinking countries on Earth, China is a perfect place to experience both the old and the new. Visit the famous Great Wall, enter into the Forbidden City and go and see the incredible Terracotta Army, there is so much to see in this vast nation that you will need to plan meticulously to cram it into your stay. Aside from the headline acts, China has a whole array of temples, gardens, bustling cities and museums to capture your imagination, it is sure to be a trip like no other.
Vietnam is truly an incredible trip, it is filled with rich history, both modern and ancient which is displayed in it’s architecture and it’s museums. The beaches in Vietnam are beautiful and the cities are bustling. If you plan a holiday to Vietnam then Hanoi, the capital, is a must, it is filled with lakes, mausoleums, temples and markets and the city moves at breakneck speed. Have your eyes opened touring the war tunnels that the Vietcong used during their conflict with the US or relax on a Buddhist pagoda, Vietnam truly offers experiences like few other places.
The capital of Thailand is a vibrant metropolis that is full of life and energy, Bangkok is a modern city that really offers everything that a traveller could wish for. If you like history then you can visit any number of temples or National Museums, if you like metropolitan life then Bangkok has an incredible array of markets and shopping centres or if it’s fun your after then don’t worry as Bangkok’s nightlife is vibrant and relentless. Bangkok is also a great stop over location en route to other Asian countries or even Australia if that’s where you are headed, either way you must take some time to see Bangkok.
Japan is truly an incredible country, at the forefront of technology for generations, one of the healthiest nations on Earth and the Japanese are some of the nicest people you’re ever likely to come across. The difficulty with Japan is where to stay, on the one hand you have the vibrant city of Tokyo, full of energy and colour, and on the other you have places such as Okinawa, Kyoto and Osaka. Hiroshima is worth visiting for it’s historical value, Okinawa houses the healthiest people on Earth and Kyoto offers beautiful landscapes and rich cultural history. I would advise you to allow as much time as possible in Japan and try to see as much as you can.
The Philippines consists of hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers an alternative experience from it’s far eastern counterparts. The Philippines has an incredibly rich natural landscape of mountains and volcanos, it has sun kissed coasts and beautiful beaches as well as a population with both Asian and Latino heritage. Manila, it’s capital, sits on the waterfront and offers a bustling and lively city with plenty to do and lots of things to discover. Around the coastline scuba diving and water activities are extremely popular and there are countless mountain treks and park walks to keep you entertained. If you’re looking for something a little different, then the Philippines is the place for you.