With the current COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the itch to travel is greater than ever and as we wait to find out when travel restrictions will finally lift, we can only read about the places that we dream about.
From world-famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, and Taipei 101, to historical & religious sites such as the Pink Mosque in Malaysia, Ruins of St. Paul’s, and beautiful natural wonders of Asia such as the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines, Kayangan Lake in Thailand, and Halong Bay in Vietnam, Asia offers a wealth of natural landscapes that are going to leave you speechless.
So, join us as we explore some of Asia’s most breathtaking locations, and hopefully, once we can finally hop on a flight again, these places will be on your must-visit list!
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Hunan Province)
The country’s first national forest park, 26,000ha in area, presents more than 3,000 narrow sandstone spires formed by ice expansion and water erosion, many over 200m high, and a dazzling array of caves, natural bridges, pools, streams, and waterfalls. It was declared as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1992.
Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province)
Located in northeastern Vietnam, this natural wonder covers an area of over 1,550km2 and comprises some 1,600 towering limestone islands and tiny islets in emerald waters. The two bigger islands are Tuan Chau and Cat Ba. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Yakushima (Kagoshima Prefecture)
Situated at the southern coast of Kyushu, this subtropical island, about 505km2 in area, is home to an extensive cedar forest and some of Japan’s oldest living trees (over 7,000 years old), as well as nearly 2,000m-high mountains. It was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 1993.
BANGLADESH & INDIA
Reserve Forest The largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world, covering an area of 10,000km2, lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. The natural wonder has a complex network of tidal waterways and mudflats, and a wide range of fauna, including several endangered species.