7/11/16

20 Fascinating Places in Asia you Must Visit Once in your Life

Source(s): penpaland.com
                 buzzle.com
There are innumerable places to visit in the largest continent Asia. Actually, every country, state, or city has its own beauty and culture. In this Buzzle article, we have enlisted 20 places in Asia that are a must-see.

Awesome Asia!
  • Asia has both the highest and the lowest points on earth; namely, Mount Everest (8,848 m) and the Dead Sea (-395 m).
  • 9 out of 10 of the world's tallest buildings are in Asia. Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the first and Shanghai Tower is the second.

Asia being the largest and the most populous continent, has many hidden treasures of beauty. It covers almost 30% of the earth's land area and also has the largest coastline of 62,800 km. Because of such a huge area, it has diverse climates. It has everything from forests, and high mountain ranges like the Himalayas, to arid deserts and beautiful beaches. The exquisite flora and fauna found in this continent, are an addition to its natural beauty.

If you're thinking of places to visit in Asia, you have come to the right place. We have compiled some of the most fascinating places in Asia that are worth visiting at least once in life.

Places to Visit in Asia

Tiger's Nest Temple, Bhutan

tigers nest in Bhutan, Asia

This monastery is also known as Paro Taktsang. It is located on a cliff of the Paro valley in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) came here on a flying tigress and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, which gives it the name. In the 8th century, the Guru meditated here for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. This sacred temple is located on 3,000 ft above the Paro valley so we can surely imagine the scenes. The slopes are very steep but all is worth the effort.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

siem reap in Cambodia Asia

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in Cambodia. It is a beautiful place with many different attractions. The Angkor Wat temple is the most popular attraction there. Apart from that, there are many museums, the Old Market, handicraft shops, silk farms, rice paddies, and plenty of options for you to soak in the Cambodian culture. Just roam around the town and enjoy whatever interests you. There are many attractions around the town too.

Danxia Landform, China

danxia in China Asia

These unique and colorful landforms are seen in southwest, southeast, and northwest China. These have this beautiful red color and steep cliffs. The red color is because of the red-colored sandstones and the other colors are because of the deposition of different minerals. The steep cliffs are a result of weathering and erosion, over years. A total area of 6 landforms in south China was regarded as a World Heritage Site in 2010. These beautiful formations are a must-see, just imagine the color blending with the sunset, and you'll know what beauty is!

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

ha long bay in Vietnam Asia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Vietnam. This bay is home to almost 2,000 islets (small islands), which cover an area of almost 1,553 km2. The beauty lies in the limestone islands, 14 endemic floral species, and 60 endemic fauna species. Experience the magic of this place with the localities living on houseboats. Also, there are various caves ready to be explored! Great views and the weather makes it a dream place for any traveler.

Rainbow village, Taiwan

rainbow village in Taiwan Asia

This place in Taichung, Taiwan is like a kid's drawing board. It's filled with bright color paintings done by an old man named Huang Yung-Fu, often called "Grandpa Rainbow". Maybe he thought that the village lacked color, so he started painting and he has been successful in painting the whole village by himself. This is a must-see because this is like a dream which you surely want to be in! No words can describe the colorful ambiance. Go check it for yourself!

Taj Mahal, India

taj mahal in India Asia

Taj Mahal is a white marble mosque located on the Yamuna river bank in the city of Agra, India. This is considered as an exquisite piece of art, which was made by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was built in the years 1632 to 1653. This beautiful symbol of love is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Also, it has beautiful gardens around, which add to the beauty.

Great Wall of China

great wall of China Asia

The Great Wall of China is a wall made of stone and other materials, that stretches from east to west across the northern borders of China. It was built to protect the empires from raids of some nomadic groups. It is the largest wall in the world, but unfortunately many parts are damaged and are not accessible currently. Go there and get fascinated by the huge area and the beauty that it has preserved.

Yolyn Am, Mongolia

yolyn am Mongolia Asia

Yolyn Am is a deep and narrow gorge, which is a part of the famous Gobi desert. It is situated in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains and is also known as the Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles. This gorge is known for its thick ice field. In the olden days, this ice used to be there for the whole year but now it is seen disappearing after September. It is like a small oasis area in the desert.

Bali, Indonesia

bali in Indonesia

Bali is the perfect meaning of the words "Tropical Paradise". It is a beautiful island and province of Indonesia, known as a perfect tourist destination. The place is famous for its beautiful beaches, the temples, the caves, and the culture. It has a great climate which helps you enjoy the vacation to the fullest. Go there, rest, take a walk through their culture, and refresh yourself!

Daehan Dawon, South Korea

daehan dawon tea plantation

Daehan Dawon is the largest and the most famous green tea plantation in Boseong, South Korea. It is a tourist attraction where you can take walks through the plantation and there are some cider and bamboo forests too. If you love hiking, you can climb up. These slopes are said to be quite steep but the view is worth all the effort. Try the green tea ice cream to beat the heat of the day!

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

mekong delta in Vietnam Asia

The Mekong river in Vietnam is the most productive region, and plays an important role in fishing, agriculture, and even for selling the crops in the region. This beautiful river is used to travel along and sell the crops produced. You can take a boat ride and enjoy the great weather and scenes. You can even get down at any point to get fascinated by the temples.

Phewa lake, Nepal

Fewa lake in nepal

Phewa or Fewa lake is the second-largest lake in Nepal and is a freshwater lake. It is a must-see because of its serene location. It is only 28 km away from the famous Annapurna range. Also, you can take a floating ride while enjoying the reflections of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. The lake also has an island with the Taal Barahi Temple, which is an important religious monument. You can also visit Baidam, from where you can visit the touristic city of Pokhara.

Banaue, Philippines

banaue rice plantations in Philippines

Banaue is a small town in Philippines which is famous for huge areas of rice terraces. These are said to be 2,000-year old and are thought to have been made by hand by the ancestors. These terraces are at almost 5000 ft above the sea level and are till date used for cultivating rice and vegetables. There's nothing much you can do other than sight seeing, but that itself is enough! You just have to go there and stand in awe of the beauty of the place.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

shwedagon pagoda in myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 325 ft tall pagoda on the Singuttara hill, in Myanmar. The amazing thing is that it is fully covered with gold plates and varied gems, which reflect the rays, making it even more beautiful. It is said that it is 2,600 years old (still debating on the date) which makes it the oldest pagoda. All these factors make it a must-see!

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

sagano bamboo forest in Japan

This bamboo forest is located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. The tall trees sway in the wind and the sunrays pass through all of them, which will give you scenes you can never forget. It is one of the great woodlands. The entry to the park is totally free, which invites crowds. So, try to avoid going on weekends and go there early in the morning or late evening to enjoy some alone time. Plus, you can also visit Tenryu-ji Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some Other Places You Can Visit


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  • Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
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  • Sigiriya (Lion Rock), Sri Lanka
  • detian waterfalls in China
  • Ban Gioc - Detian Falls, China
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Still Some More...
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos
  • Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan
  • The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea
  • Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Mongolia
Travel as much as you can because this world is never going to stop surprising you! Explore the world and live your life to the fullest!

7/2/16

10 Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland

 Source(s): penpaland.com
                   buzzle.com
Switzerland, the country that boasts of unparalleled natural beauty, is one of the primary tourist destinations in the world. Here's a list of the 10 most beautiful places to visit in the William Tell country.
It's tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland.
― Michele Bachmann
The birthplace of winter tourism, Switzerland seems to be an extremely harmonious blend of almost hallucinatory landscapes, alpine traditions, and urban glamor and glitz. As a picturesque region that has been graciously blessed by Mother Nature, Switzerland, a small landlocked country in Europe, is on the wish list of each and every travel enthusiast. And why not? It offers countless options to see and do for all kinds of tourists. For sightseers, the country is nothing less than paradise. For adrenaline junkies, it is an adventure hub, for photographers, there can be no better place on the planet, and for the chocolate lovers, it is the sweetest vacation destination in the world.
10 Most Beautiful Swiss Places to Visit
Alpine forests, stunning lakes, green pastures, bold architecture, and world-class modern art, Switzerland boasts of all these and more. The country is absolutely unsurpassed in terms of beauty. This Buzzle article brings to you a list of ten most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland that will help you plan your Swiss itinerary.
Appenzell
Appenzell
An absolute feast, both for the eyes as well stomach, the canton of Appenzell in Northeastern Switzerland is a perfect place to be for nature lovers as well as foodies. One of the most 'picture perfect' rural landscapes in Switzerland, Appenzell is surrounded by the Prealps, which also makes it a haven for hikers. There are numerous hiking trails in the region; however, those who are not much into the activity can take cable cars to the summits of some of the major mountains. What you cannot but ignore are the traditional buildings with pastel-colored façades, many of which house cafés, bakeries, cheese shops, and fabulous restaurants that offer the various mouth-watering local delicacies.
Don't Miss: Appenzell is famous for its cheese. Visit one of the local cheese factories (there are also guided tours available), and watch the cheese being made.
Ticino
Ticino
A purely Italian experience in the Swiss country―that's what the southernmost canton of Switzerland, Ticino has to offer. It's a strange mix, a blend of Italian passion and Swiss cool. The canton boasts of most things Italian―Italian weather, Italian food and drink, Italian language, Italian architecture, and even Italian style. However, before you are too overwhelmed by the "Italianness" of the place, let us tell you that this is that Switzerland, which Heidi never made a mention of. Beautiful lakes with crystal clear waters, scattered valley hamlets, and imposing mountains―it is a perfect place for those wishing to experience the rural quiet.

Don't Miss: Bellinzona, the capital of the canton is an awe-inspiring fortress town of the Middle Ages. Visit the three castles and old market in the town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lucerne
Lucerne
Located right in the heartland of Switzerland is Lucerne, a small city, unsurpassed in terms of beauty and lore. The nostalgic yet highbrow city came to the forefront after, in the 19th century, influential people like Queen Victoria and Goethe spoke flatteringly about her. Lined by majestic mountains and embellished by Lake Lucerne, the city is a perfect destination for paragliding enthusiasts.
Visitors are sure to be delighted by the very look of the city―roofed bridges, waterfront promenades, and astonishing candy-colored houses, all make it a must-visit destination. Plus, it has had a reputation of producing some really melodious music for a long time. But, do not get too tempted by the numerous cramped-up shops, which Mark Twain described as "gimcrackery of the souvenir sort."

Don't Miss: If you wish to embark on excursions to the famous sites of Mount Rigi and the Rütli Meadow, Lucerne is the place to start.
Interlaken
Interlaken
Located amidst a perfect setting of two alpine lakes―Thun and Brienz―Interlaken has been rightly called the 'adventure capital of Switzerland.' The scenic city that made mountain vistas stand in tandem with the confined spaces of grand hotels in the Victorian era has today become a haven for adrenaline junkies.
And, when it comes to adventure sports, sky is the limit―paragliding, hang gliding, bungee jumping, canyoning, river rafting, rock climbing, sailing, mountain biking, skydiving, skiing, snowboarding, sledging, night sledding, ice skating―just name it and you have it. Plus, it is a terrific base to explore Central Switzerland, a.k.a. Bernese Oberland.

Don't Miss: Take a ride in one of the mountain railways to view the extremely enchanting alpine scenery of Switzerland. A round-trip ticket will often include, apart from the ride, a drink at one of the mountain restaurants.
Zermatt
Zermatt
One of the most famous holiday destinations in the country, Zermatt is Switzerland's car-free village, located in the canton of Valais. Famous for its spellbinding natural beauty, the region boasts of featuring one of the finest examples of topographic perfection―the Matterhorn, a mighty monolith that rises above the village like a shark's fin. One of the most publicized hiking, skiing, and mountaineering resorts of Switzerland, Zermatt and its breathtaking views attract thousands of tourists each year.
Don't Miss: Zermatt's ski region, known as the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, is the largest and the highest summer skiing region in the whole of Europe. It is open 300 days a year, and also features the highest altitude mountain railway station in Europe.
Geneva
Geneva
Switzerland's second most populous city and the third largest, Geneva is also one of Europe's most expensive cities. Perfectly cosmopolitan in nature, Geneva's people are found chatting in every possible language there might be, and also feasting on an incredible choice of international cuisine. Located around the shores of the largest Alpine lake of Europe―Lake Geneva―the city is a melting pot of international politics. In fact, there is a whole world of international governmental and non-governmental organizations out there. From the United Nations to the International Red Cross to the World Health Organization, the city has it all. And for the tourists, it is a city with attitude. Alongside the picturesque lakeside and the skiing and sailing activities that the city offers, tourists also get a glimpse of what an ultra-elite lifestyle is all about.
Don't Miss: While Lake Geneva is the unmistakable highlight of the city, you can never miss the stunning Jet d'Eau, one of the largest fountains in the world, located at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River. Visible from anywhere throughout the city, it is Geneva's most famous landmark.
St. Moritz
St. Moritz
Located in the Upper Engadin valley in Switzerland's Graubünden canton, St. Moritz boasts of being the cradle of Alpine tourism. This winter resort has been attracting the rich and the famous since the mid-19th century with its extremely placid aquamarine lake, imposing mountains, and still forests. One of the best known vacation spots in Europe, St. Moritz is famous for adventure sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating (which also happens in summer in the specially made artificial ice rink), hiking, and mountain biking. Moreover, it is also a haven for shopaholics―some of the most high-end designer boutiques are located in St. Moritz, which are often frequented by celebs.
Don't Miss: Amongst all the attractions that you may see in St. Moritz, do not forget to visit the Heidi Hut. It is where the movie (Heidi) was filmed in Engadin, and today, it is the most famous sightseeing attraction in the area.
Basel
Basel
One of the most underrated tourist destinations in Switzerland, Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city, located right at the point where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet. In fact, Basel also has its suburbs in France and Germany. The city boasts of world-class art museums, Romanesque, Renaissance, and contemporary architecture, and a vibrant carnival that it hosts each year. The city is also home to numerous art fairs and markets.
Don't Miss: The city encompasses two different worlds into one. River Rhine meanders through the city and divides it into Grossbasel (Greater Basel) and Kleinbasel (Little Basel), the former featuring a vibrant art market and other daytime attractions, while the latter featuring an extraordinary nightlife.
Bern
Bern
Cobbled streets, frolicking fountains, imposing clock towers, captivating hills, crammed red-roofed houses, and over 500 long years of history characterize Bern, the capital of Switzerland. However, that's not all. The most recognizable feature of Bern is its location along the meander of the fast-flowing Aare River, which has given it the image of a perfect picture postcard Old Town. Bern boasts of several museums and plenty of public art, numerous parks, an ice hockey stadium (second largest in Europe), and an excellent night life, alongside numerous high-end restaurants and bars.
Don't Miss: If you love going to pubs, you can join one of the free pub crawls, which are organized on every first Friday of the month. You will get to visit various high-end bars around the city, and also get a glimpse of the local lifestyle.
Zürich
Zürich
Once reputed as the boring banking capital of Switzerland, meant only for the business-minded, Zürich has now come a long way. It is grown to become one of the trendiest cities in the country, but is still far off from all the hustle and bustle that characterizes big and important cities. Home to the fourth largest stock exchange in the world, it is also a city of elite, classy, fashion-conscious people. The city also hosts the biggest open-air street party, the Street Parade, in the whole of Europe. This is held every year on the second Saturday of August.
Don't Miss: A 45-minute train ride from Zürich Airport will take you to the site of the largest plain waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls. Make sure that you don't miss this intriguing sight.
Most people visit Switzerland for its blissful scenery; however, the country has much more to offer. The splendors of Switzerland never seem to cease, but to experience them, one needs to leave aside the tourist brochures and venture deep into the very heart of the sublime country.