Asia has some of the most popular tourist destinations. In fact, Asia’s travel and tourism market will reach $237.10 billion this year due to the sheer volume of tourists it attracts. Many travelers favor exploring this continent because it offers some of the best natural views and eco-friendly experiences.
This includes natural attractions like islands, mountains, hills, and rivers. So, if you’re looking to get in touch with nature, here are the top destinations in Asia to start with:
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Bohol is an island province in the Philippines’ Central Visayas region. It’s a famous destination for locals and international travelers because of its great natural spots.
A few fun things to do in Bohol include taking a day tour of the Chocolate Hills and island-hopping from Panglao Island. The Chocolate Hills consists of over 1,260 cone-shaped hills, so a day tour lets you see every hill in full splendor. These tours also usually consist of eating at local restaurants, taking pictures, and visiting the viewing deck to see all the hills. Meanwhile, island-hopping in Panglao and its neighboring islands gets you up close and personal with the sea. Go snorkeling and have a boodle fight (eating with bare hands) to get the whole Philippine experience. Just don't forget to wear sunscreen because Bohol is hot all year round, and bring cash for destination entrance fees.
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Alleppey is a city in India’s Kerala state. It’s known as the “Venice of the East” because of its beautiful backwaters. Alleppey also offers scenic beaches, picturesque canals, and blue lagoons.
Some must-try activities in Alleppey are riding the houseboats and visiting the spice plantation. Houseboats are “living boats.” They’re redesigned to resemble a hotel room, giving you a feeling of luxury while you cruise through Alleppey’s beautiful backwaters and appreciate its surrounding forests. On the other hand, spice plantations are great for open-air walks and spice-tasting, all while taking in the aromatic breeze. The best time to visit Alleppey is from March to May, when the weather is dry and comfortable for outdoor activities.
Si Phan Don, Laos
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The words ‘Si Phan Don’ translate to ‘four thousand islands.’ It is an archipelago along the Mekong River in the Champasak Province of Laos, a unique destination that gives a feeling of island life in this landlocked country.
Among the most popular attractions in Si Phan Don are dolphin watching and dining in a floating restaurant. It surprises many, but it is home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Seeing these rare marine species allows you to appreciate nature better. Dining in a floating restaurant will make you feel one with the islands, too. After all, it's a unique way to eat and enjoy the river views compared to dining at a traditional restaurant. Remember to wear breathable clothing and bring slippers, as you can expect to sweat and get wet while exploring these islands.
Macleod Island, Myanmar
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Macleod Island is in the southern tail of Myanmar. The island only has one resort so that you can enjoy its clear blue waters and lush forests in tranquility.
Activities you shouldn’t pass up are diving and mountain trekking. Take advantage of the clear waters by diving and seeing marine life up close. Mountain trekking lets you explore rainforest trails and view various plants while a gorgeous view of the island waits for you at the end. These activities quite literally immerse you in nature for the best experience. January and February are the optimal time to visit Macleod Island since this is when its weather is dry yet comfortable.
Asia is a great travel destination because of its natural spots. Visit these places to get in touch with nature while getting spectacular views!
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By Annica Jane