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Travel: Top 10 Places to See in Asia

Asia’s Top Travel Destinations

Asia may not be the first place we think of when planning a vacation. However, it has many unique and wonderful places to visit. Many different places to go and things to do make Asia a great travel destination. Just check the weatherman before visiting. And if you go to a beach resort and you see the ocean recede really fast, RUN!

1. Silk Road, China - The Silk Road east of Kashgar splits into two distinct roads in the face of the huge Taklamakan Desert. The northern thread follows the course of the modern road and railway to Kuqa and Turpan. The southern road goes through a more remote course between desert sands and the huge Pamir and Kunlun ranges. The ancient route is marked by a band of ghost towns deserted by retreating rivers and encroaching sands. Some cities, like Niya, Miran and Yotkan, remain covered by sand; others, like Yarkand and Hotan, remain important Uighur centers.While there are no spectacular sights, the journey takes you about as far into Uighur heartland as you can get. It’s possible to visit the southern towns as a multiday trip from Kashgar before crossing the Taklamakan Desert to Urumqi or as part of a rugged backdoor route into Tibet or Qinghai.

2. Togean Islands, Indonesia - “Adventure looms large in this vast and steamy archipelago, where the best of Southeast Asia’s spicy melange simmers tantalisingly. Heady scents, vivid colours, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures spin and multiply to the point of exhaustion, their potent brew leaving your senses reeling.” According to lonelyplanet.com. They also add, “Indonesia’s cities are in a constant state of urban evolution, where dense populations, technology and construction live in hectic symbiosis. But most of the archipelago’s territory remains unexplored, concealing a wealth of cultures and a myriad of landscapes. Oceanic rice fields and ancient sultanates in Java are humbled by haunting volcanic cones. Maluku’s alabaster beaches and desert islands remain pristine while the tourist trail heads elsewhere. The jungles of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua are zoological wonders, revealing impish monkeys, stoic sun bears, leopards, orang-utans and remarkable marsupials.”

3. Jaisalmer, India - ‘Jaisalmer is a giant sandcastle with a town attached’ says lonelyplanet. The fort is the main tourist attraction there. However it is in trouble. Monsoons, poor drainage and overcrowding have been blamed for the fort sinking into the Trikuta Hill. Still though it is an attractive trade route town.

4. Luang Prabang, Laos - This is the place to go if you want to relax and get away from it all. No buses or trucks allowed. Most people get around on foot or by scooter. At 11:30 they roll up the sidewalks. But by day, it is a picturesque place with the colorful foliage. Open since 1989 to tourism, this is a fairly new and unique place to visit.

5. Halong Bay, Vietnam - When you think Vietnam, you think of that awful war and the horrible outcome. But Vietnam has it’s spots where you can see some of the most beautiful country God has created. One such place is Halong Bay. In 1994 it was designated a World Heri­tage site. “Visitors can’t help but compare the magical, mystical landscape of limestone islets to Guilin in China and Krabi in southern Thailand, but in reality Halong Bay is more spectacular. These tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with birdsong.” Says lonelyplanet.com

So when considering your next vacation destination, you may want to think about Asia. In this day and age we live, you might as well learn as much about the people who are about to take over our country as you can ahead of time!

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