Asia - gouvontravel

Welcome to Asia!

 

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa.

 

From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Bali

Bali has been stealing the show from the rest of Indonesia for years, and it’s easy to see why. Incredible beaches, lush landscapes, looming mountains and a fascinating culture mean this small volcanic island has no shortage of diversions. Both the perfect honeymoon destination and ripe for adventure, Nusa Dua boasts some of the island’s most luxurious resorts, while chic Seminyak offers boutique shopping and world-class spas. The cultural heart of Bali is located in Ubud, where local artisans can be found sculpting. And if you want to learn to surf, head to Kuta.

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Superior China

Immerse in the rich culture of China by diving head first into the serene and acclaimed tour of the Great wall that is the longest wall ever build with its awe-inspiring historic architecture. Another attraction is to come face to face with soldiers of the past, the Terracotta Army has laid underground for more than 2000 years with a barrage of stunning life-size statues of army soldiers that will spark the flame of any curious cats. Time to capture your hearts and spark your creativity with this captivating view of the Li river said to have inspired numerous artists with it's majestic and jaw-dropping scenery. Travellers head over to the Yellow Mountain in Huangshan for a thrilling sight that will surely be one for the books with its outstanding view of the five wonders: the sun rises, seas of clouds, oddly-shaped rocks, twisted pine trees, and hot springs.

 

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Incredible India

Bask in Dalai Lama's home away from home Dharamsala, reach your inner peace in this tranquil and sacred dwelling. Experience the two-week fall event Pushkar Camel Fair for camel rides, sports events, and even mustache competitions! Art enthusiasts will surely fall in love with the grand architecture of the Ranakpur Temple, one of the best in the world for its beauty and intricate interior design and statues. Beachgoers prepare for a sight to behold in the Varkala beach with its impressive cliffs that are perfect for beachcombing, sunbathing, and swimming in the clear water!

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Innovative Japan

With a reputation for being at the forefront of modern innovation, Japan contrasts its technological achievements with an admirable respect for its cultural heritage to fascinating effect. Futuristic bullet trains make Japan an easy country to travel in, meaning it’s the perfect country to tour. Experience the electric whirlwind that is Tokyo, conquer the stunning Mount Fuji, taste the world’s finest sushi and appreciate a nation’s love for tradition as the charms of Japan unfold before you.

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Secret Singapore

The buzz of multicultural Singapore will stay with you, long after you leave. It’s a thriving metropolis, where global finance gurus come to chat business, but also where a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences join together. The ‘Lion City’ does futuristic well, but diverse even better. You’ll find it in the green Gardens by the Bay, in the temples and food outlets of Chinatown, and in the 19th century markets. Its humid climate also offers an opportunity to soak up that warmth you’ve been craving – sip Singapore Slings in the sunshine, shop along Orchard Road amid a tropical downpour, soak up the air-con in one of the luxury resorts, or head to Sentosa for some family time; we’re talking beaches and theme parks aplenty.

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Exotic Thailand

A gorgeous trip for every beach goer out there is Railay beach, located in the province of Krabi. The cream of the crop of Thailand's famous beaches to visit, Railay delivers white sand beaches, clear as day water, and an out of this world experience to paradise. Indulgence seekers know to head over to Bangkok and immerse in the royal experience that entails visiting the Grand Palace with its superb craftsmanship and catch a glimpse of the rich historical significance in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaeo. For the satisfaction of the foodies out there, is the Chiang Mai's Sunday Night Walking Street for cheap and delicious food that represent traditional Thailand that proves that there is nothing better than having an adventure while experiencing good wholesome food.

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Exclusive Hong Kong

Glide through the sea with Star Ferry, the cheapest way to travel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai. Get the bird's eye view with Sky 100, observe the city of Hong Kong from an unobscured 360-degree view. Time for the daily dose of starstruck with Avenue of Stars that pays tribute to Hong Kong's cinematic history and brightest stars. Looking to experience the nightlife? Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong's ground zero for party goers with over 90 restaurants and bars in the neighborhood that you just can't go wrong.

 

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More on Beautiful Asia!

 

Ancient Civilisations

This continent has contributed a cast of villains and heroes to global history. Most of the significant achievements of the modern world had their infancy in Asia. Historic trading routes sliced across epic terrain as expanding empires competed to trade goods and ideas throughout the continent and beyond. Asia’s ambitious civilisations ultimately gave rise to some of the world’s most revolutionary ideas and important technology. Ancient wonders and sacred spaces abound across the continent, from the Great Wall of China and the temples of Angkor to lesser-known marvels in Myanmar, Nepal and Afghanistan.

 

Vast Landscapes

From sublime coastlines to snow-capped mountains, the majestic Mekong River to wildlife infested jungle, Asian landscapes hold an immediacy and vibrancy that captivates and enchants. Immense expanses of desert flow down from inhospitable mountains, which in turn give way to seemingly impenetrable forests. In a land where tigers still roam free (though far from noisy tourists) nature continues to be the driving force in many peoples’ lives. Virtually every climate on the globe is represented here; take a trek over the Gobi’s arching dunes or sun yourself on the sand-fringed tropical islands of the South China Sea.

 

Food to Live By

Is there any greater place to eat than Asia? The continent has exported its cuisines the world over: India’s red hot curries, China’s juicy dumplings, Vietnam’s steaming bowls of pho soup and Thailand’s heaping plates of pàt tai (pad Thai) noodles are known and loved across the globe. Eating here can be both a joyous and chaotic affair: forks are forsaken in favour of fingers or chopsticks and food is enjoyed with unrivalled gusto. Whether settling down for a Michelin-starred meal in one of Singapore’s finest restaurants or pulling up a plastic stool on a Bangkok street, hungry travellers will never be bored by the diversity of Asia’s cuisines.

 

Glimpse of the Future

Gleaming skyscrapers, whooshing magnetic trains, shiny smartphones: in Asia, the future is now. China is charging its way into the 21st century with its economy developing at a head-spinning pace, while South Korea boasts some of the fastest internet speeds in the world and India is a hub of growing technology. A frenetic buzz surrounds urban Asia: the fashion, culture and business in the continent’s metropolises easily challenge the biggest European and American cities for their status as global hubs. This ever-evolving modernity can make for some incredibly special travel experiences: watch rice paddies flash by from a high-speed train, pick up a shiny new laptop in a Hong Kong electronics market or go to a robot cabaret show in Japan.

 

Source: Lonely Planet

 

 

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