Asia is arguably one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. Blessed with the grandest mountains, longest rivers, and amazing beaches, it is an ideal place to get away from the stress and chaos of a city life.
Here is our list of the top 7 destinations in Asia to detox and rejuvenate.
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Famously known as the resort town of Sri Lanka, Bentota is a luxurious paradise. It’s only a 90-minute drive away from the Colombo airport. Start your holiday by taking a dip in the azure blue waters of Bentota Beach. Adventure seekers can have a go at water skiing and windsurfing in the River Bentara. The resort town is also home to quite a few sea turtle conservation associations. After a tiring day of sightseeing, head towards Lunuganga and Brief Garden to unwind. You can also sign up for a nature, cultural and wildlife tour.
GoFro Tip: We recommend heading to the Bentota Ayurveda Center for a deeply relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is a place where the modern and ancient world blends beautifully. There are world-class hotels, modern restaurants, spas, and other tourist attractions. However, what attracts thousands of tourists to Siem Reap is the 12th century temple complex, Angkor Wat. The stunning temple ruins from the era of the Khmer Empire are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are regarded as a significant archaeological site in South-East Asia. Ta Phrom, Pre Rup, and Prasat Kravan are the three temples in Angkor that you must visit.
GoFro Tip: Make sure to check out the Khmer classical Apsara dance performance when in Siem Reap.
For a trip of a lifetime visit this ancient temple town of Myanmar. Less than 20 minutes away from the Nyaung U Airport, Bagan is dotted with thousands of Buddhist temples. They were painstakingly built between 1057 and 1287 by the kings of the ancient city. A highly recommended unique travel experience is ‘Balloons over Bagan’, a hot air balloon ride over the historic temples.
GoFro Tip: Try planning your day such that you get to see a few sunrises and sunsets at the temples; they are a remarkable sight.
If you always wanted to see a picture-perfect place in real life, then travel to Palawan, Philippines. With pristine blue waters, peaceful forests and emerald green mountains, the island was awarded the ‘Best Island in the World’ title by Conde Nast Traveler. Besides soaking up the beauty of nature, you can visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, devour the freshest seafood, hike at Ugong Rock, and visit the Underground River.
GoFro Tip: Go for scuba diving at Coron Bay to see some barracuda-filled shipwrecks.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is cleaner, cooler, and quieter than some of the other popular cities in Thailand. You can spend your days leisurely exploring the temples, local markets, galleries, and nature parks in northern Thailand’s largest city. Some of the unique travels experiences that you can enjoy are volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park, climbing up 304 steps to reach Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, shopping at the night bazaars, and visiting the Tribal Museum.
GoFro Tip: Head to the Bua Thong Waterfalls and climb up the falling water! The waterfall creates a sticky limestone lining on the rock which lets you scamper up with some ease.
Paro Valley, Bhutan
Paro is a valley town in the magical land of Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest Trek to Taktsang Palphug Monastery ranks high on every traveller’s list. Drive to the Chele La Pass that promises breath-taking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Add Rinpung Dzong, National Museum, Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lakhang and the Paro Dzong to your itinerary as well.
GoFro Tip: Planning clicking some photos? Make sure to enquire before you do as some monasteries and temples do not allow photography.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay’s history is as interesting as its landscapes. While legends believe that dragons created the 1600 islands and islets; researchers believe that the climatic changes spilt the land into many pieces. Hop on a luxurious cruise to explore the beauty of the bay. You can kayak to the many secret caves and virgin beaches spread across this picturesque Vietnamese tourist spot.
GoFro Tip: Kayak your way to Bo Hon Island to explore the famous, Virgin Cave.