7 Stunning Yet Vastly Underrated Holiday Destinations in Asia

As an American, Canadian, Australian, or even a Brit, the first major trip you dream of is tramping around continental Europe. And for good reason. Cities like Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam should all be on everyone’s destination lists.Many of us take a big trip or two that connects all those famous cities, and then we either keep going back or maybe we get lazy and start going to Mexican beach resorts or Hawaii year after year.

The thing is, if you’ve got at least a normal sense of adventure, and especially if your travel budget is limited, then Southeast Asia is likely a better choice for your next holiday.

1.Taal Crater Lake in Batangas, Philippines

7 Stunning Yet Vastly Underrated Holiday Destinations in AsiaThere’s one good reason why Taal Crater Lake is a must-visit: it’s a lake within a volcano on a lake within a volcano. Sounds confusing, we know. Basically, Taal Lake is located on Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. The Philippines is made up of 7,107 tropical islands, 28,241 beaches, mountain ranges that reach to almost 10,000 feet above sea level and a biodiversity that includes more than 13,500 plant species, almost 600 species of birds and 500 animal species. It's definitely worth a visit!!!

2.Fenghuang County in Hunan, China

Located in a mountain setting, and known for its well-preserved architecture and traditional river town scenery, stepping into Fenghuang might feel more like you’re stepping into a movie set. But everything is indeed real, including the architectural remains of the Ming and Qing styles. The town was only recently re-opened to tourists after being badly damaged by a heavy flood in mid-July.

3. Hanoi, Vietnam

The cheapest city in Asia is Hanoi, where a backpacker can have a pretty decent time for a bit over US$10 per day.Have you always been a fan of Vietnamese food? Pho Hung on Spadina- Toronto, Nam Son near Bowery- New York, Le Lotus Blanc on Bourgogne of Paris- They can never be as authentic as the food served in Vietnam (though they all do an awesome job). Vietnamese food goes beyond pho and spring rolls and varies by regions: fresh vegetables continue to dominate the tables, while meat and poultry are rising in popularity.

Seriously, most tourist restaurants in a country like Vietnam are owned and operated by a single family. Often it’s the mom running the operation with the children as the staff, while the father has another full-time job. It’s a nice feeling knowing your (meager) travel funds are going directly to pay the rent and buy food for an appreciative family that is cooking for you and serving you.

4. Goa, India

Goa is THE must visit tourist place in South India the go to when you want that perfect balance of fun, adventure, and a relaxed environment and you can go on your quad bike expeditions.

You can also learn some dance moves!!!

I have been dancing ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, salsa and flamenco since I was 3. One Of my Indian friends has been learning Bharatanatyam from her mom and taught me some moves and I love it!!!

5. Railway, Thailand

Railay (or Rai Leh) is a small peninsula that is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also a popular attraction in Thailand due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere.

6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I have actually been there in 2010. Kuala Lumpur is a shopping paradise and Malaysia is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. If you love shopping, you will enjoy strolling round the fashionable shopping malls adorned with leading designers and brands in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur offers a range of green areas and tropical parks for everyone. Enjoy a beautiful picnic with your friends and families at KL parks which provide a refreshing retreat for people who love nature.The weather is conducive all through, from the monsoon season to dry season. The city offers a great weather for any type of holiday including a beach vacation; you will definitely enjoy your vacation.

7. The Himalayas Mountain, Nepal

Seven of the world’s highest peaks are situated within Nepal. All of the peaks reach over 20,000 ft. You may not actually be on top of the world, but it will sure feel like you are.

Nepal is the perfect destination for adventure seekers. They have mountaineering, trekking, rafting, wildlife safaris, hot air balloons, paragliding, bungee jumping, ultralights, and more. Good luck choosing.

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  • Been to all the countries but India and Nepal 😊 Still got both on my travel bucket list.
    Philippines is beautiful but the only problem is that they have the shittiessstttt flight systems ever, in the world. The country is so incredibly disorganized that Im not going there again. 😂😂
    Anyhow, Malaysia is incredible for hotels, its sooo soo cheap its crazy, when I went. :P


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  • What a shame for me to not have been to Taal Lake even though it is just an hour ride away from where I live.

    This is a very informative myTake 😊

  • Interesting Take :) The Philippines look great :)