Critics’ Choice: The Best of Asia
When you just want to explore a new continent, the hardest thing to do can be picking your specific destination. Do you travel to relaxing tropical island or an enormous mega city? Do you tour the ancient ruins of a forgotten civilization or set your sights on the sprawling natural attractions? In Asia, there’s so much to do and so many places to see that the options can be tremendously difficult to choose between. Not many people get to see it all in Asia during just one tour.
Luckily, you don’t have to choose your destination based on your experiences alone.
According to many a traveler, the number 1 place to visit in all of Asia is the the massive city of Beijing. Here, old-world tradition combines with the modern world to give you a truly interesting picture of what life is like in one of the world’s most popular cities. Wedged between skyscrapers are quaint temples, there’s plenty of things to see and do to keep you busy throughout your trip. Don’t forget to visit Tiananmen Square either. A symbol of the rule of the Communist Party, this is also one of China’s richest destinations in culture and history.
Hong Kong is similarly filled with towering buildings and densely packed with locals, but its culture is incredibly different. That’s because the islands of Hong Kong were occupied by the British up until 1997. Now, British and Chinese culture has been woven into one functioning society where you can find rugby pitches and sandy beaches as easily as you can spot the colossal skyscrapers. There are hundreds of things tourists can do in Hong Kong, but the New York Times recommends waking up early to catch the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. At the summit of this mountain, you’ll snap the best pictures of the Hong Kong cityscape.
Then again, maybe you want to get away from the city and surround yourself with crystal clear water and sandy shores instead of whirring automobiles and cement. If that’s the case, the best place for you is Maldives. You don’t need to travel to a mountaintop to get a good view out here. The orange sunset dipping beneath the blue ocean horizon is all a traveler could ask for. For a little more action, don’t miss out on scuba diving and exploring some of the coral reefs. The colorful sea creatures and clear warm waters can make touring the sights beneath the waves a remarkable experience.
For some ancient charm, there’s no better place to travel to than Siem Reap and the ruins of Angkor Wat. In the jungles of Cambodia, these centuries-old stone structures and sculptures have been overgrown by the thick vegetation. the Khmer Empire built and ruled over this city from from the 9th century through the 15th. However, weakened by wars and failing rice plantations, the people left the city, abandoning it for hundreds of years. Now, the rediscovered location is the perfect stomping ground for curious explorers looking to adventure through the distant past.