There are some places in the world everyone and their mum want to go to–places like the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, the Great Wall of China, and the mountains of Mordor (New Zealand).
Then you have the places in the world that fewer have heard of but that are still equally awesome!
Here are our pick of 8 hidden gems of Asia we thought you’d like to know about:
Located in the National Park of the same name, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is what some say is the longest navigable underground river in the world! This natural wonder also has a second floor to it, which explains why you can find mini waterfalls inside the cave.
Uluwatu Temple, officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is a monument situated in an incredible scenic location in Southern Bali. This 11th Century beauty overlooks the ocean from its cliff-top perch and is a sight to see. Just watch out for the sneaky monkeys when you visit!
Acknowledged as the third holiest site in all of Myanmar, The Golden Rock is an awesome attraction to behold. Situated high up on a mountain, this granite boulder seems to defy gravity withstanding even the numerous earthquakes that have occurred. Some say it is held up by a strand of Buddha’s hair–that’s got to be quite the strand of hair!
4. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in China.
Huangshuan, or Yellow Mountain (the direct English translation), is a mountain range known for its spectacular granite peaks of all shapes and sizes! To get the 360-degree experience, you have to walk up and down many, many stairs but the views are so worth it.
How can you say no to monkeys? The Jigokudani Monkey Park is found in the Japanese town of Yamanouchi and is connected to the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. Situated at an elevation of 850 meters, this park gets a lot of snow every year, which tends to cover the Macaques (or Snow Monkeys) and makes for beautiful scenes like this.
Although you only see two of them above, you will come across three colored volcanic lakes in Kelimutu if you decide to make the trek! These ridiculously cool wonders of nature change color about once a year because of the different chemicals in them. Travel tip: try to make it to top of the volcano for sunrise!
The Kuang Si Falls are located about 30 km from the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang and are absolutely majestic! This beautiful set of cascading waterfalls culminate in a 25-meter drop and is a popular swimming spot, or at least a great place to get your feet wet.
8. Boh Tea Estate in Ringlet, Malaysia.
Located in the elevated area of Cameron Highlands, the Boh Tea Plantation or Estate is the largest tea producer in Malaysia and is a gorgeous place to check out. Up in these hills, temperatures are more mild if you wish to escape the “tropicalness” and the hustle and bustle of the city. Relaxing and ordering a cup of tea is suggested!