There is no shortage of amazing places to visit in South Asia. From pristine natural beauty to ancient landmarks that have stood the test of time, this magical land offers something for every traveler. Here are seven of the most beautiful places to visit in South Asia.
Taman Negara, Malaysia
This stunning rainforest is over 130 million years old, sprawling over 4,300 square kilometers in the central and northern parts of Malaysia. While at Taman Negara, you can discover a wide network of cave systems, explore the ancient Orang Asli settlements, go on a night safari, and much more. Kuala Tahan is the most popular home base when visiting this jungle paradise.
Con Dao Archipelago, Vietnam
Once a political prison, this group of gorgeous islands is both beautiful and historic at the same time. You will get a glimpse of the distinct history of these 16 islands by touring the old structures. The natural beauty includes welcoming beaches, sparkling water, and lush hills. Vietnam heroine Vo Thi Sau is also buried here with people visiting the tomb every day at midnight to pray and make offerings.
The Red Lotus Sea, Thailand
You will not believe the pictures that you get when you visit the famous Red Lotus Sea in Thailand. Located in the Udon Thani province, this lake features millions of pink lotus flowers that bloom between November and February. In addition to the stunning beauty, the lake also signifies the special meaning of the lotus flower to the Buddhist religion. This beauty will take your breath away.
Mount Kelimutu, Indonesia
The island of Flores is home to a volcano that boasts three distinct crater lakes. All of these lakes change colors as the volcanic elements transform the water. The three lakes are known as the Lake of Old People, Tiwu Ata Bpau; the Lake of Young Men and Maidens, Tiwu K’o Fi Nuwa Muri; and the Bewitched Lake, Tiwu Ata Polo. Legend has it that the colors change with the mood of the spirits that haunt the waters.
Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Do not miss your chance to visit the world’s largest cave. This beauty is located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. What is most surprising is that this cave was only first discovered in 1991. The cave is now open to the public for touring. Along the way, you will discover unique beaches and a subterranean river. The cave is also home to campsites, allowing you to immerse yourself overnight in this special corner of Vietnam.
You cannot visit South Asia without taking in the splendor and majesty of the Buddhist temples. This complex is the world’s most comprehensive tribute to Buddha. The temple was restored in the 1970s, welcoming visitors to learn more about this way of life. You can visit the complex for a short time or make the traditional pilgrimage, carrying you over five kilometers through the jungle on your journey.
Mataking Island, Borneo, Malaysia
When you want to surround yourself with crystal waters, be sure to consider Mataking Island in Borneo. This island situated off southeastern Sabah is known for its great diving and snorkeling opportunities. Under the water, you will find sea turtles and a myriad of fish, and other marine life. Be sure to check out the underwater post office located in a sunken fishing boat. You can even mail a postcard from the sea. You can also kayak or hike through the green jungle when visiting this island oasis.
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