With sights such as the Great Wall of China, it is understandable as to why millions of visitors are attracted to Asia every year.
Much of the continent remains unexplored by tourists for many years, but now they are becoming more attracted to the Eastern part which offers an even more spectacular experience which is unique due to the fact that it is relatively unknown, even to the most travelled of tourists.
One of the most interesting places in Asia is Bali and it has a huge amount to offer its visitors. Many of the sights are situated in places that are remote, but this only adds to the excitement of discovering some amazing experiences for yourself.
There are manmade sites such as the 11th century temple complex and the Royal tombs of Gunung Kawi. It has heaps of history and is spectacularly carved into stone cliffs in amongst calming and serene surroundings. Just as impressive is the former royal palace of Tirtagangga which has beautiful gardens, sculptures and soothing water fountains. Also on offer are the beaches and formations of rock at Devil’s Tear’s or even the superb views seen from the top of Mount Batur.
We have a selection of luxury resorts in Bali to cater to for everyone’s taste. If you are looking for a private resort away from the main tourist areas then the Spa Village Resort in Tembok would be ideal. It is hidden away on the North East coast of the country and it the only luxury resort in this area. If you are looking for something more central, then we can recommend either the Chedi Club or the Samaya, both near Ubud, the country’s cultural capital. The central location means that there are many private tours and excursions available to explore other areas of Bali.
Burma in recent years has gained popularity with tourists and with its busy city of Rangoon, it is the ideal destination for those who like to visit cities that are thriving and extremely vibrant.
There is plenty to do and the Shwedagon Pagoda which has stood for over 2,500 years is an amazing sight to behold. Our ideal luxury resort in Rangoon is The Governors Residence Hotel, which is a short drive away from the bustling riverside and the Shwedagon Pagoda. If peace and quiet is the order of the day then the National Kandawgyi Gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin will offer calmness and a chance to explore almost 500 different plants that are spread across 435 acres. If you are looking for privacy and seclusion, we recommend the Inle Princess Resort, which is hidden away in the banks of Inle Lake.
Thailand has the ability to capture the imagination of tourists in many ways from its beauty of the south to the bustling city of Bangkok.
The capital has much to offer and is very popular with tourists, with the Grand Palace or Wat Arun being at the top of the list of most popular attractions. Some of our recommended resorts in the capital are the Shangri La and the Amari Watergate Hotel. However, tourists are now beginning to explore southern Thailand which is more relaxed and attractive. With bright forests and wildlife as well as beaches such as Phang Nga Bay it has an incredible beauty whilst being subtle with it. If you are looking for a luxury remote island escape for some much needed rest and relaxation, we recommend the fantastic Six Senses Yao Noi resort. Another one of our favourite resorts in Thailand is the Pimalai Resort and Spa. Situated near the Lanta Marine National Park, the Pimalai Resort is the perfect base for an exciting touring and exploring holiday, with Elephant Trekking and Lanta Island Exploration on the door step.
Only recently has Vietnam become popular with tourists. The country is untouched, unblemished and full to the brim with spectacular beauty.
It has tropical rainforests on Phu Quoc Island and Ha Long bay as well as sites that have been manmade. One of our recommended resorts in Ha Long bay is the Ha Long Violet. There are temples and pagodas that were built in honour of its many religions, included in this is the startling Thien My Pagoda which is a staggering seven storeys tall. On the list of almost every tourist are the Cu Chi tunnels which are steeped in history due to their use during the Vietnam War. Some of our other favourite resorts in Vietnam include the Fusion Maia Resort, the Six Senses Con Dao and the Six Senses Ninh Vanh Bay.
Sri Lanka is another fantastic destination in Asia that is steeped in rich history and culture.
Sri Lanka has long been associated with Buddhism and many a religious pilgrimage has ended up in Kandy at the Temple of the Tooth. Another sight to be seen is the Lion Rock at the Sigiriya heritage site. Standing 200 meters tall, the giant Lion Rock contains the ruins of a King Kasyapas’ palace, build in 5 AD. To experience these wonders in the centre of the country, we recommend staying at Tea Trails, which houses colonial accommodation within a beautiful hillside estate. From here, there are many day tours available to Horton Plains, Adam’s Peak, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. If you fancy something more coastal, then another of our favourites is the Fortress Resort and Spa in Galle, a 5* spa resort which offers unrivalled luxury and amazing vies of the local beach. One of the great things about visiting Sri Lanka is that you can really get a feel for what the country is like as it is relatively small and you can see all the main areas of interest in 7 – 10 days. If you are considering visiting Sri Lanka, then why not consider extending your holiday by combining it with a trip to the Maldives.
Cambodia is another destination with a plenty to offer, from historical sites to bustling cities, surrounded by both forest and mountain landscapes.
One must-see sight is Angkor Watt, which is one of the largest religious temples in the world, dating back to the 12th century. Visitors from around the globe come to sample the beautiful architecture and rich history of the unmissable Angkor Watt and the other historical structures in one of the world’s largest heritage sites. Our recommended hotel in Cambodia is Song Saa, an amazing private island hotel which is the country first and only 5* resort.
We hope you have enjoyed our guide to Asia and hopefully it has provided some inspiration for your next holiday.
To discuss any of the resorts or locations mentioned in this blog and to speak to one of our team who have experienced the delights of Asia first hand, call Feel Good Holidays today on 01941 412 927.