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ASIA’s Top Attractions

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The largest continent in the world, Asia is still considered one of the most exotic destinations for most US travelers.

Taj Mahal

KO NANG YUAN, THAILAND: Located in southern Thailand these lush islands are connected by a three-way stretch of powdery white beach. Ko Nang Yuan boasts a variety of coral formations and marine life making it ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.

MOUNT KINABALU, BORNEO: This climber-friendly mountain stands at 4,095 meters and is the highest summit on the island of Borneo. The five-mile ascent isn’t an especially technical climb and takes just two days but the views from the mountain-top at sunrise are unforgettable.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI: Bandar, or BSB as everyone calls it, is a quiet town seemingly unspoiled by Brunei’s vast oil wealth. An exciting 45-minute water taxi ride down the Temburong River is the starting point for a tour of the spectacular rainforests of Ulu Temburong National Park.

 Botanical Garden

BOTANIC GARDENS, SINGAPORE: Started in 1859, the 157-acre gardens are famous for their orchids and historically for introducing rubber seeds to Asia from South America. There are 700 orchid species in the National Orchid Garden.

TAJ MAHAL, INDIA: Comprising elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles, the white-domed marble and tile mausoleum in Agra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 17th century as a Mughal emperor’s love testament to his late wife.

MOUNT FUJI, JAPAN: To the west of Tokyo is the snow-capped and picturesque Mount Fuji. On clear days it can be seen 100km away in Tokyo, but the preferred spots to take those picture-perfect snaps are Hakone, or Fuji Go-Ko which offer similar views.

YANGTZE RIVER, CHINA: Take a boat trip along the Yangtze River — at nearly 4,000 miles long it’s the third-longest river in the world. Along the banks of the East China Sea is the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station.

Taal Volcano

TAAL, PHILIPPINES: One of the country’s most active volcanoes is Taal, its large crater holding a lake with an island in the middle, which in turn has its own crater and lake. The walk up to the main inner crater takes just an hour, although day hikes are also possible.

GUNUNG BATUR VOLCANO, BALI: Bali has a tropical climate with an average temperature of around 86F all year. Lush green rice terraces, magnificent volcanoes, and beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean have long attracted tourists to Bali’s shores. Hike to the top of Gunung Batur volcano for spectacular views.

HIMALAYAS, INDIA: The majestic Himalayas are wonderful for summertime treks, but come winter you’ll find the region is a little-known skiers’ paradise. Gulmarg in Kashmir boasts the highest gondola in the northern hemisphere, with almost limitless access to phenomenal off-piste adventure without the crowds to be found in Europe. There are also many hill stations across the country to escape the heat of the plains.

The Himalayas

EVEREST NATIONAL PARKS, NEPAL: For those seeking natural beauty and trekking and mountaineering experience, head to the Everest National Parks of Sagarmatha, Annapurna Conservation Area, Dolpo Region, Langtang, and Helambu

HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM: A boat trip is the best way to get up close to the beautiful grottoes and rock formations of the thousands of jungle-banked islands.

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