Best Places in Asia for Nature Lovers 2023/2024
Trek through pristine mountain forests, marvel at thundering waterfalls and inhale the aromas of fragrant tea plantations – these are some of the joys found within India’s hilly interior that you should not overlook! While Angkor Wat might get all of the spotlight, its interior offers its own share of exciting thrills.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is one of the country’s top tourist spots, due to its spectacular setting dominated by Mount Everest. This special area features dramatic mountains, glaciers, deep valleys and rare species like snow leopards and red pandas; further adding its allure is its Sherpa community and their distinct culture.
Visitors to the park can participate in numerous activities and see some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Its flora varies with altitude; lower-altitude zones contain shrubs and dwarf ferns while higher zones feature rhododendrons, birches, junipers and blue pines.
Dudh Koshi River forms one of the best sights of Sagarmatha National Park’s southern bioreserve and provides an unforgettable view. Relaxing by its banks is one of the best things to do here, while suspension bridges add to this magical experience and allow visitors to discover this hidden corner of nature from unique vantage points.
Sagarmatha National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, from endangered animals and birds to an Important Bird Area with 118 different bird species making their home there. Some popular examples are blood pheasants, Himalayan monals, and red-billed choughs – just some of many that thrive within its borders.
Establish in 1976, this park in Nepal’s Solukhumbu district was recognized as a natural World Heritage Site in 1979 due to its outstanding beauty and ecological significance. Covering part of eastern Nepal, including Mt Everest as well as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku Nuptse Amadablam as other mountains over 8,000 meters including Lhotse Cho Oyu Thamserku Nuptse Amadablam etc
Travelers trekking in this region can visit various villages to interact with locals and gain an insight into their traditions and culture. Furthermore, visitors to Sherpa Museum can gain more knowledge on its history as well as culture through minimal entrance fees that provide financial support for this small tourism industry and help maintain cultural heritage in this region.
Nikko National Park
Nikko National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, is an expansive wilderness of mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls and ancient temples that is popular day trip from Tokyo. Nature enthusiasts appreciate its breathtaking beauty – vibrant azalea and lily flowers bloom during spring and summer seasons; autumn brings vibrant crimson and gold leaves; while in winter white snow blankets the grounds. Secluded hot spring inns provide relaxation opportunities.
Nikko offers numerous amazing sights to see and explore, such as Toshogu Shrine with its elaborate woodwork and moss-covered stone pillars. Toshogu is also the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu; his buildings feature colorful carvings and designs in contrast with most Japanese shrines which feature minimal decoration. Futarasan-jinja Shrine is another must see spot, boasting ornate woodwork and an eerily serene lake; Gojunoto is Japan’s tallest Buddhist pagoda!
Nikko is filled with hiking trails that allow for effortless exploration on foot. For an incredible view of its surrounding landscape, hike along Iroha-zaka Winding Road’s forty-eight hairpin turns. Or explore Okunikko region’s plains, marshes and long grasses; for something more sedate head towards Lake Chuzenji for peaceful shore walks away from crowds.
Nikko is home to numerous iconic natural landmarks, such as Ryuzu-no-taki Falls with two stunning twin waterfalls that rank among the most scenic waterfalls in Japan, or Akechi-daira waterfall which can be reached by ropeway ride for breathtaking views over mountains and forests.
Edo Wonderland offers visitors a glimpse of life in Nikko during the 17th century, recreating traditional villages and buildings as accurately as possible. Here you can take part in interactive experiences such as attending a ninja show or watching the Royal Procession of Orian Courtesans; additionally there is also a selection of restaurants serving local specialities such as yuba made with tofu skin.
Dalat, known for its clean air and lush landscape of lakes and waterfalls, is beloved by visitors and locals alike. With its eclectic blend of European-influenced culture and architecture with Vietnamese traditions, this special city draws visitors of all kinds – both tourists and residents. Dalat offers many activities and attractions suitable for nature enthusiasts as well as families with kids: biking through rural landscapes or camping by lakeshores for camping trips, easy trekking with camping facilities nearby or canyoning and rafting activities along waterfalls or streams are great outdoor study activities to bring family closer together!
Nature enthusiasts visiting Dalat are sure to appreciate a trek out to the breathtaking Datanla Waterfall on the city outskirts. Here, gushing waters create an alluring scene as they cascade over rocks and lush foliage into a cascading cascade, perfect for enjoying on foot, cable car ride or alpine slide adventures down its falls.
If you’re in search of something more relaxing, Dalat offers several flower gardens. Each garden boasts fragrant blooms that attract many types of birds; particularly roses, orchids and hydrangeas which are among the most beloved blooms here. Furthermore, rare exotic plants such as rhododendrons and lilyturfs may also be found there.
Dalat Railway Station offers visitors looking for some history a delightful opportunity, offering stunning examples of French and Vietnamese architecture – it has since become a beloved tourist spot. Additionally, The Valley of Love is another must-visit spot featuring numerous love-related monuments amongst peaceful rolling hills – it should not be missed!
The Crazy House is an unusual yet captivating attraction not to be missed. Created by Dang Viet Nga, an architect who studied in Moscow, its strange design makes for an engaging visit. Inspired by what might happen after spinning an object 50 times, its bizarre form has become one of Dalat’s iconic structures and will no doubt astonish all who come visit. Plan to spend at least some time wandering around its rooms before making up your mind to visit this unique site.
Angkor Wat, which stands as one of Cambodia’s premier tourist attractions and is listed on UNESCO World Heritage, can be seen best when illuminated at dawn and sunset; Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei also represent highlights from that era.
Thailand and Vietnam offer more national parks for nature enthusiasts, but Cambodia does have some notable national parks worth visiting such as Virachey National Park in the northeast and Bokor National Park in the northwest. Furthermore, Cardamom Mountains boast some stunning rainforest scenes which allow trekkers to discover rivers and waterfalls.
Traditional villages and rural areas in Thailand also give visitors an authentic experience of local culture. Mondulkiri’s hilly mountain region, for instance, is home to indigenous Bunong people who practice animism and ancestor worship; here, travelers can interact with elephants (no riding allowed!) through the Elephant Valley Project while learning more about forest ecology and Bunong culture.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant capital city, boasts an energetic weekend nightlife scene and wonderful dining establishments. Additionally, its attractions such as Royal Palace, National Museum and Central Market make this an exciting visit.
People with more time can plan a day trip to Preah Vihear Hilltop Temple, said to resemble the crown of a king and offering some of the most exquisite carvings from Angkor era. Additionally, there are attractive Buddhist stupas nearby.
Other popular destinations in Cambodia are Sihanoukville, with its incredible beaches and selection of restaurants; Battambang with its French colonial architecture and attractive Angkor-era temples; Tonle Sap Lake is worth exploring with its picturesque floating villages and peaceful waterways; kayak along narrow river channels or mangrove forests and enjoy watching exotic birds at play!