Asia has a lot of interesting places for you to visit, and you don’t even have to go to the ones you frequently hear about from your family, friends, and colleagues. In fact, you’d likely enjoy your Asian vacation more if you ditched the places most frequently visited by other tourists and opt for roads less traveled, instead.
Here we give you some of the best Asian countries to visit, along with a few tips on how to enjoy your vacation away from the crowd.
Many people don’t really think of Cambodia when they decide where to go on their next vacation. There are also many people who do not know that Cambodia is part of Asia, so when they plan an Asian vacation, they tend to overlook this country. But, guess what? Cambodia is one of the best countries to visit if you want to have a truly memorable trip and most especially if you want to get away from the usual hustle and bustle of big city living.
Cambodia may be a small country, but it is steeped in history. And because it used to be the seat of a magnificent early Asian civilization, you’ll get the opportunity to visit the ruins of majestic temples that represent a mighty empire of the ancient world. Even if you choose to limit your explorations within the city proper, you’re sure to be delighted with their colonial architecture and won over by the natural charm of the place.
The period from November to February is the peak period for tourism, since it is warm enough for you to enjoy sunbathing on the beach, but also cool enough for you to comfortably explore the temples. If you want to avoid the crowds, then it’s best to plan your Cambodian vacation outside this period.
This culturally rich country has suffered under an oppressive regime for years, which may be why few tourists have ever ventured into the area. Just recently, though, the country has finally been freed from that regime and is taking baby steps towards true democracy. It is therefore a good time for you to give yourself the opportunity to witness its long-hidden beauty.
Marvel at Myanmar’s abundant rice fields, revel in their picturesque mountain paths, be awed by the glamor of their golden stupas, and bask in the history of their temple ruins. But the best way to explore Myanmar is to interact directly with the locals, who are more than happy to introduce you to their culture after fifteen years of tourism boycott.
Weather-wise, the best time to visit Myanmar is anytime from November to February. But this may be the period when the country gets the highest number of visitors, so if you want to have the place all to yourself (or at least with only a handful of other tourists), then you’d best plan your visit for other times of the year. Note, though, that the country can be extremely hot from March to May.
This is one country that has changed so much in very little time. Less than 40 years ago, the country was devastated by the war it fought against America. Today, however, there is very little to remind you of that tragic part of their history. It has become considerably easier to enter Vietnam and when you do set foot in the country, you’ll be amazed at how much they have improved their roads and how much their economy has risen.
As a tourist in Vietnam, you won’t be reminded of the bombs that once created craters in their towns or of army ordinances that restricted their daily routines. Rather, you’ll be greeted by powdery white beaches, shimmering rice paddies, awe-inspiring pagodas, and growing cities. The striking landscape of the countryside will be sure to fill you with wonder and amazement, and you’ll be sure to enjoy watching the buffaloes and dragonflies in the paddy fields.
In Southern Vietnam, the months of May to November are when the rains come, so most tourists schedule their visit from December to April. You know what to do if you want to avoid the crowd; the good news is that the rains aren’t too off-putting, mostly being brief afternoon showers. If you plan to visit the central coast, note that the rains come from November to February and spring is from February to May. In Northern Vietnam, it is generally cold from January to February, warm from March to April, hot from May to August, and temperate in September.
So, the next time you plan your vacation, be sure to check out any of these Asian wonders. Have fun exploring Asia!