Next stop: Asia! Here we have complied a list of deeply enriched cities that are packed with history and culture. These suggestions are being shared in the hopes that we can help you narrow down choices and brainstorm new places. Expand your horizons with a new place crossed off your bucket list and go travel (btw check out this awesome scratch off bucket list map)!! We hope you get to treat yourself to a nice trip to the beautiful eastern side of the world!!
Udaipur lies on the western side of India in the state of Rajasthan. Also known as “The City of Lakes,” Udaipur’s nickname came about because of how many grand man-made lakes were created around their stunning intricate palaces. One palace grounds that we recommend in particular is the City Palace that over looks Lake Pichola. The City Palace dating back to over 400 years was under construction during the Mewar Kingdom and is consisted of 11 separate palaces, each for a particular ruler. Surrounding the main lakes of the city, Fateh Sagar Lake and Lake Pichola, are several gardens, museums and temples that share similar ornate architecture. Leave one day of your trip to check out the amazing hilltop Monsoon Palace so that you get the panoramic view of the city.
Ubud, the uplands of Bali, are mainly known for their steep terraced hills of rice paddies, traditional dance, holistic centers, organic lifestyle and more. This town is home to about 100,000 people, yet has gained lots of attention from all over the world through several social media platforms. In order to gain the full experience of this place you must visit the ancient Hindu temples and sites such as the Ubud Palace, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Goa Gajah Cave (Elephant Cave). Go ahead and just look up the pictures of this beautiful place… you will want to hop on a plane tomorrow!
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, lies on the island of Honshu and is home to about 1.5 million. Just like the other cities described above, there are so many intricately designed temples to explore. The most well known Buddhist temple to visit is the Kiyomizu-dera temple, which is one of the 17 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are located in the vicinity of Kyoto. Next on the agenda should be to visit Arashiyama, the bamboo forest that has been recognized as a Place of Scenic Beauty. Kyoto has an incredible list of museums to visit besides the 17 World Heritage Sites so you are sure to have a packed trip here. If you are able, take a stroll down Philosopher’s Walk in between trips to the breathtaking temples and zen gardens.
Luang Prabang has been established for thousands of years and was the country’s capital until 1975. Similar to Kyoto, Luang Prabang also has an incredible list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that have been well preserved in order to reflect the cultural and religious heritage. This deeply enriched city of Laos is consisted of 58 villages and 33 of those villages are being recognized in the Town of Luang Prabang World Heritage Sites. Several of these recognized are Laotian Buddhist temples, monasteries and some French colonial structures that came about in the 16th century. We hope that these few facts alone persuade you into booking a trip to Laos!
Chiang Mai was established in 1226 and was formerly the capital for the Lanna Kingdom. In December of 2017, Chiang Mai was recognized by the UNESCO as a Creative City and is known to be one of the best places to visit in Thailand. Here in the city you will find several ornately designed Buddhist temples and other religious sites that will blow your mind. Visit the Sunday Evening Market for a bite of their delicious street food and Tha Pae Walking Street to shop all of the local artisan goods. Also, if you are traveling with children, there are some amazing zoos and aquariums to check out. There is one temple in particular that we recommend and that is the Wat Phra That Doi Kham, with a 17 meter high Buddha statue!
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