Asia is a continent filled with wonder but you’ve probably found yourself flicking through brochures or looking at images on social media that show the same attractions. Discover the hidden wonders of this vast and diverse continent.
1. My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam
Hidden in the jungle, a two-hour drive from Hoi An or Danang, are the tower temples of the My Son Sanctuary. The UNESCO world heritage site has its origins in Indian Hinduism and was once the capital of the Champa Kingdom.
2. Vat Phou, Laos
Vat Phou and the ancient settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape have been preserved for more than 1,000 years. The temple complex was shaped to showcase the Hindu relationship between nature and humanity. The two planned cities on the banks of the Mekong River date back to the Khmer Empire, ranging from the 5th to the 15th centuries.
3. Temple of Preah Vihear, Cambodia
UNESCO world heritage site Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Shiva. The temple pre-dates the more famous attraction, Angkor Wat. Located on a plateau that dominates the plains of Cambodia, the remote location has helped to preserve the architecture and intricate stone carvings.
4. Mongolia's Reindeer
Hidden in the north of Mongolia’s vast landscape are reindeer. The Dukha are an ethnic reindeer herding community who reside in the country’s north in the Khovsgol Province. Although not easy to get to, the “undiscovered tribe” is often frequented by visitors.
5. Canola Fields-Xinghua, China
China is the second largest producer of canola oil in the world, making man-made canola fields a beautiful part of the country’s landscape. Fields bloom in early to mid-spring when yellow flowers populate the countryside and turning the region into fields of gold.
6. Pearl Waterfall, China
The 40 metre tall Pearl Waterfall is part of the White Dragon River which flows through China’s autonomous province, Tibet. The waterfall is quite wide, measuring 162 metres. Wander the walkway of Jiuzhaigou Valley that leads down to the waterfall.
7. The Blue Pond, Japan
Located to the north of Japan in Hokkaido Prefecture, the Blue Pond is known for its ethereal blue colour. Tree stumps stick out of the pond, casting reflections over the blue surface. The colour of the water is caused by dissolved natural minerals.
8. Ha Giang, Vietnam
Discover the real Vietnam in the country’s far-north region of Ha Giang. Renowned for its rich tribal culture, beautiful mountainous landscape and rocky outcrops, the region is less frequented by tourists. UNESCO-protected geological park Dong Van Rock is also worth a visit.