Asia: The Many Hidden Gems

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If you ever get the opportunity to go to Asia, you need to know how lucky you are. It’s arguably the most beautiful continent that there is, and you won’t be disappointed. The more time you spend researching into this amazing country, the more that you will learn about all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Aside from the main tourist attractions that most visitors seem to flock, there are also many hidden gems that we’d love to show you. To try and point you in the right direction, we’ve listed just a few. It’s important to check the rainy seasons for these destinations, and plan to visit when it’s nice and dry! 

Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, yet it’s often overlooked. People get so caught up in trying to visit all of the amazing Indonesian islands, that they forget the capital is one of the best places to visit. It’s definitely an up-and-coming city, with more to do there than you could possibly wish for. You can get caught up in the whirlwind of the city centre’s hustle and bustle, but you can even head just outside of the capital for a bit of a slower pace. The diverse culture that the foundations of Jakarta are built on have formed the wonderful city that it is today. People fall in love with it so much that they even decide to buy or rent properties. Because of it’s increasing popularity, the rental market has become fairly pricey for both locals and travellers. If you check out the following link, https://www.rumah.com/rumah-dijual/di-area-jakarta-selatan-idjk03/dibawah-400juta-rupiah, you’ll be able to find a diverse range of apartments and houses for rent or sale. Before making such a big decision, you have to fall in love with Jakarta, and what better way to do that than to visit it’s hidden gems: the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. It’s a little attraction that will teach you a lot about Indonesia. If you’re looking for more of a thrill, however, you could visit the Dunia Fantasi. It’s theme park with roller coasters and water rides, and makes for a great day out for anyone!

 

Kyoto

Kyoto is one of Japan’s lesser-known cities that is bustling with excitement and plenty of fun. Those who venture here are delighted by the city’s rich history and amazing culinary scene. There are so many Buddhist temples for you to explore, and you might even be able to get blessed by a monk! Accommodation and dining is really cheap, and there’s plenty of tour guides available to visit sites like Buddhist temples, for example. Arashiyama is a cool little place to visit – it’s a bamboo forest that towers high up in the sky, with monkeys roaming around the forest in their natural habitat. A note of caution would be to ensure your belongings are adequately secured to your body, as the monkeys are notorious for sifting through your belongings for something they might want! There’s also the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which is a neat little trip. Surrounded by red torii gates, the grounds are bright and beautiful, and house the perfect place to make a wish!

 

Manila

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, and is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Asia to visit. It’s not necessarily a hidden gem, but for some reason it hasn’t been uncovered as one of the most popular destinations to visit. Whether it’s pristine beaches, or big city life, Manila has it! The Manila Ocean Park is a big favourite with families and couples alike with some amazing animal displays. If you were looking for something slightly more historical, you could always check out the San Agustin museum – it’ll give you an insight into the Philippines’ colonial years portrayed through beautiful artwork. After touring for the day, the best way to unwind is to taste some of Manila’s traditional foods – be sure to experiment and try something new!

 

Taiwan

Located off the east coast of China, Taiwan is a favourite to anyone who’s ever been there. The landscapes are beautiful and make for breathtaking views of Taiwan, not to mention the stunning beaches and mountainous terrain, both of which could leave you walking for miles. If you head to the Sun Moon Lake, you will be have plenty of lovely picture opportunities, followed by a lovely little afternoon stroll. Alternatively, you could walk through Jiufen, which is an old cobblestone street sprinkled with traditional Chinese shops. There’s even a gold mine museum which some may find interesting.

So, if you visited any of these places, we hope you start planning to for your next holiday!

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