- 1. Baphuon Temple in Cambodia
- 2. Mount Fuji in Japan
- 3. Ssanggyesa Temple, South Korea
- 4. Ritigala Medicinal Forest, Sri Lanka
- 5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
- 6. The Ruins of Angkor Wat
- 7. Kuang Si Falls, Laos
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Seven Off-The-Beaten-Track Wonders in Asia
Visit wonders throughout the diverse countries of Asia, where one country is just not enough. We offer multi-country Asia tours, that include in-depth experiences, shorter highlight tours and even a deluxe in-style tour - there's something to suit everyone!
Baphuon Temple, Cambodia, by Priscilla Aster
Baphuon temple is located inside Angkor Thom, but it is one of the quieter temples, meaning you can explore the rich history without the crowds. Baphuon was constructed in the mid-11th century during the era of the King Udayadityavarman II (reign 1050–1066 AD). Also called "golden mountain", the Baphuon is built on an artificial hill with steep stairs leading visitors to a terrace, it offers one of the best views in the region.
This pyramid-style temple was probably among the most impressive of the Angkor temples of its day. Unfortunately, the ravages of time caused significant damage to this magnificent temple, and it was very nearly lost to history. The tale of how it was restored is just as impressive as the structure itself.
Built on a too-soft foundation of sandy soil which proved to be inadequate for such an immense structure. A massive restoration project began in the 1960s, which involved dismantling the temple stone by stone, reinforcing the foundation, and then re-assembling the structure. 300,000 blocks of stone were labelled and numbered, and arranged in the 10 hectares surrounding the temple site, waiting to be put back together. Unfortunately, the project was abandoned when civil war broke out in 1970, and the plans identifying the stones’ intended location were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.
Modern Japan retains much of its traditional charm, where the ancient customs of Japan infuse daily life and natural wonders will take your breath away. From bustling Tokyo, where ornate temples and glass skyscrapers reside effortlessly alongside each other, you can travel to the natural wonder of Mt Fuji. Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters, it can actually be seen in the distance from Tokyo. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art from the Edo period.
Mt. Fuji offers not just a breathtaking summit but a spiritual journey with its combination of tradition and nature - an unforgettable experience.
Mt Fuji, Japan by Dennis Bunnik
Ssanggyesa Temple, founded in 722, is nestled in the Jirisan National Park of South Korea. Its structures house a main hall, Daeungjeon, featuring a Buddha statue. The temple, set against lush mountains, offers a serene ambience perfect for reflection. The Jirisan Cheonwangmun is a gate adorned with guardians symbolising protection. The Beopjusa, dedicated to Buddhist teachings, houses scriptures and artefacts, providing a glimpse into the temple's history.
Beyond architecture, Ssanggyesa is a cultural and religious hub. Various ceremonies, including the annual Yeongsanjae, involve the local community, showcasing the temple's cultural significance. Ssanggyesa Temple invites visitors to partake in a journey of introspection and cultural discovery, fostering a connection to the essence of Korean culture.
Ssanggyesa, South Korea by Craig
Set deep in the jungle of Sri Lanka, and surrounded by huge sculptural granite monoliths, is a true hidden wonder of Asia, rarely visited by tourists.
The abandoned hermitage of Ritigala is a mystical place, incredibly beautiful and unspoilt. Shady forests are filled with streams, pools and granite boulders, leading to ruins with various meditation platforms.
This sacred location was once home to a Buddhist monastic congregation that once practised meditation in total austerity in this picturesque location.
Our Sri Lankan Stories will inspire you with an understanding of the wonders in store in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya Rock by Shameer Muthalif
Vietnam is known for its friendly people and fascinating history as well as its unique ecosystems, one of these iconic sites is Hạ Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination in Vietnam. The name is Hạ Long means "descending dragon". It is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The area, approximately 1,500 km2, is rich in geological history spanning 500 million years. The best way to see Ha Long Bay is by boat on an overnight cruise. The extraordinary Ha Long Bay offers many vistas, as there are 1,600 islands and islets so an overnight trip will give you a chance to see more of it.
Halong Bay, Vietnam by Kristi Rutten
Instantly recognisable, Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Located in Northern Cambodia less than 6km outside the bustling Cambodian city of Siem Reap, the area stretches over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. A must-see wonder of Cambodia and an iconic experience as you travel through Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos.
Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia by Priscilla Aster
The Kuang Si Falls are tiered, vibrant turquoise waterfalls less than 30 kilometres south of Luang Prabang in Laos. The ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It’s known for its many Buddhist temples. The falls flow down through a series of pools which have slowly been etched out by the force of the water over time. There are many trails and platforms with beautiful views of the falls. Towards the bottom of the tiers, the pools widen out and if you’re feeling hot from the humidity you can even jump in for a swim, or swing in by rope!
Kuang Si Falls, Laos by Sacha Bunnik
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 7 natural wonders of Asia?
There is no universally recognised list of the 7 natural wonders of Asia but we have made sure to include all of the must-see destinations in our tours. Bunnik Tours offers a selection of small-group tours that showcase Asia’s most awe-inspiring natural and cultural wonders. Explore the iconic Halong Bay in Vietnam with its limestone karsts, cruise along the Gin Oya River at sunset in Sri Lanka, marvel at the diverse landscapes of Japan, and discover the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Each Bunnik tour is crafted to immerse travellers in the unique beauty and natural wonders found across Asia, ensuring an unforgettable journey filled with breathtaking experiences.
Which country is best to visit in Asia?
The best country to visit in Asia depends on your preferences, interests, and the type of experiences you're seeking. Asia is a diverse continent with a rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and many attractions. Here are three destinations from Bunnik Tours to get you started:
- Japan offers historic temples, beautiful gardens, futuristic cities like Tokyo, and the picturesque landscapes of Kyoto.
- India is a country with a rich culture, fascinating history, and many varied landscapes – from the Himalayan mountains to tropical rainforests and sandy beaches, India has something for everyone!
- Vietnam is well-known for its cuisine but also offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the serene beauty of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam is a must-visit destination in Asia.
Where should I go for my first time in Asia?
For a first-time visit to Asia, it's often a good idea to choose a destination that offers a mix of cultural richness, diverse attractions, and a relatively traveler-friendly environment.
Why not choose a multi-country tour and visit Vietnam & Cambodia or South Korea & Japan by joining Bunnik Small Group Tours?
When planning your trip, consider factors such as the time of year, your interests, and any travel restrictions that may be in place. It's also helpful to be aware of the local customs and traditions to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience.
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