Travel Bucket List - Asia

Friday, 12 August 2016

I thought that this would be quite an interesting post to do, so I've picked a few countries in Asia, well east/south east Asia to be precise, that I'm desperate to visit. Me and Josh are debating going travelling when we graduate, and if we did this is probably where we'd end up heading.

"Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with high-rise-filled cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Tokyo, the crowded capital, is known for its neon skyscrapers and pop culture. In contrast, Kyoto offers Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, gardens and cherry blossoms. Sushi, the national dish, is served everywhere from casual pubs to gourmet restaurants."

Where I Want To Visit: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara
Japans got it all, busy bustling cities, small little villages with mountains of history and everything in between. I'm dying to be immersed in all their culture, visiting the historic Temples, wandering the Japanese streets and of course, eating all the food.

"Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons."

Where I Want To Visit: Bali, Yogyakarta, Lombok
Indonesia is high up on the list of dreamy destinations in Asia, I'd love to be sat on the beach in Bali with a giant cocktail whist Josh is off Scuba Diving (He's studying Marine Biology currently so he'd love this). There's so much to Indonesia with there being lots of different ethnic groups here I'd love to see how it different to other southeast asian nations.
"China, a communist nation in East Asia, is the world’s most populous country. Its vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and 14,500km of coastline. Beijing, the capital, mixes modern architecture with historic sites including sprawling Tiananmen Square."

Where I Want To Visit: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou
China is such a huge country it's hard to pick just a couple of areas to visit. Because it's such a big country it's got everything, big modern cities as well as all the gorgeous rural areas so full of history and culture. It's definitely high on my list.

"Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population. In circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple, Little India offers colorful souvenirs and Arab Street is lined with fabric shops. Singapore is also known for eclectic street fare, served in hawker centres such as Tiong Bahru and Maxwell Road."

Where I Want To Go: Central and Pulau Ubin
I have visited Singapore before, but only for a day. And I'm dying to go back, it was so wonderful. I'd never seen a city so beautiful. It was so metropolitan and sleek but also so green. If I'm ever in south east asia then I'm definitely heading over to Singapore for a few days. I'd really love to explore the city more. 

"South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital."

Where I Want To Visit: Seoul, Jeju, Gyeongju
South Korea is so beautiful, and it's somewhere I hadn't really considered until looking more into places I'd like to visit. I'm dying to wander through the cherry blossom to see the ancient buddhist temples.

"Thailand is a country on Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha, a revered symbol. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal and riverside communities." 

Where I Want To Visit: Bangkok, Phuket, Kanchanaburi
Thailand is my number 1 country in asia to visit. I'm absolutely dying to work at an elephant sanctuary for a few weeks. They're my favourite animal and i'd love to work with them. There are a few other areas in thailand that i'm dying to visit. My dad's been to Bangkok and Phuket before and has recommended them, so they're definitely high on my list.

There is so much culture in each place I've chosen, I've already been to Malaysia which is why it isn't on the list. Although I'd love to go back. Whilst we were in Malaysia we called in at Singapore for a day, but there was so much to see it wasn't quite long enough. For each country I've picked a couple of places within that country in particular where I'd like to go. I hope that this gives you some inspiration for you travels or if you've visited any of these places before I'd love to know!

I really hoped you've enjoyed this post, I didn't want to go into too much detail about why I wanted to  visit each place because I've picked quite a few and I didn't want to sound like a travel guide book.

All the images I've used in this post are on my pinterest board: 

With Love; Em x

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