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My bucket list for Asia

After Europe, it’s time to make a bucket list for a continent that I particularly like: Asia.
I fell in love with Asia when I went to visit my father in Japan. Since then, I’ve been to South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Hong Kong.
I like the mix of tradition and modernity, the kindness of the people, the markets, the temples, the food…

Here we go!

Russia

-Moscow
-St Petersburg
-Lake Baikal
-Taking the Trans-Siberian

Moscow

Moscow – Photo credit: Mariusz Kluzniak

Turkey

-Istanbul
-Pamukkale
-Cappadoce
-Caunus
-Visit a hamam

Pamukkale

Pamukkale – Photo credit: Ana Raquel S. Hernandes

Jordan

-Petra
-The Dead Sea
-Wadi Mujib
-Wadi Rum

Petra

Petra – Photo credit: Maria

United Arab Emirates

-Dubai
-Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Dubai – Photo credit: Paolo Margari

India

-Taj Mahal
-Udaipur
-Bandhavgarh National Park
-Varanasi
-Jodhpur
-Palolem
-Dharamsala
-Boating on the backwaters of Kerala
-Elephant festival in Jaipur in March

Jodhpur

Jodhpur – Photo credit: Phil Robinson

Sri Lanka

-Yala National Park
-Sigiriya
-Polonnaruwa
-Mirissa
-Tangalle
-Dambulla
-Nivaleli
-Visit tea plantations

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa – Photo credit: Malcolm Browne

Nepal

-Kathmandu
-Boudha
-Trekking to Everest Base Camp
-Bhaktapur
-Bandipur

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp – Photo credit: Jody McIntyre

Bhutan

-Paro Taktsang
-Punakha
-Nabji
-Khoma
-Thimphu
-Trashigang
-Attend Tsechu festivals in October

Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang – Photo credit: Nagarjun Kandukuru

China

-Great Wall of China
-Terracotta Army
-Tibet
-Shanghai
-Beijing
-Wuyishan
-Chengdu

Terracotta army

Terracotta army – Photo credit: Tym

Mongolia

-Ulaanbataar
-Gobi desert
-Sleep in a yurt

Mongolia

Photo credit: martin_vmorris

Myanmar

-Ava
-Hpa An
-Pindaya
-Loikaw
-Mrauk U
-Mogok
-Hsipaw
-Green Hill Valley

Mrauk U

Mrauk U – Photo credit: Jean-Marie Hullot

Thailand

-Ko Pha Ngan
-Ko Muk
-Ko Kradan
-Ko Lao Liang
-Cheow Lan Lake
-Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chang Mai in November
-Sukhothai
-Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
-Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
-Erawan National Park
-Eat at The Grotto restaurant in Krabi
-Visit Maeklong market

Sam Roi Yot National Park - near Huan Hin - Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park – Photo credit: Charlotte

Laos

-Kuang Si falls
-Luang Prabang
-Vang Vieng
-Nam Ou river
-Chi Phat
-Phnom Penh

Kuang Si falls

Kuang Si falls – Photo credit: tbSMITH

Cambodia

-Angkor wat
-Kampot river
-Otres
-Ream National Park

Angkor wat

Angkor wat – Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis

Vietnam

-Halong Bay
-Sapa
-Bac Ha
-Lac Lake
-Mù Cang Chai
-Can Cau
-Hoi An
-Hue
-Ninh Binh
-Mekong delta
-Phu Quoc

Can Cau market

Can Cau – Photo credit: Arian Zwegers

Malaysia

-George Town
-Taman Negara
-Cameron Highlands

Georgetown

Georgetown – Photo credit: Don Wong

Singapore

-Swimm in Marina Bay sand infinity pool

Marina Bay infinity pool

Marina Bay Sand infinity pool – Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands

Indonesia

-Borodubur
-Gili Islands
-Sulawesi
-Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat – Photo credit: Ratha Grimes

Philippines

-Palawan
-Bohol
-Taal Volcano
-Banaue Rice Terraces
-Bocaray
-Vigan
-Coron
-Isla de Gigantes
-Hidden Valley springs

Palawan

Palawan – Photo credit: Christian Ronnel

Korea

-Jeonju Hanok
-Guinsa
-Dosan Seowon
-Naejangsan National Park

Jeonju Hanok

Jeonju Hanok – Photo credit: Jacques Beaulieu

Japan

-Tokyo
-Kyoto
-Nara
-Mount Fuji
-Koya San
-Tsumago
-Magome
-Nikko
-Himeji
-Aogashima
-Assist to a sumo tournament
-Visit a sake brewery
-Sleep in Hoshunoya hotel

Fushimi Inari Taisha shinto shrine

Kyoto – Photo credit: Elvin

This list is not exhaustive and will evolve over time as I’m always in search of new places.
And please let me know if you have any recommendation!

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