Every traveller needs to face a difficult decision when it comes to planning their next holiday.
Do you want to explore new horizons, or do you prefer to stay within your comfort zone?
There is no denying that once you’ve seen our European neighbours, you probably know that we have a lot more in common with them. You won’t have any difficulty finding your favourite brand of biscuits in Amsterdam, Paris or Berlin. Additionally, the language barrier is non-existent. Most people in Europe speak English at an almost fluent level so that you’ll be able to visit new areas without breaking a sweat!
The next big destination on your list needs to feel like an exploratory vacation. If Asia has been on your bucket list for a long while, it’s time to give this amazing continent a chance.
A lot of people are worried about travelling to Asia, where everything is different from what you know. In truth, it’s normal to feel a little nervous at the idea of discovering new cultures and people. But don't let your fears stop you from travelling to Asia. The Asian cultures and countries are rich and filled with exciting details and stories. Here is a little guide to help you manage your concerns and book the trip of a lifetime to Asia:
Asia is a big continent
Even if you’ve never visited other European countries, you probably have a feel of what to expect. Indeed, we intuitively know and understand what makes Europe so unique. But when it comes to Asian countries, your knowledge might be a little off. There is so much to see and so many different countries and sites that it’s hard to design the best travelling plan. Where is the temple you’ve seen in Tomb Raider? Do you find the best beaches in Indonesia or Thailand? If you’re not sure where to start, you should join bespoke group trips to Thailand and neighbouring countries. You will find it a lot easier to visit with a knowledgeable guide who can ensure you get to see the sites and navigate safely in a foreign country. Additionally, guided tours are the perfect opportunity to get an overview of the region. You can choose to come back on a future occasion, but at least, you’ll know where the main tourist sites are and where to buy food and book your hotels.
Some of the most beautiful places on earth
You might have told yourself that you’ve already seen magical places in the world. While that might be true, Asia should be on your list. You will find breathtaking sites, landscapes, and monuments in Asia that encompass human ingenuity and natural beauty. For anybody who thinks they’ve seen it all, Asia is the place to go. Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the Ta Prohm temple, which is the famous temple swallowed by trees you’ve seen in Tomb Raider. You can see that all the film added to real life was a camera and some actors; otherwise, everything is precisely as you’ve seen it on TV. The floating village if the Ha Long Bay in Vietnam will steal your heart; it’s no wonder that the mesmerising site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is almost too much beauty for the eyes to see!
Unbelievably cute and quirky places
We all have our favourite coffee place or restaurants in town. But don’t think that just because you’re going to visit a new country, you won’t be able to find exciting places that make you feel at home. What’s the homely feeling when you’re abroad? It’s about finding a spot that is soothing, relaxing, and peaceful. A spot in which you can be yourself and safely observe your surroundings. For some, it might be a place like Padma de Fleur in Ho Chi Minh City, a beautiful cafe that serves drinks and food while you can watch florists at work. It’s almost like enjoying a cup of tea in your garden during springtime. Bliss!
For others, their homely place away from home could be an exciting owl cafe in Japan where they can be among their favourite birds and pet all those cuties. It doesn’t matter what it is. You will always find something that reminds you of home in Asia.
Nobody speaks your language
Not every country in Asia speaks fluently English. But, the truth is that they don’t need to. If you’re worried about the language barrier, here’s a quick overview of where to find English speakers in Asia. As a rule of thumb, the touristic destinations are likely to speak some level of English, but off-the-track spots don’t speak your language. But it’s okay! After all, there are other ways of communicating. More often than not, you’ll find that you can get by with a small phrasebook and some hand gestures. Most people are happy to help you, even if they don’t speak your language.
People are warm and friendly
Some of the friendliest cities in Asia are in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand, where you’ll find that the locals are happy to meet and help new people. Thailand is even nicknamed the “land of smiles”, so you can be sure to meet friendly locals. Once again, Asia proves that speaking different languages is no obstacle to friendship. If you’re worried about visiting a foreign country, pick a country such as Thailand that is famous for its warm welcome towards strangers and visitors. They will immediately make you feel at home!
You will come across dream luxury hotels
Ah, luxury hotels are a dream come true In many Asian countries, you can stay in beautiful hotels, such as the Imperial Boathouse Hotel in Thailand without breaking the bank. The Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, still in Thailand, is a favourite among visitors because of its unique locations. You can even get meals delivered to you by zip line in the trees!
In conclusion, Asia is a different kind of place if you’ve only visited European destinations. However, you won’t regret your trip to Asia. There is so much to see and explore that you’ll fill your mind with enough memories to last you a lifetime! Don’t let the differences be an obstacle to your trip. On the contrary, embrace them and don’t be afraid to meet the locals. Discovering Asia is a fast-paced lesson into open-mindedness, kindness, and human history.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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