Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent, is also the one that attracts the most tourists. And why shouldn’t it? With a past soaked deep in the Orient and the present rising the waves of technology, this continent is at once a mix of old and new, and a true delight. So, without further ado, here are the three top destinations in Asia to fly to in 2013.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is a rapidly growing city that hosts a plethora of new hotels and nightclubs. But almost all of the tourists that come here are not for this city, but for something amazing nearby – the awe inspiring ancient temples of Angkor Vat. The Angkor Archaeological Park opens before sunrise, offering a great view of the sun rising over Angkor Vat, and closes at night, giving you time to enjoy and absorb this ancient architecture and all that it stands for.
Planned two hundred years ago by Kublai Khan, Beijing stands as a true symbol of the amalgam of past and future. History buffs can go crazy with the many palaces, gardens and temples of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The great wall of China is something that no one wants to miss. Apart from the old, Beijing revels in the new. You can go see the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Tiananmen Square, green parks, and the likes.
Shanghai is the confident and composed face of today’s China, and its energy is viral. There are fashionable clubs to drink and dance the night away, or just observe the multitude of people pass by in People’s Square. And if you still have not tasted Chinese cuisine yet, get ready for your mind to be blown. Consider staying longer in Shanghai or Beijing by seeking employment as an expat by teaching English in China.
Mary blogs about hot spots in Asia and discounted flights.