10 Stunning Natural Wonders in Asia
Asia is a vast and stunning continent with a wealth of culture and natural wonders that can not be found anywhere else in the world but say Asia and people instantly tend to think of the cultures, cuisine, people and architecture rather than the natural wonders that it has to offer up.
Here, we take a look at some of these beautiful landforms and show you what Asia really has to offer which will have you booking your flights almost instantly!
1. Deitan Falls - China and Vietnam
Known as the Ban Gioc – Detian Falls, these two waterfalls straddle to border between China and Vietnam on the Quây Sơn River.
Over thousands of years, the waterfall has eroded its crest and slowly moved upstream. It currently appears to be two waterfalls most of the time but when the river is swollen due to summer rains can form one fall again.
2. Gokyo Lakes - Nepal
When heading to Nepal, many head toward Mount Everest (or at least the base camp) which means that the stunning Gokyo lakes get criminally neglected. However, undertaking the Gokyo Rir (Gokyo Lakes Trek) will take you over 17,000 feet above the Himalaya.
Above lakes and clouds, you'll get a whole new perspective on its neighbor, Mount Everest. The lakes themselves cover more than six miles of land and are fed by the jaw-dropping Ngozumpa Glacier.
3. Chocolate Hills - The Philippines
Conical hills that are a vibrant green when the rainy season hits, they truly get their name from when the rains disappear, and the verdant scenery no longer has anything to feed it. Jutting up from the island of Bohol, the hills are a national geological monument of the Philippines.
Local legend would have you believe that the hills were formed by two fighting giants who were hurling stones and sand back and forth until they were too tired to clash.
4. Mount Kelimutu - Indonesia
Located on the island of Flores, with three summit crater lakes, the mountain itself is quite remote and requires some trekking to get there. However, it is well worth the effort as each lake has a different hue to it due to the mineral-rich underwater fumaroles.
The joy of this is that you never know what colors the lakes will be until you get there.
5. Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park - China
Multicolored mountains crop up everywhere about the Geological Park as red limestone and mineral deposits create stunning vistas from layers of rock that have formed over millions of years.
Only becoming a national park in 2011, it has been voted by various Chinese media outlets as the most beautiful landforms in the country.
6. Hang Son Doong Cave - Vietnam
One of the world's largest cave systems, you need a licensed guide to go and see this stunning labyrinth of tunnels and caverns with the main one big enough to fit a Boeing 747 plane in.
A wide, fast river that tunneled through the Earth over time formed Hang Son Doong, and it was only discovered in 1991 by someone trying to escape a storm. It was then lost again until 2009.
7. Jigoku Valley - Japan
On the Northern island of Hokkaido, Jigoku Valley is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, a region famed for its healing hot springs but it also has a 24-acre geothermal crater left in the wake of Mount Kuttara’s eruption thousands of years ago.
Boardwalks are set up to wander above the steam caves and hot springs, while spas and baths make the most of the natural geothermal energy.
8. Krabi Province - Thailand
One of Thailand’s most southernmost provinces, the limestone cliffs that disappear into the Andaman Sea are perfect for rock climbing whilst the clear waters are filled with an array of sea-life that you can dive down to observe.
The traditional style fishing boats that float from bay to bay are also a quaint sight and only add to the area's character.
9. The Gobi Desert - Mongolia
Featuring a variety of unique ecosystems, the searing hot temperatures in summer and cold ones in winter makes it a hard place to survive which means the flora and fauna there are pretty hard to come by almost anywhere else in the world.
While there, you can catch a glimpse of the shy snow leopard, gazelles, and bears.
10. Tioman - Malaysia
Off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the South China Sea, sees the island of Tioman offer up some of the best beaches in Malaysia but stray away from the beach and you can discover a waterfall-filled jungle or local fishing villages with a traditional feel and authenticity to them.
Waterfalls, local life, and sublime sun make it that much better than the crowded mainland.