We live only once and there is no guarantee that we will live a long life. There are so many things to do, so many places to go and so many people to meet on this earth. We often travel to escape from our day to day life. We travel not to feel the same, we feel on our everyday routine life. We travel to escape from our life, but, what if we travel that way, life does not escape from us. What if we make it our life?
Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Traveling to new places may change your perception about life at some point.
If you are planning to visit Asia, there are some wonderful places you should consider about. The best thing about Asia is that everything here is so natural. You can get everything at an economical price. There are people of different ethnicities. There are different food habits, cultural diversity, arts, ethnic diversity in Asia.
Islands of Asia
There are many tourist spots in Asia. And the best thing about Asia is its greenery and cultural diversity. The jewel among Asian tourist spots is its islands. There are many islands in Asia, mainly in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. For years, they have become the center of tourist attraction. This is not only for their great scenic beauty, also for their diverse features and closeness with nature that will take you into serenity. And comparing the cost, their appeal is ever increasing to people who travel frequently and have a different perception towards a traveling spot. And today we are going to tell you about 5 islands those you should visit at least once in a lifetime.
Bali is a tropical island in Indonesia. And in a single package, here you will find sea beach, world class surfing experience, greenery, rice terraces, temples, volcanic mountains and ancient culture. So, the best thing about Bali is that it is suitable for any kinds of travelers. From backpackers to luxury seekers, anyone can visit Bali.
When & How to Go to Bali
It is best to visit Bali in Dry season from April to September, but if you are looking for less crowd then it better to travel in other time, but then there will be a chance of rainfall. There is an international airport in Denpasar. You can get many carriers at different price range.
Top Things to Do In Bali
Bali is a large island, which is a province of Indonesia. There are many areas like- Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, and Ubud.
Temples: There are thousands of temples and most of them are ancient ones. You can find the best ones in Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Saraswati, Bedugul, and Besakih temple. Always maintain the norms when visiting these temples.
Volcanoes: There are four volcanoes in Bali- Agung, Batur, Bratan, and Merbuk. You can visit these volcanoes and you can get to the top if you are physically capable. Mount batur is the most beautiful one as you can get the view of the lake.
Rice Terraces: The rice terraces in Bali will soak your eyes with greenery. You will find the best rice terraces in Tegalalang which is north of Ubud.
Beaches: Bali Beaches and their world class surfing will take your breath away. The best beaches in Bali are- Mengiat Beach, Geger Beach, Jimbaran Beach, Legian Beach. Also, you can ride on a boat and get to the closest islands.
Indulge in Taste Bud: You can diverse food items made from fresh ingredients and get a new experience.
Luxury Resorts: There are many luxury resorts in Bali to give you a posh experience. You can also many economical places in Bali too.
Langkawi is also known as the Jewel of Kedah. This island in Malaysia is adjacent to Thailand and suitable tourist spot for its numerous features and attractions. Any person who is planning to visit Malaysia can easily get there, so, they should get there and spend a night at least.
Things to do in Langkawi
The Cable Ride: The Langkawi cable ride will give you an overall view of the island as you will traveling over the island. This is a stiff cable ride and will cost only 35 Malaysian Ringgit.
Parks: Kilim Karst Geo forest park and Skytrex are two different places those will give you different adventures. If you want to hop and ride through the forest, you can go to the Skytrex which has opened recently.
Food: The seafood and street foods in the night market will add a new experience to your taste bud.
Ski Diving and Parasailing: You can ski dive around the island or parasail on the beach if you want.
Beaches: Tengah Beach, Tanjung Rhu, and Pantai Cenang are the famous beaches on the island. If you are looking forward to staying close to the beach, then it is wise to book a hotel close to these beaches.
3D Museum: The 3D museum in Langkawi is one of the major attractions. You can capture amazing moments on that museum.
You can get to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur via Bus, Train or Air. The air fare is very cheap. The new electric train services can be a good option too. It is cheap and takes less than two hours.
Saint Martin Island
Saint Martin Island is a coral island in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. If you are looking for a complete escape from the madding crowd, then Cox’s bazar is the right place.
When to Go There
There is no ship available from May/June to November because of bad weather. You can visit the island rest of the time. You can travel to Chittagong or Dhaka international Airport and get to Cox’s Bazar on a domestic flight. You can visit there the longest beach of the world, then get to Teknaf and Saint Martin.
Things to do in Saint Martin
A Journey by Ship: Saint Martin is a small island. But the journey to the island is a couple of hour ride in a ship. You have to start from Teknaf. During your journey, you will enjoy the hills on Bangladesh side and the border of Myanmar. You will find a group of seagulls following your ship throughout the journey.
The Food: You will get lots of fresh fishes captured here. You will find roadside food shops where you will see fishes. You get to choose by yourself and ask them to grill or deep fry the fish. And you can get a giant lobster for only 10$. Where else on this planet you will get a lobster that cheap and that fresh?
The Chera Dip: This is another island adjacent. You can get there on a boat or by a bicycle. You can enjoy the mesmerizing colors of corals there.
The Starry Night: The Island does not have a grid connection. The island runs on personal generators which are turned off after 8 p.m. So, when you will be lying on the beach at night, with the stars up your head and sound of the waves, no disturbance, no crowd, whatsoever, you will be taken away by the atmosphere.
If you want to go to this island you can also read our detailed blog on Saint Martin Island Bangladesh.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi is the most famous island of Thailand. Probably you remember the movie “The Beach”. Lio Dicaprio was seen on this beautiful beach on Andaman coasts. The movie was released on 2000. The phi island is one of the most amazing and beautiful beaches not only in Asia also around the world. Even though it is overcrowded in travel seasons, still the postcard and screen saver type.
Things to do in Phi Phi
Maya Bay: Maya Bay is a wonderful beach and it is same as we have seen in movies. A place is a reserved place and you can’t stay there more than one night. You have to pay an entry fee to get there.
The Viking Cave: You can get to the Viking cave. You will see the ancient paintings on the cave wall.
Snorkeling: You can get to several spots where you will see tons of beautiful fishes under water.
Bio Luminescent Plankton: You can hardly keep yourself away from swimming at night. The water temperature is gentle and mild, the stars up above your head and the bioluminescent planktons will take your breath away.
Phi Phi Island is a bit costly compared to other places in Thailand. You can get there from Phuket easily by ferry. If you are going there, an advance booking will be wise. Also, there are many competitive prices to get there by ferry. Before you plan to go there, you need to study a bit and find the best deal available.
Maldives is an island country which has a number of islands on its territory. There are many small islands and the resorts are built based on them.
Things to Know before Going to Maldives
There are many things you need to know before going to Maldives. Maldives is the most costly island in Asia and if you don’t plan correctly, you may waste unnecessary resources.
Check the Flight Time: it is important to know when you are arriving on the island. Depending on this you may have to stay on Male.
Airport Transfer: Airport transfer is bit costly, so, you need to check where you are staying before going there.
Hotel Types: There are two types of islands- residential and private islands. The residential islands have local people residing and there are restrictions. In private islands, things are more relaxed and also costlier.
Half Board & Full Board: The hotels may have only complimentary breakfast. Or they may have dinner and lunch or all other facilities. So, when you are booking a hotel check these features.
Things to Do in Maldives
Underwater Dining: You can dine in underwater dining rooms in Maldives. Most dining places are on the water. So, you will have fish on your plate and fish under your foot.
The Shark Sanctuary: Maldives is one of the shark sanctuaries in the world and you can dive underwater to roam with sharks.
Spa: the place is famous for its sensational spa and massage parlors.
Fish and Spice Market: You can also visit fish and spice market from where you can see different types of fish and spices. If you want to you can shop from there too.
Main Five: the main focus of Maldives marine life are- manta and eagle rays, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks, whale sharks.
Luxury: there are luxurious hotels and resorts incomparable to any other places on this planet.
Snorkeling: you can have snorkeling experience on Maldives. There are many spots where you can do scuba diving and see fishes underwater.
Food: There is a great range of local foods available in the market. You can get to the local markets and enjoy some street food too.
The best thing about all these places is that they will take you to the places where the water and sky meet on the horizon. Where serenity is found, where you can find another meaning of your life. Not all fun are in party and booze. Fun which is in closeness to nature is incomparable to any other thing. Also, these places are affordable to any people, from backpackers to serious travelers and luxurious ones. And there is room for each type of people. Nature, culture, adventure all are found in these islands, this is why we are saying these are the five best islands of Asia you need to visit before you die.