4 Places in Asia to add to your Bucket List

27 August 2013

4 Places in Asia to add to your Bucket List

A true adventurer seeks sights beyond the norm and trendy hot lists of weekly publications or annual Best Places to Visit reviews. Read on and be inspired by our own hot list.

Nha Trang

Do you like pristine, sparkling beaches? Nha Trang takes the Vietnamese roll when it comes to laid-back shores. It’s definitely not a shiny, trendy holiday spot for the fussy – though there are ritzy hotels straddling the coastline - as NT demands visitors dive into the everyday pulse of the area, offering some of the best water sport sites in the region. The local fare rivals the taste explosions of Hanoi, serving up a perpetual banquet of fresh seafood and complementary spices – some like it hot, do you?


If cult pop hits like Doctor Who had a travelling equivalent, Laos would possibly take out the title and the runner-up podium. Though there are no blue boxes, spaceships or bow-tie wearing British men, Southeast Asia is a veritable wonderland of undiscovered cultural seams  – Laos is fast becoming modern without a dash of pretension, retaining the old world village essence on the meandering water-front, scattered with monasteries and heart-stopping activities. Rock climbing, anyone? How about a trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls?

Angkor Wat

The breathtaking majesty of Angkor Wat will humble you to your very core; a relic of the early 12th century, the symbolic, religious and historical significance of this now Buddhist sacred site (formally a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu) is the pride of the Cambodian people. Book a private tour and marvel at the carvings and stone-cut designs adorning the walls; make sure you pack an extra SD card for your camera, you’ll need it.

Phnom Penh

If you haven’t yet set foot in Cambodia, after revelling in the towering magnificence of Angkor Watt, take a turn or two around the capital. Phnom Penh perches on the banks of the Mekong River; take a Tuk Tuk ride and visit the National Museum for a dose of Cambodian history, whizz through the streets on a motorbike and drown happily in a flourish of colour and food, as the markets call to you, promising a true Cambodian experience.

While some Asia trips are long bursts of exploration, most of us don’t have time to check off everything on our bucket list. What are you missing? What would you like to see next?