When you think of Japan, what comes to mind? Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido, right? These major tourist towns attract the highest number of traffic every year. However, Japan has many gorgeous islands and panoramic scenery in other cities too that is for sure, worth travelling to.
Countries such as India have over-populated cities that some may find too claustrophobic. What most leave out are the smaller suburban areas and the mountains that can be found away from the city that holds the same rich culture. If you have always been the adventurous type, why not take the road less travelled (literally)?
Here are 5 Unique Travel Destinations in Asia You Never Knew About – Treat Yourself To Asia’s Most Well-Kept Secrets.
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#1 HOH XIL, TIBET
Hoh Xil in Tibet is China’s largest and the world’s third largest uninhabited area and it home to massive wildlife.
This beautiful area is made up of the most beautiful mountainous landscapes and is one of the main sources of the Yangtze River. Get in touch with the very primal part of life, where you free yourself of worries and take in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Average price of accommodation: Below S$40 a night for an Airnb apartment Cheapest flight price: S$950 return (excluding visa, compulsory to obtain) Average cost of food a day: S$20 (all meals) Total for 5 days (all expenses): Approx. S$1200
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#2 SHODOSHIMA, JAPAN
As the second largest island in the Sento Inland Sea, this “Mediterranean-style” Japanese island is home to beaches, resorts and lovely coastal sceneries.
Check out soy sauce factories, olive farms and Monkey Park when you visit this island.
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Average price of accommodation: S$30 a night for AirBnb apartment, S$250 (hotel) Cheapest flight price: S$650 return, including two-way transfer from Tokyo Average cost of food a day: S$50 for all meals Total for 5 days (all expenses): S$1050 (Airbnb apartment), S$1900 (hotel)
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#3 GARDEN OF DREAMS, NEPAL
This neo-classical historic garden, is a nice respite from the bustling city of Kathmandu and provides a very lovely and tranquil atmosphere.
Although Garden of Dreams is not a full city, it is a must-visit when you venture to Kathmandu to appreciate the historical monuments and the flora & fauna.
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Average price of accommodation: S$50 a night (3-star hotel), $25 a night (AirBnb apartment) Cheapest flight price: S$600 return Average cost of food a day: S$25 for all meals Total for 5 days (all expenses): Approx S$885
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#4 DANUM VALLEY, SABAH
This is for all the nature lovers out there. Danum Valley is situated in a rainforest where you can have a full-on experience learning about nature and going for nature walks.
You can choose to stay in the rainforest lodges where you will be treated to a very quintessential experience.
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Average price of accommodation: S$40 per night for an AirBnb apartment (Rainforest lodge recommended but is much pricier) Cheapest flight price: S$130 Average cost of food a day: S$20 for all meals Total for 3 days (all expenses): S$270
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#5 MUNNAR, INDIA
If you are a tea fan, look no further than Munnar, a fairly unknown part of the mountainous regions in India.
Despite this, Munnar houses beautiful tea plantations that span over large areas and has luxurious hotels and lodges where you can stay in, with mountain views.
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Average price of accommodation: S$50 per night (Airbnb apartment), S$200 a night (luxurious mountain view hotel) Cheapest flight price: S$182 return Average cost of food a day: S$20 all meals Total for 5 days (all expenses): S$1000 (hotel), S$462 (AirBnb apartment)