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20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

When you think about going on holiday, Asia may not be the first place you think of. Yet, it has many beautiful places you must visit! Here is an amazing list of 20 places in Asia you should absolutely visit at least once!

1. Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan

Tigers Nest

    Also known as Taktsang, it is a sacred monastery built on a rocky cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro valley. Legend has it, some 1,300 years ago, Guru Rinpoche materialized on the back of a flying tigress and converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism at this place.

    This is a must-visit place because of the unique location and view that will leave you mesmerized. The background story of this place makes it even more unique and worth seeing.

    2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap

      Siem Reap is the capital of the province Siem Reap in Cambodia. One of their most famous sites to visit is the Angkor Wat temple. Besides that, they have many more temples, museums, the Old Market and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

      With plenty of touristic attractions, it still doesn’t feel overcrowded. You will be able to take in the culture and habits of locals.

      3. Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos

      Bokeo

        Located in the Bokeo province in Laos, this nature reserve was created to protect the black-cheeked gibbon. To view the gibbons or experience the beauty of the forest, you can use the Gibbon Experience. You can also join the Waterfall Gibbon Experience, which includes three hours of trekking along the Nam Nga River.

        This amazing experience is nowhere else to be found. You get to see beautiful nature and the black-cheeked gibbon, which was thought to be extinct!

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        4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        Kuala Lumpur

          Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is an amazing place to visit because of the variaty of things to do and see. The architecture ranges from cultural to modern. The most touristic sites are China Town, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Buta Caves and Central Market.

          This city has such a wide variety of sites, everyone should see it for themselves. It has the beauty of old, traditonal buildings next to the modern towers.

          5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

          Halong bay

            As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this bay is a must-visit. There exists over 3,000 islands and it is inhabited by about 1,600 people living in floating villages. To make the most out of your visit, you should take a cruise and experience life from the water.

            The beauty of the nature will leave you in awe. This is for sure a must-visit place.

            6. Danxia Landform, China

            Danxia China

              These beautiful landscapes are unique to China. Formed out of red sandstone and strong forces, these landscapes were added to the World Heritage List in 2010. This is one of the places you must see for yourselves!

              7. Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan

              Rainbow Family Village

                A little while ago, an old man began to paint. This man’s name was Huang Yung-Fu, also known as Grandpa Rainbow. He lives in a military dependents’ village and one day decided to make this place more colorful. It is a beautiful place with a unique story. You will love to see all the colors and it will move you deep inside your heart. Definitely a must-see!

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                8. Taj Mahal, India

                Taj Mahal

                  In 1632 an Emperor started with the construction of a mosque to commemorate his favorite wife. It was finished in 1648 and it is the jewel of the muslim community in India. It has beautiful gardens, symbolizing paradise, or a heaven on earth.

                  If you have not yet seen this beautiful white marble mosque, be sure to visit it when you can!

                  9. Great Wall of China, China

                  Great Wall China

                    This massive structure was originally built as a defense wall. With a length of  3945 miles, it is the longest wall on earth. Many parts of the Wall have been damaged and are no longer accessible. To see the Great Wall yourself, you best go to Qinhuangdao or Beijing.

                    10. Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan

                    Shinjuku Gyoen Park

                      This beautiful park is located in Tokyo. It was originally completed in 1772, but the current layout was formed in 1906. The garden is 58.3 hectares in area, and it has over 20,000 trees. The greenhouse has over 1,700 different tropical and subtropical plant species on display.

                      11. Yolyn Am, Mongolia

                      Yolyn Am

                        Also known as the Valley of Eagels, the deep, narrow gorge is unique for it’s thick ice field. It is located in the Gobi Dessert. Because it is so deep and narrow, it is like an oasis in the desert, always remaining cool.

                        12. The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea

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                        War Memorial Korea

                          This former site of the army headquarters has six indoor exhibitions and over 13,000 memorabilia outside. In the combat experience room you can experience different situations that soldiers went through during the Korean war.

                          13. Bali, Indonesia

                          Bali

                            Sun, a deep blue sea and long beaches. Bali could be the tropical paradise for you!

                            Besides the beach, you can also visit caves, dive or visit temples. With a great climate and different places to discover, this is an amazing island to visit.

                            14. Hong Kong, China

                            Hong Kong

                              If you want to visit a city for shopping, you must go to Hong Kong. For designer fashion, visit the Landmark Mall, also known as Central. There are plenty of street markets for different interests too. You can simply shop till you drop!

                              15. Daehan Dawon, South Korea

                              Daehan Dawon

                                Boseong is the home of green tea plantation in South Korea. Deanna Dawon is a tourist plantation which provides 40% of the country’s green tea. Relax with the beautiful scenery of these tea fields.

                                16. The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

                                Mekong Delta

                                  The Mekong River provides ways for the locals to sell their crops. You can find pretty much all the tropical fruits you can think of. Floating along the river, the view is beautiful and tropical. You can get off the river at different locations, to visit the city or temples. The friendly locals will welcome you with open arms.

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                                  17. Patong, Thailand

                                  Patong

                                    Patong is the place to go for a great nightlife. At night there are over a hunderd restaurants, bars and discos. The main goal; have a good time!

                                    18. Phewa Lake, Nepal

                                    Phewa Lake

                                      Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is near the Tal Barahi Temple and Baidam, also known as the Lakeside. From here you can also take a tour to Pokhara, the most touristic city in Nepal.

                                      19. Banaue, Philippines

                                      Banaue

                                        Banaue is a small town in the Philippines. It is well known for the rice terraces. The rice terraces were handmade many years ago and are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                                        You may see it many times in pictures or video, but you cannot grasp the amazing beauty until you see it for yourself!

                                        20. Shwedagon Pagoda, Maynmar

                                        Shwedagon Pagoda

                                          The Shwedagon Pagoda is the biggest, most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Maynmar. It is 325 feet tall, covered in gold and has over 7,000 gems. It is said to be over 2,500 years old, but there are no existing construction papers. This magnificent building is a must-see in Asia!

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                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                          If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                          3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          1. For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                          This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          2. For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                          Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                          For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                          Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                          • Shut down your thinking
                                          • Calm your feelings
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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