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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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                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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