The One Asian Country You Should Visit in Your Lifetime – According to 7 Fellow Travel Bloggers

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This is me, late again. This was supposed to be a new year’s resolution post, but as usual, life and probably too much brainstorming with myself got in the way. The good news is that I’m finally ready to start my year and put into practice my very well-thought resolutions, right now in the middle of February. Because for me January was always known as the “warm up month” (cough).

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Travel-wise, I’ve decided my first visit to Asia is long overdue and that 2017 could be a perfect year to do that, if… I can decide where to go! Asia is a huge continent with incredible places to explore and the ones close to me know how useless I am with too many choices available.

As a passionate traveller, the temptation of wandering a little bit for each country is real, but the years taught me to always prefer quality over quantity. I’d rather spend ten days in a single country, immersed in its culture than spending the same ten days hopping over three or four countries and not truly experiencing any of them. Travel is more than sightseeing after all. Or at least it should be. It definitely is when you’re in your 30’s.

The first country I’m definitely going to is China since one of my new year’s resolutions was actually to have a break from the no-longer-challenging European languages and start learning Chinese. I couldn’t think of a better place to practice it! But then, where next?

Well, I’m a beach girl, I love trying exotic food and architecture is my main speciality… Soon I realised my preferences would actually make me even more confused since there’s plenty of all of these in Asia. To help me make a decision I asked seven fellow travel bloggers who know Asia a lot better than I do and whose recommendations can be decisive not only for me but possibly for you too. So, the one million pound question is:  

 

“IF YOU COULD VISIT JUST ONE ASIAN COUNTRY IN YOUR LIFETIME, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?”

 

Lloyd & Yaya from HandLuggageOnly.co.uk

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“We’d both love to visit the Philippines, especially Bohol (which looks incredible). As you can imagine, we LOVE to travel and we’re both passionate about experiencing some of the very best and beautiful sights across the world… and the 1,200 mounds in Bohol looks so unique and picturesque. We’re just itching to visit!”

 

Tommy Dale from TommyGoRound.com

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“The answer is easy. Without a doubt: Thailand. If you could rank countries by smiles on faces, Thailand would be #1. The locals are such incredible people that are always happy to chop you up a coconut or zip you around in a tuk-tuk. The beaches and islands are second to none, along with the weather and clear water. In what another country can you shoot a whole family from a moving vehicle with a giant toy water gun and only get laughs back in return and water thrown in your face from a bucket? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to immediately book a ticket to Thailand in April for the three days Songkran water festival, which is the greatest thing I have ever experienced abroad. Don’t get me started on the food. From the crickets and scorpions that are a must try on every tourist’s bucket list to the best pad thai or coconut curry soup you’ve ever had all for no more than a dollar. Thailand might not just be the country I recommend to travel in Asia if I only had one choice, it might be the one place I would recommend in the entire world.”

Jeff & Anne from WhatDoesntSuck.com

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“When Anne and I went on our first date, I pinky promised her I would take her to Thailand. Three weeks later we bought tickets and six weeks after that we were celebrating NYE in Phuket under fireworks on the beach. Thailand will always hold a special place in our hearts as the first place we travelled together, a place where we put it all out on the line and jumped headfirst into an adventure to see if we worked together. Twenty countries later we’re happy to say it worked out and we cannot wait to see what happens next.”

 

Stefan Arestis & Sebastien Chaneac from NomadicBoys.com

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“If we could visit just one Asian country it would be Taiwan. It is one of the places we didn’t manage to visit during our big 2 year trip in Asia and we only hear amazing things about how delicious Taiwanese food is and how friendly the people are. Also, Taiwan is the leader of gay rights in Asia and is soon to become the first country in the continent to legalise gay marriage. They also have the largest LGBT pride event in Asia – Taipei Pride in October.”

 

Paul & Carole from PaulandCaroleLovetoTravel.com

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“Thailand is the one country that you should visit in your lifetime for many reasons. The smiling local people, the wonderful food and the idyllic beaches, it really is our favourite place in the world!”

 

 

Claire Summers from ClairesItchyFeet.com 

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“For me, the first stop has to be Thailand! If you are new to backpacking then Thailand is the perfect place to cut your teeth, so to speak. There is so much information out there to help you plan your trip and there are many clear, well-trodden paths forged by other travellers making it hard to go too wrong there. When I made the decision to become a full-time traveller I spent three weeks travelling Thailand just to see if backpacking really was for me. I loved every moment, even the disaster moments! Thailand has great food, incredible beaches its cheap and Thai people are very friendly. I’d recommend spending at least 3 weeks if you can and then going north to Vietnam.”

Shobha George from JustGoPlacesBlog.com

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“I’d visit Japan because I absolutely love the country’s culture and food. Not only is it a beautiful country but the Japanese people are polite and friendly.  I lived in Japan for 2 years and had a wonderful experience.  I took my children to visit Tokyo last year and I was thrilled that they fell in love with it, too. My son thought the country’s love affair with technology was cool and my daughter could not get enough of the cute ‘kawaii’ culture   It’s an incredibly easy country to travel in because it is safe and peaceful.  There are so many different places and landscapes to visit that you would not get bored.  The variety of sightseeing includes peaceful temples, relaxing hot springs, idyllic rural countryside, bustling megacities and outlandish teen culture. Needless to say, I’d visit Japan again in a heartbeat.”

 

Thanks Guys for your valued tips, but I guess we have a winner here: Thailand is also going to my destination list. And what about you? Have you ever been to Asia? Which countries would you recommend me? Leave me a comment!

 

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  1. We all have favourites and for many different reasons, and our choice is ………… Nepal! It has the highest mountain in the world (no need to name it), the deepest valley, 3 ancient cities close together (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur) full of world heritage sites, the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbini, trekking and mountain biking routes galore, lakeside resort at Pokhara, safari park at Chitwan, central as a hub for India, Bhutan, Tibet, and probably THE cheapest place for all of these things. Finally, my wife is Nepali and if I didn’t choose it she would kill me!!

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