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Beat the Winter Blues: 6 Places to Unwind in Asia

Posted by Karin Teubl on 11/12/2016
Beat the Winter Blues: 6 Places to Unwind in Asia

Feeling like you need to get away from the wintery cold and go seek some warm, sunny climate? The sweeping continent of Asia is certainly a travel option to consider. There are countless places to visit in Asia, keeping in mind that everyone’s definition of ‘relaxing’ is different. It’s easy on your pocket, there’s an assortment of cultures to experience and it’s filled with the most interesting characters.

Here are 6 places to visit in Asia that we recommend to help you take the load off.

1. Go off on a food hunt
 Go off on a food hunt
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When it comes to food, South Korea is the place to eat your heart out. Indulge in street food in areas like Hongdae, a part of the capital city of Seoul. From grilled chicken galbi to crispy yet chewy jeon pancakes to spicy tteokbokki rice cakes; your taste buds will be kept very busy.

Go cafe-hopping in Garosu-gil for the sweeter stuff -  it’s a charming tree-lined street filled with unique and whimsical eateries, cafes and bars. Grab a bowl of patbingsu (shaved ice dessert) if the weather’s warm or head to Busan for rice cakes that resemble water droplets.

2. Bask in local art and architecture
 Bask in local art and architecture
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India isn’t just a place for exciting cuisine and colour festivals – it also houses some very impressive architectures. If you’re looking for inspirational imagery, there’s the Thikse, a dramatically striking monastery atop a hill. Don’t stop at the scenery that’s straight out of a fantasy film – the inside is just as beautiful and serene.

If you’re a fan of throbbing street art culture, the city of Bombay has art deco buildings slapped with the finest pieces. The Kala Ghoda Art Festival held there every February is a chance for talented locals to display installations and paintings. There’s also a galore of graffiti, movie posters and art galleries.

For some eye candy that’s a little closer to home, read this piece on Roman architectural attractions.

Thikse Monastery

Thiksey Villay, Leh Manali Highway, Thiksey, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

3. Explore beautiful landscapes by foot

Explore beautiful landscapes by foot
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Japan is full of soothing locations for the body and soul. Even if you don’t have the strongest affinity for the outdoors, Hokkaido is here to convince you otherwise because of how breathtaking it is regardless of season. Daisetsuzan National Park is a national park in Hokkaido that’s 10 times as big as the bustling city of Osaka.

Come for the lush forests, arresting mountain views and crystal-clear waters. You could choose to walk at your own pace or go on a guided cycling tour. Stop by the Noboribetsu Onsen after a day-long trek and find some respite in the hot springs which are rich in healing minerals.

4. Discover fascinating history and culture
 Discover fascinating history and culturephoto source: pinterest

There’s something very mellow about Indonesia. It’s one of the places to visit in Asia that’s also enriched with historical landmarks. Take a tour of the 7 Temples of Enlightenment in Bali (a World Heritage site) which traces the creation of the Balinese Hindu religion. Highlights include a trek to a hidden 10th-century meditation temple where ancient chambers are carved into moss-swathed rock.

On a more laidback day, pay a visit to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces for some seriously gorgeous greenery. Try to remember to take a few pictures while you’re there busy gawking at this paddy field paradise.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Jl.Tegallalang, Banjar Ceking, Gianyar, Tegallalang, Denpasar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

5. Witness an unparalleled night time view of the city
 Witness an unparalleled night time view of the city
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Malaysia is a place to go for so many different reasons but one of the unappreciated ones is the view of the capital city. Drop by Marini’s on 57 if you want an incomparable view of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape after sundown. The easy atmosphere and music at this bar and lounge will always give you a reason to celebrate and forget your troubles.

Enjoy nibbles crafted for sophisticated palate and sip on some of their distinct signature cocktails while you glimpse at the impressive Petronas Twin Towers. You could then head over to Marble 8, a contemporary steakhouse for a sumptuous dinner and stay for the decadent desserts.

If you’re looking for a place to spend New Year’s, swing by Marini’s on 57 and Marble 8 for more information.

Marini’s on 57

Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

+60 3-2386 6030

Marble 8

Lorong Kuda, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

+60 3-2386 6030 

6. Photograph stunning sights by the water

Photograph stunning sights by the water
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Another great place for a getaway in Asia is Vietnam. If you’re looking for an opportunity to flex your photography muscles, look no further than Ha Long Bay. Go on a cruise through the emerald waters and rainforest-topped limestone islands for a dose of tranquility. Dubbed the 8th natural wonder of the world, this destination is perfect for the DSLR-wielders and social media aficionados.

Other things to do include scuba diving, kayaking and rock climbing. Take a trip to the countryside and have a slow boat ride along the Red River Delta. Stick around and watch the mua roi nuoc water puppet show at night.