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  • The most beautiful canyons in the world

    Taroko Gorge, photo by B_cool on Flickr

    Canyons are some of the most dramatic landforms on the planet (and even on other planets), created over millions of years by rivers that carved their way through the landscape. Geologists can probably rave on for hours about canyons, but you hardly need to know everything about them in order to appreciate their beauty. Wherever they are, canyons tend to be major natural attractions for people who want to see them, take pictures of them, climb them and trek along them. Canyons or gorges have a way of creating the perfect setting for adventures, as long as you don’t shrink from a bit of hiking and walking. Here are some of the most beautiful canyons in the world, for travelers who ‘collect’ natural wonders.

     
  • The best river cruises in Asia

    Yangtze cruise, photo by Jack Zalium on Flickr

    The oceans and seas around the Asian continent couldn’t be better for a relaxing cruise, if you want to fit in some island hopping into your holiday too. But as fun as it is to wander the high seas around Asia on a luxury boat, making your way into the continent on one of its many river can afford you some similarly unforgettable experiences. Many rivers on the vast Asian continent are so beautiful that they have become a thing of legends, and sailing on them for a couple of weeks will not only give you an eyefull of lovely landscapes, but it will allow you to learn a thing or two about the country’s culture as well. Here are some of the best river cruises in Asia for those who like to sail.

     
  • Top 5 most gigantic hotels in the world

    Luxor Las Vegas, photo by Steve Cadman on Flickr

    Imagine thousands upon thousands of rooms in one single building, with bathrooms, hallways, bars and restaurants in tow. Sounds bigger than anything humanity has ever built? Buildings capable of housing a small town are not a figment of the imagination, but pure reality. Buildings of such a size are obviously not family homes, but sprawling hotels in some of the biggest and busiest cities of the world. As a guest lodging in a hotel this big, you would need some very good maps, but if you are ever in the situation of not being able to find the exit in some of the top 5 most gigantic hotels in the world, at least you’ll have the certainty that they are a beautiful place to get lost in.

     
  • The best hiking trails in Asia

    Tiger Leaping Gorge, photo by Hector Garcia on Flickr

    From the tallest mountains in the world to the most idyllic tropical islands, Asia has it all. The sheer geographical diversity of the continent is incredible, and naturally the scenery can be more beautiful than you thought you could imagine. So it figures that Asia would be chock full of opportunities for hiking, climbing and trekking, and it’s a wonder that any of the routes are ever free of eager travelers. Hiking is not all about physical effort and pushing your boundaries, but also about discovering natural wonders small or large, animals, plants and minerals, and getting a bit closer to nature than you were at the start. These trails can do just that and so much more – here are some of the best hiking trails in Asia.

     
  • The most spectacular waterfalls in Asia

    Shiraito Fall, photo by Zengame on Flickr

    Niagara, Angel Falls, Victoria Falls, Plitvice Falls. Almost every continent in the world is home to a few of the world’s most famous waterfalls, but when it comes to Asia, not many waterfalls are the topic of conversations. But Asia can boast of some of the most stunning natural sights in the world, and there are more than enough waterfalls on this vast continent that could do with a little more attention. There are countless waterfalls in Asia that could easily compete in terms of beauty and sheer awesomeness with any of the ‘stars’, and any list of the most spectacular waterfalls in Asia only manages to scratch the surface!

     
  • The craziest elevators in the world

    Gateway Arch, photo by Ryan Kelly on Flickr

    Elevators are not usually at the top of a traveler’s must-see list, unless they have watched a particularly good thriller or if they don’t like being confined in small spaces. Elevators are notorious for their uninteresting music often even more uninteresting decor, but as hard to believe as it is, there are several elevators in the world that are actually exciting. If you have never thought that an elevator ride would be something to write home about, then you definitely haven’t been on any of the craziest elevators in the world. Forget all you’ve known about elevators so far, and prepare for a truly exhilarating experience.

     
  • Top 5 Asian city breaks

    Singapore, photo by William Cho

    Asia is home to some of the greatest sites wonders and man-made wonders in the world, the tallest mountains and some of the lowest plains, the smallest villages and the world’s most hectic and developed cities. Picking just one urban travel destination from this vast continent is like finding the perfect straw in the haystack – there are just too many of them that fit the bill. It’s  not much use to choose the most touristy city you can find if you are only planning on a short break, but as a long as a city really excellent at one specific, two or three days will be enough to get the most out of your holiday. Here are our picks for the top 5 Asian city breaks, for travelers who want a short holiday that packs a punch.

     
  • The best spring events in Asia

    Takayama Spring Festival, photo by Paul Robinson

    Spring is coming in Asia, and even if in some parts of this vast continent the season is not noticeable as in the northern areas, people everywhere celebrate it with festivals, dances and other events. Traveling through Asia this time of the year allows you to be part of these yearly rituals, and experience firsthand the culture of the country you’re visiting. Small events that few travelers find out about will be happening in towns, cities, villages, but a few of them are famous enough to draw people from all over the world. So if you find yourself in Asia in the next few months, here are some of the best spring events in Asia that you might want to attend.

     
  • The most exciting desert ruins in the world

    Palmyra, photo by Varun Shiv Kapur on Flickr

    For a city dweller, deserts usually seem forbidding and inhospitable, despite the fact that there are people who made their homes in these arid corners of the planet. Sometimes even entire cities can thrive in the middle of the desert, and become fun places to be, at least if Las Vegas is any indication. Ancient desert cities and oases have often been abandoned and now lie in ruin, and that might make a desert seem a bit creepy, but also a great destination for an adventurous traveler. Ruins in the desert never cease to fascinate, and while some might still be quite mysterious and off the beaten track, many of them have become popular tourist attractions. If desolate landscapes and ancient wrecks are your thing, you’re probably going to enjoy visiting the most exciting desert ruins in the world.

     
  • The best destinations in the world to see spring flowers

    Namaqualand, photo by Takeshi Itoh

    Spring is coming, which means that winter-hating travelers can hit the road again and enjoy a bit of sunlight and fresh air at some new and exciting destination. The warm weather and the pretty flowers are reason enough to go for a walk in the park or take a hike on the hill near town, but they are just as good of a reason to go somewhere farther. Spring is a time of celebration in many countries where winter makes itself felt, and even without any festivals or events, the multitude of springs flowers manage to create a festive atmosphere nonetheless. If you’re willing to travel to see some blooms and buds, here are some of the best destinations in the world to see spring flowers.

     
 
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