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Affordable Asian Destinations You Need To Visit

Most of the time, people choose not to travel because they feel like doing so is expensive. It’s true that there are destinations where you would need a good amount of cash to visit, but there are those that more wallet-friendly. Backpackers call these “bargain destinations”, and today we are going to introduce you to those affordable Asian destinations.

Affordable Asian Destinations That Should Be On Your List

You will find a whole slew of these kinds of destinations in Asia. You won’t have to save much to see the beautiful sites, to experience the culture, to partake of the delicacies, and to mingle with the locals in the following affordable Asian destinations:

Pokhara, Nepal

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Pokhara in Nepal is a laid-back city that you can recharge in.

The first of the many affordable Asian destinations on this list is Pokhara, Nepal. It is the second largest city in Nepal. If you’re already in Kathmandu, the capital, you can recharge your batteries in Pokhara which is about 120 miles away. The atmosphere in this city is laid-back. You’ll have a clear view of the snow-capped mountains when you visit Phewa lake.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai is a city with so much cultural significance.

If you do visit Chiang Mai, you’ll be visiting the most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. Just like Pokhara, people come to Chiang Mai if they’ve already had enough of the busyness of Bangkok. You’ll have easy access to different Buddhist temples. There are about 300 of them in Chiang Mai. On top of that, rain-forest reserves, waterfalls, forests, and hot springs are just a motorcycle ride away.

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hanoi is a Vietnamese city with French influences.

Interestingly, Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It has traces of French influences because, from 1902 to 1954, Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina. Today, the city is well developed, but if you take a closer look, you will see remnants of its rich history in the backstreets. A lot of travelers like Hanoi because it’s one of the cities in Vietnam where you can experience luxury at a lesser price.

Goa, India

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Goa India is popular for its beaches.

Generally, if you stir clear of the major cities in India, you’ll find a lot of spots that can be considered as bargain destinations. Goa is one of them. Travelers go there for the beaches, the cultural experience, and its scenery. You may also love the markets and the spice farms in Goa.

If you do your own research, you’ll find that there are more Asian cities that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to visit. For more Asian travel tips, check out more posts from our blog. You can also visit AsianDate.com to meet pretty Asian ladies you can talk to about other affordable Asian destinations.

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Can You Guess Which Asian Destinations Are Among The Most Romantic?

Top10sEverything, a popular YouTube channel which compiles all sorts of fun lists, decided to pick the most romantic places in the world. There are three Asian destinations that made the list. Can you guess which ones made it? Watch this and find out:

Three Of the Most Romantic Asian Destinations

Asia is not exactly like Paris, the most romantic city in the world, but it is up to par because the romantic scenery, experiences and food are unlimited. Here are the three Asian cities that made it to Top10sEverything’s list, and why they are the most romantic:

Kyoto, Japan

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Number six on Top10sEverything’s Most Romantic Destinations list is Kyoto, Japan. It is the country’s seventh-biggest city. Its significance in history is very prominent having been the capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. A lot of travellers refer to Kyoto as old Japan, and that’s exactly where its charm comes from.

For couples, Kyoto can be a honeymooners’ playground because of its natural beauty. Admiring the beauty of the love of your life standing underneath the cherry blossom trees in full bloom can be breathtaking. Couples can also take part in different activities like dressing up in Japanese traditional bridal attire and taking pictures all around Kyoto. A ride on private boats in Arashiyama can be the perfect mood setter before your romantic Japanese dinner.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Before we go into the romantic details of why Istanbul is one of the most romantic Asian destinations, you should know that it is a transcontinental city in Eurasia. The city’s commercial and historical centre is on the European side, while around a third of its population lives on the Asian side.

Another interesting fact about Istanbul is that it was a place where JFK Jr. brought his new bride Carolyn Bessette during their 1996 honeymoon. So, what’s so romantic about Istanbul? For one, there are so many places you can soak up history in. There’s Hagia Sophia which was a cathedral/mosque that has been turned into a museum. If you go to the second floor, you’ll have the most fantastic views of the Sea of Marmara.

When you’re in Istanbul, it’s absolutely a must for you to witness the sunset at the Golden Horn – the estuarine harbour. You can then spend the night on the Bosphorus Night Cruise which many say is the most romantic route when exploring the city at night.

Bali, Indonesia

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An island known for its forested volcanic mountains and beaches, Bali can be a lovers’ paradise. It has been a tourist destination since the 1980s. One of the reasons Bali is so well-known is because it has several developed art scenes like dance, sculpting, painting, metalwork and music. Couples who visit will get to experience these arts through various tours that offer cultural activities. Aside from a couple bonding through these activities, couples can also appreciate the beauty of the marigold fields along the roadside between Bedugul and Kintamani.

You can also take the love of your life to different romantic restaurants. There are plenty in Bali, some are riverside and have a 100-candle dinner service. There’s also Cave Dining Service at Samabe, Bali which can also be very romantic. The best part is, Bali is more affordable than the first two Asian destinations.

Which city would you likely take your special someone to? Leave your answer in the comments below and don’t forget to check out more posts on our blog.

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The Borobudur Temple May Fall Short of the Seven Wonders of the World List, But It’s Still Pretty Awesome

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Sometimes we just have to pause our fantastic internet-fueled 21st century lives to appreciate elements of the world that have outlived us, centuries over. This is one of those times, and Indonesia’s Borobudur temple is one of those things.

The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument. Built during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in the Gupta architecture style reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe-inspiring monument is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction, and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the south central part of the island of Java. The full Borobudur Temple Compound consists of three monuments: the Borobudur temple and two smaller temples situated to the east on a straight axis to Borobudur. The two temples are the Mendut Temple, whose depiction of Buddha is represented by a formidable monolith accompanied by two Bodhisattvas, and the Pawon Temple, a smaller temple whose inner space does not reveal which deity might have been the object of worship. Those three monuments represent phases in the attainment of Nirvana.

The structure, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in the form of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular stories, three circular terraces, and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.

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There is no historical record of exactly who is responsible for building the massive temple, but comparison of the conditions of different carvings and the traditional inscriptions made at the outset or end of such a massive undertaking place its construction between approximately 750 AD and 825 AD. So, it took a human life span to erect, and it’s been in place for over a millennium.

It hasn’t been an uneventful millennium-and-then-some for the Borobudur temple, though. Ravaged by weather, volcanic ash, and natural jungle overgrowth, it was essentially abandoned and left to decay, only to be “rediscovered” in the early 1800s when British and Dutch colonizers set out on expeditions to take full inventory of their new terrain.

It was a curio, visitor attraction, and source of looted souvenirs for the remainder of that century, until government officials embarked upon a restoration between 1907 and 1911. That was focused primarily on cleaning the sculptures, but subsequent restoration efforts would be needed to address moisture and drainage issues and structural damage.

A full restoration was launched by the Indonesian government, with aid from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). That took from 1975 to 1982, leading to UNESCO listing Borobudur as a World Heritage Site.

Although it is frequently referred to as “one of the seven wonders,” it is unclear whether Borobudur temple was ever actually on an internationally recognized list of the Seven Wonders of the World, as there have been a number of lists compiled and revised since the 1st list of ancient wonders, but there has been recent outrage that a campaign to include Borobudur on the “New 7 Wonders” list was unsuccessful. It is a wonder in the court of public opinion, and it is undeniably an awesome marvel of design, construction, and longevity.

Can’t Start Your Day Without Coffee? You Have Indonesia To Thank; Specifically the Island of Java

 

First of all, did you know that coffee grows on trees? What we know as coffee beans are actually coffee seeds from a fruit called a “cherry” that grows on tall coffee trees in more than 70 different countries. Not all of that bounty will be suitable for your morning commute, though. Very specific conditions are necessary to produce coffee crops with high quality beans.

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Coffee production is at its prime around the equator, as these areas provide the desired conditions to grow perfect crops. Ideal temperatures for coffee are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and rainfall should be over six inches a month.

The trees also require quick draining soil and humidity helps to produce good crops. This is why coffee is commonly grown in elevated locations, to get the best crop possible. These equatorial regions are called the “bean belt,” a strip of the planet that would cut straight across a map. However, coffee grown at these levels will be more expensive because there is less oxygen, which means the coffee takes longer to mature.

Many of Indonesia’s islands fit this description, which is why the island nation is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee. Brazil still holds the top spot, but Indonesia isn’t far behind, having had coffee harvesting introduced to the region by Dutch colonizers in the 17th century.

Much of Indonesia as a whole harvests and exports Robusta coffee, but the island of Java exports Arabica beans; Robusta and Arabica are the two types of coffee most widely grown and harvested. There has been contention about the differences between Robusta and Arabica coffees, but experts generally agree that Robusta is higher in caffeine content but lower in general quality than Arabica, therefore accounting for less than a quarter of the worldwide production of coffee.

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The finest Java coffee comes from plantations on the five largest estates established by the Dutch government when Java was part of the Dutch East Indies. The largest coffee estates on Java, encompassing nearly 10,000 acres of coffee plantings, are Djampit (the biggest producer), Blawan, Pancoer, and Kayumas. Coffee has been growing in this area since the 17th century and has become one of the coffees enjoyed most frequently by people all around the world.

People who know the specific region where their coffee beans were sourced might use the name of the region when referring to it for accuracy. Similarly, coffee connoisseurs, not unlike wine lovers or professional sommeliers, might use the proper regional name out of respect.

Then there are the rest of us, the loads of people who call coffee “java” without really considering the literal source, the island of Java. “Java” has become near-ubiquitous as slang for coffee. By any name, coffee is a necessity for many, and now you know a bit more about how it gets from the tree to your lips.