Traveling Asia: 7 Places, 7 Dreams
June 20th, 2017 / By Oi Meira
There are so many countries and places I want to visit before I die. But these are the 7 places while traveling Asia I really need to visit.
My heart has never stopped beating so hard every time I see New York. This city of the United States of America has been my dream for as long as I lived. But this city is still a dream, that I see almost every night and day, wishing I could live there as a New Yorker. Until that time, when I found a book, written by a very brave rich soul Indonesian writer, Agustinus Wibowo.
His book titled as Ground Zero. It tells you his great and adventurous experience while he was backpacking in Asia. Agus, this is how I call him, has opened my eyes about this continent. I thought New York was my everything and the only place I want to visit and live.
His word woke me up from the small dream. But he even made me slept even longer. Dreaming myself discovering country by country in the continent. I knew now, Asia has a lot more to offer. Asia is not only Japan or Korea. But also Tibet, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, and other little heavens in the world.
After reading the book, I suddenly realized I needed to start traveling alone. But I had not enough money that time, so I decided to work for about a year or less and then flew to Manila and Cebu, starting my journey.
Having just a few money is not easy to travel a lot. I saw people, as young as 17, have traveled the world alone. Why can’t I do that? I’ve been working for 2 years and so far I have only been to the Philippine, Malaysia, and few places in my country. Time and money have kept me stay in this country. But it’s okay, I think. Because I still can dream about a lot of countries that I will visit, hopefully, next year or this year, even better. My goal is to visit every country in Asia before I turn 30. But there are 7 places in Asia that I really, really want to visit.
Oh, don’t tempt me by saying Vietnam because I have been in love with this country since I was in high school. Hanoi, Hoi An, are two most common cities in the country. Of course, I really want to go there, even live there for few months. But Sapa has my heart since I watched a travel blog about this place two months ago. This place has not only beautiful nature like rice paddies and mountains but also the tribes! I just can’t wait to visit this place. Here is a picture of Sapa, taken by a beautiful traveler, Stephanie Langlet.
If you follow me regularly or have seen the last pic I shared, this one will sound familiar. I told you about Black Dzao with their black hat and clothes and the difference with red Dzao wearing a red hat and indigo clothes with red. So this lady is a red Dzao. She wears the typical red Dzao clothes and she was selling the clothes she was making in Sapa market. Red and Black Dzao can be recognised quite easily, even if sometimes you will see one of them wearing a white thai ‘ s scarf. Some other ethnic groups can be confusing even for the locals because of this clothes’ assimilation. Dzao people have a particularity: they shave their hair, both on head and skin. ** ** Link to the article in my bio.
I used to skip China and never put this country on my bucket list. But, Agus has written his awesome journey in Tibet! And I am so in love with the culture and nature. Tibet will be one of 7 places I love the most in Asia.
The people in Tibet make visiting Lhasa and surroundings so special. This lovely young woman with child kept staring at me. At first a bit shy, but later she knodded that it was okey to take her picture. I love their intense look. When you visit Barkhor Square in Lhasa, you’re bound to meet some amazing people.
Colourful Yak at Lake Namtso. These animals can stand the harsh conditions in Tibet and are acclimitised to living at high altitude. I had a good laugh at their funny looks, but as I’m no vegetarian, I must say, they also taste delicious. Yak burger or Yak steak, they are really the Lhasa specialty. Do you want to check what else I’ve done in Tibet? Link to my “7 days in Tibet” new blog post is in my bio. Thank you
I have never thought that Nepal could steal my heart too. This country itself is really amusing. And I also had a friend who lived there. But he has never told me about this Annapurna. So this is a massif in the Himalayas. Precisely, it is in north-central Nepal and has 13 peaks over 7,000 meters! I am not a sporty girl and I know I could be sick trekking in Annapurna. But still, I don’t want to die before this dream comes true.
Meeting local Nepalese children along the Annapurna Circuit was what made the trek so diverse. . . . I very rarely take photos of children but as we walked past I said hello to his mum and then asked if I could take a photo. Read more on my blog. . . If you would like to feature on my blog with your Photo of the Week. **Click link in bio***. . . . #annapurna #hiking #nepal #nepalese #tt4ft
I love Mongolia, not only because the women are so motherly and beautiful, but also the unique culture they have. Oh, don’t forget about the massive eagle they have! I have been in love with Mongolia since I was in University. But I didn’t know much about it that time. Until (again) I read Agus’ work. And, recently, my boyfriend sent me a book, titled Wolf of the Plains. Are you asking me why I am in love with Mongolia again? Jeez, just check this picture out! Who won’t fall in love with this beautiful place?
Paro Takstang, Bhutan.
Recently, this place has become a heaven for people from all over the world. They’re in love with the beauty of the nature in Bhutan. I also want to see the most famous temple there. But unfortunately, you can’t just visit this place easily. You need to hire a legal guide tour. They will accompany you every single day. And you’re not allowed to visit without any legal agent. Because of this, not so many people have been here. That’s why it wasn’t easy for me to find some good photos of Bhutan. Luckily, I have met Tashi Tshering, who is also a tour guide there.
India and its culture have been so famous around Indonesian, my people. But this is not what makes me want to visit this country, especially Ladakh. This region is located in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. You, yes you, really need to visit this region in India. Look at the mountain and the blue sky above it. This is not only one of the most scenic places to visit in India, but it is also a traveler paradise.
Chang La Pass, the second highest motorable road in the world on a beautiful snow covered day. The pass takes you to Pangong Tso right at the border with China. From my trip to Ladakh in September 2015 #changla #highaltitudepass #ladakh #jammukashmir #india #himalayas #natgeotravellerindia #incredibleindia #lonelyplanetindia #travel #backpacking #september #2015 #indianhimalayas #pangonglake #indiatraveldiaries #indiatravelgram #hippieinhills #himgeo #himalayangeographic #leh #escapinglife #himalayasarecalling #ipfanphoto
Hunder, was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra Kingdom of the 17th Century. Tourists taking a ride with the Bactrian camels from the Silk Route days at the Hunder Sand dunes in the Nubra Valley nestled in between the Himalayan mountains and forests of seabuckthorn, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir State, India #Hunder #bactriancamel #nubravalley #ladakh #jammukashmir #india #himalayas #incredibleindia #lonelyplanetindia #natgeotravellerindia #backpacking #travel #vacation #september #2015 #ipfanphoto #hippieinhills #himalayangeographic #himalayasarecalling #ladakhhimalayas #Leh #throughthelens_ #himgeo #indiatraveldiaries #indiatravelgram #highaltitude #desert #escapinglife
Batanes, the Philippines.
We are talking about Asia. But who knows that you can actually find Ireland or Scotland in Asia? Remember, this scenic place is Batanese. Yes, it is in the Philippines, yes it is in Asia. I was surprised when I saw it first time on someone’s blog. Every time I see the green hills near to the sea, I always imagine the Sound of the Music film. I don’t know why.
Photo by @yoshke ・・・ BATANES, PHILIPPINES. More popularly called Marlboro Country, Racuh a Payaman is one of those places where you can just sit, relax, and wallow in peace and beauty. Pick a hillcrest and you’ll have the most picture-perfect view of the Tayid Lighthouse to the left, Mt. Iraya to the right, and Diura Beach in between. Absolutely stunning. #BBCtravel #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #letsgoeverywhere #tlpicks #CNtraveler #lpfanphoto #lonelyplanet #TravelStoke #Travel #igtravel #travelgram #instatravel #adventure #photooftheday #bestoftheday #bestintravel #destinationhunting #travelphotography #ourdailyplanet #welivetoexplore #NNWanderWarriorYoshke #Blogopolis4D #itsmorefuninthephilippines #philippines #southeastasia #goasean #batanes
So those are the 7 places in Asia, that I really want to visit. Of course, I will never be able to leave this world without visiting all countries in the continent. But these 7 places are my favorites. If you have ever been to one or two of them, please tell me how it was. Also, if you have a recommendation, where do I have to go next year, feel free to write it in the comment box below. Oh, please check all the Instagram accounts or sites above and follow them by clicking on the images.