Traveling Asia: 7 Places, 7 Dreams

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.

Sapa, Vietnam.

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.

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Tibet, China.

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.

Annapurna, Nepal.

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.

Mongolia

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.

Ladakh, India.

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.

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

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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.

34 thoughts on “Traveling Asia: 7 Places, 7 Dreams

  1. Definitely a comprehensive list! Laddakh has been on my mind since a while but I need to be at my fittest to go :p I’ve been waiting to go to Vietnam too! You just refreshed my Bucket list :p

    1. Hello! Hey me too! I need to get fit first before trekking in Ladakh. But one traveler has told me if we won’t do the trekking, we are good already!

  2. Great bucket list. I am from Nepal but haven’t yet been to Annapurna region. I have heard a lot about it from my friends and family. Someday for sure. Thanks for sharing your dreams.

  3. nice, you can achieved those soon, don’t worry. China is my dream country, aside from Tibet.For sure you will love Beijing, shanghai and some. Then try Thailand, Thai are very friendly lots of places too to enjoy. Have a best trip!!!

  4. Great list. I really want to spend some time in Asia. I’ve been using a lot of vacation time in Europe lately because my brother lives there now, but I’m ready to venture back to Japan and see places like Thailand for the first time.

    1. OMG, Japan is also cool! Two of my friends are living there. They’re working and also students in universities. Japanese culture is also interesting. I hope you will get back to this awesome country soon. 🙂

    1. Wow, do you have an article about Bhutan? Is it true that you can only enter the area only by a travel agent? I wish I could make a DIY travel itinerary 🙁

    1. Haha! I love the way you call them as the introvert paradise!! Yes, I agree, it’s very different compared to any cities and other countries that are often get visited by a lot of tourists. Those places are not for everyone or every traveler. 🙂

  5. I wish to visit all the islands of the Philippines if possible, and also explore China. Your post makes me inspire to add Mongolia in my list.

    1. Yas! Add it, please! And so do I, I wish to visit every single island in the Philippines. But do you know that Indonesia has a lot of islands too? Have you been there? It is where Bali island is.

  6. A very beautiful post! Indeed, that’s a very common tendency to have a craze towards touristy places before we start traveling! Good to know about about your tryst with Agustinus Wibowo! Being an Indian, happy to see Ladakh too listed in this! 🙂

    1. Wow, I didn’t know Agustinus is very famous internationally! Have you read his works? Hehe, I love your country so much. It’s rich of culture and beautiful places.

  7. Asia is my most favorite destination in the world! I love India and Indonesia and there is also so much to explore! My dream destinations are Myanmar and Vietnam!

    1. Vietnam is a must, in my opinion. Not just because the country is beautiful, but Vietnam has a very deep and long history. My bf’s ex is from Vietnam. So he has been there many times. But I am not sure if he explored enough.

  8. From all the places you’ve mentioned, I’ve only been to the Philippines, and I can confirm that is truly an amazing country with some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. I hope you will accomplish your dreams! 🙂

    1. Thank you. I will be so happy, glad, and grateful if all my dreams accomplish soon. Well, I am working on it but need to plan the trip well and save more money. 🙂

  9. These places are definitely in the more exotic side of places in Asia. I didn’t know it snows in India!!

    Btw, it’s actually spelled Batanes and not Batanese 🙂

    1. I didn’t know about it, too! But I knew now most of the north parts of India snow just like in Europe. Oh my, my bad, Batanes! I will fix it asap. Thank you!!

  10. Even we say life is so short and we want to see the whole of the world in it but from where and when to start is always the question. Your post has given me some direction that it has to start from Asia itself. I love India and all the other 6 places you mentioned too are lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. You’re very welcome. Yes, I am starting to visit Asia first, because it’s easier and cheaper for me. Aussie and NZ are close to my country, but unfortunately, the ticket price and living cost are so expensive. I am planning to move to Perth this year. Please pray and support me to work harder to make it happens.

  11. These are some great destinations! I’ve only been to Tibet with my parents when I was a kid. Though I don’t have its memory. I’d love to visit someday in my life!

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