Is traveling to Asia on your bucket list? If so, here are the most beautiful national parks in Asia that are worth visiting at least once in your life.
The whole continent of Asia is filled with natural diversity, so it is no surprise that Asia has a large number of spectacular national parks to offer all year round. From breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains to lush jungles with colorful flora and fauna, traveling around Asia is truly an adventure. If you are looking for a real bucket list travel experience that you will remember for years to come, here are some of the most incredible and beautiful national parks to visit in Asia.
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Japan
Located in close proximity to Tokyo city, Fuji Hakone Izu National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country. The national park is a collection of a variety of touristic sites scattered around the region with the main attraction being Mount Fuji. It is the highest peak in the country and a challenging mount to climb even for an experienced hiker.
Among other sites to visit in the national park, you can find the Izu Peninsula just across Lake Ashi. Here you can explore many of its beaches, take in the beauty of its coastline, and enjoy natural hot springs after a long day of exploration. Other great spots to visit are the farthest point south, the isle of Hachijō-Jima, Fuji Five Lakes, Hakone, and the Izu Islands.
Koh Sok National Park, Thailand
Thailand just might be the top beach destination in Asia, however, the country is also rich in other natural wonders such as Koh Sok National Park. This is a historic national park that dates back 160 million years and is known for its incredible wildlife and natural formations diversity.
Here you can experience hiking across lush jungles or high mountain peaks, you can observe fascinating wildlife, and go searching for incredible waterfalls or hidden caves. This is truly a paradise for all hiking lovers. If you enjoy the water, then sailing along the Sok River on a canoe is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery while spotting some of the wildlife such as wild monkeys, kingfishers, and snakes.
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, China
Named a national geopark in 2011, Zhangye Danxia is a very accessible national park that will make you feel as if you stepped into Mars. The landscape of the national park is made up of a beautiful mix of orange, yellow, white, and brown lunar tones thanks to the sandstone and mineral deposits that have eroded over the years.
The infrastructure of the park is made up of wooden walkways and viewing platforms that allow visitors to see the view from the top of the hills and observe the landscape without doing any damage to the delicate nature of the park.
Bokor National Park, Cambodia
Located near the city of Kampot, Bokor National Park is a wonderful place to visit if you want to explore and learn more about the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The national park was established over 100 years ago as a sanctuary for Sri Lankan elephants and leopards that needed protection.
Some of the top sights to see in this national park are the ruins of the Black Palace, the two-tier Popokvil Waterfall, the Lok Yeay Mao Monument, and the 100 Rice Fields. The monument of Lok Yeay Mao is a large, 29 meters-high statue of the mythic heroine of the same name from Cambodian Buddhism that is said to protect travelers, hunters, and fishing men.
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
Situated not too far off Ulaanbaatar, Gorkhi Terelj National Park is possibly the most beautiful park in Mongolia. The main feature of Gorkhi Terelj is the landscape of high granite stone mountains, and river streams combined with beautiful wildflower meadows and spectacularly shaped natural rock formations.
The mountainous scenery of the park gives it an average altitude of 1600m above sea level, making the highest point 2664m Avkhan mountain. The beauty of the national parks attracts a large number of hikers and nature lovers each year who can stay in a number of authentic Mongolian ger camps and resorts before the Terelj River. In the national park, you can spot wild animals such as boar, red deer, roe deer, fox, and wolves.
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