Top 4 Asian Countries That You Must Visit

01/16/2015
By ATA

Traveling is one of the best things you can do for yourself in order to achieve intellectual growth, boost your charisma and become more self-reliant. There are tons more beneficial aspects of traveling but where should you go to experience them? Well, the more different the destination is from your home and the environment you are used to, the better. We, westerners, can pretty much quickly adapt to those slight differences between cultural environments that have the same root. For example, if you live in Europe, you are not going to have too much trouble adapting to the lifestyle common for the US. If you want a cultural challenge, going a bit East is the right move for you. Oriental cultures can help you develop skills in order to analyse and adjust to all kinds of cultural environments.

Here some of the most essential oriental cultures you should have at least a basic familiarity with.

China

Well, it really isn’t a big surprise that China is on this list. I mean, 5,000 years of Chinese culture and the fact that the Chinese people make up one fifth of the world’s population are reasons enough to make being familiar with Chinese culture essential for cultural literacy. China falls under a lot of prejudice for being a communist country, but it is actually a very hospitable place, and has a lot to offer in terms of cultural content, many of which have been protected by UNESCO.

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China

Japan

There are few places in Asia that are as famous and as culturally influential like Japan. When we look at popular culture ,Japan is the birthplace of manga, anime and video games. Furthermore, it is a business, industrial and technological centre that few countries can match. The culture of Japan is very versatile, and you can enjoy beautiful architecture and art. Finally, you are hardly going to find a more colourful social environment than the one in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japan
Japan

Philippines

If you are more in the mood for a vacation oriented journey, then the Philippines are probably your best bet. The Philippines are home to some of the most famous beaches in the world, the crown jewel probably being the White Beach in Boracay. The journey is very affordable, which isn’t something that most travel destinations of this quality could claim. If you are a person that loves nature and unique flora and fauna then you are in for a treat.

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Boracay Beach, Philippines

Vietnam

Most of us are familiar with Vietnamese culture from Vietnam war movies, which is too bad. The war is over and Vietnamese culture is very open for tourists and has a lot to offer. If you like doing volunteer work, you can really find a lot of volunteer projects you can join, which will allow you to see the beauty of this country. The landscapes are also breath-taking, and the people are friendly and welcoming. If you are in for some adrenalin, Halong Bay is the place to visit, and if there ever was a country that has a unique and delicious culinary offer, it is Vietnam.

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Oriental culture is transcendental and will really broaden the views of any westerner. Sure, it might take some organizing, but it is well worth it. After all, seaside vacations get old after a while, and we all need an adventure from time to time.

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