As the world’s largest continent, Asia is home to many of Earth’s most breathtaking sites. So, encompassing a wide variety of countries and cultures, Asia has no shortage of cities to visit and exciting foods to discover. But the continent is also packed with dramatic natural sights! Whether you’re looking for a short hike to conical hills, or a multiday trek to sparkling Himalayan lakes, you’ll find it in one of these natural wonders.
So, here are some of the most beautiful natural wonders in Asia. Enjoy!
The Can Gio wetlands support not only thousands of mangroves, but also around 200 different species of wildlife and 150 species of flora.
Not only are the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert incredible to look at, but they also yield some pretty amazing discoveries, like dinosaur bones and eggs.
The dragon, sent by the Jade Emperor, descended from heaven into the sea and sprayed a thousand pearls from its mouth. From these cascading pearls, the 1,600 shaggy limestone stacks of Halong Bay emerged, a huge curvature designed to protect Vietnam from invaders in the Gulf of Tonkin.
The waterfall falls in spectacular pools with bright turquoise water. The lower pools are perfect for swimming in and the bridge at the base of the main 60metre waterfall offers the perfect photo opportunity.
Nothing in Sri Lanka captures the imagination more than a 200 meter lump of granite that rises starkly above the flat central plains about three and a half hours’ drive from Colombo.
Incredibly old at 50,000 years, the Lonar Crater is the youngest and best preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only of its kind on earth. The crater was formed fifty-two thousand years ago, when a meteor (that weighed over one million ton) crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000 km per hour.
The three lakes are of the same volcano, they’re at the same crest but they have different colors. That is incredibly rare and of extreme interest to geologists. The Kelimutu Volcano is one of nature’s most stunning displays of color and chemistry and has attracted a number of photographers and tourists over the years. So long as it never erupts, this candy-colored mountain is just a gentle giant.
At 12,424 feet deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the world’s deepest river canyons. You can explore it by hiking, but don’t expect to do a boat cruise because it’s not sailable.
Rugged precipices that created by the raging waves. They’re one of the three rock pillars of its kind in existence in the world. An ancient rock formation dating back to a volcanic eruption about 12 to 13 million years ago. It is located in northern Fukui Prefecture. Direct exposure to the elements ever since has turned them into bizarrely shaped rocks towering as high as 25 meters over the crashing waves of the Japan Sea.
One of Russia’s Seven Wonders, Valley of the Geysers, is the second largest geyser field in the world. Visitors experience the undisturbed nature of a region, inaccessible by car. Visiting the Valley is filled with perils and it’s evident in the introduction at the entrance to the valley that states «Each person getting to the Valley of Geysers for the first time, experiences its hypnotic power. The head is spinning with surprise and amazement. But the Valley of Geysers does not forgive heedlessness, and collects an annual tribute of scalded extremities».
China’s first national forest park is home to many diverse scenic areas. Inside the park, you’ll find beautiful streams, massive rock formations, a giant misty gorge and mountains.
When people say “The Stone Forest“, it always refers to the Greater and Lesser Stone Forests. The stones there are oddly shaped, with peaks magnificently standing erect like a forest. As you walk through them, you will be amazed at the natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate stone formations that are in the shapes of columns, cones, pagodas and mushrooms, as well as animals, plants and even human figures.
The temples at Ta Prohm have been abandoned and turned over to nature. Trees grow through former structures and split apart stones to rise toward the sky.
Imagine trekking straight into the depths of the world’s largest cave. A cave so fascinating that it forces you to question whether you are still on this planet at all. Foreign landscapes found nowhere else, enormous stalagmites rising from the ground and statuesque stalactites hanging from the ceiling like an alien species. Jungles emerge from inside the cave itself, a scene so surreal that you have to see it to believe it. Misty clouds envelop the whole scene. Passages adorned with ancient fossils offer evidence of the millions of years that have passed on this Earth.
Located on the island of Bohol in the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills are a slight mystery to locals and visitors alike. The attraction is exactly what it sounds like: a ground of rounded hills, chocolate brown in color during the dry season, located at the center of the tiny island. These hills are leftover limestone deposits from a time when streams and rivers were far above sea level. Rainfall and other natural water sources slowly created the dips and valleys the island has become so famous for.
One local legend shares the thought that the hills are the aftermath from a fight between two giants who spent days hurling stones at each other before finally giving up. Another idea states that the hills are the tears of a giant grieving the death of a mortal woman he had fallen in love with.