Some of my favourite UNESCO world heritage sites I've visited in Asia!
Updated a month ago
Xiamen, China, People's Republic • Memory • a month ago
This is a car-free island a short ferry ride away from Xiamen. It's a quiet and peaceful place - at least if you can avoid the hordes of tourists! Come on a weekday, or stay overnight at one of the few small hotels on the island you'll likely have a not peaceful stay. Known as Piano Island, Gulangyu is known for its music and you can visit the Piano Museum to see some historic examples and hear a recital.
Gulangyu, Siming, Xiamen, China
Ha Long, Vietnam • Memory • a month ago
Often noted amongst the natural wonders of the world, the bay contains 1969 islands including towering limestone karsts. The traditional activity is to take a cruise, which may take 1-3 days and include activities such as kayaking, visiting caves and villages, and cooking classes. Prices and levels of luxury vary dramatically between different tour operators, so research what kind of experience you want to have first, from a basic party boat for backpackers to a luxury private cruise.
Hạ Long Bay, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
Tehran, Iran • Wishlist • a month ago
Sadly travel restrictions make travel to Iran tricky at the moment but this royal palace dating to the time to the Qajar dynasty is definitely on my bucket list. Architectural marvels include the Edifice of the Sun. 🌞
Tehran, Tehran District 12 Fifth Khordad Avenue, Arg Sqr، Panzdah-e-Khordad St, Iran
Laoag, Philippines • Wishlist • a month ago
A unique city in the Phillipines recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site! There are many colonial buildings and churches dating from the Spanish occupation between the 16th and 18th centuries. The architectural style is sometimes known as "earthquake baroque" as buildings were built lower and stronger than in Europe due to the Phillipines' frequent earthquakes!
Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Ilocos region, where the " Golden voice of the North" Ferdinand E. Marcos was born. Though divided into two Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, the province is famous for it's rich culture, delicasies, and historical sights. It has a nostalgic feel once you settled in one of its town, along the entire province are places that can remind us about the past. Across the province are vintage structures like old pre hispanic houses, brick made churches and museums. The mainland of ilocos is also known from its agriculture. There are tobacco farms, rice and corn fields, fruit and vegetable plantation, salt refinary and fishing farms. Bangui in Ilocos Norte to be in particular is the birth place of Windmill in South East Asia. While in the southern part is Vigan's Heritage Vilage popularly know to be the Streets of Crisologo. Today, the ilocano's are still driven to continue its growth in agriculture and tourism. Tourisim is its main attraction, from the pristine beaches of Pagudpud, fine sands of Currimao, iconic Kapurpurawan rock formation and Paoay's Sand dunes are just few tourist spots to endure.
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