It is that time of the year when most of us are already preparing for summer travels. Traveling is not just fun and exciting, it is also extremely relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind and body and allows you to have a much-needed break from the hectic routine and gives your system a reboot. Whether you are a solo backpacker, a honeymoon couple or a family with kids, picking the perfect summer travel destination often becomes a difficult nut to crack.
Over the past few years, Asian destinations have gained immense popularity among western travelers. Their tropical weathers, untouched nature, and economic costs make them one of the most sought after travel destinations and the tropical climates especially make them popular among western tourists. Interestingly, most Asian travel destinations are associated with beaches and are often opted for the pristine sandy beaches that are difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
However, Asia has some of the most beautiful highland regions, which are quite underrated. Most of these highland areas are a perfect summer retreat for those travelers who are looking to get away from soaring high temperatures and humidity levels.
Here are some of the most beautiful Asian highland destinations that you should consider exploring this summer.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Located at a distance of four to five hours by road from Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital city, Cameron Highlands is one of the most gorgeous highland destinations in the region. The valley sits at a height of 5000 feet with amazingly pleasant and breezy weather that you will fall in love with given the hot climate elsewhere.
The best part of Cameron Highlands is that besides modern resorts, there are little modern world attractions and the valley’s natural aura is preserved. The valet is dominated by lush green tea valleys, beautiful strawberry farms, bee farms, and gorgeous Chinese temples.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Most people associate Thailand with beaches and Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui remains the standard destination of choice. People rarely try to go off the beaten path and many do not even know that Thailand has a beautiful hill station. Chiang Mai is anything but beach, yet it is beautiful with its green rice paddies and terraced farmlands. The town is home to local villages with unique culture, dense forests, and beautiful waterfalls. It also has some adventurous attractions such as Zip Lining. You will find many tours in Chiang Mai that will take you through all the sightseeing and attractions.
Nuwara Elle, Sri Lanka
Yet another gorgeous highland destination, Nuwara Eliya is extremely scenic. The town has amazingly pleasant weather and is home to some modern yet cozy resorts overlooking beautiful forested valleys and gorgeous gardens. The train journey from Colombo or Kandy to Nuwara Eliya has some of the most scenic views that you would have ever witnessed.
Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia
Bukit Tinggi is barely an hour away from the Malaysian capital and is yet another beautiful hill station in the country. Unlike other counterparts on the list, Bukit Tinggi is slightly more modern with the beautiful French-themed resorts that will transport you in a classic French era. For this reason, it is also often referred to as the French Valley.
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