East Asia is an area of the world rich with exotic cuisine, incredible history, and dramatic scenery. Their culture is so juxtaposed with the cultures of the West that it’s everything in East Asia feels like a real adventure. From the rich silks and delectable curries of Indian culture, to the fresh sushi and bright lights of Japan, the variety is incredible. If you’re planning a trip to anywhere in East Asia, make sure you tick some of these off your bucket list.
Try the curries of India
The spices of India are world famous and make the most incredible curries. But did you know that the curry we eat in the West doesn’t bear a whole lot of resemblence to the modern Indian curries? These ones were brought over during the colonial period, and adapted for the Western palate. Food in India is a whole new experience, and one you can’t miss.
Climb Mount Fuji
Japan’s tallest mountain looks epic from below, with it’s snow-capped, cloud topped body riding dramatically from the Earth. Much like everything else in Japan, it’s nearly perfect - an almost completely symmetrical cone. If you’re in Japan, you have to visit Mount Fuji, even if you have no interest in climbing it.
Walk the streets of Tokyo
The bright lights and exciting culture of Tokyo is amazing for any Westerner - imagine Times Square but much bigger! In true Japanese style, they even have a robot cabaret evening! When you’re in Tokyo it can be worth investing in a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss any of the incredible sights.
Teach English in Thailand
If you’re feeling a touch altruistic, why not give volunteering a go? English speakers are always in high demand in East Asia, but especially Thailand. If you choose to volunteer in Thailand you’ll be lucky enough to work with incredible people, in the most awe-inspiring scenery, with beautiful food to boot - you’d be mad not to.
Check out the history of Vietnam
East Asia has an incredible rich and diverse history, but Westerners tend to be particularly interested in the history of Vietnam. Check out the war memorial museums in Hanoi, and learn about the history of the Viet Cong at Ho Chi Minh.
Visit the markets of Seoul
The bustling markets of South Korea’s capital city make a sight to behold. With flavours, sounds, and smells everywhere, it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience. Try some of their incredible street food, sip on traditional tea, and witness their beautiful arts and crafts, passed down from generation to generation.
See the Great Wall of China
If we can see it from space, we should probably visit on land. Built around 2000 years ago by the Ming Dynasty to fortify the border of China, it’s around 5000 miles long! While you obviously can’t visit the whole wall as a day trip, sections of the wall remain well preserved, and really give an idea of the scale of the structure.
East Asia has so much to offer, you’ve just got to get out there and see if for yourself.
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