Bored of Bali and Bintan? Find out what Asian destinations to add to your 2013 travel planner.
Or, officially, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Global travel search site Skyscanner recently announced their annual travel trends report, and Burma, as it’s known for short, came up trumps as the fastest growing destination for the Singapore market. Lay your towel on Ngapali Beach or take in the Buddhist site Shwedagon Paya. Or why not head to Putao (formerly known as Hkamti) at the foot of Southeast Asia’s highest mountain.
The Republic of China nabbed the second spot in Skyscanner’s list of places to watch in 2013. Head to Taipei to see the world’s tallest building towering 508 metres above your noggin’ or pack a backpack and make for the canyons of Taroko Gorge (pictured).
In at fourth place in the Skyscanner popularity contest is South Korea, or the Republic of Korea. Have a drink in the bars and cafes on Seoul’s Garosu-Gil street or add Geumjeong Mountain in Busan to your list of summited peaks.
Boracay – need we say more? Phillipines came in fifth and, diving and cocktail-drinking in Boracay aside, we’re adding deep-sea fishing in Siargao and a visit to Intramuros, a citadel built by the Spanish in 1571 in the capital city Manila, to our itinerary.
This may be last on our list but it still made Skyscanner’s top 10 and with good reason. The People’s Republic of China isn’t something you can check off your list in a week, but hiking remote sections of the Great Wall and a trip to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors are definitely on our 2013 ‘bucket list’.
Photo: Dhammayangyi Temple, by Zero-X