With their generous annual leave allowance (28 – 35 paid holiday days) and their comfortable salaries – they are indeed the fortunate few. Americans are lucky if they get more than 10 days paid holiday per year and Asians are the workaholics of the world. Singapore heads the table for the least number of paid holidays in a year (18 days including public holidays).
Bogged down and worn out by the hectic and stressful modern lifestyle, a great getaway to a quiet place, far from the madding crowd, is what most people are dreaming of. Popular tourist hubs get a little too crowded and can add to the stress. People are now looking for new destinations and lesser known places to de-stress and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Here are a few lesser known, exotic places in Asia one can visit and experience the exhilarating joy and beauty of traveling in the sun. These are quiet places where the sound of silence and nature alone can take away all your weariness. Here, you can be one with nature and feel untold bliss. The names are as exotic as the places! You have to learn to pronouce them in the local twang to get it right.
Uluwatu in Indonesia: It houses one of Bali's most important temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu atop a sort of plateau by the ocean. Apart from the spiritual significance of the place, its amazing limestone cliffs overlooking the ocean below is breathtaking. The travel around its long and pristine coastline is a heavenly experience.
Nha Trang in Vietnam: Quiet and calm, it is a God-made destination for those who want to get away from crowded places and busy streets of cities. Rich in sea life, it has a serene and beautiful seaside promenade. Peaceful and stunningly beautiful, it gives a feel of what a paradise could be. Drown yourself in the soft white sands and the warm blue sea water, and soak up the silence.
Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka: Travel to this ancient city, one of Buddhism holiest places and enjoy a pilgrim holiday. It is where where Buddha found enlightenment, Travel to this old planned city, with palaces, monasteries and cemeteries dating back to 377BC. Visit the stepped pools and bell-shaped stupas or dagobas and the Archaeological Museum.
Maui in Hawaii: A tiny island, tucked away across the ocean, Maui is a perfect holiday spot. You can surf and wind surf, swim under the waterfall, go scuba diving, snorkeling, golfing and hiking. Watch the magnificent sunrise and majestic sunset from a top a volcano, and more. Kiheii is a must visit while in Maui.
Ngapali in Myanmar: A long, wide open beach with white sand, this could be the place if you are looking for a real time alone holiday. As quiet as could be by the clear blue sea of the Bay of Bengal, with not a soul in sight, you may find a spiritual journey here. While the place remain pristine, there are good places to stay.
Dong Valley in India: Touching three countries–India, China and Myanmar–this small hamlet in Arunachal Pradesh is located in the eastern most corner of the country. From here, you can witness the first sunrise in the country. You can spend a long peaceful holiday here and experience the unique life and culture in this far away part of the country surrounded by nature's beauty.