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Interesting! These Are The 4 Best Destinations In Asia For You To Travel In The Future

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With the arrival of the vaccines in our country, travelers out there must already be planning their dream destination once the travel ban lifts.

To help you get started, here is the four underrated travel destination to go to in Asia. It might be prudent to avoid touristy areas even with the vaccine. It’ll help that these places are not fatal to your purse strings.

1. Gansu, China

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China is not just about The Great Wall. The giant of Asia certainly has plenty to offer in its wide land. From historical sites to nature lovers, Gansu is a great choice for all. And it’s crowd-free too!

The government has upgraded the transportations to further promote tourism in the area. One of must-see the Rainbow Mountains of Gansu as the natural formation is absolutely rare and spectacular.

2. Puerto Galera, The Philipines

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When it comes to the former Spanish colony, many would think of Bohol, Cebu, or Boracay for its islands. While those three can be very touristy especially during peak season, Puerto Galera offers a quieter and more budget-friendly option.

This island was 2005’s Most Beautiful Bay in The World by Les Plus Belles Baies Du Monde. It has a variety of activities to do as well as beautiful marine life like its other more popular island. The difference is, you will have no trouble getting nice pictures from your Instagram. You can lounge at either the lively White Beach or the quiet Talipanan Beach, hike to Tamaraw Falls and others as well as island hopping. For sure, you won’t have any trouble relaxing here.

3. Chiang Rai, Thailand

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You may take a direct flight from KL to the city or take a slow but relaxing train and bus ride from Bangkok for a more seasoned traveller. This city is near the Thai border with Laos and is home to many temples, museums, and wats displaying Lanna culture. And yet, plenty of location for insta-worthy shots.

If you’re looking to relax, this small but enchanting city is far from boring. It still offers many options in activities with outstanding accommodations with good value and amazing local cuisine.

4. Sikkim, India

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It’s located in the Himalayas, you will have a mix of cultural experiences between India and Tibet. India is known for its cheap transportation so getting there is not a problem. While it is a crowded country, Sikkim offers an escape from the crowd (and heat).

This caters to those interested to visit Buddhist monasteries while hand-gliding across the snowy slopes. For those interested in something more extreme, then you may sign up for the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Sikkim is definitely for nature lovers seeking adventure and experiencing spectacular views.

Source: Escape, Tripadvisor

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OMG! This Place Is Asia’s Most Scariest Place And It Is Located In Penang

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Who would have thought that a mysterious place in Malaysia like this ever existed! Just by the sound of the name could have given many people goosebumps, let alone if you yourself set foot there. Bukit Hantu is known as the scariest place in Asia. This place was originally a fort to defend Penang, but this fort became the property of Japan during the Second World War. This is where they carry out beheadings and torture of soldiers and victims.

In the past, Japanese forces detained and tortured prisoners of war to gather information for the smooth running of Japanese occupation in Malaysia. As a result, many spirits interfere and haunted the place. Now, it has become the War Museum which is said to be the scariest mysterious place in Malaysia. The Penang War Museum is dedicated to all who died to protect their country.

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Now, a leisurely walk at the Penang War Museum will rekindle the imagination of what happened before. Although the original cannons no longer exist, you can imagine how British, Malaysian, and Sikh troops used to be on guard against enemy attacks from the sea. From Canon Firing Bay, views of the Straits of Malacca are clearly visible.

One that should not be missed is the underground tunnel section. The tunnel is even connected to the sea, serving as underground access to submarines. The existing underground tunnels are also very narrow and can only be passed on to all fours.

Sources: Solopos.Com

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Did You Know? Stones From Mosque Was Used To Build The Well-Known A’Famosa

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The famous A’Famosa was built soon after the Portuguese captured Malacca in the year 1511. Bringing the meaning of ‘The Famous’, the Portuguese used forced labor to build the city that serves as a temporary camp to repel the attacks of the Malays. It took five months to build, many of the forced laborers used to build the city died as a result of hot weather and food shortages.

The construction of Kota A Famosa under the direction of Alfonso de Albuquerque became a symbol of the resistance of the people of Melaka at that time to force them to build a defensive city once they took control of the city of Melaka. The city was later destroyed by the British on 10 August 1807.

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Little do people know that the material used to build this iconic historical monument of this city is by using stone mosques and also the tomb of the Malays. This is evidenced by the particular discovery of a letter from a man named Giovanni da Empoli (1483-1517) to his father in Italy. Giovanni da Empoli was a merchant who at the age of a dozen had left Lisbon according to the navy of Alfonso de Albuquerque traveling to Southeast Asia (April 6, 1503). Born in Florence, he has the ability to speak many languages. Early 16th century. Portugal actively expanded its influence by conquering maritime routes to Southeast Asia conquered Goa in 1510 and Melaka in 1511.

Being in Melaka for six months since 28 June 1511, Giovanni and the other crew were forced to engage in the conquest under Alfonso despite having no background as a soldier. Throughout his adventures, Giovanni has written two letters to his father in Florence who are 10 years away. In the letter, he recounts the events he witnessed himself during the year 1511.

Among the contents of the letter revealed:

“We prepared a stone [fort] that we built by renovating the houses of the ‘Moors’, their mosques and other buildings.

We built it up with great difficulty by bearing the stones on our backs, and each of us became a manual laborer, a builder and a stonemason.

The situation is very difficult: We built the city with our weapons under the scorching sun that is hard to describe. The only food available is rice (…)

No one escaped a terrible fever, in which the corpse lay in the captain’s residence for two or three days (…)

I fell ill from October, and for fifty days I had a severe and prolonged fever until I lost my mind”.

Sources: Facebook Melaka In Fact, Medievalists.net.

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Saudi Arabia Releases Amazing Close-Up Images of Hajar Aswad In Makkah

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Authorities in Saudi Arabia released new specially processed images of the Hajar Aswad in the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosque took over a thousand photographs of the Black Stone and the shrine of Ibrahim. Using Fox Stack Panorama technology, it combines images with varying degrees of clarity to produce a single accurate high-resolution picture of the Hajar Aswad

Sultan bin Ati Al-Qurashi, the undersecretary-general for the Projects and Engineering Studies Agency at the presidency said that the authority was interested in using the latest imaging techniques because of the Black Stone’s importance to Muslims. With a whopping 49,000-megapixel, the images were taken over seven hours and required a week to edit. It is the first time the artifact is shown in such great detail.

The reddish-black, the oval-shaped stone is 30 cm in diameter and is located in the southeast corner of the Kaaba.

Positioned 1.5 meters above the ground inside a pure silver frame, it is the starting and finishing point of the circumambulation or tawaf.

” It is an advanced technique used for the first time in building a model that greatly simulates the shape and size of the shrine of our Prophet Ibrahim,” Al-Qurashi added.

The Projects and Engineering Studies Agency is building a virtual exhibition to display all these works in a 3D model that is considered an exact replica of the archaeological collection, and will include 123 different pieces from the Two Holy Mosques Architecture Museum.’

Source: Arabnews, @hsharifain

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