Written by: Lily Gregory
Live life to the fullest and experience as many cultures and see as many sites as possible — at least that’s what I learned from watching “Eat Pray Love.” After seeing the film I was inspired to travel and take in as much culture as I could. When I was a young girl, I always dreamed of traveling: to see giraffes and elephants roam free, taste the mouthwatering cuisine in France, have a different pen pal in every country.
Now, years later, I finally started living out my dream. I’ve experienced new cultures and cuisine in Europe, surfed the North Shore in Hawaii and became friends with complete strangers in Texas. When preparing for a trip, I plan and research my destination. I’m going to take an Asia cruise this summer, and have already mapped out must-see landmarks and booked exciting excursions to try.
1. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Asia is home to some of the world’s most iconic and spiritual places ever recorded in history and features more World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world.
- The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and is the largest man-made structure in the world.
- The Taj Mahal is the highlight of India and one of the most beautiful structures in the world.
- Ayutthaya is a beautiful city and was once the ancient capital of Thailand from 1350-1767 AD. Visitors flock here every year to wander the ruins and gaze at the city’s beauty. The most-visited attraction is the sandstone head of an ancient Buddha statue. A nearby tree grew around it, crushing the statue’s body but mysteriously leaving the head. Continue reading “Authentic Asia: 5 Things to See and Do”