In the recent past, South Asian countries have grabbed a lot of attention with respect to tourism. These countries offer a unique flavor in terms of food, culture, climate and natural treasures to western tourists who have primarily been exposed to American, European or at max Mediterranean destinations.
The diversity that South Asia offers is unparalleled by all means. That being said, a major chunk of travelers that flock towards South Asia aim at beaches and islands. While there is no doubt that South Asia is home to some of the most beautiful aquatic locations, there is much more it has to offer.
If you need a retreat from the hot and humid beaches and islands, you should consider retreating into the mountain for some quick getaway into the cooler valleys that are dominated by gorgeous landscapes and beautiful sunsets. If you are someone who likes mountains and greens, these South Asian locations should be on your bucket list.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is located in the far north of Thailand and is extremely underrated since the islands take away all the limelight. Most travelers are barely aware that there is a breathtaking mountainous side in the country waiting to be explored.
However, the lack of awareness that tourists have about Chiang Mai goes in favour of the town since most of its beauty remains unspoiled by commercialization and tourism. You will find beautiful rice paddies across the valley and can navigate the lush green plains on bicycles and carriages.
There are beautiful jungles to trek and natural waterfalls for a refreshing swim. Although modern attractions are almost nonexistent in Chiang Mai, you can find some adventure sports such as zip-lining.You can also book Chiang Mai tours to explore the neighboring towns of Chiang Rai and Pai.
Lampang is yet another mountainous valley in the north of Thailand, which remains largely unexplored. The city is dominated by stretches of green plains, beautiful waterfalls, and hot springs and diverse and well kept national parks and elephant sanctuaries for you to explore. It is recommended that you get on a horse and a carriage to explore the city in order to get the real feel.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Cameron Highlands is a beautiful valley located in the Malaysian peninsula neighboring the Thai kingdom. The valley is located in the mountains at around 1829 meters above sea level.
You can reach the valley by car or a bus via a mere 4-hour drive from the capital, that makes it easily accessible. The journey to the highlands is dominated by twisting and twirling roads that navigate through the mountains. The town, that was initially established by the British colonials as a getaway still exudes the Victorian feel with its old colonial architecture to this day.
Lush green tea valleys and strawberry and lavender farms add to the beauty of the town. There is a small area designated to modern commercial activity where you will find major food and shopping options