When planning a trip to Asia the first thing you need to do is make sure your travel insurance is paid and up-to-date. The next thing to do is to sit down and plan your itinerary and this is where the trouble starts. Of course it's not trouble in a negative sense, quite the contrary in fact, because Asia has so much to offer, so many cultures, so much history and so much excitement that it is a daunting but pleasant task.
Of course you can stick to the tried and true historical monuments like the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat, but if you really want to mark your holiday as something extra special, why not consider a few of the more unusual sites and experiences that Asia has to offer?
In this article we will try to step outside the square and stimulate your appetite for something a little different by listing five unusual things to do and see when visiting Asia.
- Delhi, India. Okay, so you've been to visit Gandhi's grave, you've visited the Red Fort and you've taken hundreds of photographs of the crowd steaming through the streets. Why not try something different and visit the Khan Market? This unusual market is a drawcard for well-heeled Indians and is also popular with overseas consulate representatives! One of the features of the market is a famous Fabindia, a store with an amazing collection of housewares and clothing. While you're there you can feast on mutton and chicken tikka kebabs which are simply melt in the mouth delicious.
- Hanuman Temple. Of all the Hindu temples in India this is one you want to place at the top of your list. What Westerners find interesting about this temple is that it is a tribute to Hanuman the monkey god. You will be amazed at the displays of the re-enactments of his life, but make sure you maintain your reference as locals take this very seriously.
- Learn Krabi Krabong. This little-known martial art is a unique fighting style only practised in Thailand. If you take the time to spend a few weeks practising at one of the many schools you will master a variety of weapons and be an expert in open hand combat.
- On the flip side of the coin, Thailand is also a great place to practice meditation and to learn how to cook. To make this easier you can spend a few days at Wat Rampoeng in Chiang Mai. Typically there are 10 and 26 day retreats but you will need to book a long way in advance.
- If you have never had a chance to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, why not do it in Ho Chi Minh City? This might sound like a crazy question but you'll be surprised to know that an exact copy of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was actually constructed in Ho Chi Minh City out of materials imported directly from France.
This is just the start when it comes to finding unusual things to do in Asia. It's just a matter of using your imagination and doing some exploring on the Web. Don't forget to arrange your holiday insurance before you leave home so you can really enjoy your holiday free of the worry of any unforeseen events.