Tourism industry changes the face of the Earth. Sometimes it sets up lovely houses in the shade of tropical trees and huts on stilts. But more often it turns heavenly beaches to hell of discos and plastic trash, and corals to dead stones. This is the reality that will not be shown in glamorous travel magazines.
We made a list of popular but disappointing destinations in Asia, gathered advice on how to get the most of your holiday there, or where to go instead.
Princess Draupadi prayed to Lord Shiva to send her a husband. And she prayed not once, but five times. So he sent her five husbands at the same time. This story from the ancient Indian epic "Mahabharata" is probably the first written mention of polyandry – a form of marriage when a woman takes two or more husbands at the same time. 28 centuries after the "Mahabharata", this form of marriage is still practiced in the Himalayan villages of Tibet, India and Nepal.
Born and raised in Ukraine, I have never been much interested in traveling in other former Soviet republics. Somehow I was sure that it will resemble home so much I will not feel like I am exploring something new. But I could not have been more wrong! Luckily, I decided to trust my old interest in Uzbekistan, formed by pictures of ancient cities resembling "Thousand and One Nights" fairytales and stories about campaigns of Alexander the Great.
Our tour leaders not only work but live in Asia as well. Not surprisingly, they know many interesting places that get overlooked by most travelers for now but have a lot of potential.
I love Asia chose five less known destinations in Asia that you should consider visiting this year.
Every fan of India will tell you that if you have not tried Indian street food, you missed half of impressions. Same goes for street drinks, which in India are varied and many. Some, like masala tea and fresh juices are well known, while other, like aloe vera juice remain largely unknown even to biggest lovers of India.
Some are dreaming of Maldives or Seychelles, saving thousands of dollars for a dream vacation there. Other spend their time on overcrowded beaches in Thailand. But most have no idea about one of the most magical, secluded and affordable places on Earth - Andaman islands.
A small mountainous region of indonesian Sulawesi island, Tana Toraja is home to only half a million people, a small fraction of Indonesia’s 250 million population. But the fame of this place goes far beyond the country because of the unique local view on what is considered sombre event elsewhere - death.
Not only our guides live in Asia permanently, they also spend a lot of time travelling in different Asian countries. As well as exploring famous spots, they hunt for lesser known places, which have all the potential of turning into the next big thing.
Travel guides of I love Asia have shared their favourite little known spots that they recently visited and admired.