Immersing in nature is one of the best rewards travelers strive for in their journey. However, in modern cities dominated by the concrete jungle connecting to nature has become a challenge. This is exactly where Asia comes to your rescue. Unlike the west, most countries in Asia have distinct cities and conserved regions with pure unhinged nature. Yes, one can find themselves in some dense and large cities but natural destinations are never far away. Natural viewpoints are some of the best places to enjoy the vast beauty of Nature. With a diverse abundance of majestic natural sceneries, there is no rarity in this pristine continent.
The value of nature has dropped significantly to the younger generations now. With smartphones and new technology, few learn to admire the true beauty and serene feeling of being a part of Mother Nature. But, the thrill of discovery and attaining peace is something that can draw any person to admire nature. Asia is a continent where you can’t just explore enough. Although most known for amusing cultural and luxury tours, natural tours in Asia are among the best things you can do on your next holiday. If you are here sometime soon here are 17 stunning natural viewpoints in Asia for free-spirited travelers.
1. Hunza Valley Pakistan
Just between the Majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas and Karakoram lies a piece of heaven on Earth, the Hunza Valley. One of the most vibrant and naturally beautiful places in the world, one can’t simply wait to admire the shades of natural sceneries showcase here. The mesmerizing forests, hills, and high mountains in the distance are a fantastic break from the urban lifestyle.
Hunza Valley can be visited throughout the year. Witness the snowy goodness winter, trekking adventure in summer and autumn, and the colorful delights of spring. A bonus here is the slight glance at the culture and lifestyle of northern Pakistan as well. Hunza Valley is one natural viewpoint in South Asia that will stick with you for a long time to come.
2. Yamdrok Tso, Tibet
Tibet is simply packed with some of the most amazing and unique natural viewpoints in the world. Among the high mountains and rocky terrains lie pristine lakes fed by the glaciers. Four major lakes with significant sacred values here are Namtso, Yamdrok Tso, Lhamola Tso, and LakeManasarovar. The biggest of them all is Yamdrok Tso and nature-loving travelers simply love to walk in the banks and enjoy the view here.
Yamdrok Tso reflects the majestic views of the mountains and hills on the other sides of its crystal clear water. Pilgrims and devotees walk around this 72 km long lake. It takes about a week or so to complete the circuit around here. For regular travelers, the views are magical from a road tour going around this amazing lake. Enjoy the best of natural beauty skipping over multiple monasteries as well in Yamdrok Tso.
3. Kalapatthar Everest, Nepal
The best of the natural viewpoints in Asia have some amazing components to offer. Nothing gets more special than Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. And it is no surprise that the best views of Everest are available from Kalapatthar ridge in Everest. Standing at an altitude of 5545 meters, the journey to Kalapatther is equally delightful to the views one can imagine from the top here.
Kalapatthar is listed among the best viewpoints of the Himalayas, especially among the photographers. Some of the most iconic pictures of the South Face of Mount Everest alongside Mount Lhotse and Nuptse were taken from this same point. Travelers can trek or fly in a helicopter to be on the premises of Kalapatthar. For anyone willing to observe the unobstructed view of Everest and more, Sunrise and Sunsets are the prime time to be here.
4. Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
Adam’s Peak sneaks into our list of Natural viewpoints in Asia. It is an underrated gem of a destination. Travelers here often compare the peak as the miniature version of Mount Matterhorn in Asia. From the top of the peak, one can have a scenic view of the natural diversity in Sri Lanka. We recommend you to start early in the morning to reach the top of Adam’s peak at dawn for the best views.
Adam’s Peak is also an overall attraction for tourists showcasing the cultural, spiritual, historic, as well as archeological site in Sri Lanka. Hence a visit here will be full of surprising experiences for anyone. The natural delights from the trail and top of Adam’s peak are one thing you shouldn’t miss while in Sri Lanka.
5. Chele La Pass, Bhutan
Bhutan is no stranger to having some of the best nature-based destinations in Asia. One of them is the fantastic Chele La Pass in Paro. At almost an altitude of 4000 meters, Chele La pass is the highest motor able point in Bhutan. However, hiking is still the most authentic way of experiencing nature from Paro. Small mountain streams, waterfall, alpine flowers, and patches of snow are all part of the trail to the top here. From the top one can have a 360-degree view of the landscape and snow-capped mountains. Mount Jomolhari is visible as well on a clear day from the pass making a travelers journey much more worth it.
6. Kapas Island, Malaysia
Kapas Island is one of the most pristine islands popular among beach-loving travelers in Asia. Just 6 Kilometers of wonderful sea separates this island from mainland Malaysia. The views on the other hand here are simply magically dominated by the sandy white beaches and the South China Sea. Head out for diving here and one can have a sublime view of the coral reef in Malaysia. Similarly, the tropical jungle and streams of this island with multiple small vantage points give travelers multiple viewing angles to enjoy the majestic natural views surrounding Kapas Island.
7. Inle Lake, Myanmar
Now, this entry in the heart of Burma is one of the photography lovers all around the world. The picturesque Lake is packed with wonderful viewpoints and many beautiful pagodas that Myanmar is known for. The lake in itself is a viewpoint-level destination that travelers can enjoy from a boat or canoe. However, if you want to have a proper natural experience here, we recommend you to go for a hike in a nearby tribal village. On a clear day, the whole landscape reflecting on the lake makes for a wonderful time.
8. Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is the iconic landmark and the highest mountain in Japan. Mount Fuji in itself is beautiful. The view from the top is fantastic with the sea of clouds below. On a clear day, you can see almost every feature to some distance from the Summit. Hiking to the top takes about 10 hours for an average person and it is best to split this into two days. The summit glows up during the sunrise and that is the perfect time to be as well in Mount Fuji. Viewpoints in Asia don’t get better than Mount Fuji and travelers can have a memorable natural-moment to store while here.
9. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay is one of the primary natural destinations for tourists to visit in Vietnam. From a cruise here one can enjoy the view of majestic rock formations, Limestone Mountains, beaches, and simply the gorgeous emerald water of the bay. The views all around with the natural, geographical, cultural, and geomorphic components here makes Ha Long Bay a must-visit site in Vietnam. The floating villages and local fishing methods are uniquely exciting for anyone who is here for the first time. Due to all these and more Halong Bay is also listed in the UNESCO world heritage site list.
10. Sarangkot Hill, Nepal
Sarangkot is one of the best short hiking destinations from the Pokhara Valley. Travelers visit here to enjoy a sunrise view of the Himalayas. We also suggest you be here during sunrise to see the glowing mountains from the first rays of the sun in the Annapurna Mountain range. One can also paraglide from the top here and enjoy a complete adventure-packed birds-eye view of Pokhara city with the hills and mountains in its background.
11. Sundarban Mangroove Forest, Bangladesh-India
Now for one of the most authentic and close-to-nature entries in our list of natural viewpoints, we present you the Sundarbans. The whole region here is famous for many components and the beautiful unique mangrove forest is one of them. Enjoy a boat ride along the Ganges Delta with the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Sundarban forest on the other here. As a Ramsar Wetland and Natural heritage site listed by UNESCO, the Sundarbans will give you an ecological and natural experience unlike any other place in the world.
12. Huangguoshu Waterfall, China
Huangguoshu Waterfall is majestic. Being one of the largest waterfalls in China, one can’t simply help to admire and enjoy the view here. Almost over a hundred meters wide this natural wonder looks different from multiple viewing angles from the nearby platform here. Located at Anshun in Guizhou Province the Baishui River creates a magical step for visitors here. Other attractions here also include over half a dozen beautiful small and big waterfalls making the whole region sublimely picturesque.
13. Mount Kailash and Mansarovar, Tibet
Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred mountains in the world. This beautiful Peak feeds LakeManasarovar which is a major pilgrimage for followers of Hindu, Buddhism, Jain, and Bon Religion. However, the natural beauty of Lake Manasarovar from its banks and Mount Kailash in the background is a spiritual sight to enjoy. In different parts of the year, travelers can experience multiple shades and phases of Lake Manasarovar. The plain grasslands and mountainous geography all merge to provide this lake and premises in Tibet a spot in our list of natural viewpoints here.
14. Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan
Phobjikha Valley is a hidden gem for nature-loving travelers in Bhutan. The Gangtey Nature Trails here constitute multiple natural viewpoints. One of the major viewpoints is from the premises of Gangtey monastery and you can see the vast grasslands below. The vast plains then end to smaller hills joined by the Black Mountain range in central Bhutan. Travelers can enjoy the view alongside the wildlife and unique culture here.
15. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines
Marine ecosystem goes unnoticed among travelers with the popularity of beaches and islands growing in Travel destinations of Asia. The Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines is a site with extraordinary biodiversity for anyone looking for a natural adventure. Only a handful of travelers head towards the reef to enjoy the marine magic in a small window (March to June) here. We recommend you this different destination for an amazing experience.
16. Poon Hill, Nepal
Poonhill is regarded as one of the best short trekking destinations in South Asia. We regard this wonderful hill as one of the best natural viewpoints that the Annapurna region has to offer. At an elevation of 3210 meters, it is still higher than some major mountains outside Asia. The sunrise view here is sublime with a clear view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains with many other small ranges dominating the skyline.
17. Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Kuang Si Falls is everything you will imagine a majestic waterfall looks like. Just like the wallpaper to your computer coming alive travelers can have an unobstructed view of this pristine waterfall from a platform nearby. For photographers, this waterfall gives a background like nowhere else and the colors are alive in different parts of the day.
Nature allows you to focus and let the fresh air in. It gives you the opportunity to feel alive and stay apart from your regular life for a bit. Nature is the treasure box of adventure to challenge your limits and redefine your goals. These natural viewpoints in Asia let you dive into the ungraded and stupefying beauty that makes this continent a gem of a traveling destination. Explore, relax, and lose yourself when you are here.