When people think about planning a vacation, they think of all the exciting things they could do – bungee jumping, mountain biking, horseback riding, paragliding, and what not.
But that isn’t always the kind of vacation you need to refresh your mind, rejuvenate your body, and reset your inner peace before you go back to tackle your daily life again.
Sometimes you need to sit back and relax, and actually take a break on a vacation instead of letting the adrenaline take over.
Take a Break and Relax in Asia
Amongst the many things Asia is known for, one thing that stands out is the old age Hindu and Buddhist practice to search for inner peace. This is why Asia may harbor some of the best places you can visit if you are seeking a spiritual holiday where you can meditate and relax.
1. Malaysia, Perhentian Islands
The best thing about these islands is that although it is a great tourist spot, it isn’t on the standard tourism maps yet. So you won’t find these to be as crowded compared to other popular destinations.
Perhentian Islands are the kind of place where you can just get lost in the beauty of nature while doing nothing. And if you intend on doing something more, you could go exploring the jungles, kayaking through isolated coves, or diving around the coral reefs.
This place also keeps you away from technology, as WiFi is limited to certain resorts and restaurants, whereas the lights are only turned on when the sun goes down.
The best time to visit these islands is from June to October, as the sea can get rough otherwise.
2. Hampi, India
Hampi is also known as the "City of Ruins" and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said to be the second largest city around 1500 AD by some records, its importance decreased over the coming centuries.
The leftover of the city includes around 500 ancient monuments, bustling street markets, spectacular temples, treasury buildings, bastions, and most importantly, the fascinating remains of the Vijayanagar Empire which were the capital of Hampi back in the day.
Tourists come here to explore the ruins of this old empire and enjoy the stunning views. The boulders that surround the city provide a mesmerizing view of the whole town; you just have to put in a little effort to climb these.
Watching the sunsets from there is a tranquil experience in itself.
Luxury train tour packages to Hampi
3. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
One of the most popular travel destinations in Asia, the town of Ubud is famous for providing all its visitors a wellness retreat, and a glimpse into Bali’s artistic, spiritual and relaxed side. The evening air is filled with the sounds of Buddhist prayers and chanting, while the smell of incense calms your senses.
In Ubud, you can explore ancient temples and majestic royal palaces, or visit the green hillsides and the spectacular rice fields. The Monkey Forest is one of the must-see places there. There is also a Yoga Retreat at the Yoga Barn, where you can pick a 3-day foundation to cleanse or a 7-day detox retreat to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
The city also has its fair share of shopping malls and restaurants, making sure you never get bored no matter how long your stay is.
So the next time you feel that the exhaustion of your daily life is getting too much, take a trip to one of these places to relax and re-energize yourself.