Out of all the continents in the world, Asia has something mystically beautiful about it. The way Asia preserves its history and heritage is something commendable. Naturally, the number of world heritage sites in Asia are greater than any other place for sure. Ranging from adventurous spots to places of spiritual importance, Asia has everything for the traveler. Here we bring the list of fantastic heritage destinations in Asia which you cannot afford to miss: Luang Prabang, Laos: Watch the colonial mansions, gilded temples, and saffron-robed monks collecting alms during the memorable stay here. A historic city located in pristine…
The world has no shortage of hiking sites and thrilling peaks and Lonely Planet has just saved you some time by sieving through the thousands of peaks and walking trails to uncover 50 most incredible hikes in 30 countries that adventure travelers are bound to love.
PETALING JAYA: Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest peak in the land below the wind, has been listed as one of the world’s 50 most incredible hikes in Lonely Planet’s new guidebook on hiking trails around the world.
A favourite getaway for a long weekend is Kinabalu Park and its surrounding attractions. Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinabalu Park, is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. Hike along the many trails found within the park or visit the nearby Poring Hot Springs for a canopy walk and a dip in a natural hot spring.
Further down is the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (their ice-creams a must-try!) History buffs should take the time to visit the Kundasang War Memorial and, if you have time to spare, how about teeing off at Mount Kinabalu Golf Club?
If scaling Mount Kinabalu is your main agenda, dedicate your trip solely for this – climbers have to spend a night midway up the mountain at the Panalaban Base Camp before continuing the ascent to the peak at the break of dawn.
2. Culture up north
The north beckons! A leisurely 3-hour drive from KK city is the district of Kudat. The main attraction is none other than the northern-most tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (popularly referred to as Tip of Borneo).
Rising populations, increased human activity have damaged many sites: Study
In the past 45 years, a select group of sites across the planet have been chosen as members of a unique and highly exclusive club.
These are the 203 sites of such natural beauty or “universal” value that they have been included on the United Nations’ World Heritage List.
The list spans all continents and includes some of the world’s most famous natural phenomena, such as the rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia, the Grand Canyon in the United States and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
But these prized assets of planet Earth are under growing threat.
A landmark study by Australian researchers has found that rising populations and increased human activity have damaged more than a quarter of the world’s most important natural sites, with sites in Asia suffering the worst damage.