50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die

Here are 5 of our favorites! From the post of The Grand Tour of Asia

Whether you prefer to meet a holy monkey, eat sushi for breakfast, receive a monk’s blessing, helicopter over the Himalayas, or just enjoy the myriad unique views—we’ve rounded up a bucket list of 50 things to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in the wide world of Asia.

SRI LANKA

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE OLDEST AND NEWEST CULTURES ON THE ASIAN CONTINENT

ImageSri Lanka’s recorded history dates back to the sixth century B.C. The decades-long war between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamils, the largest single ethnic minority here, finally ceased just four years ago, and the country is poised for a rediscovery: very old Asia made new again.

INDIA

STAND IN AWE OF THE TAJ MAHAL

To see the Taj Mahal before the mobs arrive, be on-site by daybreak.
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NEPAL

BE STUNNED BY A STUPA

ImageBoudhanath Stupa is one of Nepal’s largest and holiest stupas. It’s most impressive in the evening or at daybreak, when it becomes crowded with circumambulating pilgrims.
VIETNAM

SAIL VIETNAM’S HALONG BAY

ImageHalong Bay is a 580-square-mile natural cove containing some 2,000 limestone islands, all occupied only by trees, ferns, birds, and monkeys. It is these peaks—some of them cragged and hewn by years of erosion into fantastic shapes—that have inspired centuries of Vietnamese poetry and paintings.
CAMBODIA

DISCOVER A LOST CITY

ImageThe lost city of Angkor Thom is now part of Angkor Archaeological Park. Built in the late twelfth century, it was the final capital of the Khmer empire.
JAPAN

EAT SUSHI FOR BREAKFAST

ImageSushi for breakfast? There are dozens of tiny and delectable restaurants at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, but few rival Sushi Dai (pictured), where waits run an hour (or longer) as early as 6 A.M. The sushi is strictly omakase, or chef’s choice, and is so fresh and perfectly cut that it seems to dissolve in your mouth (Tsukiji Shijo 6-Gokan; 81-3-3547-6797; sushi from $10).
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