7 breathtaking ways to get outside
See how different Asian cultures have built in, under, on, and around the different natural landscapes of the region to truly capture the poetry of the Earth.
The landscapes in Asia, vary as much as the different cultures and cuisines. And trust us, they are very much worth leaving your house for. From Bangkok to Beijing, we’ve got you covered.
Get out of your comfort zone and explore the beautiful landscape of the Kanchanaburi province, a place where you can climb into caves and swim underneath waterfalls; a slice of paradise carefully crafted by Mother Nature. Breathtaking views of stalagmites and stalactites can be found within the large caves of Kanchanaburi, and crystal clear waterfalls come in all shapes and sizes in this region...this is not an exaggeration. For those that love nature and can appreciate a good hike, the Kanchanaburi caves will go way way waaay beyond your expectations.
Located in Xicheng District, also known as ‘Beijing’s back garden’, Houhai offers a wonderful break from the monotonous pace of hashtag work life. I mean, this was once the private playground for the royals after all, and I think they knew a thing or two about enjoying life. The traditional residences in this area have all been converted into restaurants, cafes or bars, and thus presents an impeccable meeting of modern and vintage. From sunrise to sunset, Houhai is a playground for all types of activities, and you get an excellent view to go with it too.
This peaceful sanctuary was founded in the 50’s, on a hill in Sha Tin New Territories, Hong Kong. Slowly make your way up 400 steps, but remember to enjoy the view. Not only will you see intricate statues along the way (that are 100% IG worthy), but you may make a few furry friends along the way, as the place is known to house several wild monkeys. Don’t worry though, the ascent isn’t difficult as long as you don’t piss any monkeys off, and once you get to the top, you will be able to walk through 5 magnificent temples, 4 pavilions, and one splendid pagoda.
Whenever you’re in Seoul and you crave some time away from all the madness, or just want to be surrounded by nature, head over to Namsan Park. If you have a bae, you better bring her/him. Since Namsan is such a popular destination among tourists and locals alike - and we know you want to avoid the tourist hordes - be sure to go to Namsan either early in the morning or around sunset. The view of Seoul at the summit is particularly breathtaking around this time, just as the city lights are turning on. There’s a reason why all the best Korean dramas shoot their romantic scenes here after all...
Built in the same year as the name, 1933 was one of the largest slaughterhouses in all of Asia, now it’s the last of its kind in the world. The unique design of this oddly beautiful architecture was actually for efficiently draining rivers of cattle blood. You might think it a little creepy, or perhaps disgusting, but I assure you, it’s a totally different scene now. Today, the place has become a creative hub for restaurants, art galleries, retailers, and even offices. Oh, and it’s also a really good place to shoot your OOTDs or Lookbooks.
Bathing in hot springs is a popular activity in Asia, but we like to be a little more daring and go to the Wild hot springs instead of the usual resorts. Hidden away in a secret trail South of the “Ba-ian Hotspring Resort” is the real deal: an authentic, private, all-natural hotspring. The scenery is sublime, complete with natural waterfalls and clear water streams. We hear it can get a little crowded sometimes on the weekends, and explorers have been known to get fined for trespassing. But getting away with it makes the experience all the more thrilling.
Senso-ji Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, and also the most colorful and popular. The temple is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and legend has it that the statue of Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 AD by two fishermen. Today, a ton of small shops surround the temple, so much so that an entire street leading up to the temple is lined with stalls. This is a living tradition of selling to pilgrims who would travel a long way to visit the Senso-ji, back in the old days. An interesting feature for visitors is that they may consult the oracle and divine answers to their questions. Inside the temple, make sure you visit the contemplative garden that’s kept in the traditional Japanese style.