By: Selina de Dios

After weeks of exams, tests, projects, papers, and general stress, spring break has finally arrived. With many Bearcats having the option to travel both domestically and internationally, there can be an overwhelming amount of options. To make things easier, here are the top 10 travel destinations around Asia.

10) Shilin Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

For the ultimate food trip, be sure to check out the Shilin Night Market in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan. This place is bursting with exotic food sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Because it is impossible to sample the countless different dishes in one trip, be sure to try their bubble tea, taro buns, and xiao long bao dumplings.

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9) Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

If you’re a little more adventurous, then visiting Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines might be a good option. A famous city in Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro is known to boast great sites for white water rafting and other water sports.

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8) Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Immerse yourself in Cambodia’s culture by visiting Angkor Wat. This complex of temples is the largest religious monument in the world. Not only does it have a rich history, but also the beautiful setting will definitely improve your insta game.

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7) Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

As odd as this may sound, if you find yourself in Tokyo, make sure you visit the Shibuya Crossing – that’s right a pedestrian crossing. Visiting this attraction will help you submerge yourself in the urban culture of Japan. Known for the neon lights and hustle and bustle, the Shibuya Crossing will help you improve your street smarts, and the Shibuya scramble is not to be missed!

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6) Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Visiting Vigan will allow you to understand the history of the very country that you are living in. This city is notable for the preserved architecture from the colonial times when the Spanish were in control of the Philippines. UNESCO even declared the City of Vigan to be a World Heritage Site.

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5) Mt Pulag, Baguio, Philippines

Warning: This destination is not for the weak-hearted. Mt Pulag, found in Baguio, is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. If you’re looking to escape the blistering heat of Manila, then this is the place to go. This past week, Mt Pulag recorded a maximum temperature of only 11 degrees celsius.

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4) Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of the city’s most well-known monuments. This palace was once the home of the Thai King, but is now a popular tourist destination. Visitors from near and far travel to the Grand Palace to admire the beautiful architecture and intricate details that this building features.

 

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3) The Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali, Indonesia

If you want to feel at one with nature, then consider visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, Indonesia. Here, tourists get a very interactive experience as they have the opportunity to come close to and possibly interact with the monkeys that roam the reserve.

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2) Oslob, Cebu

If Balinese monkeys are not your thing, pick up your swimming gear and dive into the clear blue waters of Oslob, Cebu. Here you can get a chance to swim with the butanding (whale sharks), the ocean’s gentle giants.

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1) The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is a collection of rivers, islands, and swamps. While the natural beauty is a breathtaking sight in itself, most visitors come to see the floating fruit markets that line the bodies of water. Although it’s a truly unusual way to shop for your weekly groceries, for that reason it will be an unparalleled experience that you can never forget.

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