Best Soul-Searching Destinations in Asia

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Monday, Jan 23, 2017 12:13 PM

We thought it would be nice to put together a list of destinations you can visit throughout the year. Whenever you need to take a break from the stresses of daily life and reset your mind and body, just pick a destination and take off! Clear your mind, restore your spirit and find yourself while joining in on these activities in our soul-searching destinations. 

 

Experience a yoga retreat in Koh Samui

 

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A popular retreat in the Thailand isles, Koh Samui is home to gorgeous snorkelling locations, Buddhist temples and delicious seafood. But what sets Koh Samui apart is its reputation as a premium yoga retreat destination. Condé Nast Traveller lists Kamalaya in Koh Samui as one of the best yoga retreats in the world. 

 

Explore the temples of Bali

 

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There’s a popular joke in Bali that goes "there are more temples in Bali than there are people," and that’s true. The island celebrates a colorful mix of cultures—Javan designs are sold on the streets as the locals still pray to Hindu gods. The result is gorgeous temples that perfectly mix nature and religion. Walking through a Balinese temple gives you a sense of peace and wonder, one that will help you reset your focus. 

 

Commune with nature at Mt. Makiling

 

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Mt. Makiling has always been one of the cornerstones of Philippine mythology. There’s the legend of Maria Makiling, a goddess who dared to fall in love with a mortal and was trapped in the mountain. Mt. Makiling is considered one of the most spiritual points in the Philippines, and climbing it can be an experience in and of itself. You may also meet some interesting characters there, like the Rizalistas, and other mystical believers. Photo credits: Tony Hidalgo

 

Cleanse your hands at Meiji Shrine

 

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In the middle of the bustling city of Tokyo, one of my favorite spots to take a moment and take a breath is the Meiji Temple across Yoyogi Park. Unlike the familiar vermilion colors of Sensoji, Meiji Shrine has a more open, tranquil feel. Walking past the sake wall, you can’t help but feel inner peace right away. Upon entering the shrine, guests are asked to wash their hands in a basin, to purify yourself before making your prayers. 

 

Make a pilgrimage to Petra

 

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The desert lands of Petra in Jordan are some of the most beautiful in the world. Indiana Jones connection aside, walking into cracks and crevices opens up to reveal a gorgeous, rose church carved into the stone. The church is significant because of the date it was established—during the rule of the Romans. 

 

What's your most memorable solo travel experience? Let us know in the comments below.

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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