Asia Pacific is known for many things – its colourful cities, cultural diversity, great shopping, sandy white beaches, amazing food and the list keeps getting longer. This week, marvel with us, as we explore the top natural wonders the region has to offer.
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, voted as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is found in the Midwest coast of Palawan. The 8.2 km long underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest and flows through a spectacular cave, directly into the South China sea. Take a park-operated boat tour to view the cave’s incredible rock formations and enjoy the surrounding wildlife community of bats, colourful birds, monkeys and monitor lizards.
Where to stay: With 4 bedrooms and an infinity pool overlooking the sea, this luxurious Palawan Mansion is perfect for a big group of family and friends when visiting Puerto Princesa.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth. At 348,000 square kilometres, it is the only natural structure visible from outer space. Cited as one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most remarkable wonders, the reef supports a rich diversity of marine life, including many endangered species. Snorkel, join a dive tour or take a scenic helicopter flight – your choice on how you’d like to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Where to stay: Just 15 minutes from the Reef Fleet Terminal where you can catch a ferry to the Great Barrier Reef, Greg’s unique Tropical Treehouse in Cairns offers a relaxing getaway with its lush rainforest surroundings.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, is approximately 1,553 square kilometres in size. The bay, renown for its breathtaking scenery, features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. With over 1900 islands and islets, you can explore Ha Long Bay on a kayak or stay overnight on a junk boat, to enjoy the tranquility of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Where to stay: Check out what Places and Foods blogger, Wilson has to say about his stay on a Halong Bay junk boat cruise with travelmob.