Take virtual tours throughout Asia from the comfort of your home
Travelling is out of the question right now with everyone forced to stay home by the global COVID-10 pandemic. Missing the feel of adventure and sense of wonder one gets from wandering, wanderlusters have turned to the internet to quench their thirst for travels.
Thanks to virtual tours, now everyone can literally go almost anywhere they want across the globe. Below, we’ve narrowed down our focus to some of the most travel-worthy places in Asia you can take a virtual tour to. No need to pack a bag, let’s start the tour!
Discover the marvels of ancient temples
(Photo source: The Guardian | AirPano)
Apart from sandy beaches and lush forests, a few Southeast Asian countries are also renowned for their ancient temples. Everybody knows Angkor Wat thanks to the Angelina Jolie-starrer, “Tomb Raider”, but courtesy of AirPano now you can explore not just that famous temple site but also other lesser-known temples in Cambodia. Pictured above is Borobudur, a ninth century Buddhist temple in Indonesia that looks unbelievably like a 3D rendering but is indeed a very real – and breath-taking – place. Not forgetting Myanmar, whose ancient capital Bagan, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List last year, boasts a multitude of temples.
If you’re starting to miss the outdoors and would like some greenery in your view, take these virtual tours through Asia’s natural beauties. Seen above is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. Aside from being the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in James Cameron’s “Avatar” movie, now it also boasts an impressive architectural wonder – the highest glass bridge in the world. Yes, glass. Acrophobics who want to stick closer to the ground can opt for a tour of Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave instead. This is your chance to explore the world’s biggest cave without breaking a sweat.
Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can spend your time enriching your knowledge during your prolonged stay at home. Below are the links for several virtual tours of modern art museums in Asia. From South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (pictured above) to MOCA Bangkok, Asia has something to offer for every art connoisseur out there.
In 2007, India’s Taj Mahal was named one of the New7Wonders of the World. This gargantuan mausoleum was built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his second (and favourite) wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He was also later interred at the same mausoleum. Universally known as a symbol of love, hopeless romantics now have no “time and money” excuses to not visit Taj Mahal.
There’s a reason why this historical icon of China is on almost every virtual list there is out there: it’s just too magnificent to miss! Another one of the New7Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China has long been of the main travel destinations for wanderlusters. This also means it can get very congested up there. Avoid the crowd by taking a virtual “walk” on the great wall that sprawls across China.