My recent visit to China sparked up long forgotten memories of travelling in Asia again. Something we hadn’t done in a long time,with the exception of trips to Bangladesh. We have travelled far and wide across Europe and North America the past 10 years and as we get ready to leave England and embark on new adventures in New Zealand and Australia, I cannot help but remember some of the amazing places we have been to in Asia, many that we will definitely return to again!
I have been nominated by Angela Travels to name 5 places I would want to visit again. In no particular order, here they are!
We went here during our one month backpacking across India from Kolkata to Goa, mostly by train and bus. It was the first national park I had been to in India and all others in the future will pale by comparison I think.. Why? Because I saw 11 tigers in 3 days! Bandhavgar has the highest density of tigers in all of the national parks in India. We also saw other wildlife, mostly birds, deer and monkeys. A difficult place to get to, we had to change trains and buses three times. But the places you have to go through to get here, such as the Marble Cliffs of Jabalpur, are great for visiting as well… well worth going again!
We drove to the state capital of Meghalaya – Shillong – from Bangladesh when Ashique was a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, spreading the message of Positive Living – Say No to Drugs – Campaign. This region of India – Assam -holds a special place in my heart as my Dad’s family is from here and I have heard so many interesting stories around the language, culture and people from here. We went to visit Cherapunji, the wettest place on earth! Very lush and green, you can see the seven waterfalls in good days when it’s not raining (which it is most of the time!)
Shillong is a unique blend of different cultures as its population comprises of three major tribes as well as other communities. Random fact: Bob Dylan’s birthday is celebrated in live music concert here every year! We were there only for a few days and were mostly busy with the work events. But Shillong is a place, along with other parts in Assam, that we so look forward to visiting again!
We have been lucky to visit Sunderbans National Park in Bangladesh every time we have gone to visit from England. Banderban, located in the South-east of Bangladesh, part of the hill-tracts region is one of those places we have not had a chance to go back to. Known for its outstanding natural beauty, great for hiking and viewing wildlife, I personally look forward to swimming in one of the many waterfalls in this region and staying at the Eco Resort belonging to Guide Tours Ltd again!
World’s oldest tropical rainforest, estimated to be more than 130 million years old! We went here while backpacking in Malaysia and Ashique’s ultimate dream was to walk the Canopy walkway (he had seen a program on this on TV and had always wanted to go!) Unfortunately it was closed during the time we went here. There were some lovely eco cottages right outside the park, but back then we couldn’t afford it, and we stayed at some cheap hostel bus ride away from the park. Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan Tiger, Crab-eating macaque, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur (seladang) and Asian elephant. We look forward to going back with the kids and hopefully Ashique will get to fulfil his childhood dream 🙂
Swatch of No Ground, Bangladesh
In the north-western part of the Bay of Bengal, a deep submarine canyon, known as the Swatch-of-No-Ground comes up close to the Bangladesh coast, south of the Sundarban Forest. We were lucky to visit here as guests of the expedition team from Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project. We saw many dolphins and whales, very up close, the three days we were there. It was a truly magical experience, just knowing we have such a rich marine biodiversity, so close to home! We dream of being back here again, sometime in the near future.
This is one of the many attractions for moving back to Bangladesh after our time in New Zealand and Australia in 2015. So we can travel different parts of Asia again. Have our base in Bangladesh, explore within our home country and the surrounding beautiful countries in Southeast Asia. I know I am supposed to name only 5 places but I cannot miss one of our favourites (and only reason didn’t post it on the top 5 is because don’t have pictures of the destination itself)
Goa – our all time favourite place in India – for chilling on the beach, great food and dancing the night away to Goa Trance music (might have to adapt that a bit with the two kids in tow 🙂 but so look forward to being back with the family!
Look forward to reading about their 5 travel destinations they would like to return to!