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5 of Asia’s most beautiful natural wonders

From a volcano with luminous blue flames to tri-coloured lakes, Asia hides so many jaw-droppingly beautiful nature getaways waiting to be discovered. And we have the photos to prove it.

1. Takeda Castle Ruins, Asago, Japan

Get to Takeda Castle from Osaka by taking the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen to Himeji, then take the JR Bantan Line to Takeda Station.

From 6am to 6.30am in October and November, a thick fog fills the valley surrounding Takeda Castle, creating the magical illusion of it floating above the clouds.

2. Tri-coloured Lakes at Mount Kelimutu, Flores, Indonesia

Get to Mount Kelimutu from Bali by https://peraditasikmalaya.id/ taking a 2.5-hour flight to Ende and then a 40-minute drive to the city. From there, it’s a three-hour drive to the village near Mount Kelimutu.

Within the summit of Mount Kelimutu, one of Indonesia’s many volcanoes, you’ll find three lakes with dramatically different colours that change unpredictably throughout the year.

3. Banaue Rice Terraces, North Luzon, The Philippines

It can take up to 10 hours to reach the unofficial “eighth wonder of the world” by bus from Manila, but its remote location means unlike many other natural wonders, the Banaue Rice Terraces haven’t suffered from mass tourism.

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4. Kawah Ijen Volcano, East Java, Indonesia

Get to Kawah Ijen Volcano from Bali by taking a ferry to Banyuwangi, and then an hour-long car ride.

One of only two volcanoes in the world with blue flames, you can get to this astounding natural phenomena from Bali or Surabaya.

5. Shuiyang Lake, Alishan, Taiwan

Get to Shuiyang Lake from Taipei by taking a three-hour drive to the Sun Link Sea campsite.

This eerily beautiful and

serene lake is the result of a landslide dam caused by the great Jiji earthquake in 1999.

6. Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam

Most people are surprised to find out there are sand dunes in Vietnam. Take an easy four-hour drive out of Ho Chi Minh to visit the majestic white and red sand dunes.

7. Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Hokkaido, Japan.

Come mid May, moss phlox bloom, transforming hills into carpets of vibrant pink. These flowers might not grow here naturally (it was laboriously cultivated by one man over eight years) but it’s a surreal sight worth planning a trip for.

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