10 unusual places in Asia with karst landscapes


Karst landscapes are amazing masterpieces created by nature. Asian karst regions are considered the most picturesque and spectacular in the world. Among them are northern Vietnam, central Laos, southern China, the Andaman coast of Thailand and the eastern part of the Philippines.

Zhangjiajie, China

The Zhangjiajie region became known to the whole world thanks to the movie "Avatar". The unique local landscapes served as the prototype for Pandora. The most beautiful places - mountains, canyons, forest trails and viewing platforms - are located on the territory of Zhangjiajie National Park.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a real miracle of nature and perhaps one of the most beautiful places on the planet. About 3,000 limestone and dolomite islands are scattered over an area of 1.5 thousand square meters. kilometers, forming breathtaking karst landscapes. Halong Bay is a magical, mystical place, and it is especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

Guilin and Yangshuo, China

Old-timers say that Guilin is the most beautiful place on Earth, and Yangshuo is more beautiful than Guilin. Travelers who love the city and comfort go to observe the beauty of the karst landscapes of Guilin, while lovers of rural landscapes and closeness to nature come to Yangshuo.

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is the southern province of Thailand, known to the world for its incredible marine karst landscapes, snow-white beaches and small, wonderful islands. Most of the advertising posters in Thailand are made on the beaches of Krabi. They create a reputation for the region as one of the most picturesque places on the planet. In addition, Krabi is one of the best starting points for traveling around the islands of Thailand.

Van Vieng, Laos

Van Vieng is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Laos. Because the city is located near the karst caves, the appearance of which gives a special unique beauty to the local landscapes. The signature type of recreation in Van Vieng, for which backpackers from all over the world come here, is tubing, rafting along the river on a rubber wheel.

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is a picturesque region in the southwest of the Philippine archipelago. The untouched virgin nature of the island attracts wildlife lovers here. The most beautiful karst landscapes can be seen in the El Nido area, Puerto Princesa, and the Coron Islands.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh is close to Hanoi and offers the rare traveler dramatic views of the karst mountains and cycling through the countryside, picturesque rice terraces and a pleasant atmosphere, as well as fairly good living conditions. Despite the fact that in the immediate vicinity of Ninh Binh is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam - the region of karst caves Tamkok, the city is rarely visited by tourists, preferring organized tours from Hanoi. But even a short stop in the city will allow you to get to know the real, non-tourist Vietnam.

Bohol, Philippines

Bohol is an island best known for its "chocolate hills" - amazing natural formations that are brown hills against a backdrop of vibrant green landscapes. Travelers who go to admire this natural attraction will also find magnificent tropical jungles, rice terraces, white sand beaches and excellent dive spots on the island. And finally, Bohol is notable for the fact that tarsier crumbs live here - the smallest monkeys on the planet.

Phangnga National Park, Thailand

Enchanting sea karst landscapes can be seen in the Phang Nga region along the Andaman coast of Thailand. The islands of Ko Yao, which are located in the heart of the bay of Ao Phang Nga. Phuket and Khao Lak are also popular resorts in the region.

Kunimin, China

The southern Chinese province of Yun'an is home to the Stone Forest, located near the city of Kunming. Unusual karst formations of bizarre shapes create a unique stone landscape.