From Chocolate Hills to Mysterious Caves: The Strangest Places to Explore In Asia

Asia is a continent of wonder and natural beauty. So it comes as no surprise that it’s also home to some of the world’s most peculiar and captivating destinations. From geological wonders, doll villages, to mystical caves, these off-the-beaten-path locations would ignite anyone’s wanderlust. So, join us on this virtual journey through the strangest places to explore in Asia

Chocolate Hills, Philippines

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Situated in the center of the Philippine archipelago, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol represent an exceptional natural miracle. Throughout the dry season, the approximately 1,200 conical hills that dot this amazing scenery become a dark shade of brown, giving the impression of enormous chocolate kisses dispersed across the horizon. These hills’ origins are still unknown, however folklore claims that they were formed by a giant’s tears, shed in mourning for a past love. Whether you buy into the myth or not, visiting the Chocolate Hills is a delightful experience for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and adventure.

Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

Hiding deep behind the thick forests of central Vietnam is the world’s largest cave system, known as Hang Son Doong. This underground wonder, which was found in 1991 by a local farmer, is five kilometers long and has caverns large enough to hold entire city blocks. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Hang Son Doong allows travelers to explore enormous rooms decorated with strange rock formations and underground waterways. Hang Son Doong is a monument to the amazing power of nature with its towering stalagmites and ethereal beauty.

Valley of the Dolls, Japan

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The Valley of the Dolls is a strange scene straight out of a storybook, tucked away in the foggy hills of Nagoro Village, Japan. What makes this village so weird is its population — a spooky collection of handcrafted dolls made by local artist Ayano Tsukimi. As a former resident of this village, she was saddened by the fact that most of Nagoro’s former inhabitants were either dead or moved away. So she created lifelike dolls to replace them. These dolls, depicting anything from farmers tending to their fields to youngsters waiting at bus stations, made the village look alive again. By the way, if you want to learn more about this fascinating place, we have a separate article dedicated to it. 

Batu Caves, Malaysia

The Batu Caves, located just outside of Kuala Lumpur’s busy city, are a tribute to Malaysia’s rich spiritual and cultural traditions. These historic caves, which are carved into a limestone hillside and are frequented by both visitors and believers, are decorated with elaborate Hindu shrines and statues. After climbing the 272 stairs to reach the main cavern, guests are met by the imposing statue of Lord Murugan, the war god of Hinduism, who stands sentry over the hallowed location. In addition to being a site of prayer, the Batu Caves represent Malaysia’s diverse mosaic. A reminder that this is the place where spirituality and scenic beauty meet.

Elephant Mountain, Taiwan

Rising majestically above the bustling city of Taipei, Elephant Mountain offers a refreshing escape from the urban hustle and bustle. One of our favorite strangest places to explore in Asia, this iconic peak, named for its resemblance to an elephant’s trunk, is a popular hiking destination for locals and tourists alike. The trail to the summit is steep but rewarding, offering sweeping views of the city skyline and the towering peaks of the surrounding mountains. As the sun sets over Taipei, visitors can witness the city come alive with a dazzling display of lights, casting a magical glow over the landscape below.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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