5 Most Beautiful but Active Volcanoes in Asia

There is always some mystery to a volcano on how beautiful it is when it is dormant but can be very deadly when active. Its crater might be on top of its highest peak but it seems to connect us to the boiling center of the earth. Here’s the 5 most beautiful volcanoes to see in Asia.

MOUNT MAYON, PHILIPPINES

Dubbed to be the world’s most perfectly shaped volcano, and for majority of tourists and onlookers it is a very convincing site. Some acquaintances of mine who run a Calgary emergency furnace repair company recently traveled to the Philippines and took in this magnificent site. Its beautiful symmetry is what prompt the locals to call it after a beautiful lady called “Magayon.” But don’t be deceived by its symmetrical beauty because it is considered to be the most active volcano in the Philippines, known to be spewing rocks and ashes whenever it likes to.

MOUNT FUJI, JAPAN

Who would not recognize this beautiful and very popular volcano of Japan? It runs quite close to Mount Mayon for its perfect symmetry and its upper half is iconic for being white due to ice building on its slopes during winter. It is said that Mount Fuji is actually composed of 4 stories of mountain formed on top of the other mostly from eruption thousands of years ago, thus the elevation is now up to 3,776 meters the highest in Japan.

IJEN VOLCANO, INDONESIA

This volcano in Indonesia is part of a volcano complex, and has a turquoise lake on its crater. But no matter how mesmerizing the water is nobody is allowed to take a dip or even a tiny splash from it because of its very high sulfuric content. But what makes this volcano really special is its infamous blue flames which can only be seen at night. Locals call it electric blue fire because of how spellbinding the blue flames are. This fascinating phenomenon is caused when the high sulfuric gases from the volcano collide with a temperature of over 600 degrees.

GUISHAN ISLAND, TAIWAN

Guishan Island in Taiwan is more famously known to be the Turtle Island because of its uncanny resemblance to a big turtle but what not a lot of people know that this harmless looking island is actually a volcano and the only active volcano in the whole of Taiwan. It is also a frequent place for dolphin and whale sightings.

MOUNT DAMAVAND, IRAN

South of the Caspian Sea looms a snow-covered volcano, Mount Damavand, the second highest peak in all of Asia. It may have not erupted for thousands of years already but it regularly emits fumaroles and sprouts hot springs on its base, a definite signs of volcanic activity.

Top 4 Places to Visit in Zimbabwe

Because of civil strife and political unrest, Zimbabwe’s tourism is not the most alluring to tourists. But painstakingly, this African gem, is slowly carving a name of its own as a travel destination. Awe-inspiring landscapes and exotic wildlife from left to right is a haven for the adventurous spirit. Their famous spots are mostly uncrowded leaving you one with nature most of the time. If you’re planning to visit this South African country, read through the list of top 4 places to visit in Zimbabwe.

VICTORIA FALLS

The majestic Victoria Falls should be enough reason for you to visit Zimbabwe; who would not want to even marvel at the roaring beauty of the largest curtain of falling water in the world with a sprawling width of 1,708 meters. The natives call it Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders” because of the mist and steam that sprung from the force of the falling water. Dubbed to be one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is straddling the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

A visit to Zimbabwe’s biggest park is a rewarding trip especially if you see the “Big Five” namely the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. This part of Africa is said to have one of the biggest population of thriving elephants in the planet. This vast national park has a big population of wildlife with 107 kinds of animals including some of the rarest animals like pangolins, servals, wild dogs, aardvarks and porcupines.

RUINS OF GREAT ZIMBABWE

Explore the ruins of this Medieval City in the middle of the sub-Saharan Africa and experience a different perspective of Zimbabwe. From early 11th century to the 15th century, Great Zimbabwe was home to the Bantu civilization. Now a UNESCO Heritage Site, these vast ruins was once a flourishing city of more or less 10,000 inhabitants relying mainly to the gold trade but because of overpopulation and lack of proper source of food, the town was abandoned.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

This is also another UNESCO Heritage Site in Zimbabwe extremely popular because of its distinctive rock formation. Colossal granite boulders called kopjes are unbelievably balanced on top of one another for thousands of years. These hills have been a shelter to people and wildlife as early as the Stone Age and has an amazing collection of rock paintings. The Matobo Hills play a huge part in the spirituality of the local community.

Things to Do When Visiting Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, Malay, Indian, Chinese, European and many more. It is considered to be one of the wealthiest country in Southeast Asia, and with this, Malaysia has a lot to offer tourists that would definitely make you thrilled and excited. Here are just some of the must-do things when you visit the country.

PETRONAS TOWER

The Petronas Tower is undeniably the most iconic structure in all of Malaysia, and rightfully so because it is the world’s tallest twin towers with ultramodern engineering. The touch of Islamic design is a nod to the Muslim majority in the country. The sky bridge is the main attraction here with magnificent sprawling view of the city.

BOH TEA PLANTATION & FACTORY

Acres and acres of tea make up Southeast Asia’s largest tea plantation. This 8000 acres of tea is a refreshing vista to behold. Know more about teas, drink some of it, buy tea souvenirs and products, and enjoy all the natural beauty of the place.

CRYSTAL MOSQUE

Since Malaysia’s major religion is Islam, it would be no wonder that there are a lot of mosques dotting the country. And the most extravagant and the most marvelous of them all is the Crystal Mosque. The fusion of steel, glass and crystal makes up this grandiose structure and the best time to visit it would be dusk when the mosque illuminated from the inside making it appear surreal.

BATU CAVES

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country, so aside from Islam, there are also some minor religions that prosper one of these is Hinduism. Batu Caves is a famous Hindu shrine and its limestone hills and caves has been a tourist attraction for many years. The most challenging feat is the 272 steps going to the top with throngs of people also climbing and going down around you.

LANGKAWI ISLAND

The country is also blessed with good beaches and the most famous weekend getaway for tourists and locals alike is the Langkawi Island. Laze around on the beach and enjoy the relaxing view of the Andaman Sea or swim in their azure waters and see diverse marine life. You can also shop all you want here since it has a duty-free status.

TRY NASI KANDAR

Your trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete if you don’t taste their staple food, Nasi Kandar or “mixed rice”. This is rice topped with flavor-rich curries and meat or vegetables, and there are just so many flavors that you can get addicted with. So treat your taste buds to this sumptuous Malaysian delicacy.