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4 Cities you should Consider Visiting in Pakistan

Pakistan. Probably not the first country that pops into your head when thinking of holiday destinations, but you’d be wrong to think so. By avoiding the overcrowded tourist spots, you get a chance to explore some of the uncovered gems within different parts of the world. Pakistan is beautiful in a different way to other Asian countries like India, and the distinct lack of tourists will give you an experience that can’t be matched elsewhere.

Lahore

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Probably the most visited city when people visit Pakistan, Lahore still isn’t as populated or hectic as any Indian cities. If you’re a stickler for your own space and don’t let getting caught up in the hustle and bustle that’s associated with other cities, Lahore could be the best option for you.

There are many spots dotted around Lahore that you can go sightseeing; we especially like the Shalamar Gardens as a place to unwind and take in the beautiful architecture.

If you’re looking to see a real treat, then try and travel to Lahore around the time of a religious festival like Eid. This city really does come alive during this time, but be sure to get a ticket a few months before you’re planning to go, as prices tend to hit the roof as many expat locals return to Pakistan for their religious holidays.

Islamabad

As with many places, the capital of Pakistan is definitely worth your time to visit. Named the cleanest city in Pakistan, Islamabad has been ridiculed unfairly in Western culture by the uncivilized who think that it’s name represents terrorism; or something stupid like that. Either way, you’d be the idiot if you missed this one out on your travels, as it’s definitely one of the nicest cities in Asia. Filled with beautiful garden and long, winding lakes Islamabad combines the city feel with a certain rural feel that you might not find in other countries in Europe.

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If there’s only one thing that you have time to do whilst in Islamabad and you don’t mind getting out of the city, you simply must go up and visit the city Taxila. An ancient city over 3000 years old, it was named a heritage site in the early 1980s and remains one of those places that you must visit whilst in Pakistan. Unfortunately, many people overlook Taxila, and it isn’t as well known as other historical sites; though that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

Karachi

Often confused as the capital because of it’s overpopulation, Karachi is the most populated city in Pakistan by some distance, so it might not be for you if you aren’t a massive fan of crowds. This is definitely a city you’ll want to note down if you’re a food lover, as there are many delicious markets in Karachi that will have you eating your fill on every night that you are there.

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Peshawar

Peshawar is known for being the closest city to Afghanistan; often called the entry of Afghan. But, it’s much more than that as a city in it’s own right, and you’d be a fool for overlooking it as a potential travel destination.

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Peshawar is an old city in the Khyber province of Pakistan. Compared to the other cities it’s relatively wealthy, and it’s a definite go if you like hiking or green tea, as the city has walks and tea in abundance. Don’t miss the chance to visit Peshawar!

4 Asian towns you’re missing out by not visiting

In the Western world, there has been a massive increase in tourism throughout the majority of Asia. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam’s tourism has rocketed, with many young students looking to pursue a cost effective gap year throughout South East Asia, as well as those searching from an escape from the 9-5 of the Western World. Similarly, areas of India like Goa have become Meccas for expats over the years, becoming more and more populated by Westerners. And we don’t blame them, Goa is truly beautiful;

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But, what about some lesser known places? Well, here we’ll look at three Asian cities that you have to visit before you die.

 

Jiufen, Taiwan

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The inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away, Jiufen has become more popular for tourists in recent years, though it still isn’t nearly as popular as other areas in Asia. Whilst it might not be a sight to behold throughout the daytime, Jiufen comes alight in the night time and you can really experience the magic of a town life this.

 

Hsipaw, Myanmar

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Now more commonly known that in the past, if you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle, Hsipaw would be a great option for you. There are many waterfalls, farmland and hot springs that are sure to make your trip worthwhile.

Hakone, Japan

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You may or may not have heard of Hakone, Japan. Part of a national park that is situated around 60 or 70 miles outside of Tokyo, you’d struggle to find a more reclusive area within the same distance from the electrifying bustle of Tokyo. Sometimes, an escape is a necessity, and Hakone helps to provide that for it’s visitors.

Zhouzhang, China

Zhouzhang is situated around 20 miles outside of the city Suzhou, and it’s easy to see why it has become more popular in recent years. Labelled the Asian equivalent of Venice, there really isn’t another place in the world quite like Zhouzhang.

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Camping in Hawaii | Is it possible?

When people consider Hawaii, they think luxury houses, massive condos and above all – expensive price tags. But, there options for people going to Hawaii who don’t want to spend lots of money on accommodation and would rather save their hard earned money for different things, like experiencing the beauty of the island, or eating as the locals eat. If that’s you, then camping in Hawaii might be a great option for you.

Camping gives you the option to save some dosh, as well as really experience what the Hawaiian wildlife and countryside is truly like. There are many camping locations scattered across Hawaii, so it’s not necessarily like you’ll have to search these places out; they’re pretty easy to find.

Of course, it might not be a monetary issue to you. Camping in increasingly popular among middle classes, with many looking for an escape from their busy city lives by going camping. Over a third of Americans are regular campers within the last few years.

Camping can be a fantastic way to spend time with your children, and although camping in Hawaii isn’t as popular as it is forecasted to be yet, there’s no doubt in our minds that it will become increasingly popular in the years to come.

Camping is a great way to meet some local residents, as they also enjoy camping as a way to get in touch with the nature of their country. I know what you’re thinking; whats our favorite campground?

Malaekahana Beach Campground

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 If you’re looking for a really simple place to spend your days, then the Malaekahana is one of the best campgrounds in Hawaii. Whilst it is pretty simple and there isn’t much there, do you want anything more than that? Camping in Hawaii is meant to be peaceful and relaxing, and you can’t get any more relaxing than watching the sunset from Malaekahana.