Best Places for Road Trips in Asia

One of the best ways to explore a new country is by taking to the roads and experiencing all the rich sub-cultures and people firsthand. You get to learn so much more about the traditions of a place when you travel by car and stop to take in the beauty whenever you feel like it.

Best Road Trips in Asia

When it comes to Asia, you’d be surprised to learn that some of the best road trips can be taken in otherwise lesser know travel spots. Here is a list we’ve come up with to help you on your way:

1. Leh-Manali Highway - India

The Himalaya range is one of the most popular destinations for travelers, especially those who love mountain climbing. But the road trip through the Himalayan districts of Manali to Leh is a wonderful adventure by itself.

The drive on this highway has been compared to Buddhist pilgrimage by many adventurers, as plenty of Buddha statues and other sacred sites are spread throughout the route. And it leads up to Baralacha-La, which is a stunning landscape in the Himalayas. Make sure to plan your trip in advance, as the highway is only open for less than five months in summer.

Leh Manali Highway Roadtrip

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2. The Karakoram Highway – Pakistan

The highest paved international road in the world, the Karakoram highway is one of the best driving experiences in the continent. More than a tourist attraction, this road trip will let you experience the engineering feat in all its glory. People travel long distances to get a chance to drive or ride a motorbike to the Himalayas.

But that’s not all. This highway that connects Pakistan to China also has some amazing scenic locations with mountain views and beautiful lakes that are worth stopping for on this trail.   It may be necessary to take some precautions though, since this road goes higher than 15,000 feet. So, be careful if you are prone to altitude sickness.

Karakoram Highway to Pakistan Road Trip

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3. The Hokkaido Scenic Byway - Japan

One the four main islands of Japan, Hokkaido is considered to be spectacular when it comes to the scenery. Driving through this will allow you to explore about six scenic byways, which include the views of the Swiss Alps, and the French countryside, and intoxicating fields of lavender.

It is a good idea to leave your windows down while travelling this road or you may miss the breathtaking scent of these lavender fields.

The Hokkaido Scenic Byway to Japan

4. The Nha Trang-Quy Nhon - Vietnam

This highway lets you witness mountain scenery on the inland side of the road, along with beautiful golden beaches on the ocean side of the road. Soon becoming a popular travelling destination, the best way to explore Nha Trang and Quy Nhon is to take a road trip through it.

If you want to make your road trip even more memorable, you should consider taking part in the celebration that takes place every two years. It is a weeklong festival, where travelers drive through the route in large groups.