A road trip is the manifestation of the saying “It’s the journey, not the destination”. It is a test of endurance, and self-reliance, and more often than not, people become better because of the road trips they take. Asia, being the largest and most diverse continent on the planet, offers some exhilarating cross country road trips to travelers.
The top five are:
1. Leh- Manali (India)
The Leh-Manali highway is one of the most iconic road trips on the Himalayas, which goes through the famous destinations Leh and Manali. Although you need to be on a bike to truly experience the beauty of the place, driving from the Solang Valley all the way to the Rohtang Pass is inexplicable. Make sure that you make proper travel plans as this highway is open for only a few months in the summer.
2. Touge roads, Mount Fuji (Japan)
The roads to Mt. Fuji in Japan give you the opportunity to experience some really steep turns. It is popularly credited as the birthplace of the art of drifting, when you drive the car through the turn sideways. Just like the Initial-D anime. The stunt is dangerous, but the route still provides you breathtaking views of the landscape and Mt. Fuji.
3.Karakoram Highway (China and Pakistan)
The Karakoram highway connects the Gilgil-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions of Pakistan to the Xinjiang region of China. Elevated at more than 15,000 feet, it is the world’s highest paved international road, and also a fantastic drive. You get to view the beauty of the Himalayan glaciers, lakes and slopes along the China-Pakistan border in all its glory!
4.The Patapat Viaduct (The Philippines)
The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7000 islands, and it is becoming a popular tourist destination. Apart from the beautiful beaches and the dense forest, the roads are good too. However, you may have to hire a tour guide to help you find your way through the country.
5.Ilju Road (South Korea) #VacationLah
The volcanic island of Jeju in South Korea is one of the most scenic places in the country. The Ilju road goes along the coastline of the region. It gives you the opportunity of viewing the unique landscapes formed by the combination of volcanic features and the sea. Driving through the road in spring will have you witness the full bloom of beautiful trees on either sides of the road. Ilju Road is also known as “Hawaii” for the South Koreans.
No matter which cross country trip you plan, ensure that you take the necessary precautions and try , as far as possible, to travel with a group. You will not only have fun during the road trip, but also have more people who remind you of the memorable journey!