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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33492 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-09-21 07:07:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-09-21 07:07:22 [post_content] => MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarkhand, India
The Valley of Flowers, an aptly named national park in India's West Himalayas, is renowned for its meadows of alpine flowers and other flora. The park is located between 3352-3658 metres above sea level in mountain wilderness and is 8km long and 2km wide. The valley is reached by a 14km trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria where its possible to see fields of perfumed wild flowers. The best time to visit is August and September just after the monsoon. [caption id="attachment_33493" align="alignnone" width="800" caption="Pic: Tapuu, Creative Commons"][/caption]
Western Australia
Most people think of Australia's western state as dry, heavy and red but when the rains come the landscape bursts with colour with 12000 species of wildflowers, 60 percent of which are endemic. These can be found across the state in the Midlaands area north of Perth, coastal national parks such as Fitzerald River and Kalbarri, the Stirling Range National Park and the Pilbara. The best time to visit is from June to November. [caption id="attachment_33494" align="alignnone" width="960" caption="Pilbara wildflowers. Pic: outbackspirittours.com.au"][/caption]
Hokkaido, Japan
Japan's northern most prefecture is famous for its snow falls and skiing, but it's also a fantastic place to hike amongst wildflowers, particularly on the islands on its northern tip, Rishiri and Rebun; both part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. The slopes of Rebun are filled with wildflowers and well maintained hiking trails provide excellent viewing opportunities to see these. The best time to visit is between spring and fall.  Other good places to see flowers in Hokkaido include the lavender fields in Furano and tulips in Doto area. [caption id="attachment_33496" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Pic: japan-guide.com"][/caption]
Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, Eurasia's largest lake, and the world's deepest, needs little introduction although its winter reputation is probably more widely known when the lake freezes over with thick ice. However during summer the temperate shores are incredibly beautiful with rolling grasslands ablaze with brilliant seasonal wildflowers.  Summer is the perfect time for hiking and exploring around the crystalline blue lake taking in the scent of the flowers and visiting charming local villages.
Yunnan and Sichuan, China
Thanks to numerous high alpine valleys and meadows, both Sichuan and its neighbour Yunnan afford numerous wildflower viewing opportunities. So numerous are the places to go its considered a biodiversity hotspot. In Yunnan Tiger Leaping Gorge and Mt Baima are just some of the famous wildflower locations. In Sichuan it is Yading, Mt Balang and Mt Jiajin. Getting to these locations usually affords other amazing opportunities as well such as hiking glacier lakes or fabulous valleys, enjoying local Tibetan culture and taking in fine alpine scenery. [caption id="attachment_33498" align="alignnone" width="922" caption="Pic: chinatravelca.com"][/caption] [post_title] => Going wild on flowers: Asia's best wildflower locations [post_excerpt] => MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => going-wild-on-flowers-asias-best-wildflower-locations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-09-21 07:07:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-09-21 07:07:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33492 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations
September 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places.

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok
September 9, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

BANGKOK goes by many names and appellations, depending on who is speaking and how they feel about the city. The Thais call their capital Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning something along the lines of ‘City of Angels’. However that name is merely an abbreviation. Bangkok’s official title would probably take most readers half a year…>

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat
August 25, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

INDIA’S former British residents utilized high altitude towns across the nation as a place of refuge from the intense summer heat of the plains. Many of these had a central mall or a focal point such as a lake, around which activities could be based. Today the idea of the hill station is not lost on modern day tourists with Indian and other visitors flocking to places in Kerala, Uttarkhand, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states for a little respite.

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap
August 14, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

WITH the city’s innumerable temples, overeager moto drivers, unofficial tour guides, flocks of one-dollar kids, and absurd humidity, 48 hours in Siem Reap can be a rather beguiling experience for the unprepared. This weekend warrior’s guide will set you straight.

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia
August 6, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to travel to less touristy areas in Asia and encounter wildlife, nature and local life, an animal safari is an excellent option. Elephant, camel and horse safari operators exist in places as varied as the Inner Mongolian steppe, Thailand’s northern mountains and India’s desert sands and their itineraries provide the chance to…>

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia
July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE art of pilgrimage is an age old tradition that is not lost in modern day Asia where it is still possible to follow routes with other pilgrims to holy places such as the source of the River Ganges in India, the holy mountain of Kailash in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries perched on clifftops in…>

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand
July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.

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