Asia's natural beauty, rich history and fascinating culture makes it undeniably popular. Don't miss out on travelling through Asia during the pandemic. Simply take these virtual tours, instead...
With natural beauty, incredible wildlife and a wealth of cultural and historical sites, Asia makes for an enriching travel experience.
While you can't physically go there now due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can experience some of the continent's great wonders from the comfort of your home.
Whether you want to see elephants in Thailand, walk the Great Wall of China, kayak between mangrove forests or get a taste of Vietnam, our virtual travel guide to Asia will give you plenty of armchair wanderlust.
Simply click on your area of interest below, or keep scrolling for the full list...
Pristine, historically rich and culturally captivating, Vietnam is home to an abundance of World Heritage Sites. From the old towns of Hoi An and Hue, to the natural splendour of the Phong Na Caves and Ha Long Bay, you can now explore Vietnam's UNESCO wonders without leaving your sofa.
The Taj Mahal may be revered as one of the most recognisable sites in the world, but like so many travel classics, it's closed to visitors for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
This virtual tour gets you as close to the real thing as possible. Marvel at the mausoleum's white marble exterior, focus on the intricate interior, and enjoy views of the building from across the river and up above. You'll also have the opportunity to read up on the Taj Mahal's history.
Exploring the many temples of the ancient city of Angkor Wat takes days. The site has an almost hypnotic effect, too, making you want to take your time: to run your hand over every carving, study the detail of every stone-cut face, and be awed by the sheer scale of an ancient civilisation reclaimed by nature.
Nothing beats the real thing, but this behind-the-scenes virtual tour from Google Maps is pretty close. You'll have the chance to explore well-known temples, such as Angkor and Ta Prohm, in incredible detail, as well as gaining an insight into lesser-known temples on the site.
Switch to street view to virtually walk across the jungle-clad stone floors, see what day to day life is like in the ancient city, and learn about the significance of the complex.
From the glittering, skyscraper-clad cities to the rolling, rural mountains, Japan offers a wealth of contrasting cultural experiences. This Virtual Reality experience crams as much of it as possible into just three minutes.
If you own a VR headset, pop it on for a dizzying whizz around Japan's Japanese temples, restaurants, museums, theatres and much more. The video is still worth a watch, even without such technology lying around at home.
If you were travelling right now, would you be searching for the world's grandest temples? If so, peek inside the gilded Grand Palace in the heart of Thailand's capital, Bangkok.
Click through each 'scene; at your own pace, and zoom in to admire every angle of its scale and grandeur. If something in particular catches your eye, you can bring up all you need to know about it with just the click of a button, too.
Making it to Everest Base Camp is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, and something you'll likely never forget.
Google Maps can take you there. Online, at least. This immersive tour allows you to wander around the camp in street view, enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas and follow a team on their journey up the mountain.
One look at this mystical forest in China and you'll see how it heavily inspired the otherworldly landscapes in the movie Avatar. These grand, pinstriped rock towers look like they belong on another planet - all covered in dark green trees, piercing the clouds.
On this virtual tour, fly over for a birds-eye view of the rock formations, visit the temples that perch atop them, and enjoy panoramic views over the mountainous horizon.
The island of Okinawa in Japan is an adventurer's paradise. Now, you can experience the thrill from your living room.
This virtual tour allows you to jump in a kayak and paddle around Higashi Village, sailing past mangrove forests and enjoying 360-degree views of the water. Or swap paddles for pedals, and cycle along the road sandwiched between the forest.
Although a section of the Great Wall of China has opened up for domestic visitors, stepping foot on the world's most walkable wall is something foreign travellers won’t be able to do for some time.
Instead, prepare for the walk of a lifetime from home, with this virtual tour offering a 360 experience of the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai. Click the arrows to virtually step along the wall, marvelling at the views. Perfect for planning your future route.
This perfectly symmetrical cone-shaped volcano is an undeniable travel icon, and probably one of the world's most recognisable mountains.
This Google Maps tour allows you to climb up Mount Fuji from your computer. Better still, take a fascinating history lesson on its cultural importance, and enjoy the glorious sunset view from the peak with zero exertion.
Whether you're craving a fluffy meat-filled bun, a flavoursome noodle dish or some traditional pork and rice, these classic Vietnamese recipes will help bring the flavour of this vibrant country to your kitchen. Time to get cooking...
If you’re after a lockdown cooking challenge, then we’ve found it for you. Have a go at making these traditional Japanese noodles from scratch. It's a messy job, but a fun and tasty one, too.
Pad Thai is a favourite dish with Thai locals and visitors alike. Now, you can recreate an authentic version of this delicious dish at home. Virtually, you'll be transported to Chiang Mai and meet chef Sonia, who'll show you how to make the perfect Pad Thai, step by step.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary has lost its visitors, meaning its income, too. So, the sanctuary – which both rescues and looks after elephants – has made a short film to raise money to help care for their animals.
The film is about Kannika and Madee, the first ellies to arrive at the sanctuary. It's a close look into their lives, the bond they've developed with each other, and their relationship with the humans who look after them.
Komodo may be famous for its namesake dragons, but duck under the clear waters that surround the island and you'll be in for a colourful surprise.
Pink-hued coral lines the walls of an underwater cave, providing a home for thousands of rainbow-hued fish. This virtual tour allows you to look inside, zoom in on the fish, see other divers, look down at the rainbow-dotted seabed and stare back up towards the surface.
The Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China's Wolong National Nature Reserve provides a natural habitat for giant pandas to eat, play and sleep. Their live webcam allows you to watch the rare bears in action, up close and personal, without disturbing them.
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