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7/28/2018 12:20:07 AM

Vietnam’s coast road named among Asia’s best

The road running along the coast from Nha Trang city of Khanh Hoa province to Quy Nhon city of Binh Dinh province in central Vietnam has been named one of the most spectacular in Asia on Tripsavvy’s list.

One way to explore Asia is from behind the wheel, driving along some of its most scenic roads. Asia has some spectacular roads that are great fun to drive, and many of them have interesting and strange histories. If you want to tour this vast continent by car, here are five once-in-a-lifetime paths to consider.

The Karakoram Highway (Pakistan and China)

A truck driving along the Karakoram Highway with scenic mountain views in the background. (Source: pakiholic.com)

Often hailed as the highest road in the world, this trip is as much an amazing engineering feat as it is a tourist attraction, and there are many people who travel long distances to be able to drive or ride a motorbike over the Himalayas on this road connecting China and Pakistan.

There are some stunning scenic areas with beautiful lakes and mountain views along this road that are well worth stopping to enjoy. Many people also use this route to gain access to some of the best mountain climbing spots in the world. The road rises to higher than 15,000 feet, so be conscious of the potential for altitude sickness and how it could affect you during the trip.

The Hokkaido Scenic Byway (Japan)

Lavender and colorful flower fields at Tomita farm, famous tourist attraction of Furano, Hokkaido. (Source: Dreamstime.com)

Hokkaido is one of Japan's four main islands, and many people also consider it to be the most beautiful regarding the scenery. Driving the Hokkaido Scenic Byway will take you through a series of routes around the island that offer beautiful sights.

With stunning coastal and mountain views, this route is a breathtaking one, and it offers plenty to see and do along the way. Consider rolling down the windows as you drive through the  fragrant lavender fields or stopping at one of hot springs along the way.

Golden Road to Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

The Registan and its three madrasahs. From left to right: Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah and Sher-Dor Madrasah. (Source: Wikipedia)

Uzbekistan is a country that is well off the tourist trail for most people, but it has an interesting history (the city of Samarkand was once the capital of the large empire of Tamerlane), and it's a fascinating place to explore.

Although there isn't a formal route, most visitors will fly into the capital city Tashkent, and then transfer to Bukhara. This beautiful, old city is home to many historic sights, and from there, you can follow an historic Silk Road route to Samarkand. The historic ruin of the Rabati Malik caravanserai (inn) is a wonderful place to stop along the way. After arriving in Samarkand, you can explore the history of the city by visiting a few landmarks, such as the Registan square or the Ulugbek observatory.

The Mountain Tunnels of Guoliang and Xiyagou (China)

Guoliang cliff road. (Source: China Whisper)

The Taihang Mountains have been a remote part of China with limited access for centuries. Even though most of the country's road system is publicly funded, it was decided that it was uneconomical to build roads in this region, so the locals ended up blasting their own roads out of the cliffs.

Driving through these tunnel roads is a remarkable experience, as they are inside the cliffs, and the windows along the route have spectacular views over the surrounding mountain scenery. These two tunnels are connected by a road that takes you through the Taihang Mountains on a relatively short stretch of 60 kilometers. Most visitors get to the area by going through the city of Xinxiang.

Nha Trang to Quy Nhon (Vietnam)

A section of the road running along the coastal Quy Nhon city. (Photo: mytour.vn)

This 134-mile stretch of highway is spectacular. On one side of the Nha Trang - Quy Nhon road is the deep-blue sea and on the other are mountains and forests, and they offer your senses a treat if you traverse the road on a bright and breezy day.

There is also a lot to enjoy along the way: It has the longest mountain pass in the country and a host of stunning golden beaches.

Travellers can also explore lovely towns and villages along the road.

Every two years, there is a week-long festival where visitors drive the route together and take part in a large celebration. If you want a memorable experience between Nha Trang to Quy Nhon, consider joining in that celebration./.

According to Tripsavvy  
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