7 Wildlife Holiday Destinations in Asia

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When you want to break your chaotic routine you need to look for the best holidays you can find to help you relax and unwind. Choosing wildlife holidays and being out in nature is the best way for digital detox. These holidays allow you to shut your laptop and head out in the open wilderness where you can explore the terrain, watch animals and birds in their natural habitat and get close to them to experience the world that surrounds you.

Africa is the most obvious choice when we think of wildlife holidays. However, almost all continents on the planet have some kind of wildlife and you can explore other continents as well. Asia has always been a hot favourite and therefore you can look for the best wildlife holiday destinations in Asia. If you are not sure what destinations you should choose or how you should plan you can always go for wildlife holidays with Naturetrek. This allows you to focus on your priorities and make the most of your time.

Here are 7 wildlife holiday destinations in Asia that would offer you a great experience.


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India is a land of diversity in terms of culture and traditions. However, it also has a vast and diverse terrain which is home to a variety of wildlife. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, India should be one of the top destinations in India where you can encounter plenty of animals and birds. You can explore more than 50 national parks in India that are home to a wide range of species. Apart from animals, India is also home to some of the best tiger reserves which allow you to spot the big cats in action from a distance. Bird enthusiasts can visit various bird sanctuaries all over India which is home to various resident and migratory birds. With its diverse landscape, you can also explore ample lakes, hill stations, beaches, deserts and mountain ranges where you can spot all kinds of wildlife. The best part about visiting India is that you can find excellent accommodations to help you make the most of your trip.


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Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal is known for its majestic Himalayan mountain ranges. While Nepal has always attracted mountaineers and adventurers of all sorts it is also a place where you can find plenty of birds and animals. With plenty of valleys, green grasslands and snowclad mountains, Nepal is nothing short of a wildlife paradise in Asia. With more than 10 major national parks Nepal can provide you with an experience that can surprise you. These national parks not only allow you to explore the animals and birds but also the local flora and fauna. Chitwan National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Nepal which is also home to the rare one-horned rhinoceros. The terrain also allows you to do outdoor activities like jeep safaris, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, trekking, camping and bird watching.

Sri Lanka

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This small teardrop-shaped island south of India is also one of the best wildlife destinations in Asia that can provide you with plenty of experiences. If you are looking for unconventional wildlife places in Asia, Sri Lanka should be pretty high on your list. Like India and Nepal, Sri Lanka has its fair share of national parks that shelter various animals and birds. Udawalawe National Park is one of the popular national parks where you can spot majestic Asian Elephants in the wild. If you are lucky you can also spot the elusive and rare Sri Lankan Sloth Bear. Bird lovers can head to the Wasgamuwa National Park which lies in the dry zone. You should carry the best binoculars for bird watching when you are visiting this national park for an excellent bird watching experience.


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Over the years, Malaysia has become one of the top destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. This is where you can find various rainforests and mangroves where wildlife thrives. The Malayan Tiger and Malayan Tapir are two popular animals that most wildlife enthusiasts would want to see when they visit Malaysia. If you want to go back in time, Malaysia is home to Taman Negara National Park which is said to be 130 million years old. This is where you can enjoy sightings of monkeys, deer, hornbills, lizards and even elephants. Apart from this, Malaysia also has other places like Mulu World Heritage Area and Danum Valley Conservation Area where visitors can see wildlife in its natural habitat.


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Thailand has a lot to offer in terms of holidays. While many people visit Thailand for its pristine beaches you can also enjoy a great wildlife tour here. Thailand is blessed with a tropical climate and an abundance of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls which make it an ideal place to explore wildlife in Asia. Thailand is home to around ten percent of all the animal species on the planet and this means you can have a great time exploring the national parks in Thailand. Here you can watch Asian Elephants in abundance as you head for jungle safaris. The Khao Yai National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Thailand which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thailand is also an ideal destination for bird enthusiasts who want to explore various local and migratory birds here.


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If you are interested in wildlife experiences in Asia, Borneo is one such destination for you. Borneo is one of the largest islands in Asia and is politically divided by Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. With its tropical climate and plenty of rainforests, Borneo is where you can find diverse wildlife to make your wildlife holidays better. This large island is home to more than 200 animals, 420 species of birds, 3000 varieties of trees and 15000 unique flowering plants. If you

are looking for adventure trips and outdoor activities, Borneo can offer you that as well. Borneo jungles are home to the popular orangutans but you can also witness the Pygmy Elephant which are the smallest elephants in Asia. Also, Borneo is home to proboscis or nose monkeys that live around the floodplains and coastal mangroves and swamps. You can also find other unique animals here like the Lori Slow, pangolins, sun bears, the rhinoceros hornbill and many others.

Burma (Myanmar)

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One of the lesser-known destinations in Asia, Burma (Myanmar) is a paradise for those who want to experience wildlife without having to worry about the crowds. This offbeat wildlife holiday destination can provide you with plenty of jungles and lush greenery which is home to the local wildlife. Most jungles here have tigers and leopards. However, you can also look out for sightings of elephants, wild buffalos, rhinoceros and wild boars. This is also where you can see plenty of local and migratory birds to enjoy your wildlife tours in Asia.

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