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PRETTY in PINK: Gorgeous pink places in Asia you must see!

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6 Pink Things in Asia You Need to Add to Your Must-See List

While a lot of us travel to experience other cultures, learn about lifestyles different to our own, or to seek adventure, nowadays, sharing epic pictures on Instagram has also become an essential part of the travel experience. But the quest of the aesthetic, the need to bag the ultimate travel selfie in every destination, has led to our Instagram feeds and our Pinterest’s pins filling up with repeated photos of the same locations taken from the exact same angles.
We know you want to wow your friends and Instagram followers, so in this week’s newsletter we are here to share with you 6 places that are pretty in pink! From a pink beach to a baby pink palace, to the stunning sight of the pink cherry blossom in Japan, these places are truly pink. Life always looks rosy in these pretty pink-hued destinations.

Pink Beach, Komodo National Park

While famous for being the sanctuary of the giant dragons the island is named after, Komodo Island is also home to a gorgeous Pink Beach. The beach, also known as ‘Pantai Merah’, is one of the many beaches the group of 17,000 islands in the Republic of Indonesia is known for. Pantai Merah is one of only seven beaches in the world with pink sand. The striking hue is the result of the presence of foraminifera, single-cell organisms that live in the local coral reefs and have a reddish pigment on their shells. Turquoise seas lap at the beach here, where sunbathers mix in with kayakers and hikers exploring the nearby mangrove forests.

Another colourful attraction here not to be missed is the underwater life. The corals reefs off the island are a kaleidoscope of colour from the many forms of coral to the tropical fish living along the reef. The park is one of the best places in the world for snorkeling.

The Hawa Mahal
Jaipur, India

Jaipur is known as the pink city, but it all started with the terracotta colour of many of its buildings which were painted to symbolize hospitality. The buildings have been a dusty shade of pink since 1876, when they were painted for a visit by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.
One of the main attractions is the Palace of the Winds, also known as The Hawa Mahal. This is the most famous and oldest pink attraction in the old city. The Hawa Mahal’s exterior looks a bit like a honeycomb at first glance. Look a little closer and you’ll notice the exquisite curves of 953 small windows.

Built as an extension to a palace nearby, the honeycomb shaped and beautifully carved windows of the Hawa Mahal allow the breeze to blow through the palace which makes it the perfect summer palace. Despite the large number of windows, each aperture is the size of a large peep hole to ensure that the royal ladies were not to seen by the public.

Pink Cherry Blossoms
Kyoto / Tokyo, Japan

Once the cherry blossom arrives in Japan, swathes of the country are bathed in pale pink light, with a heavenly scent and thousands of petals floating through the air. Every year the entire country of Japan turns into a pink wonderland from the much-loved cherry blossoms. Depicted by countless artists and considered an emblem of the country, cherry blossom season is a magnificent sight and one of the best moments to visit Japan.

Though it’s tricky to predict exactly when the cherry blossom will reach full bloom (mankai), you will still enjoy warm, mild weather and lots of spring cultural events at this time of year.
When cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, people of every age and occupation gather under the trees for hanami which literally means ‘flower viewing’ or cherry blossom viewing. Cherry blossom viewing is easy: simply enjoy the intensity of the many blossoms by looking at a single tree or a group of trees. From a distance, the trees appear as beautiful clouds, while the beauty of single blossoms can be enjoyed from a close distance.

A Hidden Paradise with Pink Dolphins!
Khanom, Thailand

Khanom, on the Southeastern coast of Thailand, is a delightful off the beaten path seaside destination and one of the country’s last pristine tourist locations. Home to long, unspoiled beaches, surrounded by jungle-clad mountains, lapped by a warm turquoise sea and inland timeless rural Thai life with rubber, and fruit farming and green-golden rice fields.

The biggest attraction of Khanom to visitors would have to be to try and see the unique pink dolphins. Actually, they are surprisingly easy to see here! This is why you will see many pink dolphin statues around Khanom, it is the symbol of this town.

Everybody loves dolphins, and these ones are pink! These unique creatures are a sign of clean waters with a healthy eco-system. A local expert will take you on his long tail or fishing boat to spot the dolphins, cruising along beautiful white sandy beaches with lush verdant backdrops, be sure to always have your camera ready in this Thai natural wonderland!

Putra Mosque
Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putra Mosque combines Middle Eastern and traditional Malay design elements in its architecture. The mosque is located on the edge of Putrajaya Lake in the heart of the city next to Dataran Putra.
The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and consists of three main functional areas – the prayer hall, the Sahn, or courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms. The mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time! Wherever you go in Putrajaya you are bound to catch a glimpse of Putra Mosque, Putrajaya’s famous pink mosque.

Non-Muslims are welcome to visit the mosque, but its primary role of course is not as a tourist attraction but as a working place of worship for Putrajaya’s Muslim community. Female visitors will be directed to proceed to the robe counter and put on a robe, pink of course!

Yen Ta Fo – Pink Noodle Soup

OK this is not a destination, rather a food that is found in a wonderful destination, Thailand. This dish started out in China as Yong Tau Fu but the Thai’s have made it their own. The original was tofu stuffed with ground pork and then deep-fried to give it a distinctive crispy texture. It is the perfect match for a bowl of soup, good with dipping sauces, and makes a delicious accompaniment for noodle dishes. Nowadays near-original versions of Yong Tau Fu can still be found in Malaysia and China.

The Thais however like their Yen Ta Fo slightly different from the original. The Thai version is distinguished by the signature pink soup, a hearty chicken or pork broth, that gets its colour from fermented red bean curd. They treat it as a noodle dish that comes with or without deep-fried tofu. The Thai recipe features fish balls, pleasantly crisp calamari, pig’s blood curds, and tender shoots and leaves of water spinach, and noodles in a rich pink broth. Some Yen Ta Fo eateries offer pork-stuffed tofu, while others may serve it without the original pork stuffed tofu. The Thais also like their Yen Ta Fo with a variety of condiments, including taro fries, shrimp balls, jellyfish, and wood ear or black mushrooms. It’s all in the pink for the Thai version.

The Thais also like their Yen Ta Fo with a variety of condiments, including taro fries, shrimp balls, jellyfish, and wood ear, aka black fungus. Some like their Yen Ta Fo the Thai way in spicy chili soups. A lot of people con fuse Yen Ta Fo with a similar recipe without the pink soup.

If you are looking for inspiration for your next holiday, then look no further than our unique experiences in Asia. Designed by our Concierges and Travel Design Teams in each destination, these unique itineraries are built on local knowledge and share the best experiences of each of our Asian destinations.

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