Best Places To Visit In Asia

Updated on 16 May 2020 – Included all the Best Places to Visit in Asia (in the past, only featured a few). Added more images. And also a Content Table for easier navigation since this is a really long article.

I am so happy and grateful to be living in this part of the world. There are so many Best Places to Visit in Asia.

And I have visited many of them. I love to travel and see interesting places. And I do my best to do it as often as I can. (Right now not possible during the coronavirus pandemic, though)

Before arriving at a city, I would do some research on the Internet. To find out what are the attractions and sights to see, what local food to taste and try, and which hotel to stay at for a good night’s sleep.

I find that it helps me to enjoy as much of a country or city as possible. I do not want to return home, and regret not knowing what were the best things to try.

This is one of the reasons I created this travel blog. I hope that by sharing my experiences with you, it will help you by cutting down your research time. And you get to enjoy as much as you can at any location.


How Asia Travel Gems Can Help You?

On this page, I share all the Best Places To Visit In Asia. There is a short introduction to each of these places. To find out more about each of these countries, click on the button shown in that section.

The link will bring you to the next page where you can find out more. For example, at the section about Indonesia, there is a link to visit the ultimate guide for this lovely country. There will be information such as where is Indonesia, the people, culture, religion, cities or islands to visit, Indonesian cuisine, best hotels to stay at, and more.

Continuing this example, when you land on the Indonesian page, you will also see mention of the best cities or islands to visit in that country. Again, there is a link button to lead you to each of these places.

Click on that link button, and it will take you to that specific page about that city or island. It will contain more information about that places; such as where is that place, what are the things to do, where to enjoy good food, the best hotels or resorts to stay at, and more.

You can dive deeper into each thing to do, place to eat, food to enjoy or hotels to stay. In those articles, you will get information about the place, why is it so unique, what to see or eat there, and also how to get there plus many more useful information.

All this I provide here at Asia Travel Gems to help you. So that you can know more about a city or country before you visit.



BHUTAN

Ever since my first visit to Thimphu in Bhutan, I have fallen in love with the magical and mystical place. It is truly beautiful with friendly locals, and sights that are awesome! The peace and tranquility that exists there cannot be found anywhere else. Truly deserving of the title – The Last Shangri-la on Earth.

Everywhere you go, there are magnificent mountains, lush green valleys, and swift rivers. Of course, there are temples, monastery, tourist attractions such as the famous Tiger’s Nest.

What else is there? Any museums? Historical and heritage sites? How to get there? How to get around? Where to stay? Click the button below to find out.


CAMBODIA

Most people think of the legendary temples of Angkor Wat when they hear about Cambodia. To be honest, so did I. But you will be surprised to know that the first city I visited in this country is Phnom Penh. I stayed at the Bridge Hotel where I was privileged to wake up every morning to an awesome view of the Mekong River.

There are more interesting places to visit here. You can choose to see the historical colonial architecture, seek adventures in the dense forests, sail down the majestic rivers, or just chill at the many unspoiled white sand beaches in Sihanoukville.


CHINA

I have been to China many times. And there is so much to experience. The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army, the Yangzi, and many more are just what you can find in this immense country. So many cities to visit. So many sights to see.

For a start, there is one of the oldest cities in the world, that is Beijing. It is home to SEVEN UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For nature lovers, there are the magnificent towering green karsts in Guilin.

Let us not forget one of my favorite cities in the world – Hong Kong. Every time I visit Hong Kong, I always find something new to experience. And just a short ferry ride away is Macau, where you can take Instagram pics in the UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as enjoy some nightlife and gaming at the casinos.

For more of the cosmopolitan life, travel to Shanghai. Go see the Bund, the Jade Temple, and many of its wonders. These are just a few of the numerous cities in China. Read more about it in an upcoming article that I will be writing soon.

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INDIA

Let it be clear that India is a continent. As such, the wide expanse of land has plenty to offer. The most famous is the icon of India that is the Taj Mahal in Agra. In contrast, Mumbai draws you into the world of Bollywood. The fast life with bright lights in the big city.

My first time in India, I traveled to New Delhi. I was there for a trade show. And did not know what to expect. As it was work, I did not see much of this busy city. I commute mostly from the very fine hotel to the convention cener, and back. Hope to visit again soon.

For a slower pace, consider relaxing on the soft sandy shores of Goa, immerse in the arts and crafts in Jaipur, or enjoy a rejuvenating holiday in Kerala. The first time I heard of Kerala was when a yoga teacher was sharing about her experience at the ayurvedic treatment centers there.

There are so many more cities, and interesting places to visit in India. Each city in this vast space offers a myriad of culture, religious sites, modern attractions, and even food.

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INDONESIA

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Did you know that there are about 17,000 Indonesian islands? 17,000! Well, you do not need to visit them all. Just a few, like Bali and Lombok, to see the lovely white sandy beaches. At the same time explore their rich culture, temples and museums. For a unique spiritual experience, travel to Borobudur where there are mesmerizing historical temples.

Last year, I finally visited Bali. And all the good things I heard from people who traveled there is true! The beaches are pristine. The sights are fantastic. The food is a gastronomical delight. We are planning to visit Ubud next time.

Remember Eat, Pray, Love? The movie with Julia Roberts? Then you would know of Ubud. The rice terraces, awesome waterfalls, the natural rainforest alongside the vibrant nightlife shown in the movie is everything true of Ubud. Other towns with nature and seaside activities are Lombok and the Gili Islands, Komodo islands, Kalimantan, etc.

For those who prefer the city life, you can travel to Bandun, Medan, Jakarta. These and other cities offer all the modern luxuries such as shopping, coffee fix at cafes, and high end restaurants.


JAPAN

Since my first visit to Japan, I have been enamored by this country. Everything is so pretty. The train can confuse but they are so efficient. High speed trains are even better. They can take you from one city to another at unbelievable speeds.

I was mostly in Tokyo. And I find the food so different and delicious. I did not get to see much of the city. As usual, was working. So it was hotel to office to client’s office to office, and then back to hotel. I promise I would visit this amazing country again. And truly see more of Tokyo.

Besides the exciting city, I plan to visit many other places in Japan. For example, I would go to Fukuoka for the ancient temples. Hokkaido for the beautiful scenery. Kyoto for its history, shrines and temples. Osaka to see how different it is from Tokyo with its ports, nightlife, theme parks, and more.

Oh, I look foward to see more of Japan. The above ar just a few of the cities and towns. There are still more; Okinawa, Nagoya, Nara, Sapporo, Nikko, Kamakura, etc.

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LAOS

Laos is becoming more of a tourist destination. Vientiane, the capital of Laos, along the Mekong River, is a erupting pot of shopping, sights to see, cafes and restaurants in French-Indo-Chinese architecture.

Away from this bustling city, you have choices of Si Phan Don and Vang Vieng for outdoor activities such as tubing down the river, kayaking, rock climbing, and even dolphin watching. Last but not least, there is the famous Luang Prabang and 33 villages that have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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MALAYSIA

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Malaysia is just north of Singapore. Many Singaporeans, like me, often visit this country filled with fun and thrills. There are metropolitan cities, jungles with wild animals such as the terrifying tigers, enchanting islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, and beautiful beaches with soft white sand. Just to name a few.

I have been to Cameron Highlands when I was a young boy. When I became older, I traveled to Pulau Permangail, Pulau Dayang, and many more islands off the east coast of West Malaysia. Then there are the lovely small towns like Melaka, Ipoh, and Penang. They make a sweet contrast to the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur, where the icon of Malaysia is located – Petronas Twin Towers.

There is also the East Malaysia, which is part of Borneo. Last year, I visited family in Kuching. It was such a charming town. Look forward to visiting again. And will travel to Miri, and all the other lovely towns.


MALDIVES

Miles away from the civilized world, in the vast Indian Ocean are 1,200 islands that create paradise. White sand beaches and crystal clear water enchant you. The blue sea is filled with sea life such as turtles, reef fish, whale sharks, and even manta rays. Added to all this, there are luxury resorts that make Maldives the perfect romantic getaway, and popular with honeymooners.

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MONGOLIA

Mongolia is more than nomads staying in the mountains with wild horses, sheep and living in huge tents. Today, the capital city is progressive with tall buildings, restaurants, and even coffee places to get your caffeine fix. At the same time, the ancient ways are preserved, making this country a fascinating place to travel to.

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MYANMAR

To say that Myanmar is a beautiful country is to not say enough. This land has many unique and eye pleasing things to see, do and eat that I have not found in any other Asian country. For a start, the capital, Yangon, has the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda.

Then there is Bagan where you get the largest number of pagodas, temples and stupas. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to get a unique perspective of this place.

Inle Lake is quietly enchanting as the locals practice traditional fishing in their unique way. And don’t miss the opportunity to see the rest of the country by cruising down the massive Irrawaddy River. You can even travel to Mandalay and Bagan.

Don’t forget to travel to the Mon State to see the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock. It is amazing how the rock balances on the edge, and seems to float above the ground.

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NEPAL

I am not sure if I would ever visit Nepal. I heard that it is more renowned for trekking. Not an activity that I favor. But I do acknowledge the wonders and natural beauty of the land. Most people would start at the capital, Kathmandu. And make road trips to popular places like the ChitwanNatinoal Park, or hike their way to the peaks and glaciers of the majestic Himalayan Mountains..

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PHILIPPINES

The first time I traveled to the Philippines was for business. I know. No the perfect way to get to know this place that is simply bubbing with life. While Manila was a pleasant place to be at, there are so many better choices here.

Bohol is one way of getting to know Philippines better. This city has a unique feature, the unusual chocolate hills. You can also visit Panglao Island for lovely crystal clear waters with rich coral life.

But I much prefer a vacation at the seaside or on an island. Actually, before the coronavirus lock down, we were planning to visit either Cebu, Boracay or Palawan. All three destinations offer dazzling beaches and fun activities in the waters as well as outside.

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SINGAPORE

Crazy Rich Asians did more for Singapore than anything the local tourism board ever did. The movie brought this nation to the world stage. Of course, there is only so much that can be squeezed into an hour plus movie. Singapore is so much more.

The mix of Asian cultures has created a colorful world. You can experience a little of India in Little India. Buy cheap souvenirs and eat really great tasting food in Chinatown.

Spend some time at Marina Bay Sands area to see the Merlion, Singapore Flyer, and Gardens By The Bay. And when you like to take things a little slower, head on to the Singapore Zoo. It is awesome!


SOUTH KOREA

The movie – Parasite, Psy’s Gangnam Style and BTS have made South Korea famous all over the world. Thanks to them, and to many other talents in this country, And all eyes are on South Korea. In fact, so many people would like to visit this place.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the first place tourists land on. The city is fascinating with a blend of the ancient and contemporary. Tall skyscrapers reside next to ancient temples, shrines and villages.

Another popular destination is Jeju. Its beautiful scenery is a fresh respite for the hard working Korean. It is also a popular honeymoon destination.

For a mix or urban and nature life, visit Busan. Great food, interesting markets and excellent beaches. Incheon is also another cosmopolitan city that would please those who prefer city holidays.

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SRI LANKA

A gem at the south of India is Sri Lanka. You get a sprawling metropolis like Colombo. And national parks, temples, tea plantations, highlands, and relatively untouched beaches. While most will just stay at Colombo, do know that there are many places that offer more; such as Negombo, Beruwala, Bentota, and even Kandy.

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TAIWAN

Taiwan’s capital city – Taipei – is a good first stop in this land. You can visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 Tower, restaurants, bars, and nights markets such as Shilin Night Market. Taiwan night markets are notorious for tasty Taiwanese street food.

Another town with great Taiwanese food is at Keelung. For some history and culture, travel to Jiufen and the vibrant Taichung. After Taichung, drop by the picturesque Sun Moon Lake.

After the hectic city life, make your way to Kaohsiung where you can enjoy parks, gardens, and a quiet afternoon at a coffee place. For more great tasting food, go to Hualien where you can enjoy their famous marble tasty dumplings and sweet-filled rice cakes.

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THAILAND

Amazing Thailand. That is the slogan for the country brand. And I agree. This beautiful country is truly amazing. I have traveled to Bangkok many times, sometimes for work, sometimes for leisure. And every stay has been wonderful. I enjoy visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and of course the crazy yet fun Chatuchak Weekend Market.

The other cities, when compared to Bangkok, are less hectic. I found Chiang Mai to be a slower paced lifestyle with more focus on history and culture. Lots of arts, crafts, festivals, and flowers. The Walking Street was memorable with all the unique wares.

I truly enjoyed Phuket with its lovely beaches and cerulean waters. I heard about the other islands like Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Railay Beach and Ko Samui. Will do my best to have holidays there after the coronavirus pandemic.

Hua Hin is the spa hub of Asia. The late King of Thailand used to go to this town for his vacation. So, the service standards are reputably high. A friend of mine has been here for a yoga retreat. And he, someone who does not compliment others easily, gave this city rave reviews.


VIETNAM

Vietnam has plenty for every type of visitor. As usual, my first romp in this country is for business purpose. And I traveled to Ho Chi Minh City. Like any other city in Vietnam, there were scooters everwhere. The food was really delicous, and mostly healthy too. I had some time between meetings, and managed to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

The other bustling city is Hanoi. Apparently, it is perfect if you are visiting Vietnam for the first time. You get plenty of history, culture, shopping, and dining.

Off the beaten track, I recommend you travel to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a look at the photo below. It is no wonder they won the title, right.

Also worth your time, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Hoi An. It is one of Asia’s oldest trading ports, and its original architecture has been beautifully preserved. Also, visit Hue, a city filled with culture. And My Son where you can see the war ruins and temple sites.


If you have ANY questions about Best Places To Visit In Asia or any country or city in Asia, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments in any of the articles. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus


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