AsiaAre you thinking of visiting Asia? You’re in for a treat! There’s quite a lot to see there. Asia is home to beautiful beaches, numerous tranquil forests, hip cities, and more.    

From trendy Tokyo in Japan to India’s lively beach town Goa, there are a lot of amazing places to see. According to some online travel sources, some more of the best spots to visit in Asia are Bali, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Guilin, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jaipur, Kyoto, Lijiang River National Park, the Maldives, Mount Fuji, Phuket, Railay Beach, Sagarmatha National Park, Siem Reap, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. Here to help you work out the details are the 15 best places to visit in Asia.

15 Best Places To Visit In Asia

1. Hoi An, Vietnam

Welcome to the historic port town of Hoi An. It is well-known for its architecture, relaxed culture, and overall atmosphere. Visit Old Town, which is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is a must-visit area that includes fetching French Colonial buildings and the historic Japanese Bridge. It’s so unique you might forget that you’re even in Southeast Asia. Experience the copious culture and history by exploring the countryside on a bike tour, taking a cooking class, visiting the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, take a little boat ride on the Thu Bon River to see the Hoi An from a totally different perspective, or visiting majestic Marble Mountain where you can see the various Hindu temples of the noteworthy Champa Empire. 

2. Goa, India

Located in the Konkan region on India’s southwestern coast, Goa is a pretty paradise with sunny, beautiful beaches and peaceful palm trees. Here you can get away from the hustle and bustle of such cities as Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. While it may very well be one of India’s smallest states, Goa remains a standout spot for its great beaches and numerous places of worship.

Unsurprisingly, its primary industry is tourism.  Some must-see locations in this area include the Anjuna Flea Market, Baga Beach, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Cavelossim, Calangute Beach, Chapora Fort, Club Cubana, Curlies, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Fort Aguada, Grand Island, Palolem Beach, Patnem, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Tito’s Street. Don’t believe us? Goa see for yourself!

3. Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi is a beautiful region in the west of Thailand. It is highlighted by the verdant greenery of the awesome Erawan National Park, the rushing falls of superb Sai Yok Yai National Park, the inviting water of the world-famous River Kwai, and an abundance of additional natural beauty. This province is a significant historical setting.

There are remarkable places to see here. You can learn more about conservation and even meet rescue elephants at the Elephant Haven. You should also see the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, the Mon Bridge, The JEATH War Museum, and the Underwater City. On one available adventure trip, you will actually spend the night at the fantastic Floating Jungle Raft Hotel along the rushing River Kwai. 

4. Kyoto, Japan

Some sources say Kyoto is “a magical city” that features charming little teahouses, terrific temples and shining shrines, glorious gardens, and an iconic geisha culture. From the gorgeous gardens of the cool Kinaku-ji Temple to the illustrious gates of the fabulous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shinto Shrine, there’s much to admire about this superb city. If you have time, some other highlights in the area include the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Daitoku-ji Temple, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the Gion District, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kobe, Nara, the Nijo Castle, Osaka, and Philosopher’s Path. Experts report the best time to visit is either during the spring–March to May–or in the fall–September to November–when the weather is comfortably mild and the renowned cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

5. The Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The Cameron Highlands is an attractive, expansive area that comes complete with verdant views and lush, rolling hills. Here you will find world-famous tea plantations and if you visit the right place you can even sample some freshly made teas. In fact, at the BOH Tea Plantation, you can learn about how tea is processed, take a tour, and more.  

Dine on a memorable traditional Steamboat dinner just like the locals. Pick your own fresh, juicy strawberries at the Big Red Strawberry Farm, and don’t forget to go see the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel either. If you want to avoid the typical tourist crowds, the best time to travel to Cameron Highlands is during the off-peak season. If at all possible be sure to avoid festive periods, major public holidays, and school breaks.  

6. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is a must-visit destination in Laos in Southeast Asia. This city features a number of historic French mansions, gorgeous golden temples, and grand greenery. Indeed, this is also a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city due in part to its friendly locals, memorable beauty, and numerous noteworthy attractions.  

You will want to check out such sites as the three-tiered Kuang Si Falls, the massive Mount Phousi, the ravishing Royal Palace, and the popular Wat Xiengthong Buddhist Temple. This temple is actually one of Laos’ most important spiritual locations. Pick up souvenirs at the lively Night Market. The best time to visit here is any time between November 1st to February 1st. The days are generally drier and the weather is usually cooler too.

7. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

The Khao Sok National Park is popular on Instagram. The park is one of the world’s greenest and oldest rainforest ecosystems. More specifically, it is over 160 million years old and it is best known for its deep valleys, diverse native animals, stunning green lakes, and rugged limestone mountain peaks.

Some of the must-see things in Khao Sok National Park include canoeing or kayaking along the Sok River to discover the rural life of local villagers as they fetch water, wash their clothes, and catch fish for dinner. Jungle hiking is another activity that allows you to explore the region. Take a boat tour on Cheow Larn Lake which is surrounded by spectacular limestone mountains and crystal-clear waters. There are also fun floating bungalows, caves, waterfalls, elephants, and monkey temples that you can see. 

8. Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

Are you getting the feeling that it’s time to relax and rejuvenate? We understand. The Ayurvedic Wellness Retreat in Ahungalla, Sri Lanka offers guests the choice of several different treatment packages.  

You can also learn how to prepare Sri Lankan cuisine or just relax on the beach for days. The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March.  That’s when the weather is dry and sunny on both the west and south coasts. Some of the must-see attractions in Sri Lanka include the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Yala National Park, Galle Fort, and Temple of the Tooth. Other popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka include Adam’s Peak, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, and Viharamahadevi Park.

9. Singapore

Singapore, in Asia, is much like the USA, in that it is a melting pot of various cultures. The best time to visit Singapore is from February to April when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds of tourists. Foodies can satisfy their cravings here with their diverse dishes.  

Be sure to stop at the stalls at Hawker food centers like the Newton Food Centre and Maxwell Road. Veteran visitors recommend trying the Char Kway Teow, the Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Laksa. Some of the must-see attractions in Singapore include Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, Marina Bay Sands, S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa Island Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Flyer, Trick Eye Museum, and Universal Studios Singapore.  

10. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is the capital city of Cambodia. Here you will discover authentic markets, cheerful streets, and trendy new assorted eateries, complete with an overall party vibe.  It’s also the entrance to Angkor, the capital city of the Khmer Empire. 

Ancient temples and ruins are waiting to be explored, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Phnom Bakheng, and Ta Prohm Temple. The best time to visit Siem Reap is from November to February.  That’s when the weather is dry and pleasant. You can do all this and more with the add-ons included in some available trip packages.

11. Vang Vieng, Laos

Laos is actually the sole landlocked country in all of Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, relaxing in the fu town of Vang Vieng might be just what you need. Here you can go caving, hot air ballooning, kayaking, tubing, and more.  

Vang Vieng is famous for its delicious street food and restaurants. There are many options to choose from, including local and international cuisine. The town also has a vibrant nightlife with many nightclubs and bars to choose from. Some of the must-see sites in Vang Vieng include Blue Lagoon, Tham Phu Kham Cave, Tham Chang Cave, and Nam Xay Viewpoint. The best time to visit Vang Vieng is during the dry season from October to April when it is notably cooler.  

12. The Chitwan National Park, Nepal

This is Nepal’s first national park. This biodiverse area is well-known for its river valleys and verdant plant lands. It is home to a number of creatures including deer, elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, and the endangered Bengal Tiger and One Horn Rhino. Some of the must-see places near Nepal National Park include both Chitwan National Park and beautiful Bardiya National Park for wildlife viewing. 

The best time to visit Nepal is from September to November when the weather is dry and sunny. There are many places to eat in Nepal that offer both local and international cuisine. Try the Sweet Memories Restaurant & Bar and Beans and Cream. Some of the best nightclubs in Nepal include the Purple Haze Rock Bar, Club Deja Vu, and the House of Music.

13. Yangshuo, China

Almost famous for its extraordinary scenery and outdoor activities. This is a memorable riverside town in the Guangxi region of China. Some of the must-see sites in Yangshuo include Guilin Laozhai Mountain, Moon Hill, and Xianggong Mountain. 

You can browse the night markets for souvenirs, and explore the numerous limestone karts and water caves too. You can even take a Tai Chi class taught by one of the locals. The best time to visit Yangshuo is from April to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant and dry. 

Some of the best places to eat are Kali Mirch Indian Cuisine, Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, and Café Ming Yuan. Need more? Some of the best nightclubs in Yangshuo include Mojo Rooftop Bar, On Line Café, and Tribe Bar.

14. Tokyo, Japan

The best time to visit this city in Asia depends on your personal preferences. Visit Tokyo between September through November. It’s not only the best time to see the fall foliage and to view the moon.  

On the other hand, if you want to experience the world-famous cherry blossom bloom and the best weather, March through May is the peak season. Looking to hike Mount Fuji, head there in late July. If you enjoy firework-fuelled festivals, then book your flight for summer. Some of the must-see places in Tokyo include the humorous Harajuku district, Tokyo Skytree, a broadcasting tower that offers a panoramic view of Tokyo; Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in the world; and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

15. The Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

South Korea’s cities are super but let’s get back to nature, shall we? Seoraksan National Park is a pretty, pleasing place year-round. If you prefer hiking through beautiful blooms in mild weather, visit in the spring.

If you’re a fan of fall foliage visit in autumn. No matter when you go through the pine forests are perfect, the lakes are lovely, and the water is pristine. Enjoy hiking amidst the mountain peaks, see the unique six-peak, granite rock formation known as Ilsanbawi Rock, and the beauteous bronze statue of the renowned Buddha located at the popular Sinheungsa Temple. Here you will also have the chance to discover numerous plants and animals, including several different, rare ones. 


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