Asia is the worlds largest continent and contains 50 countries. There are so many beautiful places to visit and so much choice from buzzing cities to tropical rainforests. You can find culture, history, great food and thrilling adventure. You can hop from country to country within Asia with budget flights offering low prices or travel a country from top to bottom for some more adventure. We have picked 7 of the best travel destinations in Asia to make life easier for you.
7] Chiang Mai, Thailand
This is one of the more relaxed places to visit over Bangkok. The surrounding mountains and location in the northwestern part of the country make this a little slice of heaven. Your travel plan should include tours of stunning temples, trips to night markets, a visit to an elephant sanctuary and a stroll through the gorgeous Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Chiang Mai attracts nearly 2 million foreign tourists a year and most of them can make their way around the city on foot. Do not worry too much about the food, there is an abundance of vegetarian places, organic juice shops, and many international food options.
Located in the south pacific, this island has stunning white beaches set on clear blue water. If you are looking for picture perfect heaven on earth then the islands of Mamanucas and Yasawas are the places you want to be. Famous movies like Cast Away starring Tom Hanks was filmed on these islands. They say there are around 1500 species of fish under the water around Fiji and you’ll be sure to find a diving or snorkel day trip to help you get a closer look. If diving or snorkelling is not your thing then you can go hiking, birdwatching, walk through forests and enjoy the wildlife. Fijians are well known for their warmth and hospitality so you can be sure of a warm welcome.
5] Penang, Malasia
This is a place for every traveller, with its amazing history, national park and incredible Malaysian street food. The cultural, old style George Town, Penang Island’s main city will deliver great history and to get around you can use the trishaws. The modern culture is present in the vibrant art scene and carnivals. Food is cheap in Penang, noodles can be bought on the street for less than US $1 and some food is served on banana leaves.
Singapore is a very cultural country with people from India, China, Malaysia and many other countries. Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, or the local language “Singlish”, which is officially discouraged by the government. Singapore has a very efficient public transport system so getting round should not be that difficult. So getting round to Marina Bay for some shopping or little India for some food should not be too difficult. Food is huge in Singapore with each neighbourhood having local hawker centres and coffeeshops putting together some of the best meals for just a couple of bucks. Singapore’s skyline is slowly giving way to green skyscrapers, which look more like living ecosystems. Out of town you’ll find plenty of walking trails, treetop bridges, wildlife and the lungs of Singapore the Botanic Gardens.
3] Shikoku, Japan
This is a place of natural beauty, birthplace of Kōbō Daishi (774–835) who founded the Shingon Buddhist sect and a place of spirituality. Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s major islands and in the past was divided into four regions – hence the name shi (four) and koku (region). You can access Shikoku via 3 bridge systems from Honshu. The major cities include Matsuyama, home to 8 of the pilgrimage temples, plus feudal Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s earliest known hot-spring spas. This place calls for exploration with its rugged Pacific coastline, mountain ranges, Iya valley and breathtaking rivers. This place is filled with remote temples, historic castles and breathtaking gardens. So if you love hiking, long walks, kayaking and more this is the place for you.
2] Bali, Thailand
This beautiful 95-mile-wide island located in the Indian Ocean. Bali is a beautiful place with stunning beaches and beautiful cities. The architecture blends past and present, ancient and modern and delivers an eye-full of history. The sandy white beaches on a backdrop of beauty you can’t find in many other places offers serenity. Bali is a great honeymoon destination and is considered a romantic island. Bali is great for beaches, surfing, diving and resorts and the inhabitants of this small island are a generous, warm people.
1] Jaipur, India
Known as The Pink City with its stucco buildings that line the city streets. Running through the streets are a swarm of buses that try to avoid the slow camels, cycle-rickshaws that move between motorbikes and the autorickshaws that hunt their next customer. Looking at Jaipur is magical with the City Palace that continues to house the former royal family, Hawa Mahal, and Amber and Jaigarh forts. If you’re looking for a some souvenirs one of the bazaars is sure to have what you are looking for.