Awesome cities you MUST visit in Asia
We think we know some of the best places to visit in Asia.
With so many wonderful locations, stunning scenery, rich culture and endless things to experience, we get that it might be hard to know where to go in Asia.
But don’t fear! We’ve done some digging and served up one of the best lists for you to enjoy and find inspiration.
This gorgeous continent is just waiting to be explored and has so many mysteries and hidden gems that you’ll remember forever. You can’t go wrong booking a holiday in Asia!
A place like no other, Bangkok is the city where tradition meets the modern world. Not only offering a buzzing nightlife where you can party in some of the best spots in the world, but also world-famous street food stalls are littered all around, where you can try delicacies you never ever thought you’d taste!
Home to the Grand Palace, What Pho and the floating markets, there’s something incredible to see or experience at every turn. It’s a fast-paced city, I mean we get around in Tuk Tuk’s over there! But Bangkok also offers some really peaceful and scenic places where you can really soak it all in.
Always appearing on travel bucket lists for a reason, you won’t be disappointed to experience this unique city.
And remember, what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok 😉
One of the most futuristic places you’ll find anywhere, Tokyo’s welcoming vibe, unique style and tantalising cuisines, fuse beautifully to make any trip amazing.
Tokyo’s iconic pop culture has sparked fashion trends around the world and will have you tempted to join in the movement!
Experience it all from its fantastic transportation system, - which is a ride in itself, to carefully kept and maintained national gardens, the bright lights and endless entertainment will leave you inspired and fulfilled for your whole trip.
Some of the great things you should definitely do and see:
- Sensō-ji – one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Toyko and a fan-favourite
- Cosplay Go-Karting – drive around in a Go-Kart on the streets of Tokyo and see all the best sights in a way you never thought you could!
- Shibuya Crossing – a busy and famous crossing where tourists and photographers alike aim to snap the most awesome shot from the perfect angle. If you never thought a crossing could be worth a visit – you’d be wrong
- Tokyo Skytree – the tallest tower currently in the world and with 360-degree viewing decks, you won’t find better views of this beautiful city
If you want something different and memorable, then Tokyo should definitely be a serious contender as a place you should visit.
A buzzing, vibrant, visually stimulating city with a culture of art, hospitality and friendliness.
The capital of India, Delhi has a special place in this nation and is the location where rulers and ancient tribes have found their homes. You can see relics of the past dotted all over the city and can admire them up close.
On a trip, make sure you check out the Lotus Temple – Bahai Temple, a building of worship by many and a hot tourist attraction as the architecture is breathtaking.
Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned in the 16th Century by the first wife of Emperor Humayun. It’s the oldest ‘garden-tomb’ in India and a source of inspiration for future structures that the world would come to admire.
Get some peace in the bustling city. Make sure you don’t miss Lodhi Gardens, a massive, well-kept park that’s home to historic tombs, places to chill, jog and walk as well as spend time with family and friends while taking it all in.
One of the most popular things to do in Delhi is to visit the streets! We mean by that the street markets and street food stalls. You don’t get a more authentic feel of the place, so it’s one not to miss. There are plenty all over but one to try is the Janpath market.
A great city, and well worth a strong consideration if you want something new, but also a place full of culture.
Bali has one of the most beautiful backdrops of any places on this list. In more recent times, travellers have found this spot to be one not to be missed.
One of the things so many talk about are the gorgeous beaches! Coupled with crystal clear waters it’s a tranquil yet fun-packed natural offering that you just have to experience yourself.
While here, there are some things you have to do and see that will make your trip even more incredible:
- Ulun Danu Temple – ancient and inspiring – set on a lake
- Tegenungan Waterfall – nature in its glory
- Bingin Beach – paradise on earth, relax and take it in
- Ubud Art Market – culture and tradition, find a bargain!
Bali is a magnificent place to visit, a unique and lush location.
Hong Kong, China
One of the most famous places in all of Asia, Hong Kong has left its mark on the world, but there is no substitute for the real thing!
Soaked in tradition and welcoming culture, you can find places to eat the best Chinese food you’ll ever have, absorb the architecture and structure of this bustling city and get caught up in its vibrant nightlife.
Of course, this cosmopolitan city has so much for you to do, but to capture the feel of the city, try jumping on a tram to get around fast and see the best locations – you can even get a great skyline view by booking an experience on the renowned Star Ferry.
Hop around the islands of Hong Kong – there are actually over 200! And sample restaurants, bars, street markets, shopping centres and trendy districts.
All-in-all, Hong Kong is a titan of the continent and open and ready to show you a great time!
The romantic getaway that’s (arguably) unparalleled! Specialising in pure peace and tranquility, the islands of the Maldives get better and better.
Go snorkelling and swim alongside tropical sea life, enjoy cooked meals on glorious beaches and enjoy boat rides through the calm, blue waters.
But, it’s not all about the villas and resorts – don’t be afraid to venture out and discover awesome things that are on offer:
- Scuba diving – go deeper down and see even more exciting scenes under the sea!
- Fun tubing – be prepared for a thrill and lots of laughter
- Fishing – test your skills and see the scenic views
- Local islands and Male – see where residents live as well. It’s a welcomed change of vibe
This slice of paradise awaits you!
Seoul, South Korea
Leading the way in the fashion scene or the region and also being the place where the genre called K-Pop flourished, Seoul has so much to offer visitors – Ghangam style?
One of the most fascinating things about this city is its embrace of modern technology in a way that hasn’t disrupted its incredible history, culture, or sense of self.
Street food stalls and iconic sites like Changdeokgung Palace and N Seoul Tower seem to effortlessly blend together with the Samsung Museum and the Nation al Museum of Korea to make a wide buffet of experiences to leave you feeling satisfied!
Some places not to miss:
- Gwanghwamun Square
- Gyeongbukgung Palace
- The Old City Walls – a perfect hiking trip!
- Bukchon Honok Village
With so many great stories about the wonderful people, food, nightlife and things-to-do, Seoul is the all-in-one holiday experience.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
As rising stars go, this destination is one of the top on the list! Lots of tourists are appreciating the less known locations has they still have a feel of being untouched and authentic. Ho Chi Minh City is in that class.
Formerly known as Saigon, modern history can be found at every turn. From exquisite architecture, and museums with amazing collections you can really immerse yourself into the recent and distant past to appreciate what this nation has been through and the incredible places its heading.
Make sure to check out one of the oldest temples in the city – Giac Lam Pagoda. Set in calm green scenery, it’s something to behold.
With bustling steets, Vietnamese cuisines freshly prepared and loads to explore, Ho Chi Minh City stands toe to toe with any place you can visit in Asia.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is so good we had to do it twice!
Chiang Mai is one of the most popular islands in Thailand, and for good reason. With a spectacular offering of attractions, tours and experiences Chiang Mai delivers everything that you could want from a tropical getaway.
A big hit is the Elephant Nature Park. A park that respects and cares for these elegant creatures. It’s not a park for riding them, but to admire and get involved in the daily routine of their fulfilled lives.
There are so many historic and well-preserved temples for you to see, a few you should check out:
- Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan
- Wat Phra That Doi Kham
- Wat Chedi Luang
- Wat Umong
You’ll see monks going about their daily business and you come to feel part of the place.
From hiking Doi Suthep and getting a (much needed we’re sure!) Thai massage, to dining out and climbing ‘sticky waterfalls’ this destination is both an adventure and a relaxation spot – a perfect all-rounder!
Beach holidays don’t get too much better than Boracay! The Philippines is a glorious country and is well represented by this lush city.
Yes, the sand is cream, waters are crystal clear and the blue skies and warm weather make it the idyllic place for anyone looking to unwind, destress and even help with mental health.
See marine life up close and personal as they slowly glide through the tropical waters before eating a delicious meal on the beach after working up an appetite.
If you fancy something more exciting, you can always try the array of water sports available:
- Scuba Diving
- Kite Surfing
- Banana Boat
Boracay Island is simply stunning, a dream destination and one you won’t want to leave!
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Much like Vietnam, Cambodia is a later edition to the travellers bucket list and has earned some much-deserved exposure and tourism in the last 15 years.
Phnom Penh, the home of the magnificent Royal Palace which has been occupied by the royal dynasty since the mid-19th century. Still in pristine condition, the eloquent architecture and vibrant colours serve up an unforgettable viewing experience.
As the city is a ‘river town’, you just have to book a cruise and see the sights from the VIP seats! It’s a busy place, with great shopping experiences like the Psar Thmei shopping complex where you can get local food, souvenirs and clothes, and so many other things that you can bring back home and will tell stories of your time in Phnom Penh.
Be sure to check out:
- Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (the Killing Fields)
- Wat Phnom Daun Penh (Buddhist Temple)
- National Museum
- S-21 Prison -Tuol Sleng Genocide
A place where dark history, mixes with a beautiful present and hopeful future.
It was too hard not to include Osaka on here! Surprisingly, it’s not as well-known as we thought, which actually could be a good thing!
You’d need a whole article just for this city. This cosmopolitan bubble is the third largest city in Japan – and actually used to be the capital.
A city rich in history and with the locals being very friendly to tourists, it’s the perfect destination to have lots of fun, move around and enjoy experiences.
Make sure you enjoy the many restaurants and indulge in traditional Japanese cuisines – using chopsticks where appropriate as well! There are both local more international choices.
Visit the alluring Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), standing strong above the scenic surroundings and still home to a collection of weapons and artwork it’s a magnificent structure, and from it you can see far across Osaka – making it one of the best viewpoints of the city.
- Sumiyoshi Shrine
- Osaka Aquarium
- Nagai Botanical Garden
- Walking Tours
One of the most amazing places in Asia, you won’t want to miss out!
We’ve arrived at an awesome city-state with its own unique culture, vibe and offerings which make it very special.
With close attention to cleanliness, incredible displays of natural and man-made wonders and a large commerce sector, you’ll find every box ticked when it comes to having an action-packed trip!
Visit the National Orchid Garden, a stunning display of plant life and bustling with a vibrant ecosystem you can spend hours enjoying.
One standout thing about Singapore are the hawker centres – amazing food hubs where you can enjoy the tastiest cuisines and enjoy the atmosphere in these popular spots.
From a fantastic and exhilarating nightlife, to museums, beaches, Universal Studios and ‘Orchard Road’, there’s nothing to can’t find, do or experience in this incredible place!
This is one that need to be explored.
Make no mistake, China is a beauty country, with history that fills endless volumes and with culture (especially food) that is loved all over the globe, it wouldn’t be right not to include a prime example of all that China has to offer in the city of Macau.
One of the best-known things about Macau is as place where those who love gambling can find their seat and enjoy the vibe! (of course, we have to stress this isn’t for everyone and always should be done in moderation). Some love to soak it all in just as much as play a slot machine or two and the experience in itself has been highly praised.
But there is so much more:
- St Paul (Senado Square) – traces of the former Portuguese colony still exist and are places tourist and locals love to visit
- Bungee Jump at Macau Tower!
- World class show – like The House of Dancing Water
- Climb Guia Hill
- Visit Matzu at A-Ma Temple
It’s an aesthetically pleasing and safe city, extremely welcoming to guests and this trip would be a once in a lifetime experience for sure!
The getaway of getaways! Goa is a stunning place to go, and has one of the best blends of natural habitats – glorious beaches with palm trees and golden sand, and miles and miles of forest where you can see some of the most exotic animals in all of India.
It’s long been a retreat for those who want to detangle themselves from the business of life, experience a new culture and enjoy the excellence of what the region has to offer.
Enjoy sightseeing around the many forts which tell stories of the past and offer some of the most outstanding views!
There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore, including Cathedrals and Churches – a stunning relic from the time when this region was under Portuguese rule.
Some of the other things you can do include:
- Scuba diving
- Waterfall exploration
- Food and drink experiences
There’s really no reason you shouldn’t consider a trip to this fantastic destination!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
If you’re looking for nearby beaches, street food, festive vibes and a place to remember, Kuala Lumpur has a lot in store for you!
Both a laid-back, slow-paced city where you can shake off the stress of life and truly relax, and a bustling hub with places like the ‘Golden Triangle,’ where you’ll find the famous and colossal Petronas Twin Towers.
With something to do, see and experience at nearly every turn, it’s easy to miss something great. But a few things you should definitely consider:
- Kuala Lumpur Tower – one of the best views of the city!
- Sunway Lagoon Theme Park – get ready to have the time of your life
- National Museum – an incredible collection of artifacts and treasures
- Batu Caves – caves and Temples, rock climbing, wildlife and so much more
You’ll love your time in one of the most unique cities in the world.