In case you didn’t know, Asia is the largest and most populated continent in the world. Whether you wish to kick back on white sandy beaches, take in the majestic views of the mountains, or party hard in urban cities, there is something for every type of traveller.
If you can’t decide which city to visit as a first-timer, don’t worry as we’re here to help! We’ve whittled away a long list of Asian destinations and present to you these 5 exciting places to start your Asian journey.
Seoul, South Korea
Attractions: Myeongdong, Dongadaemun, Gyeongbokgung, Lotte World
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Capital city to the country of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur attracts millions of international travellers every year. Well known for its tourist and shopping attractions, KL is a modern city not unlike Singapore. Major attractions include the iconic Petronas Towers, the world tallest twin towers, the National Palace and the Jamek Mosque. Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is another notable attraction for tourists, as well as the annual Thaipusam procession to Batu Caves, a major cultural festival that attracts many visitors each year.
KL, as it is locally known, is a hub for entertainment and art festivals, you can easily catch international concerts and music festivals here every year. Overall KL is a beautiful city that every traveller should add to their list.
Attractions: Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, KL Bird Park, Thean Hou Temple, Petaling Street
If you’ve always wanted to explore the mystical land of India, Mumbai is an excellent place to start. Most travellers come to Mumbai as their starting point to discover the rest of India. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the entertainment and economic capital of India. With over 5 million visitors per year, Mumbai is known for its impressive architectural skyline as well as its vibrant contemporary art movement. Mumbai is also famous for being the heart of the Bollywood film industry. Mumbai plays host to a wide variety of religious festivals from Christianity, Hinduism and Islamic events. An eye-opening cultural melting pot awaits visitors of Mumbai.
Attractions: Gateway of India, Essel World, Kanheri Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Elephant Caves
When you think of Japan, most would think of the capital of Tokyo. Most people overlook Osaka, Japan’s second largest metropolis. As the birthplace of Japan’s culture, Osaka is a city with rich history. The large port city is home to modern architecture, nightlife and delicious street food. While it may not have the shining image of Tokyo, you can easily find a vibrant modern city cradled in historical attractions. From world famous cuisine to historic castles, it’s easy to have a great holiday in Osaka.
If you love Japanese culture, don’t miss Osaka. The people are welcoming, the sights are breath taking. And yes, the food is amazing!
Attractions: Dotenbori, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, Tsutenkaku, Shitenno-ji
No list of Asia travel destinations is complete without mentioning Thailand. It’s one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Bangkok is a city for every type of traveller. Whether you are a history buff, luxurious vacationer, spree shopper, party animal, beach bum, or an adventurous trekker, Bangkok has you covered. Add to that the fact that it is relatively low cost destination filled with friendly people and fantastic food, millions of people have made Bangkok their dream holiday destination.
Attractions: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Jim Thompson House, Yaowarat Road, Erawan Shrine and Museum, Chatuchak Weekend Market
Asia is a such a vast place. There is simply too much to do and explore that we barely even scratched the surface. There are still cities like Taipei, Cebu, Beijing, Hanoi that you can add to your itinerary after you have visited these five amazing cities.