Asia is our homeland and also the largest continent of the Earth. Surrounded by the beautiful seascapes of Pacific, and the Indian Ocean, Asia gets its coastal culture and seafood cuisine from its expansive waterbodies. The Asian turf is not only, culturally rich but also, features awe-inspiring-mountains, canals, and UNESCO sites. From metropolitan to isolated islands, this continent offers the best of adventures, ancient history, and destinations that take you on a cultural trip. Asia has something for everyone! In this article, we have compiled the collaborative list of Asian countries we have visited, and of those that we would like to explore in the near future.
1. Incredible India
Incredible India is a country of rich traditions. Flaunting architectural heritage, unique street food specialities, gardens, UNESCO sites and tranquil beaches, India has a charm that will entice you at every corner. Although, to entirely feel the magic of India, you must travel through some of its offbeat destinations. Explore the royal castles of Jaipur, take a boat ride in Varanasi, or traverse into the interiors of Bandhavgarh Wildlife sanctuary. Each place will give you a special memory of its own. Some of the best cities worth visiting in India are Udaipur, Agra, Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad, Rishikesh, Manali, Pondicherry, Ahmedabad, Vishakhapatnam, and Haridwar.
Our visit to Singapore thrilled us with its towering expansiveness and sci-fi city vibe. Add to that greenery in abundance! Singapore is the economic powerhouse of Asia and one of the most expensive cities to visit. The high standards of lifestyle will either leave you inspired or downhearted. Despite the fact, that Singapore is a big-budget city, there are numerous reasons for you to visit it. For instance, we drooled over the culinary art of the Michelin star restaurants, as much as, we adored the public art, distinctive architecture, and the Botanical Gardens of the Bay. While you are here, do indulge in the local cuisine, such as the Chilli Crabs and the Laksa noodles. A leisurely walk by the Marina Bay Center will give you a fresh perspective of the city. Lastly, if you haven’t got a chance to visit Madame Tussauds in London, then Singapore sports both the wax museum as well the Universal studio.
Singapore and Malaysia may be immediate neighbours, but clearly, they portray different cultures. The Malaysian turf of Asia bathes in crystal clear waters, of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Enveloped by close to 875 remote islands, white sand beaches and a rather sunny countryside, this land of eternal summer engages tourists throughout the year. On the whole, Malaysia is a melting pot of diversities and exotic cuisines. While you are here, take a trip down to its capital Kuala Lumpur, famed for Petronas Twin Towers, skyscrapers, historical heritage, and colonial architecture.
Cambodia tops our travel bucket list. From what we have heard of its capital Siem Reap, the Cambodian territory has plenty of attractions to win one’s heart. This enchanted Asian land has the best of temples, history, culture, people, museums, nightlife, markets, and adventurous activities. While we are here, we would certainly want to explore the most-spoken ruins of Angkor Wat. The 12th-century Angkor Wat is one-of-worlds-largest religious complex to house a beautiful collection of ancient structures. This complex along with Angkor Thom royal city epitomizes Cambodian culture and mythology at its best.
China is yet another fascinating Asian country which opens doors to the finest-remnants of the imperial past. From cultural heritage to modernism, China’s wealth of history and sightseeing is unmatchable! In China, Beijing its 800-year-old capital city is said to hold the treasures of Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Hall of Harmony. In addition to which, one must also take a look at the imperial styled palaces, porcelain-laid spires, relics and establishments like the Mao Memorial Hall and Tiananmen Square.
While you are here, spend your evenings at the traditional shopping areas, like outdoor markets, floating markets, Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street and the Silk Market. In the evening, venture out to the traditional shopping avenues, like the outdoor floating markets, Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, and the Silk Market. When in China, everyone should eat dim sums once, and drink Chinese tea. The traditional Chinese architecture of Ngong Ping village and Victoria Peak are worth a visit as well.
If you love Indonesian cuisine as much as we do, then visiting Indonesia must have certainly crossed your mind. But other than scrumptious gastronomy deals on the table, Indonesia also sports iconic beaches and historic cultural vibes worth, indulging in. Whether you choose to sip your next summer cocktail by the bay or immerse in glorious sunsets from your room, Indonesia will give you all the right reasons to extend your staycation. In addition to that, Indonesia features the best Asian Spas and shopping avenues. The culinary retreat varies from spicy coconut flavours to local concoctions of seasonings. A melange of exotic offerings, isn’t it?
Thailand is one-of-the-most economical destinations of Asia, hence, the favourite of tourists. From adventure sports, shopping, to sightseeing and Spa experiences there’s just about so much to do in Thailand. However, to truly experience the cultural essence of Thailand, you must visit its capital city Bangkok, flourishing with floating markets, European-style gardens, Grand Palace, Siam Square, Buddha temples and the 15th-century emerald sculpture. Beach lovers will be thrilled to know that Thailand features over 15 white sand beaches. Amongst which, Patong Beach is considered one of the best to enjoy phenomenal sunsets, coastal seafood and homemade noodles.
Last but not least, Japan although a small island, is still an unmissable Asian country. The Japanese capital Tokyo is both the world’s most-expensive city as well the powerhouse of pop culture, Michelin-starred restaurants, ancient temples, and urban karaoke bars. Just like its culinary art, Japan has a sophisticated presence dwelling with complex flavours. From indigenous richness, cherry blossoms, to unique art forms, Japan is where culture meets couture.