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10 Best Countries to Visit in Asia

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Asia is a diverse but supremely mesmeric continent packed to brim with the most amazing countries and destinations. From vibrant cities and classic settlements to inspiring architecture, enlightening museums, and amazing shopping and dining, there is something special about every country in Asia, where its distinct culture, character and past make for an unforgettable holiday. But, if you are not sure where to start your Asian exploration, the following list of best countries in Asia allows you create your perfect wishlist.

 

  1. Malaysia

Lying in proximity to Singapore and Thailand, the beautiful country is fondly called Mini Asia. From exuberant cities such as Kuala Lumpur to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including Gunung Mulu National Park), it is a land of marvelous contrasts. See soaring skyscrapers and high-end leisure attractions co-existing with timeless colonial era landmarks and verdant gardens and parks. That’s not all; Malaysia is one of the world’s most megadiverse countries where its fertile grounds constitute over 20% of the planet’s animal species.

Putra Mosque Malaysia

Putra Mosque Malaysia

 

Best Time to Visit: February to September

Top Attractions & Experiences: Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Perhentian Islands, Gunung Mulu National Park and Langkawi

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  1. Thailand

Be it for culture, revered shrines, intriguing history, natural treasures or dynamic modern sights, Thailand has it all in right measure. Starting from the capital city of Bangkok to the exceptionally scenic Chiang Mai and the history-steeped Ayutthaya to the paradisiacal gems of Phuket and Koh Samui, it goes without saying that a vacation in Thailand will take your breath away.

Wat Benchamabophit Thailand

Wat Benchamabophit Thailand

 

Best Time to Visit: November to April

Top Attractions & Experiences: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Phi Phi Islands

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  1. The UAE

Known for its mix of out of the world attractions, natural desert landscape, cultural sights, unequaled culinary scene and effortless Dubai visit visa online procedures, the UAE is bestowed with everything that you would ever look forward to in an Arabian holiday. Be in awe at Dubai’s super stylish sights (such as the largest of its kind Burj Khalifa and one of its kind Palm Jumeirah) and appreciate the immaculate blend of modern and traditional attractions at the capital city of Abu Dhabi. These cities are also a haven for thrill seekers and outdoor aficionadas, with desert safari, dhow cruise marina, and yacht ride Dubai. Apart from these, you get to bask in the untouched beauty of its lesser-known but enormously charming emirates such as Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

 

Best Time to Visit: November to March

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Top Attractions & Experiences: Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Hosn, Qasr Al Watan, Desert Safari, Dhow Cruise, and Jebel Jais (Ras Al Khaimah)

 

  1. Maldives

No other destinations in this list are probably as exquisite as Maldives. It is a dream-come-true spot for anyone craving for a holiday in the lap of the nature. After all, where else you get to stay in an overwater bungalow and further admire the rare, ethereal natural phenomenon such as the Bioluminescent Beach at Vaadhoo Island.

maldives

maldives

Best Time to Visit: February to September

Top Attractions & Experiences: Male, Baros Island, Hulhumale Island, Banana Reef, Mirihi Island, Veligandu Island, and Vaadhoo Island

 

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  1. Jordan

Jordan is often overlooked as a country of political unrest and protests. But, did you know that it is now safe to visit? Now, if you are skeptical about a visit here, Jordan is a true surprise package with its compelling diversity and historical significance. Its attractions and sights are simply eternal, being an intense combination of age-old tradition and modern. Whether you wish to journey into the past (with the ancient city of Petra) or want to immerse yourself in its unparalleled natural wonders (ranging from red dunes and Dead Sea to towering mountains), Jordan seamlessly fits the bill.

Petra

Petra

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April – May) and autumn (October – November) months

Top Attractions & Experiences: Petra, Jerash Ruins, Wadi Rum, Wadi Mujib, Aqaba, Amman’s Roman Ruins, and Dead Sea

 

  1. India

India is not only one of the world’s largest countries, but also one of the most amazing holiday destinations that cater to every preference and pocket. The place is blessed with unrivaled natural beauty, interesting historical landmarks, majestic architectural masterpieces, wonderful cities, and endless festivals, among many others. Whether you are traveling to the country’s northern, southern, eastern or western part, every region of India stands out for its epic charm and incredible offerings.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April – May) and autumn (October – November) months

Tops Attractions & Experiences: Delhi, National Parks (like Ranthambhore National Park, Corbett National Park etc), Historical and Religious Sites (such as Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, and Konark Sun Temple), Kerala and living root bridges of north eastern part

 

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  1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions in China, another being Macau. With the strong influences of both western and eastern cultures, Hong Kong is jam-packed with a vast spectrum of fantastic attractions, amazing leisure choices, and a vibrant social and cultural scene. Discover the city’s appealing essence by taking the famous Star Ferry, visit Hong Kong Disneyland and take in the region’s spiritual side with Lantau Island’s Po Lin monastery and Tian Tan Buddha.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Best Time to Visit: September to December

Top Attractions & Experiences: Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, Symphony of Lights, Disneyland Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of History and Temple Street Night Market

 

  1. Singapore

This charming, compact city-state is one of the destinations that you would never get tired of exploring in Asia. With a mix of fantastic sights, bustling ethnic quarters and UNESCO-listed landmarks to name a few, Singapore tours promise you a marvelous getaway with treasured moments. It is where you get to stroll down the enormously lush yet high-tech garden by way of Gardens by the Bay. Wildlife enthusiasts are in for a surprise with attractions like Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. And don’t miss to spend at least a day or two at its Sentosa Island which is the region’s ultimate amusement and recreation center.

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Best Time to Visit: December to June

Top Attractions & Experiences: Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, Chinatown, Sentosa Island and Clarke Quay

 

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  1. Japan

Holidaymakers of all types will be captivated by Japan’s rich mix of traditional old and contemporary new sights, helped by a thriving art and cultural scene. Yes, places to visit in Japan are as varied and unique as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya and Mount Fiji.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial ParkHiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) months

Top Attractions & Experiences: 17th century Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Nijo Castle (Kyoto), Itsukushima Shrine (at Miyajima Island), Osaka Castle, Mount Fiji, and Nara’s Temple City

 

  1. Cambodia

This is one of the ultimate destinations to visit in Asia for culture and history buffs. It is where you get to see the world’s oldest and largest religious monument, Angkor Wat Archeological Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to 12th century. Apart from these, Cambodia is home to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, Bassac Lane and Russian Market.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Best Time to Visit: November to April

Top Attractions & Experiences: Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Ratanakiri, Phnom Sampeau (hilltop pagoda at Battambang), Preah Vihear and Kratie

 

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Conclusion

Wherever you choose to go from this list, you can be rest assured that they will not only blow you away but also draw you back here again and again. While majority of the countries are now open for tourism, be sure to check for travel guidelines plus formalities and further adhere to all COVID-19 rules as required by the destination you plan to visit. So, where you would like to visit in Asia for your upcoming holiday? Share your favorite place in the comment below.

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