Top Five Travel Destinations in Asia

Five great cities, five magnificent destinations – from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ to the ‘Roof of the World’ with three amazing destinations in between

The largest and the most diverse continent in the world, Asia is home to many great cities each with its own unique culture and history. As difficult as it was to pick out five cities from a rather long list, we have, nevertheless, made an effort to give you our choice of the top five Asian destinations.

Bangkok, THAILAND

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A pulsating modern city of over 11 million inhabitants and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, the Thai capital, Bangkok, not only boasts high-rise buildings and a promiscuous nightlife but is also blessed with ancient temples, magnificent palaces, canals, pleasantly chaotic markets including the famous floating market, and a vibrant nightlife – yes, different from the “promiscuous” kind. The city has something for everyone.

Bangkok also serves as a springboard to other destinations in Thailand that are worthy of a visit. Connectivity to places such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and other popular tourist destinations is pretty much convenient with flight, rail, and bus options available.

Some of the must-see Bangkok attractions

Grand Palace

  • Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm daily
  • Admission: 500 Baht; additional 100 Baht for audio guides (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, and Japanese)
  • Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
  • Official site: http://www.palaces.thai.net/

Wat Traimit – Temple of the Golden Buddha

This historic temple features a gilded exterior, exhibitions & a massive golden statue of Buddha.

Address: 661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

Wat Pho

  • Hours: 8:30am-6pm daily
  • Admission: 100 Baht
  • Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District

Hours:

  • Thursday
    9 AM–4 PM
  • Friday
    9 AM–4 PM
  • Saturday
    9 AM–4 PM
  • Sunday
    9 AM–4 PM
  • Monday
    Closed

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a floating market located in the Damnoen Saduak District, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Thailand.Wikipedia

Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand

Hours:

  • Thursday
    9 AM–8 PM
  • Friday
    8 AM–5 PM
  • Saturday
    8 AM–5 PM
  • Sunday
    8 AM–5 PM
  • Monday
    9 AM–8 PM
  • Tuesday
    9 AM–8PM
    Wednesday
    9 AM–8 PM

Wat Arun

  • Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm daily
  • Admission: 20 Baht
  • Location: Arun Amarin Rd

Wat Suthat

  • Hours: 8:30am-9:00pm daily
  • Admission: 20 Baht
  • Location: Bamrung Muang Road, Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon

Chatuchak Market

The Chatuchak Weekend Market, on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 8,000 stalls, divided into 27 sections. Wikipedia

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

Hours:

  • Thursday
    7 AM–6 PM
  • Friday
    6 PM–12 AM
  • Saturday
    9 AM–6 PM
  • Sunday
    9 AM–6 PM
  • Monday
    Closed
  • Tuesday
    Closed
  • Wednesday
    7 AM–6 PM

Official site: http://www.chatuchak.org/

Kathmandu, NEPAL

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Located 4600 feet above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley, this Himalayan city gets its name from the valley it occupies and is the capital and largest city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Four major mountains, namely Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri, surround this truly exotic city of temples, gardens, stupas, and more. Kathmandu is an excellent Himalayan destination for all budgets.

Some of the must-see Kathmandu attractions

  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kopan Monastery
  • Hanuman Dhoka
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Thamel
  • Basantapur Tower

Seoul, KOREA

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A major financial and cultural hub of East Asia, Seoul is South Korea’s capital and, by far, its largest city with a metropolitan population exceeding 25 million. With a captivating mix of avant-garde technology and timeless traditions, Seoul has way too much on offer for all visitor types.

It is a fine example of a city full of stark contrasts – a dynamic nightlife with dedicated districts for nighttime revelers; a plethora of vendors selling mind blowing street food; amazing architecture; peaceful Buddhist temples and much more bear testimony to the city’s versatility.

Some of the must-see Seoul attractions

  • Seoul Central Mosque
  • Myeong-dong Cathedral
  • Jogyesa Temple
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Culture Station Seoul 284
  • Changdeokgung Palace
  • Bukchon Hanok Village

SINGAPORE

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This Southeast Asian city-state is a miraculous amalgamation, if you will, of cutting-edge modern developments and a rich cultural heritage. Singapore boasts an extraordinary balance between development and the eco system with enough green spaces to go with the numerous skyscrapers dotting the Singapore skyline.

A trading post of the East India Company founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles, this erstwhile British colony has come a long way indeed from those humble beginnings, becoming one of the world’s most affluent countries with the busiest port in the world.

The city of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences is a top class Asian destination with its tropical climate, great shopping, fine cuisine, a thumping nightlife, exquisite gardens, and relaxed visa requirements.

Some of the must-see Singapore attractions

  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Chinatown
  • Little India
  • Changi Chapel and Museum
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Sentosa Island
  • Orchard Road
  • Clarke Quay

Tokyo, JAPAN

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Tokyo is not a real city in the true sense of the word but rather a “metropolitan prefecture,” which includes the features of a city as well as a prefecture.

With a population in excess of 37 million people, greater Tokyo is the most populous area in the world and, in addition to the city, it includes the rugged mountains in the west and the subtropical islands down south. The metropolitan area alone is home to 13 million inhabitants.

This prosperous, sprawling metropolis is an excellent tourist destination in that it boasts everything that comes with any ultra high-tech city of the future – and some – in addition to providing glimpses of the country’s rich history.

Some of the must-see Tokyo attractions

  • The Imperial Palace
  • The Meiji Shrine
  • The Miraikan and Edo-Tokyo Museums
  • The Tokyo Skytree
  • The Kabuki-za Theatre
  • Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Ueno Park and Zoo
  • LaQua
  • Tsukiji Fish Market

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