Being the biggest continent, Asia has different cultures, making it a perfect destination for travelers who would like to experience diversity. It includes almost 50 countries that can be seen on the right side of the world map. Technically, the Middle East region is formed in Asia as some have confusion about it.
Exploring Asia is truly an adventure, considering the variety of environments and what each country is offering. If you would like to explore this continent, here are some Asian countries you have to visit.
Starting the list with the home of K-Pop, South Korea is considered to be one of the entertainment powerhouses in the world. Places that should not be missed when visiting this country are the shopping district of Myeongdong, the local neighborhood of Busan, the nightlife in Itaewon, and the attractions found in Jeju Island. Foodies should also visit the Gwangjang Market, as featured in Netflix’s Street Food.
Aside from the charming beaches of Phuket, Thailand’s capital Bangkok is already a great tourist destination. Get ready to be dazzled by the official residence of the country’s royalties, The Grand Palace. It has different attractions in the building complex, including the Arts of the Kingdom, Khon Performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal, and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. Don’t forget to taste their famous street foods, Massaman Curry and Pad Thai.
Another country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, is a must-visit for beach lovers. It has plenty of beautiful beaches like Boracay, El Nido in Palawan, and Siargao for surfing enthusiasts. Get up close and personal with whale sharks by watching them in Oslob, Cebu. Make sure to visit the world’s oldest Chinatown for a great selection of food located in Binondo, Manila. Learn more about the historical past of Manila by going to Intramuros while in a traditional horse vehicle called “kalesa.“
This country is a shopping paradise, as it offers tax-free shopping for tourists, including those of luxury brands and many outlet stores. The tour to Hong Kong will not be complete without visiting Hong Kong Disneyland, where the whole family can enjoy the various rides and attractions. The Big Buddha found in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island is a must-see, as it represents the peaceful coexistence of man and environment, as well as people and faith.
One of the wealthiest countries in the world, Singapore makes sure to preserve its culture and history as it progresses into a modern city. Aside from the Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion Statue, take a tour of Sentosa Island. This tourist attraction houses the Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore Cable Car Sky Network, Skyline Luge, and Madame Tussauds Singapore. This is also a food haven as it has plenty of hawker centers to choose from that could be offering a flavorful meal of Hainanese Chicken.
For those who would like to conquer the world’s tallest mountain, Nepal is the place to visit. Trek Mount Everest to the top or explore the shops and food stalls located on its foot. This country is not just famous for this mountain. It also has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Kathmandu Valley’s pilgrimage sites, the Chitwan National Park, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which is Lumbini, and the Sagarmatha National Park.
There is no place like Japan where they could combine their traditions and culture as they embrace the era of technological advancements. Take a ride on their famous network of bullet trains and capture the beauty of Mount Fuji. In Downtown Tokyo, experience the famous pedestrian crossing in Shibuya. This country is also known to have plenty of thrift shops offering high-end luxury brands. Don’t miss out on their renowned ramen and sushi shops!
The tourist attractions in India go beyond the Taj Mahal and Bollywood. With the tagline “Incredible India,” there are many sights to see, like the architectural marvels of cathedrals, basilicas, and temples. The country also has stunning beaches like Gokarna and the relaxing and peaceful vibes in Goa. There are also famous shopping destinations that offer items that hold the Indian heritage, like Agra, Jaipur, and Amritsar.
U.A.E. stands for The United Arab Emirates, composed of seven different emirates located in the Middle East. The capital Abu Dhabi has plenty of places to visit, such as the Qasr Al Watan, the presidential hotel Emirates Palace, Al Ain’s Jebel Hafeet, and the biggest mosque in the country, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Undoubtedly, Dubai is more famous for tourists with attractions like the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. Other tourist spots are Sharjah’s traditional architecture, Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches, and the Forts that can be seen in Ajman.
An Arab nation in the north of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this is a must-visit for tourists that would like to see nature’s beauty. Considered the country’s crown jewel attraction, Petra is considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world. This tourist spot may require 2 days to explore all of its registered sites. Don’t forget to see in person one of the Bible’s most important locations – the Dead Sea.
With its current effort to boost tourism, Saudi Arabia is starting to relax some of its Islamic laws to welcome tourists. Muslims worldwide marvel at Islam’s most important mosque, which is the Majid al-Haram in Mecca. Non-muslims can also enjoy other tourist attractions in this Arab country, such as Desert Safari packages and snorkeling trips in Jeddah.
Don’t forget to learn more about the Asian country you will be visiting to avoid culture shock or offending their local culture and traditions. There are many more countries to explore in Asia, as these are just a few key countries that you should not miss out on visiting this continent.