With its 4.46 Billion population, Asia is also a heterogeneous continent with individual countries & distinct cultures. That’s why for every traveler, Asia is a must visit area. It holds 30% of the world’s total land mass. So, you will find a variety of things to do & see.
To make your life easy & plan your trip to Asia easily, we have created top bucket list destinations to visit in Asia in 2019! Let’s get started,
Top bucket list destinations to visit in Asia in 2019:
- Chiang Mai
- Mount Everest
- Rajasthan, India
- Taj Mahal, India
- Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Often referred to as the “heaven on earth” by travelers, Bali is famous for its natural beauty, fascinating mountain ranges, lush rainforest, valleys & beaches. It offers a variety of activities for travelers such as water sports, visiting temples & beaches, etc. Endless rice fields & hundreds of temples will make your trip to Bali memorable. If you visit Bali, don’t miss the chance to pay a trip to Ubud. Ubud is the cultural capital of Indonesia.
Thailand hosts some popular tourist destinations & Phuket is one of them. It’s a paradise of white sandy beach, crystal clear water & tons of water activity. Comparing to other tourist destinations, Bali is cheap which is an added advantage. You will find Thai long tail boat, amazing limestone formation & greenery. Being a popular tourist destination, Phuket is somehow crowded & if you don’t like the crowd, off-season trip will be more enjoyable. There are some religious sites which are worth to visit as well.
The Maldives is not only a popular tourist destination in Asia but also a famous island paradise in the world. This small country is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean & home to thousands of islands. Some islands are so gorgeous it seems like someone has drawn it in the ocean. White sandy beaches, blue water, rich coral reefs, & overwater bungalows.
When you get the chance to choose from over 7500 islands with distinctive beauty & unique fantasy, Philippines is the only place in the world. Never ending fields of rice, metropolises, graffiti on jeeps (popularly known as Jeepneys), Lazy Tarsiers (a tree-dwelling animal), volcanoes, buffalo & amazing people with happy faces will always welcome you in the Philippines. Each island has its own unique features for travelers. White sandy beaches are just the paradise in earth luring you to just lay down & spend some lazy hours. Adventures activities such as scuba diving, swimming, trekking are among the famous activities in the Philippines.
Again, in Thailand, & this time it’s Chiang Mai (don’t mix it with Chiang Rai) a much-needed escape from busy life. It will welcome you with picturesque mountains, fabulous temples, & rainforest. You can take a bicycle ride to enjoy the surroundings or go to mountain trekking. There is a unique Elephant National Park here which is worth a visit.
Turkey is the gateway to Europe & the only country in the world that fell into 2 continents. Its capital Istanbul is known as the Cosmopolitan city with the cultural connection of ancient civilization such as Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman & Byzantine. The famous Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia is situated in Turkey. It hosts a lot of church & tons of architectural sites.
The tallest mountain of the world, Mount Everest is located among Nepal, India & China. If you want an adventurous journey, take a helicopter tour to the breathtaking base camp of Mount Everest. Mount Everest Base Camp where mountaineers camp is located at the height of 5,364 meters. You can spend some time there & enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings.
Siem Reap is a famous architectural site of Cambodia & one of the 7th wonder of the world. The 12th Century wonder is located in the middle of the Cambodian jungle. There are several temples in the Angkor Wat complex & the name means “The City of Temples”. You will find several architectural sites with lots to see & visit. You can also visit to Phnom Penh which is the capital of Cambodia & lies on 4 rivers. There are museums, architectural sites, royal palace, statue & religious sites.
Bangkok is the busy city & the capital of Thailand. It’s famous for busy nightlife, religious sites, Chao Phraya river cruise, & food street. River market, temples, food street, bicycle tour, dinner or cocktail cruise on the famous Chao Phraya river, museums, weekend market & lots of other attractions can be found in Bangkok. To food lovers, Bangkok is known as the “street food capital” of the world. It’s also a mixture of old & modern days because you will find both the ancient temple & modern buildings.
Vietnam is home to many famous tourist attractions & two of the particular places are Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam & home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay. You can take a boat for 2-3 days & spend the nights on the boat to praise the natural beauty, mirror-like water, limestone formation or count the stars at night. Small islands on your way will welcome you. On the other hand, you have Ho Chi Minh City is the opposite of Hanoi & stay alive 24/7. Cafes, street food courts, chaos everything will amaze you. The city is very clean. It also hides the secret that it played an important role in the notorious Vietnam War. Lots of famous architectural & religious sites can be visited at Ho Chi Minh City.
India is a large country with hundreds of landmarks & tourist destinations. Many kingdoms once ruled this Northern state of India & you can easily find them in architectural sites. The capital of this state is Jaipur which is famously known as Pink City. If you want to have some adventure, go to the JAWAI. JAWAI is a safari-style camp. The uniqueness is you can take a trip to nearby attractions such as temples, landscape & the famous Leopards.
Tokyo is one of the most fast-paced & popular cities in Asia & also the capital of Japan. Skyscrapers can be found everywhere & roads are packed with people. But, yes, Tokyo is an amazing city with lots of things to do & see. If you prefer close to nature, I would prefer Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn. These are located close to nature & here since the 8th century. Ryokans are decorated with tatami matted rooms & common bathroom. You can also enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Fiji.
Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal, the wonder of the world is a white marble mausoleum built by the famous Moghal ruler Shahjahan. It’s a tribute to its late wife Mumtaz to house her dead body. It’s just a symmetry but its proportion has made it one of a kind to visitors. It’s built in such an extent that it creates optical illusions. It takes different color at a different time of the day. It’s situated on the river Yamuna.
It’s a city-state & one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Its culture is so diverse that no matter where are you from, you will find your countrymen here. It’s a modern city with lots of sky scrapers. Shopping centers, mouthwatering cuisine & lots of sky touching restaurants. The famous Singapore 5-star hotel with infinity pool overlooking the city, Marina Bay Sands, is often featured in movies all over the world.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
UAE is one of the wealthiest countries in the world & hosts 2 of the luxurious tourist destinations, they are Abu Dhabi & Dubai. Dubai is known for its shopping centers, fascinating architectures, modern amenities & nightlife. World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is situated in Dubai. Artificial islands to sandy beaches, Dubai is the exclusive destination for tourist. Abu Dhabi is not so far. Sky scrapers, shopping malls, religious sites are situated at Abu Dhabi. This bustling city is the capital of the UAE.
Located at the south-east part of Asia, Bangladesh is the home to Sundarban, the largest mangrove forest in the world & the Coxs Bazar Sea Beach, the longest sea beach in the world. Home to hundreds of rivers & canals, rice fields, hill tracts & Royal Bengal Tiger.
A visit to Asia is a walk from its historic rich pasts to the modern time. You will find nature everywhere. If you can think of any other Asia destinations in your bucket list, feel free to comment below.