Diverse and captivating are two words that define Asia accurately. From large countries such as China or India to really small ones as Brunei or Bahrain, from famous touristic spots such as The Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat or the Petronas Towers to ancient temples and sprawling cities, Asia is continually growing its popularity as a hotspot destination for travelers around the world.
With an expanding tourism infrastructure, relatively low visiting costs and all kinds of natural and cultural attractions to satisfy each and every whim, there are multiple reasons why Asia should be in your next travel plans whether you’re flying off with friends, your family or traveling alone.
Get your luggage ready, look for a comprehensive travel insurance plan and don’t forget to book a car rental damage insurance policy before leaving if you’re planning to rent a car to explore your destination by yourself. Here are some of the most exotic Asian destinations you should visit to discover this wonderful continent!
Brunei is a tiny Southeast Asian country known for its extremely wealthy Sultan that has been probably off your radar… until now. Bandar Seri Begawan, known shortly for Bandar, is its capital city and it’s a paradise for foodies. Since it’s located close to Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, these countries influence in its cuisine, that is tasty and full of flavour.
But Bandar has much more to offer than great restaurants and excellent food! There is a beautiful water village, lush green nature, beautiful mosques (though not all of them are open to non-Muslims) and interesting museums.
The Royal Regalia Museum is impressive and guards an impressive collection of gifts that the Sultan has received from other heads of State and important items that were used in coronations and other important events.
Omar Ali Sifuddien Mosque is beautiful and an essential thing to do in Bandar. Its marble minarets and a gold dome are stunning and you can admire Arabian carpets and British chandeliers inside. Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkia is Brunei’s largest mosque and it has 29 golden domes to honour the nation’s 29th birthday and current sultan. It’s an architectural masterpiece and the minarets soar 52 metres into the air.
If you’re travelling with kids, Hong Kong is the best Asian city to visit: it’s got a fantastic public transport system, English is widely spoken and understood and people are very polite and helpful. There are plenty of places to eat, including the western take away outlets you’re more familiar with and lots of places where to eat Chinese dumplings.
Besides, you can visit Disneyland and Ocean Park among many other attractions. They former is great for younger kids while teens and pre-teens have a blast in the latter.
Not quite China and not quite British, Hong Kong is a distinctive place and its definitely worth a visit. It offers a vibrant, sprawling metropolis, sandy beaches and plenty of fresh air.
Street markets are entertaining and a great way to mingle with the locals and try local products.
Museums in Hong Kong are definitely worth a visit. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum highlights in a series of time tunnels that sketch out the city’s past, from a fishing village to modern times including the British rule period. A sure winner for children and adults alike is the Hong Kong Science Museum. It shows 500 exhibits, many of which include lots of pieces to pull, press and spin! The motion, light and sound rooms are absolutely amazing! Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Hong Kong Museum of Art and its stunning collection of Chinese art. It’s got a great collection of Chinese antiques, traditional glassware and ceramics, Mandarin costumes and an interesting calligraphy collection.
Timor-Leste may be tiny in size but it’s a great destination for whale watching and scuba-diving. If you’re interested in long walks along the beach, you’ll love Timor-Leste as well!
Divers are bound to have a blast here! Be ready to see sharks, dolphins, turtles and even humpback and sperm whales! Not to mention an amazing and diverse reef! Atauro Island is divers’ favorite destination while Areia Blanca is the place to go for those who love staying dry, sunbathe and enjoy tons of bars and restaurants. Ah! Don’t miss the massive Jesus statue called Cristo Rei!
Seoul and Busan, South Korea
Seoul, the capital of South Korea will not disappoint travelers interested in tradition and modernism. It’s a city where skyscrapers raise high over Buddhist temples. Food is incredibly delicious and abundant and its made almost of locally grown ingredients. People are kind and hard workers and the culture is simply fascinating. Nightlife in Seoul is fun and varied with discos, bars, restaurants and cafés where to have a great and relaxed time!
While in Seoul, you can’t miss Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower for a great scenic view of the city’s skyline, Namdaemun Market, Korea Furniture Museum, Bongeunsa Temple and the Bukhansan National Park.
Busan, located between the mountains and sea, welcomes visitors with the most perfect combination of culture, cuisine and stunning scenery. It’s the second city in the country and has an eclectic offer of activities to cater the expectations of all travelers. Amongst its worthiest seeing attractions are: Taejongdae Resort Park, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Sea Life Busan Aquarium, Beomeosa Temple, Oryukdo Skywalk and Haeundae Beach.