Asia is a huge and diverse continent. There are so many beautiful and exotic places you can visit. Culture, history, religion and nature are some of the reasons why you should include Asia in your dream destination list. Here are some of the cities you might want to prioritize when you decide to explore this magnificent continent.
Tokyo, Japan. Being the capital of Japan, Tokyo offers its visitors both the vision of the future with its technological advancements and the glimpse of Japan’s history and traditions. One of the main attractions that draws tourists to this city is the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one of the most well-known and largest Buddhist temples in Tokyo. The magnificent pagoda, the ancient shrines and temples are worshippers’ dream destinations. Another sight to behold is the Tokyo Tower, one of Tokyo’s most iconic symbols. You don’t have to go inside the tower to appreciate it because seeing it from different parts of the city, especially at night, is such a satisfying experience. A day trip to see the highest mountain in Japan is another great way to spend your time while you’re in the city. The sight of Mount Fuji, especially in the morning, is breathtaking. And who does not want to experience Tokyo Disneyland? It is a great place for the whole family. Shibuya Crossing is a must-see if you want to observe Tokyo’s busyness and watch its people living their daily lives. And don’t forget to take a look at the famous Hachiko Statue and pay respect to the dog who made the whole world cry. For shoppers, Akihabara is a favorite for techies while Ginza is a haven for people who have a passion for fashion. For animation lovers, Studio Ghibli is a must-visit. Being the Disney of the East, learn more about their animation films and the processes involved in making them. And don’t forget to feast on Tokyo’s culinary offerings. Other cities you might want to put on your list are Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, Osaka, and Nagoya.
Bangkok, Thailand. One of the highlights of visiting this beautiful city is taking a look at their remarkable collection of temples and palaces in Grand Palace and be amazed by the impressive display of superb architecture. It is also home to Wat Phra Keow or The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most famous Buddhist temple and Thailand’s most sacred site. A short walk from the Grand Palace will take you to Wat Pho Temple, another Buddhist temple worth visiting. Aside from Buddhism, Thailand is also populated by Hinduism believers and there are also Hindu shrines in this part of the country. One of the most popular of these Hindu shrines is the Erawan Shrine that houses the statue of Phra Phrom. To experience the Venice of the East, take a canal tour on one of those boats passing the Chao Phraya River or enjoy shopping at the Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak. The Chatuchak Market is also a perfect place to do your shopping especially on weekends when loads of stalls are set up to sell everything that is on your shopping list. And last but not the least, your Bangkok experience will never be perfect without tasting their cuisine and indulging in street food. They are available 24 hours. Other cities you might want to see are Phuket with it wonderful beaches including the James Bond Island, Chiang Mai, where you can enjoy the company of pandas and elephants, and Pattaya, where you can find the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo and the Big Buddha Hill.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One of the most significant sites to visit in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers. Being the tallest building in the world until 2004, it is a favorite spot for tourists. The building features shopping boutiques, restaurants, museums and the state-of-the-art Petronas Philharmonic Hall. To watch the magnificence of the whole city from an interesting point of view, take a walk up the Menara Telecommunications Tower or try the 12-minute ride on the Eye on Malaysia. It provides a stunning vista of the city above the Titiwangsa Lake. If you want to learn more about the country’s culture, you can drop by the National Museum. Take a stroll at the Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka and enjoy a glimpse of this historical site where Malaysia’s time as a British colony ended. Kuala Lumpur is also home to the National Mosque or Masjid Negara. The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is another site to visit for its architectural splendor. For some adventurous activities, the Batu Caves are open for explorations. Before ending your trip in this awesome city, visit Bukit Bintang; it is Kuala Lumpur’s premier shopping district.
There are so many tourist destinations that are found in Asia. The Great Wall of China near Beijing is something you should visit once in your life. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a well-preserved collection of ruins that has been admired by visitors for many centuries. The Temple of Literature and the National University in Hanoi, Vietnam, are worth visiting. Nepal is another country that offers abundant historical sites and religious spots. The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is a must-see. Another Buddhist temple with astounding architecture is the Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The Island of Boracay in the Philippines and Sentosa Island in Singapore are tourists’ favorites too.