If you’ve already done some traveling but feel a need to spread your wings and head a bit further than you ever have before, Asia could be the perfect continent for you to explore. Many people in the West have never been there, and there is so much variety inside this continent. The cultures, attitudes and landscapes are different from country to country and region to region within Asia.
Asia is also a vast continent, and you can’t see everything it has to offer in one go. But if you do have plenty of time and you want to know which locations are best to stop at as you move from place to place throughout Asia, this guide will help you out a lot. We’re going to look at some of the best delights in Asia, and you should definitely make the most of them.
Below, you’ll find a bit of information about each of the locations that you should be heading to on your trip to Asia. Each of the places mentioned is more than worth your time.
One of the best things about Asia is the abundance of street food that you find in so many different locations. Taipei is perhaps the best place of all for people looking for incredible Asian street food. There are not many places that will beat Taipei in that category. The Taipei 101 skyscraper is another reason to check the city out. It’s one of the most impressive architectural feats you’ll find during your Asian travels. All in all, it’s an underrated city so check it out.
South Korea’s capital is one of those places that seems to have it all covered. It’s a technological wonderland because it’s also home to many of the biggest tech companies in the world. This makes it a thoroughly modern city. On top of that, there are plenty of open spaces and public parks that you can take advantage of when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s truly something for everyone in Seoul.
Osaka is one of those cities that just gets overlooked. There are plenty of great cities to visit in Japan, but that shouldn’t mean that you neglect Osaka. The port city has a lot to offer, including a Universal Studios theme park for families. For young adults, the nightlife will be a particular attraction because its reputation is known throughout Japan. It’s a place where young people congregate and have a wild time, so be sure to have a night out in Osaka if you decide to visit.
Hong Kong has always had its own particular identity, despite the fact that it’s very close to China in many ways. It possesses its own independent spirit, as well as some decadence that doesn’t come from anywhere else. In terms of the food and culture, both English and Chinese influences are easily detected, but you have to embrace Hong Kong on its own unique terms if you want to get the most out of it during your visit.
Mumbai is a cultural hotspot for a number of reasons. Even though many western people might know much about it, most of the Indian film industry, an industry that many claim is bigger than Hollywood, is based here. Whether you know anything about Bollywood or the films produced there, you can have a lot of fun in Mumbai. It’s a lively place and the natural landscapes are faultless too. It’s definitely somewhere you should consider visiting if you want to stop off in India.
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, and it also happens to be one of the most culturally rich and interesting cities in all of Asia. The museums of the city stand out, but the temples and ancient architecture that you can find everywhere you turn are also major draws for many tourists. You can still get a taste of the authentic side of Hanoi and Vietnam, even if more tourists do head there now. The bays and coastlines are particularly beautiful too.
Tokyo is of course Japan’s capital city, and it’s the kind of place that you have to experience at least once; just to see whether or not it’s for you. It’s certainly not for everyone because the location is incredibly busy and you don’t always have time to catch your breath. But if you love Japanese culture and you want to dive right into the heart of it, Tokyo is certainly a place you need to visit for yourself.
If you’re looking for nonstop atmosphere and nonstop fun, Bangkok is the place to be. The nightlife here is like nowhere else on earth, and it’s now widely considered to be one of the party capitals all fun-lovers have to visit at least once. During the day time, the stalls and markets selling authentic goods are unmissable. You should definitely check them out and find something interesting to take back home with you when this journey is over.
Singapore offers visitors an interesting urban experience that you don’t find in many Asian locations. The metropolis itself is beautiful to look at, but the character of the city is very international because so many people have moved there from all over the world. You can find a Singapore HDB for rent pretty cheaply. And it’s also considered a Mecca for foodies who love trying new things; it’s home to some of the best restaurants on the face of the Earth and that alone makes it worth a visit.
Delhi is another Indian location that you can’t afford to miss if you’re heading to the country on your Asian travels. Despite being in the same country as Mumbai, Delhi is very different indeed. This is the place you head to if you want to dive into India’s ancient culture rather than its modern culture. The mosques and temples you can find throughout Delhi are simply beautiful and can’t be missed. The Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and best markets in Asia too, so check it out while you’re in Delhi.
In terms of a traditional metropolis, Shanghai is by far the best you’ll find in China. Its skyline is stunning, and there is so much to do and see in this wonderful city. If you know nothing about it, that’s even better because it’s ripe for exploration. And approaching it with fresh eyes will only make your discoveries all the sweeter. It’s kind of like New York because you know something will be happening around every street corner but you don’t know what until you look.
Kyoto doesn’t offer the relentless busyness of some other Japanese cities. Instead, you find a calm and collected city with lots of beautiful imperiale Japanese buildings and temples on display, as well as pretty natural landscapes. It’s the kind of place you head to if you want to retreat away from the other cities in the region. The art scene here is particularly vibrant too, so you should make the most of that.
As you can see, Asia is a continent that’s full of incredible places that offer unique experiences. If you can stop off at just some of these locations, you will be sure to have a good time and learn a lot about the various cultures and lifestyles that make up the continent of Asia, so what are you waiting for?