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Best Places to Visit in Asia


Why go: Ancient temples, sandy shores and luxury hotels have long attracted couples. But Bali also possesses a rugged interior ripe for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Plus, you can book accommodations for fairly affordable rates at small hotels and vacation rental properties.


Why go: No dilly-dallying here – Tokyo is as fast-paced as cities come. As a visitor, you may have a hard time keeping up with the fashion, the traffic patterns and the hotel prices. Accept the challenge and enjoy museums, temples, skyscrapers and great sushi.

Hong Kong

Why go: This former British colony is an easy introduction to China. But make no mistake: Hong Kong distinguishes itself from both China and Britain. This massive city promises lively excursions, with mountains to climb, skyscrapers to admire and theme parks to explore.


Why go: South Korea’s capital is a well-oiled machine: Pedestrians, bikes and cars whiz through the streets at an alarming rate and new skyscrapers are constantly being built. The city has renovated its hotels, historical sites and urban parks to complete its universal appeal.


Why go: Renowned as a culinary mecca, Singapore offers travelers a taste of Southeast Asia. The nation’s diverse population has brought an international flavor to the local culture. This fusion has led to the prosperity that takes physical form in the city’s impressive skyline and lively neighborhoods.


Why go: Phuket’s green hills, wide beaches and cerulean waters comprise a paradise that few Asian destinations can rival. Lodging here is affordable – if you know where to look. If you’re not concerned about price, head to Surin and Bang Tao; if you’re on a tight budget, stay in Kamala or Laguna.


Why go: Framed by the towering Himalaya Mountains, Nepal’s vibrant and colorful capital city beckons to adventurers. You can hike or camp on the nearby mountains, explore the temples and stroll through the lively Durbar Square. Don’t forget to see the famous Boudhanath Stupa, a unique UNESCO World Heritage site.