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Best 100 Places to Visit in Asia

Asia Travel Map by ShanghaiNet
Asia Travel Map by ShanghaiNet

Asia is the largest and most populous of the seven continents. No matter what you want to see and do in Asia, there is definitely a place to meet your needs.

What are the best places to visit in Asia that need to be added to your bucket list?

East Asia

1. China

China is one of the oldest countries in the world. As the world's second-largest economy, China has a huge market and huge potential.

  • Shanghai: Shanghai is the largest city in China and the economic center of the country. Shanghai's top attractions include The Bund, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, Disneyland, Oriental Pearl Tower, and more.
  • Beijing:​ Beijing is the capital of China and one of the four ancient capitals of China. The must-see attractions in Beijing are Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, etc.
  • Xi'an:​ Xi'an is one of the four ancient capitals of the world and the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Must-see places include the Terra-Cotta Army, Xi'an City Wall, Huaqing Palace, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Huashan Mountain, etc.

West Lake Hangzhou
Guilin's landscape is probably the best in Asia

2. Japan

Located in eastern China, Japan was the first country in the world to see the sun. Japan has an area of 37,8000 square kilometers, about the same size as Germany and Finland, larger than the UK, and smaller than France.

  • Tokyo: Tokyo is the capital and largest city of Japan. 5 must-see places in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Ginza, Meiji Jingu Shrine.
  • Osaka:​ Osaka is Japan's second largest city and was once the capital of Japan. Places worth visiting include Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori, Kuromon Market, Universal Studios Japan, etc.
  • Kyoto:​ Kyoto served as the capital of Japan for 1,075 years and is a symbol of Japanese culture and tradition. Places worth visiting in Kyoto include Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Gion District, and more.

3. South Korea

The capital and largest city of South Korea is Seoul. The most famous scenic spot in South Korea is the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, as well as the Jeju Island, Haeundae Beach in Busan, and Chuncheon in Gangwon-do.

4. North Korea

North Korea is adjacent to China, Japan, and South Korea, and Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea. What are the top attractions in North Korea? Kim Il-sung Square, Panmunjom, Mangyongdae Native House, The Koryo Museum, Mansudae Grand Monument, etc.

North Korea is not allowed to travel alone, must be a group tour.

5. Mongolia

Mongolia is a landlocked country close to China and Russia. The Mongols once ruled many countries, and the capital, Ulaanbaatar, is famous for its precious and rare artifacts.

Mongolia's characteristic attractions include the Mongolian Steppes, the Gobi Desert, Khuvsgul Lake, Hulunbuir Grassland, and so on. The Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is the most famous attraction in Mongolia.

Frequently Asked Questions About East Asia

Where should I start traveling in East Asia?

For the 15-day trip, first visit China for 7 days, then Japan for 5 days, and for the remaining 3 days, choose Korea or Mongolia.

How long should you travel East Asia for?

Generally, it takes about 10 days, but it depends on your schedule. If you are short on time, you can choose about 7 days. If there is time, 15 days is better.

What is the best month to travel to East Asia?

Spring and autumn are the best times to go to East Asia, which are from March to May and September to November. These two seasons are popular tourist seasons in East Asia.

How much money do you need for travelling East Asia?

East Asian tourism is generally divided into three types of itineraries: independent travel, group tours, and boutique small group tours. Budget price, 50% round-trip airfare, 30% hotel cost, and 20% local eat, drink, and ticket prices.

Southeast Asia

1. Singapore

Singapore is the most developed country in Southeast Asia. Singapore is small and a city-state. There are many foreign expats living in Singapore.

Highlights of Singapore tourism include Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, Universal Studios Singapore, the Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Zoo, Merlion Park, and more.

2. Malaysia

Malaysia is the second-largest developed country in Southeast Asia after Singapore. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, which is also the largest city in the country. The most famous attractions include the Petronas Twin Towers, Penang, Malacca, Sabah, and more.


Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Thailand's tourism industry is very developed; Phuket Island, Pattaya, the Phi Phi Islands, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Pai, Koh Samui, etc., are all world-famous tourist destinations.

4. Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelagic country with more than 7,000 islands. The famous islands include Boracay Island, Bohol Island, Dumaguete, Coron Island, El Nido, and so on. Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is the largest city in the Philippines and is known as the "New York of Asia".

5. Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world, with a total of about 17,000 islands. Bali, Lake Toba, and Jakarta are popular tourist attractions in Indonesia.

6. Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi City, and the largest city is Ho Chi Minh City. The most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam include Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Nha Trang Beach, Hoi An Ancient Town, etc.

7. Cambodia

Cambodia is a beautiful ancient civilization. World famous tourist attractions in Cambodia include Angkor Wat, The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap City, and the southern beach area.

8. Laos

Laos is landlocked and the only country in Southeast Asia that does not have access to the sea. But Laos has low consumer prices of all kinds and is one of the cheapest travel destinations. Pha That Luang, Patuxai Victory Monument, Kuang Si Falls, Vieng Xai Caves, and Four Thousand Islands are must-see attractions in Laos.

9. Myanmar

Burma was a British colony on the Indochina Peninsula. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill, Mandalay Palace, Inle Lake, Bagan, and Naypyidaw are all tourist destinations that cannot be missed in Myanmar.

10. Brunei

Brunei is known for its abundant oil resources and is one of the richest countries in the world. Brunei is an absolute monarchy. Popular tourist attractions in Brunei include Istana Nurul Iman, the Royal Regalia Museum, Ulu Temburong National Park, Kampong Ayer, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, and more.

11. East Timor

East Timor is an island nation in Southeast Asia that gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. East Timor is one of the Least developed countries in the world. Dili is the capital of East Timor, and Baucau is the second-largest city in East Timor.

Frequently Asked Questions About Southeast Asia

  1. What is the best month to travel to Southeast Asia? The tourist season in Southeast Asia is from November to February. This is the dry season, and the weather is sunny, which is suitable for tourism. During the rainy season, Southeast Asia often experiences floods and torrential rains, making travel inconvenient.
  2. How much money do you need for travelling Southeast Asia?​ The first thing to consider is the cost of the airfare. Airfare can be higher during the high season and relatively cheap during the low season. Secondly, the cost of accommodation is also to be considered, and choosing a luxury hotel will be more expensive. In addition to airfare and accommodation costs, there are also expenses such as meals, transportation, and tickets to consider. Accommodation costs and round-trip air tickets usually account for a relatively high proportion of total expenses.
  3. How long should you travel Asia for?​ For 7 days of itineraries, you can usually choose 1-2 countries to visit. 10-day itinerary with a choice of 2-3 countries to travel. 15-day itinerary, you can choose from 3-6 countries.
  4. Where should I start traveling in Southeast Asia?​ The most popular tourist routes in Southeast Asia include Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. There are 7 day round-trip routes, 10 day round-trip routes, and 15 day round-trip routes, and the specific time and itinerary vary from person to person.