Places to visit in Asia
Looking to visit Asia but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. At Round the World Experts we have a dedicated Asia team who specialise in creating tailor-made holidays to Asia, from Indochina adventures to romantic beach holidays to Thailand. To help you start planning, we've listed our favourite countries in Asia to visit below, all of which feature fantastic travel ideas and advice.
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One of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations for international travellers, Thailand offers a seductive mix of relaxing beaches, lush countryside and an inspiring spiritual side. Teamed with an incredible range of luxury accommodation, what’s not to love?
From dramatic bays and idyllic beaches to a dark and compelling history, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. While its beauty is breathtaking, it’s the warm and welcoming people that will see you wanting to return again and again.
Whether you're drawn to the futuristic skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the beaches of Penang, or the jungles of Sabah and Sarawak, both the Malaysian peninsula and the island of Borneo strike a fine balance between modernity, history and untamed nature.
Commonly overlooked until recently, what Cambodia lacks in publicity, it makes up for in natural assets, rich history and authenticity. With these elements, Cambodia offers the perfect opportunity to venture off the beaten track and tick off the world famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
A country of colour and chaos, India offers an experience you won’t find elsewhere in Asia. From the beaches of Goa to the Taj Mahal, thriving jungles to bustling cities, and an exotic culture, India offers a holiday of incredible contrasts.
Home to the world's largest population and one of its oldest civilisations, stretching back 4,000 years, China’s diverse mix of old and new is like nowhere else - from the stoic Great Wall to the buzzing streets of Shanghai. China’s rural scenery is equally as diverse, ranging from stepped rice paddies to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.
Few countries can boast the workable blend of technology and tradition like Japan can. And while you can get a taste of it from afar, the only way to truly understand Japan’s rich culture, cosmopolitan character and great natural beauty, is by visiting. Even more so if you visit with the help of one of our Asia Experts. To help you get started, we’ve mapped out Japan’s key islands below. And when you’re ready, we’re here to tailor-make a Japan holiday itinerary to suit you.
Where thousands of golden temples rise out from thick jungle, and pristine beaches remain relatively untouched, Myanmar (Burma) is one of Asia’s most exciting burgeoning destinations. After years where much of the country was off-limits, curious travellers have begun to explore the untouched parts, making now the perfect time to seize the day (before the crowds do), and enjoy a break from modern day life.
A highlight on many Indochina itineraries, Laos is where time and western influence has stood still, leaving a laidback country made up of hill tribes, enchanting forests, ancient temples and the charming riverside town of Luang Prabang. Whether combined with a trip through the more established Thailand or Vietnam, or enjoyed in its own right, Laos is a destination that is bound to leave you wanting more.
As home to balmy Indian Ocean beaches, herds of wild elephants and incredibly affordable accommodation, for many intrepid travellers the island of Sri Lanka is paradise personified. All the more reason to visit now before the crowds take over.
Crystal clear waters, untouched beaches, 7,000 islands and some of the world’s best scuba diving; the Philippines is the intrepid alternative to Thailand. Matched with a uniquely Spanish influence and passion for shopping, it’s a ‘one to watch’ destination in Asia.
If its serene rice fields and luxury beach resorts you seek, you’ll find them in Indonesia; specifically the beloved island of Bali. While Bali receives much of the attention, Indonesia offers plenty of islands to explore; 17,500 to be precise.
One part business and one part pleasure, Hong Kong is a thrilling meeting point of east and west. If the promise of its thrilling dining and nightlife scene doesn’t lure you, it’s dazzling and action-filled harbour will.
While it’s made a name for itself as a business destination, Singapore has plenty to offer travellers who can see beyond the gleaming skyscrapers. Stop over and dig beneath the surface to find tropical gardens and British relics.
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