Asia has always been regarded as one of the best vacation destinations in the world—with its pristine beaches, friendly people, and exotic cultures, and not to mention, a lower standard of living compared to Europe or the United States of America. Of course, not all places in Asia are great tourist destinations, and if you are new to the continent you might want to stick to tried and tested places before venturing off to your own backpacking or side road adventures.
If you’ve always been curious about Asia but have no idea where to go, this guide might be really helpful. We’ll be showing you the wonderful face of Asia where the days are peaceful and the night parties never seem to end! So what are you waiting for, get your bag and print this article out—it’ll be the best decision you have ever made.
In any case, here are the top four best destinations to tour in Asia!
Palawan, Philippines: If you’re looking for the ultimate rest and relaxation place for your holidays, Palawan is the best place to go to. Usually when people think of the Philippines they think of Boracay, but the truth of the matter is that Palawan has cleaner beaches and quieter nights. If you want to be in a more urban setting but still near the beach, try going to Puerto Prinsesa.
At Puerto Prinsesa you can opt to look for local tour guides who will be able to take you to different places like their famed cave spelunking and underwater cave experiences, local beaches and island hopping, snorkelling, and even zip lining across farm lands with a breathtaking view of the mountain.
If you want an even quieter holiday, go for El Nido, Palawan. Over there you can explore the different caves surrounding El Nido, go for a swim in lakes, rivers, waterfalls or even the ocean, and at night you can enjoy street barbeques of exotic food like chicken intestines, seafood, and such. Don’t forget that when you’re in Palawan, try to get a taste of the wood worm that grows in the local mangroves. Locals will pull these protein-rich worms out of the mangrove trees the worms eat and marinade them in spicy vinegar. The worms taste a little nutty and have a pleasant aftertaste too!
Bali, Indonesia: Bali is the destination of choice for many tourists simply because it is exquisite! With its exciting night life and daily culture, you can immerse yourself in the soft sunlight and smoky nights without a worry at all! Bali is one of the beaches said to never grow old or fade away—and people who visit usually end up coming back regularly.
The beaches in Bali offer a wonderful range of beaches and resorts for almost any kind of traveller: the posh resorts of Nusa Dua for the ones who want to live large and in luxury, the lush forests and beaches of Ubud for those who want a bit of nature on their side, and even the side beaches and resorts for those who prefer backpacking—Bali is simply like no other.
Singapore: This clean and orderly city and country is definitely one of the richer Asian countries on the list—both economically and more importantly, culturally and socially too! The country is usually referred to as a unique country, due to the melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Western and other cultures in it.
This diversity and richness of color and contrast appear almost everywhere—from the people and events, the places to see like Sentosa Park, the Night Safari, the T’ang Dynasty City, the numerous Chinese and Japanese Gardens and Temple of 1000 lights, or even the fusion cuisine that started in the Southeast Asian country, the innumerable architectural sights—Singapore is definitely the best combination of the East and the West.
Singapore is one country that melds not just culture but also the past and the present. Historical sites and new attractions alike stand side by side, without any contradictions. You can get either a peaceful retreat for the day or the hustle and bustle of the city culture all in one place.
Malaysia: One of Malaysia’s taglines is “Malaysia, Truly Asia,” and indeed, it is one of the places in Asia that express a certain eastern quality, a mysticism that is alive in the air. While of course those places of mysticism and spirituality are all hidden across the country (it is more fun and mind-opening when you look for these places yourself), Malaysia does offer certain attractions that are based in this mystic tradition.
The Petronas Towers is one of Malaysia’s proudest achievements. Standing at a height of 452 metres, the towers are the world’s tallest twin structures. The design of the Petronas Towers is based on the country’s religion, Islam. Inspired by the geometric art of the Muslim tradition, it was designed by an Argentinean- American Architect named Cesar Pelli. The twin towers are 88 story and stand at a height of 452 metres above street level. The sky bridge is located on levels 41 and 42 and is 58.4 metres in length and is at a height of 170 metres above street level. There are 29 double deck high speed passenger lifts in each tower. There are 10 escalators in each tower.
36,910 tonnes of steel had been used to construct the twin towers. Some of the prominent features of the twin towers include Building Control System, Building Security System and state of the art Communication System.
At the podium level the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur features an 864 seat arena, which is home to the Malaysian philharmonic Orchestra. Petrosains, a modern contemporary museum carrying the theme ‘oil and gas’ is also located here. The state of the art discovery center allows visitors to touch and feel displays and exhibits. An art gallery is also located at level 3 known as GaleriPetronas.
The gallery features various types of art ranging from painting, sculptures, multimedia to experimental works. Twin Towers Fitness Center is located on the concourse level and offers an array of equipment for sports like badminton, squash, volleyball and futsal. A Reference Library on energy, petroleum and related industries is also situated there.
This is just a taste test for you guys though, and our top four places to go to in Asia. Try going to these places first to establish a good relationship and experience with the world’s biggest and most beautiful continent—Asia.