15 Best Countries to Visit in Asia

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Maldives

Maldives, a beautiful archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is known to be the home of one of the best scuba diving spots in the world. You can find colorful coral that is full of life, and a community of fish who feed on the coral. Maldives also has predator fish that act as guards for the coral.

The biggest draw in Maldives is the diving. The diving has been known to be some of the best in the world, and it’s an advanced dive site. Divers from different parts of the world come to Maldives to dive with manta rays, whale sharks and the like. And the best part? You don’t need to be into diving to enjoy the beauty of this untouched paradise. The beaches look exactly like the one you see in a tropical scene you see in a movie.

There are two types of diving that you can do in this part of the world. You can do a shallow dive where you can see the coral reef from the shore, and you can opt for a deeper dive. Diving from the shore is known to be easier as you don’t have to worry about the wreck of a ship on a diving site.

Malaysia

Malaysia is a young country with a checkered history, but it has managed to produce generations of great citizens who continue to show off their natural talent.

It’s a geographic anomaly. It shares a long border with Thailand and Indonesia, two countries known for their cultural collisions.

Malaysia has managed to transition from a place of chaos and rebellion to a progressive and orderly team member.

In Malaysia, the country’s inhabitants are known for their adaptability. They like a bit of rebellion and self-determination, but also like order.

When you compare Malaysia with other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Myanmar, you see that Malaysia has managed to catch up to its neighbors in culture, and it also has a strong currency that buys you things.

Malaysia is still developing. This means that you can find some of the best bargains but also a strong sense of being “underdeveloped.”

Malaysia has a fantastic mix of cultures. In the West, we are used to thinking of immigration in terms of color and religion.

In countries like the US, the illegal immigrant is most often thought of as being a black Hispanic from Mexico.

Cambodia

Cambodia is situated in the middle of the Asian continent with the Bay of Cambodja to the west, South China Sea to the north, and the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea to the east.

The country is known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and has had a long history of trade and empire dating back to the 13th century.

The Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia was built as a result of over eight centuries of foreign influences such as India, China, and eventually, the West.

It is therefore not surprising that Cambodia is the second most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

The country has been able to balance foreign and domestic influences and has preserved its unique cultural heritage and traditions.

The Cambodian government and people are friendly and welcoming in their interactions with visitors. They will go out of their way to ensure that you are well taken care and enjoy the best of their hospitality.

Cambodia is a destination that is rich in cultural, historic and natural diversity. The diversity is brought about by the diversity of the natural environment and a variety of cultural beliefs and practices.

The diverse nature of the people is reflected in the diversity of the country, especially the rural landscapes, which propel the country’s popular image as a country of travel.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to some of the most natural and beautiful beaches in the world. Situated right in the center of the Indian Ocean, you can swim in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the clear seas and lay in the sand for hours at one of the many resorts that are available on the island.

There are activities to keep everyone entertained, whether you’re looking for a perfect windsurf spot, snorkeling spot, or just want to get a good look at the hundreds of species of birds that call the island home.

If you want the ultimate in adventure, climb the Sigiriya Rock. Legend has it that this is the place that Kasyapa, the father of Siddartha Gautama (the Buddha) meditated. The views from the top of the hill are totally breathtaking for anyone that enjoys the beauty of nature.

Though the island is a known party spot, it has plenty of non-party spots. If you are looking for something quiet, the laid-back Viharadala National Park or the tea plantation at the Deniyaya Tea Country are great options.

History buffs will enjoy the Dutch Fort, which was first built by the Portuguese in the 16th century as part of their colony.

Oman

The small nation of Oman spans across the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered in the north by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, in the east by the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, in the west by Yemen and the Red Sea and in the south by the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In addition to its natural beauty, Oman offers a diverse culture and exotic cuisine.

This country has a Mediterranean climate. Oman’s average temperature during the winter is 21° centigrade. The average temperature is 30° during the summer. At the coastal areas, the cooling breeze makes summer more comfortable.

The weather in Oman is pleasant throughout the year. The rainy season takes place from June until the end of September.

Oman is a strong economic country. It is a member of both the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the World Energy Council. The 12 billion barrel oil reserves of Oman helped it to be among the top oil exporters in the world. The other important economic source of the country is the fishing industry. Oman’s extensive coast line has more than 50 types of fish and seafood. To capture this income, Oman has large numbers of fishing vessels.

The coast of Oman is dotted with resorts of international standards. Some of the prime touristic spots in Oman include:

Muscat International airport

The Philippines

Definitely worth checking out, the Philippines is on the top of every tourist’s bucket list. Home to around 7,100 islands, each with their own culture and scenery, the Philippines are definitely worth a visit. While you don’t see much of Manila, the capital city, the rest of the country has much to offer, from its warm beaches to its cosmopolitan city life.

The Philippines also have two places that are particularly worth seeing. One is in Manila, the Plaza de Espana, where you can find a church in the heart of the centric shopping sector. The other is Nu’uanu Pali, which is an old Hawaiian village and home to one of the ancient Hawaiian temples.

There’s also 10 islands that are under discussion for possible development in the coming years. These includes the beautiful El Nido (which takes some getting to, so allow for enough time), and the larger of the two islands, Coron, home to a 100+ meter tall statue of Jesus.

South Korea

South Korea has one of the best cultures on Earth and the standard of living of its people is on par with many same-age developed nations. The country offers diverse activities that everyone from young adults to retirees will enjoy, with varying levels of physical fitness required.

South Korea’s capital, Seoul, is a major financial, industrial, educational, and cultural metropolis. The city is also home to some of the best cuisine in the world and modern entertainment such as K-pop and a number of the world’s most famous K-dramas and musicals.

South Korea’s landscape is spectacular with natural and environmental landscapes including mountains, hip urban cities, and beaches. The culture is full of history, ancient architecture, and traditional activities such as hanbangs, traditional Korean dance and music.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting South Korea, the time has come.

Vietnam

Although it doesn’t exactly fit the criteria of this article, Vietnam is a great country to visit for a couple of reasons.

One, traveling around you can easily be impressed with the passionate and hospitable locals, who will do anything for you.

Despite not being the biggest country in the world, it is a popular travel destination and has all the things you would want out of your trip. The food is amazing and the beaches are breathtaking.

Imagine eating with chopsticks or a spoon in a restaurant, sitting on a beach under an umbrella, watching a group of vendors selling fresh fruit in the streets and making your way through the night market and you have a taste of what Vietnam has to offer.

Vietnam is also one of the cheapest places you can travel because everything is priced on a set per week basis. For example, if you want to rent a hotel room or find a car on rent, the rate will be the same every week.

You are also free to travel on your own and find your way around the country.

Jordan

Although Jordan was still under British rule, the British began to develop the country’s minerals and utilized its agriculture and transportation infrastructure.

Since 1991, Jordan has participated in the Arab summits and actively participated in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

Its capital, Amman provides guests an opulent life while reflecting in a great bazaar and the Citadel.

The tall, plateaus are utilized in agriculture. The southern oasis in the Red Sea coast provides great beaches in Greater Petra, Ma’an and Aqaba.

Harak is a site of rich wildlife and history in one of Jordan’s most luxury hotels.

Showers dunes make trekking to Wadi Rum, with its high temperatures, a wonderful experience. Other popular activities include hiking the Mount of Temptation and learning the dances in the southern oasis.

Isolated and away from the stresses of the major urban areas, the beaches of the Red Sea coasts are one of the most relaxing Getaways for Jordan.

Paths serve as affordable infrastructure and grazing of sheep, goats, camels, and cattle on the coastal plains are plentiful.

Nepal

Nepal is Amazing! It is one of my favorite countries in Asia. This one country will do more for you than you can imagine. The nature, people, culture, food, adventure, and history are just a few incredible things you will come across. The people are friendly and kind and will make you feel welcome in their country. No matter where you go, you will see smiling faces of locals giving you thumbs up.

Nepal is a beautiful and rewarding way to see the country. As soon as you land in Kathmandu, you will get the real feel and feel the peace and tranquility of Nepal. As soon as you drive through the cloud of dust, the river valley, will come into view. You can see the fields of yellow mustard flowers as you drive on the road.

When you get to the western end of the valley, you will see the sky is full of clouds. There are several villages and temples that you can visit. The people are very friendly and happy to see you. They are excited when tourists want to climb to one of the temples. They will help you go up and down the steps, carry your bags while you look at the view. That is how friendly the people are in Nepal.

Indonesia

With more than 17,400 islands, Indonesia is a vast stretch of territory that is often overlooked for Europe and North America. Indonesians are very welcoming and as a tourist you’ll find all that you’ll need to make the most of your time there. The culture, people and landscape are as diverse as they come, so you’ll have no shortage of things to keep you busy in Indonesia. Indonesia’s vast variety of climates, as well as festivals and celebrations, make it as rich a place to visit as any in the world.

With so much to see, you’ll likely want to take in as many sights as you can. The architecture you’ll find in Indonesia is a unique architectural fusion of Muslim, European and Indonesian design. There are mosques, churches, castles and a wide array of cultural buildings and landmarks that will interest you. The cultural influences from the Hindu, Chinese, Indian, Spain and Portuguese can be seen in the cultural design of the homes and buildings, all of which are visually stunning.

The beaches in Indonesia are a great place to lay out and relax, making the travel itself a fun way to continue on with your journey. In addition to the beaches, there are actually very few landlocked beaches in this country. It’s on the coast all the way.

India

India has over 9,000 archaeological sites, many of which are important for understanding Indian history, particularly the Indus Valley Civilization, also known as the Harappan Civilization, which is believed to have originated around 3300 BCE.

There is evidence that the civilization collapsed, perhaps due to drought and flooding, at around 1500 BCE. This is around the same time as the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt were declining.

Sultanates flourished in the medieval period, particularly around Delhi and of Grantham. It is also associated with the rise of Jainism and Buddhism.

Some of the notable Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, the Qutub Minar, built in 1325 to honor the first Sultan Qutub-ud-din, the Red Fort and the Lal Qila were built in the city.

Due to this, India was known as the Jewel in the Crown of Britain’s empire in the 19th century. British influence is still very much felt in the country and there are over 5,000 British and Indian people who live in the city. There also about 10,000 expatriates who work at some of India’s many multinational corporations in the city.

Numerous Indian-American communities exist in New Jersey, New York and the Washington D.C metro area.

Japan

Japan is an absolutely breath-taking experience. It’s a country that has always been famous for its castle architecture and its hand-crafted products. Locally-made tokidoki dolls are a famous Japanese souvenir item.

With the laid-back attitude and friendly people, Japan is a wonderful place to visit. If you love to shop and want to enjoy yourself while you do it, this is the place to go. If you’re into shopping, you’ll find everything you need.

You can get almost anything here, from clothes to food, with a price tag that’s a little bit higher than the average. Prices are translated into Yen (JPY) which are easy enough to figure out since 1 USD is exchanged at about 100 JPY.

The Japanese culture values politeness and flexibility. This is due to the fact that a group of people needs to come to an agreement in order to get things done in a group, and your true feelings need to be taken into consideration from the start.

You will see people queuing though! Queues are found outside of stores in Japan, and there might be a fair few people waiting. It may take a while to get your items, but this gives you the chance to chat with the people around you.

Thailand

Is known for its beautiful beaches and great food. But visitors don’t always associate Thailand with climbing a mountain or snorkeling through the depths of the ocean. In fact, for those looking to really get into the Thai experience, the country’s unrivaled beauty can be found between a dip in the ocean, the tip of a waterfall or a hike up a mountain. The best way to see Thailand is to take part in some of the things that make it great.

Take a day tour into the heart of Thailand’s culture, including the Erawan Festival. In the old capital of Ayutthaya, this celebration celebrates the divine presence of Hindu gods at the city’s sacred bodhi tree, which is almost 2,000 years old. Another great day trip is the city of Bangkok. Find out why the Asian capital of the world is one of the most popular spots in the world and see how it wins in the best attractions. With great attractions that can be hit on a day trip, Thailand is a great place to start for a trip around Asia.

China

China is often thought to be the ideal tourist destination because of its many grand and spectacular sights and historical heritage.

It also has the largest population in the world, a population of 1.35 billion people.

The major attraction in China is its culture and history, from its breathtaking landscape, religious traditions to the extraordinary ancient civilization.

The land of the civilization can still amaze you with its numerous historical and cultural treasures. If you can’t wait until you’re 18, it’s the perfect time to visit the Chinese Empire and its former capital, Beijing.

During your journey to the Forbidden City, you may also have the chance to check out the Great Wall of China.

Another major historic attraction in the country is the Great Wall of China. It is such a grand construction and its many levels and passes provide wide range of sightseeing opportunities as you enjoy the great outdoors.

In the central part of the country, you might also enjoy the feeling of hand holding the dangling and moving monkeys.

With its wonderful landscapes, historical heritage and the rich and varied traditions of Chinese culture, you definitely will not regret visiting China.