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Top 10 travel destinations in Asia

There is no shortage of destinations to visit in the largest continent on the globe. With more than 49 countries to choose from and thousands of cultural, historical and natural sights to choose from, tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling to a destination in Asia. The continent is home to popular tourist landmarks such as the Buddhist temples and floating markets of Thailand, the magnificent man made attractions of Singapore, the historical heritage and splendour of world class cities such as Seoul, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai and Taipei, the romantic backwaters of Kerela and the exotic beaches of the Maldives. Here is a list of the top 10 travel destinations in Asia.

10. Singapore

Singapore, known to attract more than 13 million tourists per year, is an island country which consists of 63 different islands. The city boasts of being one of the cleanest cities in the world and is also home to one of the busiest airports of the world. What makes the city so famous is its magnificent theme parks, splendid natural beauty, exotic beaches, a vibrant nightlife, excellent shopping facilities and world class cuisines and accommodations. Some of the most famous sights of Singapore include the Sentosa Island, Marina Bay Sands, Universal Studios, National Orchid Garden, the Singapore Zoo, Chinatown and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

09. Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is the first port of call for any tourist visiting the country. This 21st century metropolis is an extremely popular landmark for tourists from all over the world, thanks to the unique sights and attractions that it has to offer to the modern day tourist. Apart from its striking cultural diversity, the city also boasts of grand historical attractions, a vibrant nightlife, splendid views and world class shopping facilities. Some of the best sights in and around Kuala Lumpur include the Batu Caves, Genting Highlands, Sunway and the Petronas Twin Towers. However, the popularity of Kuala Lumpur is overshadowed by that of Langkawi. Langkawi is an island which is known to offer tourists with some of the best beaches in the world. The presence of exotic beach resorts such as the Berjaya and Frangipani also ensures that tourists can expect an extremely romantic atmosphere, secluded beaches and breathtaking natural beauty.

08. Siam Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia attracts more than 2 million people from all over the world thanks to the world famous temples of Angkor Wat and a beautiful French colonial history. The well preserved colonial history allows tourists to check out old world architecture and the modern bistro scene offers visitors with fashionable bars and restaurants. The 900 year old temples of Angkor Wat are also known to be a UNESCO World Heritage site and the temples have been scattered all across a 600 sq. mile jungle. These temples have constantly played hosts to numerous movies and are also known to attract architects and history buffs year after year.

07. Tokyo, Hokkaido and Kyoto, Japan

Tokyo is about as fast paced as they come. This glittering city is one of the main gateways into Japan and is extremely popular for its high end fashion, trendy hotels and restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, a wide range of attractions, museums and temples and sinfully tempting sushi. Tokyo might be considered to be the financial capital of the country, but it is Kyoto which attracts all the historical buffs and tourists looking for a diverse cultural experience. The city is home to about 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which date back to the time of ancient Japan. Another must see place in Japan is Hokkaido. Hokkaido is a complete paradise for bird lovers and you can see a number of rare breeding birds here. More than 1200 red crowned cranes also call the area their home.

06. Boracay, Phillipines

Boracay is a small island in the Phillipines which is known to offer tourists with some of the most magnificent beaches and luxurious beach side resorts in the world. Despite being just 9kms long and 1kms wide, the island still offers to provide tourists with an intoxicating mix of sun, sand, parties and natural delights. Some of the most famous beaches in Boracay include Bulabog Beach and the Puka Beach.

05. Hong Kong and Macau, China

Hong Kong, a former British colony and technically a part of China, manages to distinguish and separate itself from both China and Britain. It boasts of its own unique judicial system and its own currency and also offers tourists with magnificent sights, world class attractions, humongous skyscrapers and some of the best theme parks in the world. However, the main attractions of Hong Kong are its shopping facilities and food. Lying 65kms to the west of Hong Kong, is the magnificent city of Macau, also known as the Vegas of the East. The main charm of Macau lies in its dual personality one that offers tourists with intoxicating temples, shrines and alleyways and another that offers tourists with mesmerizing casinos, world famous hotels and resorts and a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

04. Komodo Islands and Bali, Indonesia

Bali is considered to be one of the best places in the world for those who love magnificent beaches, wild parties and island living. A number of mountain chains and active volcanic peaks cut the island from the east to west, thereby allowing Bali to offer a myriad of breathtaking natural attractions to the travellers. However, what makes Bali so famous all over the world is its wild parties and pleasant temperatures that offer the perfect conditions for beach bums. The Komodo Island is another must see in Indonesia. It is extremely famous for its rich and diverse tropical marine life and crystal clear seas. Known to be a mecca for divers from all over the world, the island is also home to the Komodo, the largest lizard in the world. The island is also famous for offering extremely beautiful coral and some of the most exotic beaches of the world.

03. New Delhi and Kerela, India

New Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the biggest and most important cities of the Indian subcontinent. It is also known to be one of the main international gateways in India. Delhi is home to some of the grandest historic temples and palaces of India and is also the seat of power in the country. From ancient Mughal tombs and palaces to excellent architectural delights of the British era, the sights and attractions of the city never seem to amaze. The capital city is also known to offer tourists with a myriad of modern day splendours such as shopping, restaurants, nightlife, pubs, nightclubs and luxurious accommodations. Any trip to India is never complete without visiting the magical state of Kerala. Known for its millennia old Ayurvedic medicine, lush green coconut trees, world class Health Resorts and rejuvenation centres, the extremely romantic backwaters, exotic wildlife and serene natural beauty, Kerela is a state which features on almost every itinerary.

02. Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, offers tourists with one of the most unique travel experiences in the world. The city manages to attract more than 11 million tourists per year and is known to be the main gateway into the magical kingdom of Thailand. It is full of splendid temples, an intense nightlife, shady massage parlours, world class skyscrapers and sunny beaches. The city is also known to be one of the best cities in the world to shop in and you can find a wide range of products at dirt cheap prices in Bangkok. Chiang Mai, popularly known as the Rose of the East, is mainly famous for its welcoming hospitality, centuries old pagodas, a magnificent insight into Ancient Thailand, traditional handicrafts, distinctive architecture and splendid natural landscapes. It offers travellers with a pleasant respite from the chaos of Bangkok. The most popular tourist destination in Chiang Mai is the Old City which is full of orange robed monks and ancient temples boasting of breathtaking architecture.

01. The Maldives

The Maldives is brimming with highly priced and super luxurious resorts, mesmerizing coral reefs, magical ocean views, swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters, stunning natural beauty, over the water bungalows and is the ideal heavenly paradise for all sorts of tourists. The Maldives comprise of a collection of 1190 islands with each island holding its unique charm and delights. Known to rank at the very top of most lists of the top 10 travel destinations in Asia, Maldives is a must see for honeymooners, newly weds and beach bums. The best time to visit the Maldives is between the months of December April, when the rainfall and humidity levels are at their lowest.

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