Traveling in Asia is fashion, right now. You just have to take a look at your Facebook feed: everyone is in Thailand, Vietnam or Japan. And maybe you’ve already visited these places yourself! But Asia is gigantic. The best places to visit in Asia are not limited to the borders of the island of Bali. There is so much to discover …
Here are six of the best places to visit in Asia that are totally underrated! To your backpacks!
Best Places to Visit in Asia: The Island of Taiwan
The most underrated destination of all Asia, and probably of the planet, at present, is Taiwan. Stunning beaches, one of the most modern metropolises in the world, Bangkok street food, generous and smiling locals, and surprises such as the city of Kaohsiung, put this place at the top of the list of places to discover.
In Taiwan, they speak Mandarin, that is to say, the same language as the whole of China. And despite the political turmoil that afflicts the place – is it a country in its own right or a Chinese province? – Taiwan has its own currency. Also, Taiwanese are very proud of their culture, and it is something in the universe of China, which is not to be taken lightly.
Taiwan is a complex place, Taipei is a pleasant city to discover despite its somewhat grey side, and the beaches of Kenting, at the southern end of the island, are worth a visit.
Best Places to Visit in Asia: Cebu Island, Philippines
The fashion of egotourism and the Philippines go hand in hand. The islands of Boracay and Palawan are mecques of egoportraits and photos in bikini. Everyone wants to go there, the young people want to, the oldest talk about it with desire.
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However, real life in the Philippines takes place in cities. Since Manila is an unattractive place, many stay at the airport and travel to places considered more heavenly. Fortunately, the informed traveler is aware of the existence of an alternative.
Cebu Airport serves several great destinations across the country. But that’s not all: the island of Cebu, host of the city of the same name, has several quality tourist destinations, including Moalboal and Oslob. That’s not all: nearby is the beautiful island of Siquijor, supposedly haunted by witches, and the small colonial town of Dumaguete.
Do not forget the city itself! Cebu is difficult to navigate, but once we have gotten our bearings and encountered some Cebuanos, the place becomes automatically charming. And it’s street food is full of mysteries!
Best Places to Visit in Asia: Bhutan
Bhutan is located between India, Tibet, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Visiting this tiny, authoritarian landlocked country is like returning to the 1960s. There are very few telephone lines, cell phones and the internet are scarce … And crime is rarely seen!
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It is a kingdom led by a young charismatic sovereign named Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. His reign began in 2008. He immediately began to establish democracy in his country. He is worshiped almost universally – in fact, it’s the law to worship him!
The scenery is breathtaking. Built in mountainous terrain, the country has pagodas, peaks and edifices extraordinaire. The egotourists will fill up their “likes” on Instagram!
Note: Here’s a 7 day itinerary for Bhutan as written by Travelthroughmyeye.com!
Best Places to Visit in Asia: Laos
On the track of Southeast Asia, Laos is a little bit like a forgotten child. Of course, the English and the Australians go to Vang Vieng for the famous drunk tubing thing… But aside from vulgar amusements, Laos is a destination that longs to be discovered.
The capital of Vientiane celebrates Buddhist Lent every year. It’s divided into several festivals. And the boat races on the Mekong River represent the biggest party of the year. Vientiane is bustling with people on the banks of the river, and the road that lines the river is filled with kiosks where they sell t-shirts, sunglasses and other items, and the streets are in full effervescence.
But beyond celebrations, the main reason to visit Laos remains the kindness of its residents. They smile, they always do! These smiles remain imprinted in the minds of travelers and are transformed into nostalgia almost immediately.
Best Places to Visit in Asia: Yunnan Province, China
China is such a gigantic country that it would be impossible to describe it in a single column. However, Yunnan Province is probably one of the most accessible to “Western” tourists.
In China, it is well known that people are elbowing in public transport and are constantly jostling for space. It’s a matter of culture: The normal way of behaving over there is extremely exotic to us.
That said, Yunnan and its capital, Kunming, may represent a “light” version of mainland China. The city is inevitably giant, this is China after all – 6.6 million inhabitants! – but the old town has an almost European charm. It is easy to get access to the countryside and there is a true reflection of ancestral China, unlike the fake-old villages surrounding Beijing. The cuisine resembles that of neighboring Vietnam, which is more accessible than the Sichuan’s hyper-spiced dishes, for example.
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Best Places to Visit in Asia: Andaman & Nicobar
Most of the destinations on this list are easily found on a map. Andaman & Nicobar? Perhaps not so much.
Did you know that off of Thailand’s coast is an archipelago that belongs to India? 380,000 Indians live a few kilometers from Thailand, between Myanmar and Malaysia, on islands barely explored by Western tourists! Idyllic beaches, fragrant meals, cheap beer … Why not?