Asia is the largest and the most populous continent on Earth. With a rich history backing the continent up, Asia has become one of the most interesting, culturally diverse, historically prosperous, and abundantly blessed by nature.
Covering almost 30% of the Earth land area, Asia is full of so many beautiful and naturally divine places that are visited by millions of tourists worldwide, every year.
So keeping the beauty of Asia in mind Lonely Planet has come up with a list of 10 best Asian Destinations of 2018.
Without a further ado, let’s take a look at who made it to the list.
10. Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
At the 10th place of the list comes Komodo National Park of Indonesia.
The National Park is a large island that includes 26 small islands and three large ones.
Considered one of the seventh wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Komodo National Park is home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard.
Apart from the Komodo dragon, the park has a rich assembly of floras, faunas, and marine life.
The National Park is most famous for Scuba diving due to its rich marine biodiversity. The National Park receives thousands of visitors every year who are local as well as foreign tourists.
9. Sichuan Province, China.
The birthplace of Sichuan pepper, Kung Pao Chicken, and Mapo tofu, Sichuan Province is one of the most historical places in Chian.
This is where the First Emperor’s unification of China took place.
Sichuan Province is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Mount Emei, and Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries.
The world’s largest building, the New Century Global Center is also located here that has the Paradise Island waterpark, an artificial beach, a pirate ship, a fake Mediterranean village, and a 24-hour artificial sun.
8. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka.
Known locally as “Arugam Kudah,” Arugam Bay is a bay situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka.
The Arugam Bay is a great tourist location due to “Main Point” and numerous other surf areas that are crowded with tourists interested in surfing.
The tourism industry of the Bay might be dominated by surfing, however, it is also popular for things like many historic temples, local beaches, lagoons, and the Kumana National Park.
7. Lumbini, Nepal.
The birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, Lumbini falls on the 7th place of the best in Asia.
According to the legends, Lumbini was the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who achieved enlightenment and later came to be known as Buddha or Gautam Buddha.
One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Lumbini is a holy place that has numerous temples, monasteries, monuments, museum, and Puskarini, a holy pond where Buddha had his first bath.
6. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The largest city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the capital of the Chiang Mai Province.
It has over 300 Buddhist temples, monuments, numerous festivals including Loi Krathong where people launch Khom fai, a type of sky lanterns, and the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.
5. Nagasaki, Japan.
Once struck with an atomic bomb, Nagasaki, today is one of the most developed cities in Japan.
Though the reconstruction speed was slow in the beginning, the pace grew as foreign development fishing, and shipbuilding developed.
There are many historical sites that make Nagasaki a tourist destination, for example, the Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Peace Park, Penguin Aquarium, etc.
4. Western Ghats, India.
The Western Ghats is a mountain range also known as Sahyadri that is located in India.
It is one of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO that is filled with national parks, reserved forests, and wildlife sanctuaries.
It is also one of world’s ten “Hottest biodiversity hotspots,” with thousands of species of plants, animals, birds, and fishes.
3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Popularly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, which used to be the capital city of the French colony of Cochinchina.
The city’s famous tourist locations are the multiple museums and memorials that carries the rich history of Vietnam.
Apart from that, the cuisines and cyclos, a type of rickshaw also popularize the place among the tourists.
Uzbekistan, a country rich in history and historical facts, foster its tourism business through its architectural, natural, historical, archaeological richness, and most importantly the Silk Road and its mosaic-clad mosques.
Apart from its historical and architectural sites, the country is also famous for mountaineering, hiking, and rock-climbing.
1. Busan, South Korea.
And finally, the list of the 10 best destinations in Asia is topped by Busan, the second most populous city of South Korea.
Busan is termed as the summer capital of Korea due to six beaches located in the area, luxurious hotels, and a carnival boardwalk line.
It attracts tourists due to its natural beauty, rich culture and amazing cuisines, hike hills along Buddhist temples, and Korea’s largest fish market.