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Top Destinations in Asia for 2016

Asia is becoming the hot spot to travel to, so we got the scoop on the top destinations in Asia just for you. From soaring skyscrapers to delicious street food, Asia gives travelers a taste of different cultures. With the recent strength of the US dollar, it also makes Asia one of the prime destinations to travel too. Check out what makes these places special:

Singapore, Singapore

Most people may know Singapore for its outrageous ban on chewing gum; however, this tropical city boasts yummy hawker street food and gorgeous views of nature in the Garden of the Bay. Considered one of the cleanest cities in the world, Singapore also hosts Sentosa Island- a one stop shop for all things fun and dining.

Travel Tip: Make sure to try the Chili Crab! It’s considered one of the world’s most iconic dishes.

 

Tokyo, Japan

This bustling city does a good job of mixing super modern skyscrapers with ancient temples from past dynasties. Some of the fun things travelers like to do in this city include attending a sumo tournament, eating a sushi breakfast at the Tskukiji fish market, and grabbing a drink in the trendy Ebisu neighborhood. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Meiji Shrine- a shrine dedicated to past Emperor Meiji surrounded by a peaceful forest.

Travel Tip: Visit the Harajuku District and witness the most bizarre street fashions of the Harajuku teens. Think Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” music video.

 

Phuket, Thailand

If you want some gram-worthy photos, Phuket hosts some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Take a boat ride through Phang Nga Bay, a must-see place where limestone rocks arise from the clear blue waters. While you’re there, check out the “floating village” – a whole village built on wooden structures just above the water.

Travel Tip: Want to fall in love with elephants? Go on an elephant trek on this beautiful island.

 

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is one of the top technological cities in the world and the architecture definitely reflects that. To get a glimpse of ancient South Korea, visit the Bukchon village and admire the beauty of the traditional wooden homes. For those who love the outdoors, take a hike on Bugaksan Mountain and see where North Koreans tried to assassinate the president 40 years ago.

Travel Tip: Korea is known for their BBQ beef dishes so be sure to try specialties like kalbi.

 

Beijing, China

With the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, this is definitely one of the top destinations in Asia.  See where emperors used to offer sacrifices to the Gods at the Temple of Heaven and relive the powerful protests of democracy in Tiananmen Square. When you start to get hungry, be sure to try Beijing’s famous Peking duck!

Travel Tip: One of the best views of the Forbidden City is on top of the hills of Coal Hill Park.  

 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This Southeast Asian treasure hosts beautiful temples and palaces such as the Wat Phnom. The Wat Phnom is a buddhist temple and people all around the world come here to pray for luck and success in their lives. Another must-see place is the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda- where you can see where royalty used to live and ancient murals. 

Travel Tip: Be sure to take a Tuk-Tuk when in Cambodia! It’s a carriage carried by a motorcycle and it’s a cool way to get around town.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to plan your next adventure in Asia.