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Must-Visit Cities in Asia - Top Asian Holiday Hotspots

Home to the world's emerging global powers, Asia has always been a vacationer's dream continent due to its inherent beauty and diversity. Here are some of Asia's must-experience cities.

1

Bangkok

The Thai capital is not only one of the world's most popular tourist hotspots but it is also one of the cheapest and most affordable holiday options for travellers heading to Asia. This makes Bangkok a hit with backpackers around the world as the cultural and commercial epicentre of Thailand truly packs in a punch in terms of touristic value. From dinner cruises along the Chao Praya River to touring the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok is not only historic hub but also a recreational wonderland with its very own Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Lumpini Park. Accommodation options in the city are also varied from hostels down Khao San Road to properties belonging to such well-known names in the hospitality industry such as Minor Hotels dotting the landscape.

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Seminyak

Visitors heading to Indonesia should not miss the chance to experience the breathtaking beaches of this Bali precinct. Home to some of the finest beachscapes in all of Bali, the area is not only a tranquil haven for beachgoers but also a spa enthusiast's dream come true. Shopping venues and fantastic restaurants are also part of this pristine piece of paradise where luxury hotel brands from around the world have established resorts for incoming holidaymakers.

3

Siem Reap

Dubbed the ideal location for one's first ever holiday, the capital of Cambodia welcomes visitors with open arms and never lets go. Convenient to explore and rich in history and heritage, the once tumultuous city is bursting at the seams with touristic possibilities. Whether its adventure sports or touring the iconic Angkor Wat compound, the variety of attractions and activities are truly limitless. When in Siem Reap don't forget the illustrious museums and the bustling local markets where bargains reign supreme.

4

Singapore

Perhaps the most straight-laced city in Asia. Singapore offers visitors a glimpse of what Asia could be in the decades to come. Sophisticated and sleek, this holiday hotspot is not only home to Sentosa Island and its own Universal Studios but the Gardens by the Bay and other engaging attractions that have inspired the world. As a food lover's haven don't forget to dig into Nasi Lemak from a hawker's street vendor when in this ultra-metropolitan city renowned for its architecture and multicultural identity.

5

Tokyo

The capital of Japan leaves nothing to the imagination as a frenzied and frantic corner of Asia with its very own brand of wonder. Lined with ancient religious sites and karaoke bars, the Cosplay and Manga obsessed populace of this unbelievably cleanly city are just some of the factors that contribute to its overall appeal. Home to Tokyo Disneyland and more Michelin-star eateries than the French capital, the fashion, fringe societies and food sets Tokyo apart from similar holiday destinations across Asia.

6

Ubud

A nature lover's refuge in Bali, Ubud is a beach hub reserved for those in search of a magical escape. Featured in Hollywood blockbusters the likes of "Eat, Pray, Love", the picturesque beauty of Ubud and its art sphere make it a must-visit for culture buffs exploring Asia. Littered with art galleries and museums, the sprawling Monkey Forest Park is not the only reason to visit this Balinese wellness hotspot.

7

Hanoi

Idyllic with its Chinese and Colonial influenced architecture, Hanoi is one of the best places to experience Asia of yesteryear. The Vietnamese capital is not only home to the Red River and the Hanoi Citadel, but also the Old Quarter with its thousand-year-old alleyways and shop houses. The remains of its late leader Ho Chi Men are also found here in the city which is as well known for its 600 temples as it is for its fighting spirit.

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