Asia is the biggest continent on our planet, so you know there will be a lot to see and experience if you plan a trip there. So where do you start with planning? We can help! In this article, we are going to give you the top 10 attractions that you definitely should see in Asia!
Located in India, the Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum that sits near the Yamuna River. In 1632, Emperor Shah Jahan built this palace to keep his favorite wife stored for the afterlife. Her tomb sits in the center of this huge area that has gardens and crenellated walls on 3 sides. It was dedicated as a World Heritage Sight in 1983 and is known for its outstanding architecture that brings over 7 million visitors each year.
This is a temple complex that is located in Cambodia. It is known as the largest religious monument on our planet and is over 400 acres large. Originally a Hindu Temple, it was designed to emulate Mount Meru and it has a moat and 3 galleries. Its beautiful architecture can keep you there for hours and enjoy the smooth stones and over 5 million sandstone blocks.
Bring your best compact binoculars because there is a lot to see in Forbidden City! This imperial palace, located in China, and housed everyone from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. Construction started in 1406 and lasted 6 years, making the complex stand with 980 buildings, with all traditional Chinese architecture.
This place was named a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is known to have the largest preserved ancient wooden structures collection on the globe. You will find some of the artifacts from the dynasties in the nearby National Palace Museum.
With over 15 million visitors each year, this is a wonder that must be seen in person.
Petra is an amazing city located in Jordan. This whole town is known for its water system and the architecture that is rock-cut. Also called the Rose City, the stone is a rose colored on many of the buildings, and the carvings are awe inspiring.
This is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction and the town has been around since about 312 BC. Structure are actually still being discovered here at this World Heritage Site. If you are looking for some history, culture and beautiful buildings, then Petra is your place to go!
Head to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to see the world’s tallest structure – the Burj Khalifa. Construction began on this mega skyscraper in 2004 and was opened in 2010 in Downtown Dubai. The skyscraper was put up to give Dubai recognition around the world.
This building is 2,722 feet tall and has a Y shape flooring geometry that gives them more space for residents and hotels inside. The Burj Khalifa holds a ton of records besides just being the world’s tallest structure. It is also the tallest freestanding structure, highest elevator installation, highest observation deck, the most floors, and includes the world’s highest nightclub.
Visit here on New Year’s Eve for the world’s highest display of fireworks! Following that, you can eat at Atmosphere, the world’s highest restaurant, at 1,450 feet up!
Borobudur is a 9th century Buddhist temple that is located in Magelang, Indonesia. It is known as the world’s largest Buddhist temple and has 9 platforms with a dome in the center. There are over 500 Buddha statues here. Originally, this was built during the Sailendra Dynasty.
You will go through many corridors and stairs to get to the dome and it has over 1,400 relief panels on the walls that give a narrative. Very popular for pilgrimage, many people celebrate Vesak here, which is also the most visited tour attraction in all of Indonesia.
Hong Kong Disneyland
While not ancient like some other places, Disneyland at Lantau Island, Hong Kong has 7 huge themed areas such as Fantasyland, U.S.A, Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land. The 13th most visited theme park on Earth, approximately 8 to 9 million people visit each year.
Not only is this very family friendly, but you can do more than just go on rides and eat food. You can catch the Flights of Fantasy Parade, see the Disney in the Stars fireworks show, and partake in various park celebrations such as Halloween night.
Amer Fort is located in Amer, Rajasthan, India, right near the capital on a hill. This town is 1.5 square miles and located right on Maota Lake. Tourists flock here to see the Hindu style of the fort, such as the ramparts, gates and cobbled pathways.
The fort is made of sandstone and marble on all 4 levels. Each level has its own courtyard, with massive stairways and areas to pray. You can also find the Public Audience Hall which has 27 colonnades, with elephant shapes and galleries, which is truly impressive.
Gardens by the Bay
This nature park is about 250 acres of land located in Singapore near the Marina Reservoir. There are 3 waterfront gardens. At Bay South Garden, you will see conservatories, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome.
Family friendly, you can take the kids to the Children’s Garden, and visit the flower market. Supertree Grove is another site to see, as well as the Bay Central and Bay East Gardens.
Tanah Lot is a rock formation that is located off of the island of Bali. Amazing sunrises and sunsets happen here, which is why it is popular for photography. Visit Pura Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage temple near the rock.
You can get up near the cliff top on the mainland and visit restaurants and many of the souvenier shops that line the path to the water. Don’t forget your camera!
Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.