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Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent! Holding the title for magnanimity, Asia houses countries with stunning& breathtaking landscapes, varied climates and diverse cultures. From buzzing cities to remote paradise islands, from snow covered mountains to grassy plains, from sparkling emerald oceans to acres of sandy desert land; there’s just so much to explore! With such a long list of utterly unique and gorgeous places to visit, it can get a tad bit overwhelming to pick out the countries that you want to visit on your next Asian expedition!To ease out your confusion, we have curated a list of Top 10 places to visit in Asia –

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1. Maldives

Maldives screams romance with its traditional thatched-roof huts standing on stilts above crystal clear, turquoise waters set against clear blue skies! A paradise island where you can see 50 shades of blue, streaked with some white sandy beaches, dotted with palm trees!If you’re on the hunt for a tropical getaway to work on that tan or a destination for your honeymoon, Maldives is the perfect place to be in! Sail on white catamarans, or kayak in pristine blue waters and watch a school of fishes and sting rays just casually swim by! Or jump into the water and go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the vibrant underwater world!

Places to visit: Male, Banana Reef, Thulusdoo Island, Alimatha Island, Fuvahmulah

Best Season: It is the most pleasant in Maldives during November to April

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2. Japan

Japan is a country where the fast paced modernity of the booming cities will excite you, but at the same time you wouldn’t have to venture too far away to experience the laid back atmosphere in towns that have retained their old world charm! Japan lies to the east of mainland Asia and consists of almost 7000 islands! You could visit the futuristic cities of Tokyo and Yokohama to get lost amidst skyscrapers and experience the happening nightlife of Japan or head over to Kyoto and Nara for travelling back in time to old world Japan. The best time to visit Japan would most definitely be when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom making the country look even more beautiful than it already is with its picturesque landscapes and alluring scenery!

Places to visit: Shibuya, Hakone-Mount Fuji, Nikko, Kawagoe, Nagano, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mt. Koya

Best Season:The Cherry blossom season starts as early as January in some cities, and in others in April and lasts until May.

One of my very first pictures arriving in Bali and I knew it was going to be a beautiful trip full of views like this!
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3. Bali

Where rice terraces meet the blue beaches meet the stunning waterfalls! Bali has become a hot favorite destination for the yoga fanatics, surfers, trekkers and basically just anyone who wants to experience the idyllic beaches, captivating sunsets, delicious Balinese food and the energetic nightlife! Bali is the answer to everything. Looking for idyllic romantic getaways? Go to Bali. Looking for some adventure? Go to Bali. Beach bums? Go to Bali. Looking for some spirituality? That’s right, Go to Bali! Bali is the ultimate Bohemian Beach Paradise that you must visit to see places that look straight out of a post card! Head on trek trails through lush Balinese jungles or swing it out on the infamous Teglalang Rice Terrace Swings! Bali is one place where you could go waterfall hopping because it has some of the most majestic, misty and breathtaking waterfalls, some of which are lesser known than the others as they are tucked away into the wilderness!

Places to visit: Nusa Penida, Gili Island, Ubud, Seminyak, Canggu, Mount Batur, broken Beach, Diamond Beach, Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple

Best Season: Visit Bali before rains hit the land and avoid the crowd by visiting between April to June.

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4. India

The second most populous country right after China is India, which is a melting pot of religion, culture and customs! A land of festivals, colors, spices, astounding natural beauty, historical monuments, stunning palaces and buzzing metropolitan cities. There’s so much to explore around the country, from the snow- capped Himalayas in the North to unending tea plantations in the south, the beautiful salt desert in the west to ancient temples in the east, the list is long and the country is large, making the beautiful country of India a must visit destination on your trip to Asia!

Places to visit: Kashmir, Leh ladakh, Kerala, Udaipur, Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Sikkim

Best Season: November to April would be the best time as the weather is cooler in most states during this period.

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5. Bhutan

Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon. Can you think of any other country in this world that has a more dramatic introduction? We guess not! To add on to the drama, Bhutan is a tiny country nestled high up in the Himalayas, providing breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Everest.  Fun fact about Bhutan – the country’s development is measured not by Gross National Product but by Gross National Happiness Index, thus making Bhutan one of the happiest countries in the world! How utterly cool is that!! Bhutan is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom! A visit to this mesmerizing land is sure to calm your mind and soothe your heart with its breathtaking views, stunning Dzongs (fortresses), vibrant culture and its famous chillies and cheese!

Places to visit: Pheuntsholing, Thimpu, Dochula, Paro, Tiger’s Nest Monastery - Punakha

Best Season: October to December would be the best time as the weather conditions are ideal for travel.

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6. Philippines

Does your idea of vacation involve a tropical paradise with white sandy beaches, sparkling blue water riddled with vibrant flora and fauna and a shore fringed with coconut trees? In that case, you must head over to the Philippines for the ultimate tropical getaway! The Philippines is an archipelago of a whopping 7,641 islands that is connected by spectacularly clear blue water! This humble island country will make you fall deeply in love with its lush green rice fields, towering volcanoes, pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs and enchanting waterfalls! If you want to work on getting that great tan - laze around on the beach, sipping your pina colada and if adventure is what you crave for – dive into the pristine water to explore the underwater world or hike your way up on wild trails set in the lush Philippine jungle!

Places to visit: Coron, El Nido, Bohol, Siquijor, Badian, Siargao

Best Season: Visit Philippines during the island’s dry season between November to April

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7. Vietnam

A Southeast Asian country which takes you through noisy yet vibrant cities, floating villages, rolling paddy hills and huge limestone karsts. The best way to explore true Vietnamese culture is by hiring a scooter and joining the thousand other motorbikers in this bustling country! In Vietnam you can experience both the contrasts – the lively urban jungle and the sleepy, peaceful countryside. Once a war-torn country stands tall today and boasts of its rich history, culture, stunning landscapes, French architecture and beautiful coasts.

Places to visit: Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay            , Tam Coc, Hoi An, Phu Quoc, Phong Nha

Best Season: January to July would be the best time as the weather conditions are ideal for travel

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8. Singapore

Singapore, the smallest country in Southeast Asia and a melting pot of cultures, is a country where modern architecture meets luscious green parks. This cosmopolitan hub has a lot to offer- right from delicious authentic Singaporean food to breathtaking views from its highest towers to gardens hidden away in the midst of this futuristic –looking city!

Places to visit: Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Haji Lane

Best Season: December to June would be the best time as the weather conditions are ideal for travel

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage as the name suggests is home to almost 100 elephants. Around two every afternoon the elephants are brought to the river “Ma Oya” for a bath. It is quite a sight to see all these beautiful animals frolicking in the river. The photo was taken in July 2018 on our latest trip to Sri Lanka. If you love elephants and want to experience them up close, visit Sri Lanka.
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9. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a great country that has countless beautiful sights! Set in the Indian Ocean just off the south of India, this is a country of contrasts and surprises. From the lush green tea plantations of the hill country through to the much warmer and blissfully peaceful beaches of the south and old forts, impressive archaeological sites, and wildlife safaris, makes Sri Lanka a country that you cannot miss! Dive into its rich history and culture or laze on the azure beaches, Sri Lanka has it all!

Places to visit: Colombo, Negombo, Kandy, Sigiriya, Ella, Arugam Bay, Yala National Park for a wildlife safari

Best Season: December to June for the west and south coast, April to September in East and North regions, would be the best time to travel to Sri Lanka

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10. Uzbekistan

Beautifully-tiled mosques, delicious food, and some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you will ever meet- welcome to Uzbekistan! The overall aesthetic of this country, if you could say so could be described as minimalist with a pop of color! To break the monotony of the brownish structures; the turrets, arches and the domes are tiled with vibrant colors and the palaces seem like a bride laden with jewels dressed for her wedding! This undiscovered gem of Central Asia has a rich history due to its location on the legendary Silk Road. The great blend of the old and the new is a pleasant touch to the country and makes it another country in Asia that you must visit!

Places to visit: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Best Season: April to November during the spring and autumn seasons before it gets too hot!

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