The best places to visit in Asia with friends offer a wonderful experience for travelers. So if you’ve been wondering where you can travel in Asia with friends, here is a list of best 10 refreshing and fascinating destinations that will give you a perfect combination of nature, adventure and great atmosphere.
- Bali, Indonesia
Bali is known for its montage of culture, nature, adventure, art, architecture, religion and festivals. Bali is one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia. Known for its numerous religious sites and massive volcanic mountains, Bali is one of the top beach destinations that have gained enormous popularity in recent times.
Important sights: Tanah Lot Temple, Monkey Forest, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Tirta Empul, Blue Lagoon Beach, and more.
Things to do: Hiking in Mount Batur, Wildlife Safari in Bali Safari and Marine Park, surfing in Uluwatu, explore the Bingin Beach, and more.
- Pattaya, Thailand
Regardless of its size, this small but picturesque fishing village of Pattaya does not need an introduction because it is one of the famous beach destinations in Thailand. Being considered one of the best places to go on holidays with friends during the summer break. Shopping and nightlife are two well-known activities that drive tourists in Pattaya to a large extent.
Important Attractions: Jomtien Beach, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Sriracha Tiger Zoo and Sanctuary of Truth.
Things to do: Enjoy Pattaya’s nightlife on the Walking Street, explore the market and sunbathe in Ko Phai Island.
- Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan is one of the quietest places to explore all of the ancient ruins of the 11th century. In this place you will definitely see a lot of beautiful stuffs, have peace and relaxation at the core to the fascinating views of the stupas, temples and pagodas in Bagan.
Important Attractions: Shwezigon Pagoda, Popa National Park, Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Sulamani Temple, and more.
Things to do: Browse a balloon trip; go on a bike ride in Old Bagan, watch sunrise on top of Shwe San Daw Pagoda, and more.
- Taipei, Taiwan
Do you like an animal party? Then feel alive in the vibrant city of Taipei, which is probably one of the best places to visit in Asia with friends. The capital of Taiwan is famous for its cultural heritage which reflects the best Chinese and Japanese lifestyle, and is indeed a hub for shopping and nightlife.
Important Attractions: National Palace Museum, Lungshan Temple of Manka, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei Zoo, and more.
Things to do: Walk in Yangmingshan, enjoy the skyline from Taipei, Shilin shopping Night Market, and more.
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
The Kota has one of the most beautiful music and sunset scenes in Malaysia, a vacation in Kota Kinabalu is like fun with friends, locals and food. With its culinary delights ranging from Japanese, Cantonese,Malaysian, and mouthwatering Street food, Kota Kinabalu strikes a perfect balance between the modern lifestyle and the charm of the old world.
Key Points of Interest: Kinabalu Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan Island, City Mosque, Sabah Museum, and more.
Things to do: Mountaineering on Mount Kinabalu, enjoy a walk on Tanjung Aru Beach; enjoy barhopping at Menara Tun Mustapha etc.
- Bohol, Philippines
Have you ever dreamed of chocolate hills? Well, it is a place that serves as a haven for bird lovers for a Philippine honeymoon. Bohol is considered one of the best places to visit in Asia with friends, and Bohol has some rich corals reefs and it has been famous for its geological hills. It’s a must location to visit.
Key Attractions: Chocolate Hills, Hinagdanan Cave, Loboc Man Made Forest, Tarsier Conservation Area, Mag-Aso Falls, and more.
Things to do: Ziplining and backpacking through the Chocolate Hills, adventure activities at Danao Adventure Park, walk along the coast of Alona Beach, and more.
- Kyoto, Japan
We do not have to say how beautiful the city of Kyoto looks like when the cherry blossoms. The whole city becomes alive and witnesses a huge increase in the number of travelers around the world.
Key Points of Interest: Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Nijō Castle, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Shimogamo Shrine, Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji, and more.
Things to do: Explore the bamboo forests in Arashiyama, visit the Zen temple at Ginkaku-ji, enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms at Maruyama Park, and more.
- Catch Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries dating from the 16th century, and is undoubtedly one of the best places in Asia to visit with friends. A less famous gem in the heart of Laos, Vang Vieng has exciting caves, unique limestone, and the famous blue lagoon.
Important Attractions: Tham Poukham Cave, Tham Chang Cave, Kangaroo Sunset Bar, Tham Hoi, Tham Jang, and more.
Things to do: Go for hot air ballooning, caves and water activities in the Blue Lagoon & Cave, enjoy dancing in the Sakura Bar, and more.
- Da Nang, Vietnam
Do you want to cruise international backwaters in one of the most awesome locations? Go to the port city of Da Nang Vietnam and you would not come back being the same person. Known for its sparkling waterfront, soft white sandy beaches, and beautiful Buddhist sanctuaries, a stay in Da Nang is a must for those who look forward to escape the urban junk.
Important Attractions: Imperial City in Hue, Cham Shulpture Museum, Military Zone 5, Linh Ung Pagoda, and more.
Things to do: Explore the temples and caves in the Marble Mountains, cruise the backwaters on a wooden boat, witness the fire showing at the Dragon Bridge, go for shopping in Han Market, and more.
- Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Literally this place can be translated into the ‘City of the Lights’; all that is needed is an eye for falling in love with the refreshing greenery landscape of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is known for its great popularity to the central location amidst the Sri Lankan highlands. This place has pleasant climate that works like magic, Nuwara Eliya is a must visit destination when you are in Sri Lanka.
Key Points of Interest: Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Devon Falls, St. Clair Falls, Lover’s Leap Waterfall, and more.
Things to do: Camping and backpacking at Horton Plains National Park, walking at Adam’s Peak, enjoying a road trip to Pidurutalagala peak, and more.
These are just brief overview of some of the best travel destinations of Asia.
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