22 Awesome Countries to Visit in the Asia Pacific
In a way, the Asia Pacific has a special connection with Singaporeans; back in the 1800s and 1900s, many of our forefathers were immigrants from all over this region, making the long and arduous sea journey from places like China, India, Goa, Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand to the then undeveloped trading settlement of Singapore in search of new opportunities and fortunes.
The Asia Pacific region is perhaps the most culturally diverse in the world, boasting countries with great histories and a myriad of ethnicities. It’s no wonder that millions of people flock to this region time and again for their vacations. Here are 22 of the most exotic destinations in the Asia Pacific region that one must visit at least once in their lifetime.
Rich in its unique flora and fauna, Australia is a destination for a one of a kind experience. Where else could you cuddle with a koala bear, go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and eat some of the world’s finest produce all in one day.
It is an unconventional holiday destination but what makes Bangladesh unique are its 700 rivers. Travelling by boats is a way of life here. It is also home to mangrove forests and the tigers of the Sundarbans.
- One of the most beautiful Buddhist countries in the world, Bhutan is cocooned between India and China. It’s rich in biodiversity with 75% of its land under green cover and boasts breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries and fortresses.
Set in a mountainous region with thick rainforest cover, and with a blue shaded sea at its feet, Bora Bora is a well know holiday destination by the sea. Luxurious resorts and the finest hotels make for comfortable vacations.
Its food is famous the world over and the country is known for its dense population and cheap goods, but China has a lot more to offer, such as a rich cultural heritage which is reflected in its art and architecture. The country with the world’s largest population has much to offer in terms of experiencing the oriental lifestyle.
Known for some of the world’s bluest seas, Fiji is a diver’s paradise. Its waters are home to more than 1500 species of aquatic life. If diving isn’t your thing, you can choose between hiking and bird watching, or just relax on the white sandy beaches!
This small island country is home to some of the world’s most ancient villages, pristine beaches and beautiful waterfalls. Guam is so small the entire island can be explored in a day or two, but it doesn’t mean your days won’t be filled with fun and adventure!
8. Hong Kong
The enchanting light show at Victoria Harbor is a testament to the vibrancy of Hong Kong. Known for its towering skyscrapers and divine skyline, the country is also known for being a shopper’s paradise. From the flower market to Sneaker Street, Hong Kong has something for everyone. Elsewhere, the Avenue of Stars allows people to get up close and personal with their favourite celebrities; and theme parks like Disneyland and Ocean Park are a must on every family’s itinerary.
Known as the melting pot of culture, India has a great historical and cultural heritage. Vibrant festivals, spicy food and humble people have gained India the reputation as one of the most hospitable destinations in the world.
Japanese culture is famous the world over and admired by many. Their art, their food and their architecture are all subjects of great pride for this country. Sun, sand, snow-capped mountains and green forests on one hand; neon lights, glass and steel skyscrapers, robots and technology on the other, you can find it all here.
Ranked as the world’s ninth most economically advanced country, Kazakhstan is also considered one of the largest landlocked nations, touching Russia on one end, and China on another. Its cities are an architect’s paradise and their outskirts are filled with mountains and terrains perfect for hiking adventures.
With busy casinos and bustling malls, Macau is rightly termed as the Vegas of Asia. Once a Portuguese colony, this country has a good blend of ethnicities and cultures. You can enjoy your Chinese food, walk on Portuguese style streets while soaking in the sites in this beautiful country.
Perhaps the world’s most popular honeymoon destination, Maldives comprises of 1200 coral islands all boasting pristine beaches with the whitest sand and bluest waters. There are hundreds of luxurious resorts here, each on its own private island. There are so many option, it is difficult to choose just one.
Best known for its beaches, reefs, resorts and hotels, Mauritius offers the best of tropical tourism. The food, the beaches and the people put together make this island country one of the best vacation spots in the world.
For the longest time this country was sealed off, but now the Mongolians have opened their doors to the outside world. Here you can go back in time and experience the nomadic life in a ger with the Mongolians, who are best known for their hospitality and friendly nature.
Nepal is a paradise for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. You can trek through the Himalayas, go bungee jumping in the Kathmandu Valley or go rafting and kayaking in the roaring rivers. If calm is what you seek, you can join the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual trail through the ancient stupas and monasteries.
17. New Zealand
Natural beauty is one of the top selling points of New Zealand, so much so that many famous movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy have used New Zealand as their backdrop. Add to that, good infrastructure, a friendly population and delicious cuisine which makes this country a favourite holiday destination for many tourists.
Marred by negativity and is sometimes seen as a dangerous country to travel to, Pakistan has however, a fascinating history and much to offer for the traveller who appreciates history. It is also home to some of the most pristine landscapes, grand architecture, the world’s most epic highway and the majestic Western Himalayas.
19. Papua New Guinea
Vacationing in Papua New Guinea is an authentic experience in itself. Even though it may be a bit difficult to travel through this country, the experience is truly worth it. This country is home to unique flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, and is considered one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world.
20. South Korea
South Korea is famous for its age old traditions and culture. You’ll find fast growing cities with busy roads and tall buildings as well as quaint villages with calm and slow life here. Soak up the K-pop culture in the capital city Seoul, or enjoy a romantic vacation in scenic Jeju Island.
21. Sri Lanka
This island country has the highest number of world heritage sites. If that wasn’t enough, topaz beaches, sand, sun, delicious food and friendly locals have made Sri Lanka an increasingly popular destination for a mini vacation. Famous for its tea plantations and wild elephants, a trip to Sri Lanka will give you many memories and photographs to last a lifetime.
The island nation of Taiwan is a favourite holiday destination. Cities like Taipei and Taichung offer up the best of modern urban experiences, with bustling night markets and endless shopping opportunities. Venture further out, and you’ll be rewarded with natural beauty. Enjoy a seaside vacation at Kenting, with its many beautiful beaches with clear blue waters, or look inland toward mountainous Wu Lai and its hot springs and charming villages.