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Top Ten Destinations in Asia

Mary has travelled and worked in many countries in Asia for more than 40 years and has enjoyed several of them.

What are the Top Destinations in Asia?

China this, Thailand that. See Malaysia, Truly Asia! Incredible India. Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder. More Fun in the Philippines! Where do you start when you get the first whiff of the Asia bug?

Temple in Indonesia

Temple in Indonesia

Top Places to Go in Asia

Well, I can't say I have the answer. But for the last 20 years, we have wandered around Asia and have not seen it all. It is not possible unless you devote your time to travelling. But we have trudged through enough disasters to know what works for us. We are not young trekkers nor older retirees.

My husband and I were consultants in Asia and had a chance to dig into the cities and the rural areas. We like to learn, but we love to have a bit of fun.

We know the highlights, the ahhhhhhhh lower lights, the fakes, stretched truth and tomorrow's hopes expressed at today's realities. So, based on our experience, here are the top destinations in our Asia list. I have included more than 10. None of them disappoint you, and we don't get a dime out of the sharing.

  1. Singapore
  2. Myanmar
  3. Vietnam
  4. Cambodia: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
  5. China: Shanghai
  6. Indonesia: Bali and Ubud
  7. Thailand
  8. Nepal
  9. Maldives
  10. Sri Lanka: Sigiriya
  11. India
  12. Laos: Luang Prabang
  13. Japan: Kumano
  14. The Philippines: Concepcion, Iloilo
  15. South Korea: Jeju Island
Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is the best place to try out Asia for the first time. The culture shock is not as hard on the psyche. You can also experience a city leading in urban solutions from transport to traffic management, waste management and security.

Singapore has made a good decision regarding its ethnic centers. It has protected each one and made it into something they are proud of, not hide in today's modern world. We can't escape from our history. We can only cherish and enhance it. Enhancement is what Singapore has done.

Beyond culture, Singapore has consciously made its development green. There are many green spaces inside the city; one you should not miss is the Botanical Garden. Use the Hop On-Hop Off buses, and this is one of the stops. You can go shopping on Orchard Road and take the river cruise, which is included in your bus ticket. Or stay on the bus and be amazed at Singapore's architecture. Of course, if you have kids, Sentosa is the place to be.

Singapore Visit

Myanmar

Myanmar has been in the news lately, with the government showing signs of change. The US government has removed sanctions and opened its embassy in the country. Several other countries have also done the same, others even earlier. Aung San Suu Kyi is now actively involved in government. And to top this all off, the ASEAN has given Myanmar the chairmanship for 2014, a move that will further intensify reforms.

Myanmar has to deal with its political problems. Still, it is a must-see place, especially if you love temples in misty mountains, old colonial buildings and gems. You must have read Kipling's The Road to Mandalay.

Myanmar promises fog-covered hills and mountains, beaches and nature, temples and pagodas on the hills, mainly in Bagan and unspoilt villages hard to find nowadays.

Been to Bagan in Myanmar? - Have you?

Museum in Vietnam

Museum in Vietnam

Vietnam

We worked in Vietnam immediately after it opened its doors to the West. We were based in Hanoi but travelled to Than Hoa and Haiphong. Once back in Hanoi, we enjoyed more what it had to offer.

The tree-lined Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter are my favourites as I can easily walk from where we live and explore its nooks and corners. There is so much to discover about the place.

We also visited Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Hue. Vietnam has the most hardworking people I have ever seen, which accounts for the development the country has experienced recently. There are many exciting places to visit, with Ha Long Bay at the top of my list. Hoi An, with its beaches and Hue, is the ancient capital of Vietnam.

We booked the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, featured in several movies on Saigon and the center of Saigon in pre-Vietnam War times to relive the history of that era. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and experienced firsthand the fast pace of development in Ho Chi Minh.

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But there is nothing like Sapa. The colourful ethnic costumes in the green background of the mountains are breathtaking.

Sapa is indeed worth visiting. With so many of Vietnam's ethnic minorities living in this area, your visit will give you a glimpse of their varied, exciting cultures.

The place is more remarkable with its captivating mountains, sometimes capped with snow or mist. Walking through the paths and meeting locals make for an exciting experience.

Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia

Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia

Siem Reap in Cambodia

Siem Reap has welcomed visitors to Angkor's temples for hundreds of years. Yet, it is not much known as a destination. It has an international airport with flights from Singapore, South Korea, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodian visas are available upon arrival. Make sure you have your passport with at least 6-month validity, a 4x6 photo and US$30 (tourist) or US$35 (business) for a 30-day visa. You can extend tourist visas for another month but only once, whereas you can renew business visas indefinitely.

There are border crossings from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. You can also fly from Phnom Penh, take the bus, or rent a car with a driver. You can enjoy Cambodia's rural villages and life for six hours. It is an exciting drive, especially for those who have not been to Asia. The tourist infrastructure in Siem Reap is well in place. I particularly admire the latest improvement of the internet infrastructure as now surfing the web even in your hotel room is a much more pleasant experience.

There are excellent choices for hotels based on whatever budget, from $10 to whatever luxury you require. The restaurants and pubs are world-class. Pub Street is not just pubs but art, boutiques and culture. Don't forget to get yourself to an Apsara theatre where you can watch traditional Khmer dance and the Khmer interpretation of the Ramayana. Another thing not to be missed is the bustling floating village in the Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's most significant body of fresh water. It is something you have not imagined. I'm exaggerating, but even the boat trip can be exciting.

The biggest draw is the Temples of Angkor, considered one of the best examples of architecture from the distant past. They are monuments to the power and influence of the Khmer Empire that dominated the area from the 9th to the 12th centuries AD. At its height, Khmer kings constructed waterworks and grand temples, which now represent the pinnacle of Khmer art and civilization. But do not limit your visit to Angkor Wat but explore the other temples like Banteay Srei. I love the intricate red sandstone carvings in this temple. 16 km. More and you will reach The River of a Thousand Lingas, a riverbed with Hindu sculptures. You come now when you still can come close to authenticity.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Phnom Penh

Situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers, Phnom Penh is a new travel destination developing its personality with its little boutique hotels on the riverfront, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries and little silk shops all over the city. Historical sites include the old temples, the Royal Palace, the National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Choung Ek Memorial.

Phnom Penh's phsars or markets are shopping destinations you should not miss. Take a tuk-tuk and go to the Russian market through its packed aisles lined with hand-loomed silk and silk bags, silk scarves, silver jewelry, fabrics, DVDs, ceramics and wood carvings. Other markets, including Central Market, Olympic and O'Russei, are still the traditional ones found in many countries in Asia years ago and to go shopping in these places is quite an experience. It is still free of super malls, so it has a charm that delights those who have never seen some of these old marketplaces.

Have you been to the Penh? - Let us know

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund in Shanghai

A Visit to Shanghai

China: Shanghai

Shanghai just recently finished hosting the 2010 World Expo, the most attended expo ever. For this significant event, Shanghai has changed tremendously. The city has renovated most of its historical landmarks. But a remarkable experience was the trip to and from the airport through the Maglev. It takes you as fast as 301 km per hour.

The Bund renovated its old buildings. These buildings were declared heritage properties when Shanghai was a famous international port. Go to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the former Shanghai Club, and try out The Long Bar, restored to its former glory. The evening walks and river cruises are spectacular.

Traditional dinner in Bali

Traditional dinner in Bali

Indonesia: Bali and Ubud

Bali has, of course, been a favourite since. What is impressive, however, is how Bali has maintained, if not reinvented itself to continue as a major holiday destination.

The gods must be happy here as people offer daily beautifully arranged baskets of flowers, food and other symbols of worship. Women with their beautifully crafted baskets daily line the streets to the temple, a traffic-stopping spectacle. I wish as a tourist that I understood better what they were doing so I could join in their worship.

In front of stores and restaurants, women daintily flower on the front steps of the spirit houses or shrines intermix with stores and homes, making Bali communities unique from other places in Asia. Behold this scene, breathe in the smell of the flowers, and partake in the offering to the gods.

There is, of course, the ocean where one can enjoy not only a swim, a snorkel, a dive or a surf but also fresh seafood dinners on long beaches, most especially on the shores of Jimbaran. Or the rice fields and fishponds that hide some of the fantastic restaurants you can find. One of these is Sakti, a vegan restaurant in a healing center, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, located right on the Ayung River. There you can sample some of the culinary delights from its chef, Made Runatha, a Balinese who trained in the world's best raw vegan cuisine school, California's Living Light Culinary Arts Institute.

Shopping is a delight in Seminyak and Ubud, where stores offer beautifully designed and crafted items. One can also visit villages where weavers, wood carvers, and basket weavers show how they make their crafts.

You must see the Temple of Besakih, Holy Spring Temple and the Court of Justice of the old Kingdom of Klungkung. Mount Agung, Mount Batur and Lake Beratan offer scenic views of springs, creeks, and rice terraces in various hues of green. It is also interesting to see the ancient village of Bali Aga in Tenganan. Here you can walk around the original town and watch Ikat and basket weavers. The Ikat weavers do a sarong with the map of the community, an exciting sociological feature.

If you love neon lights and some nightlife fun, go to Kuta.

Have you visited Bali?

Ubud Artisan

Ubud Artisan

Ubud

Ubud is a fascinating place. Chosen by Conde Nast patrons as the top city in 2010, it certainly fits the bill. We were lucky to have decided to spend half of our Bali holidays in Nusa Dua and half in Ubud. From Ubud, it was easy for us to drive to some of the places we wanted to see in the first place. These places included Mt. Agung, Mt. Batur and Lake Beratan, KlungKung, Gianyar, Besakih and Tenganan.

Aside from these trips, our resort, though in the middle of the ricefields, is close to Ubud center. We had our villa with its private pool. The resort is also a museum, the ARMA Museum and Resort. Right in our hotel, there are traditional Balinese cultural presentations and guided participation in some of the rituals and ceremonies called yadnya. What an enhancing cultural experience. There are also cultural workshops where one can learn traditional Bali dances and arts from the Bali masters. One evening, we tried the Madibong traditional Balinese cuisine and truly enjoyed it.

The whole stay in Ubud was a living experience of Balinese culture. There are galleries and artisans all over the place. There is so much to give the senses its delight as one walks through the streets, some natural and others beautifully crafted and presented.

Visit to Ubud

Bangkok Royal Palace

Bangkok Royal Palace

Bangkok, Resort and Shopping Destination in Asia

Bangkok is still the favourite destination in Asia for many people as their national airlines say, "Sawasdee" smooth as silk. It is easy to go to Bangkok. There are many flights, free entry upon arrival, no more departure fees to line up for, and all kinds of choices for transport: air, rail, water or ground.

Bangkok has also evolved to become the shopping destination of the world. Upscale shopping malls outdo each other in size and quality. Other local markets like Chatuchak, Pratunam and Sampheng compete for space in the shoppers' bags and suitcases. Arrive on the weekend so you can enjoy Chatuchak market. But if that is not possible, go to the night market. Even if you are a committed shopper, you will be unable to go through the goods offered in many stalls. Many are the same sellers at Chatuchak. The design and quality of the goods have improved, especially in women's fashion and accessories.

You can also check out the Bang Lamphu Market, Sam Phaeng and the Bo Bae Wholesale Clothing Market.

You can see foreigners from various countries walk through the streets of Bangkok. The favourite for the younger ones and backpackers is Khao San Road. But don't forget that Bangkok is also the gateway to many other beautiful places in Thailand. You can go for day trips to Ayudhaya, the ancient capital.

Or, if you love the hills and mountains, go to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. If you are a history buff, visit the Bridge on the River Kwai.

If you prefer the beaches, choices are plenty: Phuket, Koh Samui, Rayong, Hua Hin, Surathani, Trang and many more.

Been to Bangkok?

Durbar Square

Durbar Square

Nepal, Top South Asian Destination

As you approach Nepal, the Himalayas seem to transport you into another world, the world of magic, dungeons, and dragons as the mountains reveal themselves through the clouds. And as you get nearer, the mustard yellow fields add colour to the blues and the grays and the greens of the landscape, and it is just mystifying to someone who sees it for the first time. You think Switzerland, but no. It has its unique beauty. The Himalayas differ from the Alps of Switzerland, Italy and Austria or the Pyrenees of France and Spain. Does this comparison hold?

Kathmandu, its capital, has a history of trends. Freak Street in the 60s. Maybe, you, the younger ones, have not heard of this place, so check it out. Now, Thamel has taken over. If you want fun and excitement, this is where you stay. But even for those who like the quiet, you can stay in a little nook in Thamel: The Courtyard Hotel. Most people found this hotel on one of their walks around Thamel, and they could not believe how far it was from the jazz and buzz of Thamel though it is right there. To hear exciting stories from fellow travellers, go to the Library in the evening. The Courtyard's Library is full of guests at around this time enjoying their drinks from the bar adjacent to it. The owners are there, too. So you can bug them about your room. There is a good collection of books but also guests. And I tell you, you won't regret it. The stories are from all over the world and the people, too.

Of course, Kathmandu has 7 UNESCO heritage sites which will take up much of your time after your trek. Boudanath is still untouched by cosmopolitanism, so you can enjoy much of the Buddhist traditions and culture when you visit this stupa. For those who want to explore the Hindu influence on Nepal, go to Changu Narayan. Patan, the Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, and Bhaktapur.

In these places, you will see the intriguing mix of Hinduism and Buddhism, which perplexes only foreigners, not the Nepalese. This mix adds to the colour and mystery and archaic forms of worship taking place every day in many nooks and corners of the city, temples, and homes.

Maldives

Maldives

Maldives: A Beach Paradise

The Maldives is the sure winner for beach resorts. Yes, it is paradise. No beach holiday destination can beat the Maldives for its crystal clear water. Diving and snorkelling are utterly enjoyable because visibility is almost perfect. And not only that. You can also see so many species of fish and corals and other sea creatures as the Maldivians generally only eat tuna. As they use spears, not nets, to catch these tuna, this is a haven for sea creatures. The fish and turtles (even the sharks given so much food to target) are so friendly that they sometimes enjoy swimming with you.

Most resorts have in-house reefs, so diving and snorkelling are easy to reach. You can laze on the beach and then go for a snorkel whenever you want. What more can you ask? The sand is powdery white. The resort is usually the only inhabitant of the whole island. Hence, the guests enjoy their privacy, especially when you have your bungalow from where you can swim, snorkel or dive in the ocean, wade in your pool, and have your butler deliver all your food and drinks.

The Maldives is a lifetime holiday with a staff-guest ratio of 4-1. Enjoy the pampering.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka or Ceylon is truly a garden. From the cities with beautiful old trees to tea plantations and rice fields, green is Sri Lanka's colour. Sri Lanka has one of the world's most outstanding botanical gardens flooded with the songs of birds. And its beaches are worth idling in. Head to the beaches in Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Its pristine beauty is there to enjoy but only for a short time as tourists flock to the newly opened places. The price is right.

Don't miss Kandy, Sri Lanka's ancient capital, as it has charm and charisma. Worship with the locals in Sri Dalada Maligawa, a sacred Buddhist shrine set on a lake. And, of course, Sigiriya, with its ancient water systems, was one of the best of its time.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, especially when you go right when the elephants go for their daily bath in the river, is quite an experience. Watching some of those naughty elephants stunting the tourists is fun.

Add history and culture to all these, and you certainly have a holiday worth remembering. And don't forget, if you want to get your hands into Buddhism and Ayurvedic healing, this is the place to go. But plan more days if this is your interest.

Sri Lanka Visit

Jaipur, India

India

India is developing as a political and economic power in Asia.

Because of the Indus River Valley's ancient civilization, there is so much to see in terms of places and what they have accomplished through the centuries, like textiles, food, architecture, film and more.

The Taj Mahal in Agra and Jaipur are also worth visiting.

Temple in Laos

Temple in Laos

Laos: Luang Prabang

Laos is pretty laid-back, even Vientiane, its capital city. The European Union Council on Tourism and Trade awarded it the World's Best Tourist Destination for 2013. This Land of a Million Elephants won the title because of its community-based tourism and protection of its heritage sites, Vat Phou and the Plain of Jars.

You can walk the streets, ride through the countryside, and see many Asian cities in the same shape as in the 50s and 60s. It typifies a life not ruled by targets and deadlines. One can enjoy life and savour it.

You can enjoy a walk along the banks of the Mekong and sample some French food as there are still French restaurants around. You can shop for some Laos fabric and scarves and some Hmong handicrafts. Or maybe enjoy interacting with the locals in the market and the streets. I want its rural setting as it reminded me of where I grew up in Asia.

But if there is one place to visit in Laos, Luang Prabang is at the top of my list. It is not short on adventure. You can go tubing, cave hunting, or trekking.

Nestled where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong in north-central Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos until the Communist take-over in 1975.

Luang Prabang Visit

Japan: The UNESCO Heritage Pilgrimage Route in Asia - Kumano

Japan is one place I love to visit. It is a mix of modernity and tradition. But what I like most is its natural landscape, which is spiritually refreshing. The Japanese always go out to their countryside to seek spiritual communion in its luxuriance and sacred shrines dotting these places. A favourite is the old Kumano passage, where one can take a pilgrimage as one visits the holy shrines and temples built as early as the 9th century, surrounded by rivers, streams and waterfalls. It is one of only two pilgrimage routes dubbed a UNESCO world heritage site.

The recent earthquake and tsunami have damaged Japan, and it will take time for the country to be on its feet again. However, it is very efficient in facing the challenge, so before you know it, Japan will be as strong as it has been.

Concepcion Iloilo beach

Concepcion Iloilo beach

Philippines

The Philippines has one of the best beaches in the world. Its over 7 thousand islands will always ensure beaches that are as yet not tourist trodden. Its dive sites attract divers over and over again to come and enjoy a dive. But over and beyond this, the hospitality of the Filipinos is unrivalled. They will take you in as part of the family when they meet you.

Just do your search, and you will be surprised how many lenses will turn up.

South Korea: Jeju Island

Its recent hosting of the G20 has indeed placed South Korea in the international map. Its fast advancing companies now leading internationally in a number of sectors are in itself a fascinating study and a good reason to visit.

We visited Seoul one weekend and enjoyed going around the city. It is a very easy city to go on your own using public transport. But once you're there, make sure you go to Jeju.

Fresh Destinations in Asia

I have already been to Asia so many times. Why should I go again? Well, Agoda after analyzing bookings and customer reviews have released the top 10 fresh destinations. I can say, after years of working in Asia, I can claim to have visited only one. I had been to those countries where they are located but in the past some of these places were not in radar screen of travellers.

What about you?Which of these places have you visited? Tell us what you think if you have been to these places.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Mary Norton

What is your top destination in Asia?

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 02, 2020:

You would love India. It is exotic, hectic, and chaotic. It has so much to offer.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 01, 2020:

You've listed some places here I never even heard of before like Ubud. But I think if I had to choose, I'd love to see India someday.

Blessings,

Denise

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2019:

These places are now easy to reach. The Himalayas really amazed me.

Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on January 15, 2019:

Mary, you have provided a very comprehensive list of destinations to visit in Asia. I would like to see Sapa with its mountains “capped with snow or mist.” Bangkok also sounds like a worthwhile place to visit. I’d also like to see the Himalayas and the Maldives. The elephants are worth seeing too. I also didn’t know that the Philippines has 7,000 islands.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2018:

Thank you so much for your generous comment. There are many places in Asia these days that are becoming more accessible and are exciting to visit.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on October 08, 2018:

Fantastic travelogue into the many wondrous Asian destinations. I would love to travel to these countries and explore the culture. The photos were engaging and you've included places that I would have never considered.

Robert Sacchi on May 15, 2018:

You're welcome.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2018:

Thanks Robert. So many emerging destinations have now become the latest attractions as infrastructures gets better.

Robert Sacchi on May 14, 2018:

Thanks for the travelogue. This Hub has many places I would have never thought of.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2017:

There's a big world out there I'll never see, Mary, but at least you provided me a glimpse at some of it. Thank you!

sujaya venkatesh on September 18, 2015:

a good travelogue

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on August 04, 2015:

Fabulous article! I have never been to Asia, but I would love to go. Great job with this information.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 29, 2015:

Thanks Mary. Maybe someday. You're very welcome.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 29, 2015:

Thanks Kristen. You can easily put together in one trip those 3 countries. They are worth exploring.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 28, 2015:

Wow Mary! Great list of top ten Asian designations you have there. My brother had been to India a few times, to Thailand and Phillippines for work at a bank and changed jobs this fall. Hong Kong, China and Japan are where I would love to go someday. Voted up!

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 19, 2015:

That is fantastic. The Philippines has so much to offer. I still have to visit Batanes.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 17, 2015:

I've visited some of the countries on your list, but not the particular places you mentioned. This year we are planning a trip, but we want to keep it in the Philippines because going abroad has made me realize that I should also appreciate home. Since the hubbey and I love animals, we are planning to visit some tiger place in Subic.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 26, 2015:

Maybe you can take time out and visit me.

Nell Rose from England on May 26, 2015:

Great hub Mary, I would love to visit all of these amazing places, I have never been that far, only Greece and Spain, oh and Africa! Nearly forgot that! lol! have a great day, nell

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2015:

Thank you Susie. Maldives is so beautiful.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 15, 2015:

Such beautiful and interesting places to see in Asia. I would love to vacation at Maldives. Since you won't get in airplane, that will not be happening. Thank you for a wonder tour or the top places to see, Mary.

Awesome hub!

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2015:

Hong Kong and Japan are great, too. For you, it is an easy trip from Australia as well.

AJ from Australia on April 08, 2015:

This has been a wonderful trip through Asia. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about Singapore being a great introduction to Asia - it wasn't my first Asian destination, but followed closely after Hong Kong and Japan, but it remains one of my favourite places in the world because every trip is just so positive.

VictorVoice on May 18, 2014:

I tend to prefer visiting countries of Southeast Asia over the more developed countries of the Far East. I love Thailand, and, of course, Vietnam. The Philippines is also a pleasant place to visit with countless beautiful islands and beaches everywhere. I have found that people of Southeast Asia are a lot friendlier and endearingly humble, whereas my experiences in the countries North of Southeast Asian countries weren't as personable.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on March 23, 2014:

Superb Asian travel lens, aesta1!

peacefullyhappy on December 13, 2013:

My Daughter is in Bali, I plan to go and visit her soon!

TravelTourist on November 19, 2013:

I just got back from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on an organized tour which was great. In particular i enjoyed Laos, I don't really know why but it just seemed to me to be the least touristy and more friendly area. I love looking at wild places and wild animals and happily the tour allowed the flexibility for me to organise some of my own side tours, which is the mark of a great tour I think.

Anyway I went on the Nam Nern safari and that was absolutely fantastic. It has a lot to do with sustainable wildlife management but you get to see some amazing wildlife including tigers if lucky. Here is a link to the tour company that I used if anyone is interested in a great trip through Asia http://greattraveladventures.net/.

All I can say to anyone thinking about traveling to Asia is just do it, yep there are a few risks but they exist everywhere and a bit of common sense goes a long way to making sure nothing bad happens, you will regret it if you don't :)

Michael Yoshinaka from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 29, 2013:

Oh, I wish I could do what you do and travel like that. So Interesting !

chardonnay1313 on September 14, 2013:

Myanmar is very beautiful, I would love to visit there. Thank you for your recommendations.

rt8ca on May 27, 2013:

We visited Bangkok and then on to the Island of Koh Samui last spring. Loved the people and food!

Elaine Chen on May 21, 2013:

seems like traveling is your hobby as you have so many beauty photos to share here :-)

topbuilderlist on May 19, 2013:

I love Singapore the most as this is my first employer abroad.

hmommers on May 08, 2013:

Wow, you have seen a lot in Asia. Thanks for sharing! It looks beautiful!

sybil watson on May 06, 2013:

Everything you write is so amazing, and this lens is no exception. I'm torn between visiting Bali and Shanghai!

KonaGirl from New York on April 30, 2013:

I have always wanted to visit Asian countries. How fortunate for you that you have had the opportunity to travel for your work to these ancient, beautiful cultures. I was very surprised to see that the bamboo dance is done in VietNam the same as I learned it from the the Philippines. The videos of Freak Street in Kathmandu are very different from the Kathmandu of the 60's and the Maldives have always been a dream destination. I could go on and on. This travel guide lens of Asia is nothing short of AMAZING! So very well done and so very interesting. I so want to be there! May, thank you so much for creating this knowledgeable lens! *Squid Angel Blessed and pinned to my "Wanderlust Travel" board.

siobhanryan on April 29, 2013:

Blessed-super lens and I learned a lot about Asia

SteveKaye on April 29, 2013:

This amazing lens is like a complete course in geography. Fantastic.

Lorna from USA on April 19, 2013:

I enjoyed reading this lens, I like taking the quizzes. Great job, as always.

tfsherman lm on April 08, 2013:

Going to hubs, good advice. Gorgeous lens -- this is one that will not be marked "thin content"!

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 04, 2013:

@Melissa Miotke: I suggest that you go first to cities which are big hubs as there are many flights and hotels so you can get good value. Also, these places are easier for new travelers to Asia. Think of Singapore, Bangkok, HongKong or Seoul.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on April 04, 2013:

I've actually never been to Asia yet. When I do get to go I have no idea where I'll go first, so many great choices!

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2013:

@Spirality: It has the best museum of Chinese artifacts. We had a great tour there of their colleges which were very impressive.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2013:

@audrey07: I love Sabah as well. Our College had a project there and so I had a chance to go and visit the place.

Spirality on March 31, 2013:

Taiwan is one of the places in Asia I want to see most. I hear if you want authentic Chinese food Taiwan is the best place to get it from. The capital, Taipei, seems like a tech savvy metropolitan city.

audrey07 on March 17, 2013:

There are so many places in Asia that are worth mentioning and visiting. And each is different with their own history, culture, food, people and places of interest. I like Sabah for its beaches and green lungs.

anonymous on February 13, 2013:

Taiwan.

jamesonsquidoo on February 05, 2013:

Wow, such a nice lens. Glad you mentioned Sapa, my favorite destination of all

mrsclaus411 on January 30, 2013:

I love visiting places in Asia. I will definitely try to visit more places soon.

Takkhis on January 02, 2013:

I love Asia! This is my birth place.

wagedonkey on December 18, 2012:

I live in Chiang Mai Northern Thailand great food and nice scenery, I love Asia

coolmon2009 lm on November 02, 2012:

I enjoyed viewing your selection of pictures and videos; nice lens on the top travel destinations in Asia.

chas65 on July 21, 2012:

Looks like several in the IM community have recently moved to Thailand. Must be an inexpensive place to live.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 17, 2012:

Loads of great information. Thank you:)

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 16, 2012:

@music-philippines: It is really a great place to visit.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 16, 2012:

@msseiboi: India is really exotic and a must visit place.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 16, 2012:

@Wedding Mom: There are just as in other parts of the world.

Mary Norton (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 16, 2012:

@vaigavenugopal: Thanks. I hope you'll schedule your trip to see some cultural events.

vaigavenugopal on July 09, 2012:

I was planning a tour in asia. Accidently i have seen this lens. The thing i m stucked i