Top Holiday Destinations in Asia
Asian holiday destinations are often cited as the number one tourist destination for many people. This is true especially of South East Asia, with Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and India all making up a significant percentage of the world tourism pie. Asia is the most populated and Earth’s largest continent, found mostly in the Northern and Central Hemispheres. It shares with the western continent of Eurasia the landmass of Africa and the eastern land mass of Asia with each containing a significant proportion of tourists and immigrants.
The top five Asian holiday destinations tend to be determined by the cost of air travel to the destination and then the cost of a accommodation package. If an accommodation package is included in the air ticket cost, then this is the first Asian holiday destination to be selected. Other than Myanmar (the name given to the country by the outsiders), all other Asian holiday destinations are dependent on air tickets. For instance, if a holiday destination has cheap air tickets and accommodation, then this is the first place that is chosen.
No Asian holiday destination is complete without a visit to the grand Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The white marble edifice is a fitting tribute to the famous maharajas who rule over India. The white building is a symbol of eternal love which is one of the mantras of the Indian religion. On reaching Agra, the famous Taj Mahal tour begins at the Leela Palace Hotel, built in cipherical elegance. Built in chilling white marble, the Leela Palace is replete with artworks depicting the Mughal style of architecture and is a symbol of imperial luxury.
Beyond the white marble edifices, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Siem Reap, is another splendid Asian holiday destinations. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ho Chi Minh City is home to spectacular colonial structures, contrasting multicolored stone buildings and daunting terraces. A rare example of a floating village, Ho Chi Minh City offers a wide array of shopping experiences, ranging from street shopping to upscale duty-free shops.
Thailand: This is another popular Asian holiday destinations, attracting tourists from across the globe. Situated in Thailand’s Gulf of Thailand, Phuket is a tropical paradise with sparkling white sands, emerald waters, and numerous sandy beaches. Phuket is Thailand’s third largest island and boasts excellent diving, snorkeling, and boating conditions. Its sister islands, however, also have world class diving, swimming pools, and beach activities. All-inclusive holiday packages can be availed of here, along with Thai massage and spa treatments, wine tours, and customized tours of other areas.
Cambodia: The largest nation in Southeast Asia, Cambodia boasts fantastic tropical weather with cool summers and warm winters. It also boasts a diverse landscape, rich with ancient ruins and tropical forests. Tourists who wish to experience Khmer ruins will not be disappointed by the abundance of historic sites and beautiful beaches. Other attractions here include the Tonle Sap Lake, Angkor Wat, Phnom Phen, and Siem Reap.
Philippines: A fast growing country in South-East Asia, the Philippines has been recently included in the top ten destinations in the world. It is a top destination for family holidays, because its climate, beaches and culture are ideal for spending quality time with loved ones. The Philippines is a great family holiday destination for all-inclusive family holidays, as it offers cheap accommodation, dining options, activities for children, and pampering experiences. Aside from beaches, the Philippines is home to some of the most spectacular landmarks in the world including the Great Barrier Reef and the Manila archipelago. It is also a great place for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports activities.
Thailand: Asia’s most popular country, Thailand has been the top destinations for tourists looking for an inexpensive holiday that does not require excessive planning and preparation. Known for its beaches, temples, cuisine and art forms, Thailand attracts tourists from all over the world. There are many budget hotels in Bangkok, but travellers can save a substantial amount on accommodation by staying at a self-catering resort. Other popular activities include Thai boxing, water skiing, hiking, horse riding, trekking, bird watching, and more. Other popular budget holiday goers’ destinations include the Phuket Island, Ko Samui, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Krabi Chiang Mai, and Koh Chang.