Thinking you have seen the best of Asia, and wondering where to go next? Stop right there! We have so, so much more for you, and here are our top 100 destinations in Asia for 2020. Some, I am sure you maybe already know well, and some you’ll be amazed you have never heard about before.

Think you have seen the best of Asia? Oh, there is so much more. Let’s go with our top 100 (in alphabetical order)

Ajanta Caves, India

The Ajanta Caves are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India.

Ajanta Caves photoPhoto by shri_ram_r

Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia

Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a massive area featuring the remains of a spectacular ancient city and is one of the true world wonders.

angkor wat photoPhoto by archer10 (Dennis)

Arashiyama, Japan

An area featuring gardens, temples, shrines, and villas. The star attraction is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

arashiyama photoPhoto by ncole458

Arkhangai, Mongolia

Arkhangai Province of Mongolia is a scenic and remote wonderland offering national parks, cultural sites, mountains, rivers, and canyons all waiting to be explored.

Arkhangai photoPhoto by frans16611

Baekdu Mountains, North Korea

Paektu Mountain, also known as Baekdu Mountain, and in China as Changbai Mountain, is an active stratovolcano on the Chinese–North Korean border.

Baekdu Mountains photoPhoto by cnneil

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is home to Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas, and described by Marco Polo as the “gilded city” when in its heyday it was home to 13,000 Buddhist temples.

Bagan photoPhoto by Marc Veraart

Bai Xep, Vietnam

A unique car-free natural paradise featuring hiking trails, waterfalls, a pristine beach, and an offshore island.

Bai Xep photoPhoto by Prince Roy

Bali, Indonesia

The longtime island tourism hotspot of Asia never grows old with its pristine beaches, coral reefs, volcanic mountains, and ancient religious sites.

 Padang Padang Beach bali photoPhoto by felix_germania

Ban Gioc, China – Vietnam

This spectacular waterfall actually sits right on the border of China and Vietnam. marks a border between two countries.

Ban Gioc photoPhoto by Rod Waddington

Banaue, Philippines

Banaue is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed rice terraces.

Banaue photoPhoto by caitriana

Bangkok, Thailand

One of Asia’s and perhaps the world’s most vibrant cities.

Bangkok photoPhoto by Evoflash

Batanes, Philippines

The archipelago province is a natural wonderland featuring mountainous panoramas, rolling hills, canyons, and rocky shorelines.

Batanes philippines photoPhoto by Glendale Lapastora’s Pictures (Official)

Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos

A nature reserve dedicated to the Black-cheeked gibbon featuring beautiful forest and waterfalls.

gibbon experience laos photoPhoto by Guillaume Biau

Boracay Island, Philippines

It is a postcard tropical island with white sandy beaches, sparkling aqua blue turquoise waters, coral reefs, and marine life.

Boracay Island photoPhoto by ashleyt

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple that was abandoned in the 14th century. It is also the world’s largest Buddhist temple.

Borobudur photoPhoto by johan wieland

Bukchon Hanok Village, South Korea

Bukchon Hanok Village is a 600-year-old Korean traditional village that has been well preserved and showcases traditional Korean life.

Bukchon Hanok Village photoPhoto by wwarby

Bunaken Marine Park, Indonesia

Bunaken Island is a part of the Bunaken National Marine Park and one of the world’s most spectacular dive sites for its coral reefs and marine life.

Bunaken diving photoPhoto by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

Champasak, Laos

An ancient site featuring Khmer style temples that were once connected all the way to Angkor (Siem Reap). The small town also features temples and French colonial-era buildings.

Champasak photoPhoto by Mikel Lizarralde

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai was once the seat of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, natural wonders, and popular for its festivals.

Chiang Mai queen pagoda photoPhoto by Jorge Lascar

Con Dao archipelago, Vietnam

A group of 16 islands of natural beauty featuring sandy beaches, forested hills, and surrounded by turquoise waters. It is also home to many remnants of the French colonial era and the war era.

Con Dao photoPhoto by vanlaphoang

Daehan Dawon, South Korea

Deanna Dawon is a tea plantation that provides 40% of South Korea’s green tea.

boseong green photoPhoto by craig.rohn

Danxia Landform, China

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed site features landscapes that are unique to China formed from natural erosion of the uniquely colored soil.

Danxia Landform photoPhoto by lwtt93

Flores Island, Indonesia

The island is famed for its volcano, Mount Kelimutu, which features three amazing crater lakes of different colors.

Flores Island photoPhoto by Gabriel ^(oo)^

Forbidden City (Palace Museum), China

The ancient capital throne and home to many a Chinese emperor and several dynasties.

Forbidden City photoPhoto by INABA Tomoaki

Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Japan

It is an ancient Shinto shrine that is famous for its vermilion torii gates, thousands of which straddle a network of trails that lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha photoPhoto by ElleFlorio

Gili Islands, Indonesia

The three small islands are all car-free paradises offering a unique escape from modernity while also being popular with divers and snorkelers.

Gili Islands photoPhoto by Jorge Lascar

Gobi Desert, Mongolia

The Gobi Desert is a vast, arid region in northern China and southern Mongolia. It’s known for its dunes, mountains and rare animals such as snow leopards and Bactrian camels. In the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, the Khongoryn Els sand dunes are said to sing when the wind blows.

Gobi Desert photoPhoto by Christopher.Michel

Gokyo Cho Lake, Nepal

Located en-route to the Everest base camp, the glacier-fed turquoise lakes are not only spectacularly scenic but also sacred according to both Hindu and Buddhist locals.

Gokyo Cho Lake photoPhoto by akunamatata

Great Wall of China, China

At a length of 3945 miles, it is the longest wall and structure on earth.

great wall photoPhoto by Vin Crosbie

Gyeongju National Park, South Korea

The park is best known for the beautiful Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Donggung Palace photoPhoto by xiquinhosilva

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.

HaLong Bay photoPhoto by kevinzim

Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

The cave is one of the world’s largest natural caves and is 400-450 million years old.

Photo by Oxalis Adventure

Harmandir Sahib, India

Also known as the Golden Temple, it dates back to 1604 and was built in a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles.

Harmandir Sahib photoPhoto by Arian Zwegers

Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle, circa-1613, is known for a white facade and towers, moats, passageways, and cherry trees. It is the largest castle in Japan.

Himeji Castle photoPhoto by roybuloy

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is famous for its well preserved ancient city and as a traditional trading port making it a melting pot of cultures and history.

Hoi An photoPhoto by Fathzer

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the iconic region of China that has played a huge role and been at the forefront of east meets west, or sino-western relations.

hong kong photoPhoto by MojoBaron

Hsipaw, Myanmar

An untouched region that retains its natural wonder and traditional ways of life making it a rare place in today’s fast-moving Asia.

Hsipaw photoPhoto by Claire Backhouse

Huanglong, China

A World Heritage Site by UNESCO featuring various natural wonders including spectacular terraced pools formed from gold-colored limestone deposits.

Huanglong photoPhoto by matsuyuki

Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan is a city in central Iran, known for its Persian architecture including the 17th-century Imam (Shah) Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.

Isfahan photoPhoto by Ninara

Jaco Island, East Timor

A sacred island to the Timorese allowing only day visitors who can visit the ancient coral reef, white sands, and azure waters.

Jaco timor photoPhoto by Kate B Dixon

Jaipur, India

The city is home to many ancient palaces and forts, such as Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal Palace of the Winds, Amber Fort and Palace, City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort.

Jaipur Jal Mahal photoPhoto by RussBowling

Jeju Island (South Korea)

A World Heritage Site and South Korea’s largest island. Featuring a 6,400-foot volcano mountain, the pristine Gotjawal Forest, and beautiful beaches.

Jeju Island photoPhoto by KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea

Jiufen, Taiwan

An ancient gold mining town featuring unique Japanese architecture

Jiufen photoPhoto by Big Ben in Japan

Kerala Backwaters, India

A network of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. The kettuvallams (Kerala houseboats) in the backwaters are one of the prominent tourist attractions in Kerala. More than 2000 kettuvallams ply the backwaters.

Kerala Backwaters photoPhoto by ruffin_ready

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

The famous location of the 2000 movie “The Beach”. It is popular for its beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking.

Ko Phi Phi photoPhoto by oarranzli

Ko Tao, Thailand

Ko Tao, along with being popular for its nightlife, is known for its tropical coral reefs, with species including whale sharks and rays. Hawksbill and green turtles gather here to breed.

Ko Tao photoPhoto by n.hewson

Koh Rong, Cambodia

An island that is a paradise with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Once untouched, it is now developing fast with several new resorts.

Koh Rong photo

Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

Thailand’s last undeveloped island paradise featuring beaches, mangrove forests, and coral reef dive sites.

Koh Yao Yai photoPhoto by Tom Ek

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

The islands are home to thousands of the world’s largest lizards, the famous Komodo Dragon, and its also the only place in the world where you will find them.

Komodo National Park photoPhoto by ChR!s H@rR!0t

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is an amazing place to visit because of the variety of things to do and see. The architecture ranges from cultural to modern. The most touristic sites are China Town, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Buta Caves, and Central Market.

Kuala Lumpur petronas photoPhoto by Dennis S. Hurd

Lahore Fort, Pakistan

Covering 20 hectares the ancient fort manifests the rich traditions of Mughal architecture.

Lahore Fort photoPhoto by andryn2006

Langkawi, Malaysia

an archipelago of 99 islands featuring white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The island, also called Langkawi, features beaches, waterfalls, jungle, mangrove forests, caves, and a mountain summit along with developed attractions.

Langkawi Cable Car photoPhoto by FullofTravel

Leh Ladakh, India

A spectacularly picturesque area featuring beautiful monasteries and landscapes bounded by two of the world’s great mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakorab.

Leh Ladakh photoPhoto by prashantby

Living Bridges in Cherrapunji, India

Perhaps the most amazing bridges on earth, formed from the living roots of the Ficus Elastica, or Rubber tree.

india living root bridges photoPhoto by Ashwin Kumar

Luang Prabang, Laos

The old town was once a royal capital and is famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries and charming atmosphere.

Luang Prabang photoPhoto by Mark Lehmkuhler

Mae Hong Song, Thailand

The province features mountain landscapes with caves, hot springs, nature parks, waterfalls, hill tribe villages and the famous Su Thong Pae Bamboo Bridge.

Mae Hong Song photoPhoto by tjabeljan


The famous group of islands is one of the world’s most desired travel destinations with postcard-perfect white sandy beaches and clear waters.

Maldives photoPhoto by Elena N

Masada, Israel

Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. Among the ruins are King Herod’s Palace, which sprawls over 3 rock terraces, and a Roman-style bathhouse with mosaic floors.

masada king photoPhoto by Ladycliff

Mataking Island, Malaysia

Featuring beautiful white sands and turquoise waters it is also rich with marine life making it a premier diving and snorkeling destination. It is also the location of the world’s first underwater post office.

Mataking Island photoPhoto by christianrholland

Mayon Volcano, Philippines

A symmetrically perfect and active volcano that offers natural wonders and several historical ruins at its perimeter.

Mayon Volcano photoPhoto by cb_agulto

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

An area of natural wonder featuring forests, waterfalls, rolling hills, villages, and elephant reserves.

monorum photoPhoto by Tom Leny Curt

Mount Everest, the Himalayas

The tallest mountain on Earth not only offers the glory of reaching the summit, its surrounds are a natural wonder in themselves.

Mount Everest photoPhoto by theglobalpanorama

Mount Fuji, Japan

The mount is perhaps one of the most photogenic in the world and draws hundreds of thousands to climb its slopes every year.

Mount Fuji photoPhoto by *_*

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

The mountain is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kinabalu Park which is home to extraordinary botanical and biological species biodiversity.

Mount Kinabalu photoPhoto by berniedup

Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

The active volcano features a spectacular deep blue crater lake and a popular destination for trekkers and climbers.

Mount Rinjani photoPhoto by Trekking Rinjani

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam

An oddity, the desert-like expansive sand dunes consist of white sand dunes and red sand dunes offering a playground for sledders, 4wd tours, bikes, and photographers.

Mui Ne Sand Dunes photoPhoto by wuestenigel

Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum on one end of the seven-kilometer-long Corniche in Doha, Qatar representing the full scope of Islamic art across three continents over 1400 years.

Museum of Islamic Art photoPhoto by still.epsilon

Nara Park, Japan

Established in 1880 it is one of the oldest parks in Japan and home to 1,000 free-roaming sacred deer who have learned to bow for treats.

Nara Park photoPhoto by jdnx

Nusa Islands, Indonesia

The Nusa Islands offer calm, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, dramatic coastlines, secret lagoons, spectacular naturally-formed infinity pools, and marine life.

Nusa Ceningan photoPhoto by dcpetit

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is an island province home to one of the world’s best diving locations, the Coron Reefs, along with karst landscapes, underground rivers, scenic bays, Japanese shipwrecks, beaches, and amazingly clear waters.

Palawan photoPhoto by dahon

Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.

Paro Taktsang Monastery photoPhoto by taxidesign

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Amazingly beautiful, and mostly undeveloped islands with coral reefs, pristine beaches, and turquoise waters.

 Perhentian Besar photoPhoto by crsan

Petra, Jordan

Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom.

petra jordan photoPhoto by Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.

Philosopher’s Walk, Japan

The Philosopher’s Walk is a pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. The route is so-named because the influential 20th-century Japanese philosopher and Kyoto University professor Nishida Kitaro is thought to have used it for daily meditation.

Tetsugaku no michi photoPhoto by lucamascaro

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh was once labeled the Pearl of Asia in its heydey combining Khmer architecture, pagodas, and French architecture. After troubled times it may be in the midst of a revival experiencing a development boom.

Phnom Penh white pagoda photoPhoto by wuestenigel

Phuket, Thailand

One of Asia’s top tourist destinations is well known for its beaches, diving, tourism services, and nightlife.

Phuket photoPhoto by Earth-Bound Misfit, I

Pokhara Valley, Nepal

The gateway to the Annapurna region and home to stunning lakes and mountainous backdrops, waterfalls, and pagodas.

Pokhara photoPhoto by Michael Scalet

Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan

A quirky and colorful village that was the work of one man, and one family.

 彩虹眷村 photoPhoto by *嘟嘟嘟*

Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, Raja Ampat is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Ancient rock paintings and caves are on Misool Island, while the crimson bird of paradise lives on Waigeo Island.

Raja Ampat Islands photoPhoto by Tony Shih (ctgintl140)

Reed Flute Cave, China

The Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts” is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.

Reed Flute Cave photoPhoto by archer10 (Dennis)

Sapa, Vietnam

Gateway to the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, including rice paddies, traditional villages, and hill tribes.

Sapa rice terrace photoPhoto by -JvL-

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE

Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, it is the largest mosque in the country, and the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering, and Eid prayers.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque photoPhoto by Mathias Apitz (München)

Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan

One of the most popular parks in Tokyo, Japan, it was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period.

Shinjuku Gyoen photoPhoto by ginomempin

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

The most important and largest Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar dates back 2,500 years and is covered in gold with over 7,000 gems.

Shwedagon Pagoda photoPhoto by D-Stanley

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya photoPhoto by cotaro70s


Former British colony and predominantly ethnic Chinese, the modern super-city features sights including Marina Bay, the Raffles Hotel, gardens and nature trails, Sentosa, the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum, and the city zoo.

marina bay photoPhoto by Leonid Yaitskiy

Siquijor, Philippines

Not only staggeringly beautiful with its beaches, lagoons, and waterfalls, its also an island of enchanting traditions.

Siquijor waterfall photoPhoto by SarahDepper

Socotra, Yemen

An extraordinarily scenic yet isolated location that features plant life found nowhere else on the planet.

Socotra photoPhoto by valerian.guillot

Sompur Mahabihar, Bangladesh

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient Buddhist monastery possibly dating back to the 8th century.

Paharpur photoPhoto by rapidtravelchai

Taj Mahal, India

Completed in 1648 it is one of most recognizable buildings in the world.

Taj Mahal photoPhoto by Friar’s Balsam

Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Hailed as one of the great natural wonders of the world the massive forest has evolved naturally over hundreds of millions of years.

Taman Negara canopy walkway photoPhoto by dms_303

Taroko National Park, Taiwan

Named after the local Truku aboriginal tribe, Taroko National Park the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River and is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful sights.

Taroko National Park photoPhoto by rvandermaar

The Li River and Yangshuo, China

A picturesque area, almost nature posing as art, it is renowned for its karst hills and beautiful meandering river.

Li River photoPhoto by xiquinhosilva

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Spanning 13 provinces, it is a water world that is an entity unto itself and a hub of life, culture and natural wonder.

Cai Rang floating market photoPhoto by acaaron816

The Red Lotus Sea, Thailand

From Nov. to Feb, the lake, which is dotted with Buddhist shrines and pagodas, blooms with a spectacular show of pink lotus flowers.

Red Lotus sea thailand photoPhoto by Jostartheworld

Valley of Flowers, India

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Valley of Flowers National Park is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.

Valley of Flowers india photoPhoto by aloshbennett

Vang Vieng, Laos

A picturesque town located on the Nam Song River that is famed for its limestone karst formations.

Vang Vieng photoPhoto by blueberries

Vigan, Philippines

Vigan is a city in the Philippines, on the west coast of Luzon island. It’s known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.

Vigan photoPhoto by Ray in Manila

Zhangjiajie, China

A UNESCO World Heritage site that many proclaim as one of the most beautiful places on the planet featuring massive quartzite sandstone pillars surrounded by streams and thick forests.

Zhangjiajie photoPhoto by milst1