Places To Visit In East Asia

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Here are the top 44 destinations to visit in East Asia

1. Koh Samet

4.3 /5

1 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Located about 168 kms from Bangkok and 74 Kms from Pattaya to the south, Koh Samet is a popular weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. This slender island, known for its pristine blue waters, colourful coral reefs, marine life and several powdery white beaches, was once a backpackers haven b...

2. Khao Lak

4.2 /5

2 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Khao Lak is a string of villages which lie on the west coast of Thailand. Once a quiet and relatively untouched region of the country, these villages are fast becoming a hotspot for adventure sports and beachside vacations for Thai locals and tourists alike. The best way to reach Khao Lak is via roa...

3. Koh Lipe

4.0 /5

3 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Koh Lipe is one of the islands of the Tarutao Marine National Park. Initially, this island was predominantly settled by the Chao Ley or the sea gipsies who live in small villages here. Tourism has increased in Koh Lipe since the 1990s and hasn't seen a pause ever since. The vast coral reefs and gorg...

4. Hua Hin

4.2 /5

4 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

The original beach resort city of Thailand, Hua Hin, is a renowned destination among both locals and tourists alike. Located a little over three hours away by road to the south of Bangkok, the city is also serviced by Hua Hin airport. Once known as the beach getaway for Thai royals because of their ...

5. Koh Chang

5.0 /5

5 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Koh Chang is one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand with pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, great for snorkeling and diving. There are also some breath taking mountains and jungles where hiking is very popular. All in all, Koh Chang is an idyllic destination for a backpacke...

6. Chiang Rai

2.2 /5

6 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Chiang Rai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand, near the borders of Laos and Myanmar. It has many ancient temples and tribal villages along the Mekong river. Chiang Rai is part of the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar and serves as an excellent base for exploring this region...

7. Sukhothai

4.1 /5

7 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Sukhothai is home to approximately 190 ancient sites and temple ruins. It is known to mark the beginning of the Thai civilisation. Most of the monuments and ruins are restored at the Sukhothai Historical Park, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Xi'an

4.0 /5

8 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Oldest among the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.

9. Kanchanaburi

3.8 /5

9 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Blessed with ancient rainforests, waterfalls and limestone caves, Kanchanaburi is a popular resort town located at the confluence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers in western Thailand. Regarded as Thailand's microcosm, Kanchanaburi and its surrounding region boast stylish resorts, scenic reservo...

10. Trang

4.2 /5

10 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Trang is a city in Southern Thailand known for its food and culture. It shares the same traditional heritage as the nearby cities of Krabi and Phuket. It is not crowded, but still a very lively city with many natural attractions surrounding it. Most people use Trang just as a transit destination to ...

11. Similan Islands

4.2 /5

11 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Similan is an archipelago of 11 small islands located around 120 km from Phuket in the Andaman Sea. They are part of a protected National Park focusing on the conservation and protection of wildlife. These are one of Thailand's most stunning places, with splendidly picturesque white sand beache...

12. Ayutthaya

4.4 /5

12 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Ayutthaya, short for Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, is a small city in Thailand containing archaeological sites like temples, monasteries, palaces, etc. It lies just 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and is an ideal destination for a day trip from Bangkok. Often referred to as Krung Kao or 'ancient capital'...

13. Surat Thani

4.1 /5

13 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Not a go-to destination in itself, Surat Thani provides a base point from which travellers meander to its neighbouring provinces and regions in Thailand. Once the seat of the Srivijaya empire, Surat Thani today is an important trade and transport hub. A typical suburban town in the country, Surat Th...

14. Khao Yai National Park

4.4 /5

14 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Khao Yai National Park is Thailand's oldest and most visited national park established in 1962. It covers more than 2,100 square kilometers. The park boasts a lush green landscape, rugged mountains with thick forests, marvellous waterfalls, exotic species of birds and a...

15. Koh Kood

3.8 /5

15 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Koh Kood, commonly spelt as Koh Kut, is one of the few islands in Thailand that is not overrun by tourists and is increasingly becoming popular among people looking for a peaceful getaway to beautiful islands. Housing a population of fewer than 2000 people, this island stands to be the sixth-largest...

16. Krabi Town

4.5 /5

16 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Although it doesn't have any beaches of its own, Krabi Town is a charming choice for people who want to experience a very local Thai culture. Most tourists use this town majorly as a pass through to go to the nearby island towns, but Krabi in itself is very beautiful, especially in terms of its mark...

17. Chanthaburi

4.2 /5

17 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Chanthaburi is a laid-back town in eastern Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chanthaburi river. Officially the capital of its namesake province, this town and its surrounding regions are primarily known for its rich history, wonderful countryside culture, relaxed vibe, scenic waterfalls, forest...

18. Lopburi

3.8 /5

18 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, located around 150 kilometres from Bangkok city which takes around 2.5 hours. It is a city which houses historic ruins and artifacts which play a major role in Thailand's culture. It is famous for monkeys, architectural remains of Khmer empire, rock c...

19. Phetchaburi

3.8 /5

19 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Dating back to the 8th century, Phetchaburi is a small town in southern Thailand, around 130km from Bangkok. Known to have the oldest settlements in Thailand, it is situated on River Phet and is home to some beautiful temples, beaches, and the famous Royal Palace. Phetchaburi is more of a worki...

20. Nong Khai

3.8 /5

20 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Lying on the southern bank of the Mekong River in Northeast Thailand, Nong Khai is a lively town just 20 minutes from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The entire city is filled with images of the Naga, the giant serpent of the Mekong. There are several waterfalls, riverside villages, forest temples, ...

21. Sangkhlaburi

3.8 /5

21 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Sangkhlaburi is a high-altitude city at the end of Thailand, just 25 kilometers from the Burma border. It has the beautiful Vajiralongkorn Lake (Khao Laem), where most travelers take a boat ride, rest, and enjoy the day. Most of the city is covered by dense forests and limestone ranges. Sangkhlaburi...

22. Railay

4.5 /5

22 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Accessible just by boat, this peninsula of limestone crags is a beautiful destination for a laid-back rest in the middle of your Thailand holiday. An absolute best for rock climbers, Railay is a one-of-a-kind spot for active diving, kayaking and rock climbing; as well as just relax at your resort.

23. Busan

4.5 /5

23 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Second largest city in South Korea. Situated on the furthest southeastern tip of the southern peninsula

24. Tokyo

4.3 /5

24 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is in every sense- a mix. This city is known for its technological prowess, its quirky pop culture, and its simultaneous attachment to tradition. With every area having something different to offer, it is truly the best place for any tourist seeking variety and adventure...

25. Osaka

5.0 /5

25 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

JapanĀs second-most important city, Osaka is a city unlike the ultra-modern Tokyo and the traditional Kyoto, with a character of its own. Even the locals speak a unique Japanese dialect. Its charm may seem ubiquitous at first, hidden along large buildings and business centres, but Osaka offers delig...

26. Phuket

4.7 /5

26 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

The largest Island in all of Thailand, Phuket has everything Thailand has to offer. It is located in southern Thailand, on the Andaman sea coastline. Serviced by the Phuket International Airport, the island sees no dearth of travellers at any time of the year. Golden beaches, numerous offshore islan...

27. Kyoto

5.0 /5

27 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

While other cities of Japan embrace modernity without hesitation, Kyoto still maintains traces of tradition, and old Japanese culture. With every street, mountain and shrine having something to offer, Kyoto is a must-visit for a rich, wholesome cultural experience.

28. Seoul

5.0 /5

28 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Seoul has a rich and vibrant past and has become the economic, cultural and political heart of South Korea. It is one of the prime destinations of South East Asia and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year due to it's wide array of activities and attractions.

29. Taipei

4.2 /5

29 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Capital of Taiwan, Taipei is the city where the government of the Republic of China shifted after the revolution in 1949. Today, it has developed by leaps and bounds, becoming an all encompassing tourist destination and also home to the world's 8th tallest building, the Taipei 101.

30. Shanghai

4.2 /5

30 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Shanghai is among China's most important cities. It is the most populous city in China and also the most populous in the world. Due to it's wide array of tourist attractions, Shanghai serves as one of China's best tourist destinations.

31. Pattaya

4.3 /5

31 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Popularly known as Thailand's Sex capital and party hub, Pattaya is a coastal city in the Gulf of Thailand that, over the years, has steadily grown out of its infamous tag. It is located 150km southeast of Bangkok, a two-hour drive away. The beaches and islands in Pattaya offer a wide variety o...

32. Koh Samui

4.5 /5

32 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

The second-largest island of Thailand after Phuket, Ko Samui is a gem of an island in the Koh Samui (or Samui) Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Once a hidden secret of only persevering travelers, Samui Island has transformed into one of Thailand's most visited tourist destinations. Breathtakingl...

33. Krabi

5.0 /5

33 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

One of the oldest provinces in Thailand, Krabi is home to the traditional yet the modern, the touristy and the local flavour. A coastal destination often visited with Phuket, Krabi is home to beautiful beaches, islands and limestone formations. In addition, Krabi offers some of the beautiful coral d...

34. Bangkok

4.4 /5

34 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a modern-day melting pot of contrasting cultures and faiths. Here, towering skyscrapers stand in harmony next to temples and monasteries. The luxury malls and shopping centres compete with the street bazaars and floating markets. Cuisines...

35. Pai

4.0 /5

35 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Located between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai, this beautiful little town of Pai is surrounded by mountains everywhere, and is a dream destination for a traveller. The alluring river Pai flows across this town which makes rafting a popular sport here. Besides that, trekking and hiking are other advent...

36. Chiang Mai

4.1 /5

36 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Formerly the seat of the Lanna Kingdom and regarded as the northern capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is entirely opposite to what first-timers to Thailand expect it to be. Unlike its southern counterparts, Chiang Mai is known for its laid back vibes, numerous temples and monasteries, crowded local ma...

37. Nagoya

3.8 /5

37 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Nagoya is a city which was known in the past for its samurai and ninja culture but has fast evolved to become the hub of automobile and aircraft manufacturing in Japan. Slowly it is making its way onto the tourist map as well for those who want to get away from the city madness in Tokyo and enjoy a ...

38. Beijing

3.7 /5

38 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Beijing is one of China's most historic cities. It has been the capital of various emperors over centuries and continues to be the capital of China today. It is a major tourist attraction due to the heritage of all the dynasties that have resided here, their culture, their monuments and their palace...

39. Macau

4.5 /5

39 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

The resort city of Macau, or Macao, is an amalgam of holidays, events and festivities. Lauded as the 'top gambling destination in the world', Macau is located in southern China, a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. Spread across 30 square kilometre in size, it is small enough to feel inti...

40. Phi Phi Islands

5.0 /5

40 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands. Only 40 km away from Phuket, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands of the six. With their pristine waters and vibrant parties, these islands are a wonderful way to spend a few days in Thailand.

41. Guangzhou

5.0 /5

41 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Capital and the largest city of the Guangdong Province

42. Shenzhen

3.6 /5

42 out of 44 Places To Visit in East Asia

Connects Hong Kong to mainland China