Top 5 Best Countries in Asia to Visit!

From megacities to remote islands. From the highest to the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. The list goes on. With over 4 billion people and 48 countries, Asia is the most diverse content in the world. Asia has it all! With this in mind, choosing the right destination for your holiday or exchange semester can be a bit overwhelming. To help you figure out where to go, here are some of the top 5 countries to visit in Asia.

palm tree in Malaysia
Asia is beautiful and there is so much to discover. Photo by Hannah Persson /  CC BY 


Although Bali gets most of the attention, most people don´t know much about Indonesia. A common mistake is to think Bali is a country but it´s not. It’s a province that is one out of more than 17 000 islands located in the Indonesian archipelago. Each of these islands has its different dialects, cultures, species, and nature, which makes Indonesia even more appealing to explore because there is so much to discover. It’s amazing to think; I can see orangutans not far north, I can see Komodo dragons not far east and I can surf world-class waves at the Mentawai islands, not far west. If you are an adventure junkie, go to Indonesia! 

locals in Indonesia
Travel to Indonesia and fall in love with the always so friendly local people! Photo by Zeyn Afuang /  CC BY 


Napoleon once said, “China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he awakes, he will move the world.” China will most likely in a near-future overtake the crown of being the world’s new superpower. The country has experienced. over the last decades, unprecedented growth and nowadays China is the second-largest economy in the world. Therefore, to learn just a little bit of Chinese or to know a little bit about its culture and history, will improve your future job prospects. Soon everyone is looking towards the east to make business and your knowledge will be a huge asset.  

Skyline of Shanghai
Shanghai is a global financial hub and it’s a must visit when traveling in China. Photo By Adi Constantin /  CC BY 


Is Malaysia the most underrated country in Southeast Asia? Yes, I believe it is. There are a few places in the world that have it all. Malaysia is one of them. Though, people travelling to Southeast Asia talk more about the wicked surf in Indonesia or crazy parties and beautiful beaches in Thailand. Do you often hear about Malaysia? I bet you don´t. But this could be to your advantage! As Malaysia is not as hyped as the rest of the Southeast Asian countries, it means there are more uncrowded places to visit which is not yet mainstream than in Thailand for example. Malaysia offers amazing cuisine, stunning national parks, picturesque beaches, world-renowned aquatic life, rich history, and vibrant culture. If this country wasn’t on your bucket list, well, now it should be! 

Beach in Malaysia
There are plenty of uncrowded beaches in Malaysia Photo By Sébastien Jermer /  CC BY 

South Korea  

The changing seasons and year-round festivals are the biggest selling points why you should travel to South Korea. Each of the four seasons in South Korea is very distinct from one another. You might have heard of the cherry blossom season? As the winter snow melts nature comes to live in a jaw-dropping way. That´s the beginning of the cherry blossom season and to witness it is a sight of itself. Trees on the streets turn to pink and it´s a picturesque vista beyond compare. This is the perfect time to step up your Instagram game.

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If you are interested in learning more about the country’s rich history, colorful culture and unique traditions, perhaps the best way is to attend any of the annual festivals. In April you have the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival and in October you have the Jinju Lantern Festival to just name drop a few out of many interesting festivals in South Korea. We promise you, you will never get bored in ”creative Korea”!   

Cherry blossom season in South Korea
Visit South Korea during the cherry blossom season. You will not get disappointed! Photo By AJ /  CC BY 


The potato-shaped island Taiwan might be small compared to China. But don´t judge a book by its cover. The small island has a larger population than Australia, occupies an important position in the global economy and Taiwan is a top player in the world’s information and communication technology industry. As a member of the four Asian tigers, still, Taiwan is not commonly talked about as a travel destination. Considered as being one of the safest countries in the world, you can travel around the island without being worried about violence or theft. Besides that, stunning scenery, the wealth of culture – from ancient China to modern-day Western additions and amazing food, Taiwan is a must-visit travel destination!   

Take the chance now and study abroad in Asia. It´s a once in a lifetime experience! 

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