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Top 10 Tourist Spot in Asia

Updated on November 30, 2009

The Best of Asia

Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent and here you'll also find the some of the most captivating sites. Let me share with you these amazing sites, things you can do, package tour plans, cheap hotels and airfare.

10th - Singapore

If there is one word that best captures Singapore, it is "unique". A dynamic city rich in contrast and colour, you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here. Brimming with unbridled energy, this little dynamo in Southeast Asia embodies the finest of both East and West.

A single day's trail will take you from the past to the future, from exotic ethnic enclave to efficient business centre, from serene gardens to sleek skyscrapers.

A simple meal is made memorable when drifting along the Singapore River on a traditional bumboat. Step off the boat and get catapulted 60 metres into the air on a reverse bungy ride! More laughter and fun is in store if you board an amphibious "duck" to explore the city, in the company of its wacky guides.

After a day of excitement, retreat into the peaceful sanctuary of our acclaimed spa, just a stone's throw away from the best business facilities in the world.

With its friendly and welcoming people, state-of-the-art infrastructure and something new happening everyday, Singapore is a holiday like no other.

  • Sentosa Island
  • Night Safari
  • Tang Dynasty City
  • Chinese and Japanese Gardens
  • Temple of 1000 Lights

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9th - Bali, Indonesia

The island of Bali is also blessed with a line of beaches that serve as a very good tourist attraction in Bali. The white sandy beaches are the ideal places for watching the sunrise as you jog down the beaches. Apart from this the tourists can engage themselves in a number of sporting activities such as diving, surfing and snorkeling or just go out into the sea in chartered boats.

It lies between the islands of Java and Lombok and is one more than 17,000 islands that makes up the Indonesian Archipelago. Bali is small, stretching approximately 140 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south. Slightly off centre, and running east to west, are a string of volcanic mountains. The tallest is Gunung Agung, which last erupted in 1963, and is 3,142 m. at its highest point.

Lying just 8° south of the Equator, Bali boasts a tropical climate with just two seasons, wet and dry, a year and an average annual temperature of around 28° C.

The Balinese people have strong spiritual roots and despite the large influx of tourists over the years, their culture is still very much alive.

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8th - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dubai has something for everyone, from vacationers seeking a relaxing break away from the pressures of work, to active tourists looking for a new, exciting experience. The emirate is an international conference, exhibition, and leisure travel destination.

Dubai has a seemingly endless variety of unique vacation opportunities! Some of the highlights are desert safaris, dune driving; exploring wadis (dry river beds) in four-wheel-drive vehicles; sand-skiing; moonlit Arabian desert barbecues, complete with traditional entertainment; camel racing, horse racing and falconry; cruises in wooden dhow on Dubai Creek or into the Gulf; exploration of the old city souks (markets) and creekside dhow quays. Photographic possibilities include traditional architecture; majestic mosques, magnificent palaces, camel and goat herds, ancient windtowers, dusty Bedouin villages, lush oases and palm groves, and dramatic sunsets.

The best time of the year to visit Dubai is between November and April, when the weather is coolest. Ramadan, which takes place at a different time each year on the western calendar, is the Muslim month of fasting and is strictly adhered to throughout the UAE. That means that it's illegal, not to mention rude, to eat, drink or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset during your stay While Dubai's official language is Arabic, many people speak English, particularly those who are in business or commerce.

Dubai is an incredible place to shop. You can explore everything from modern shopping malls to traditional souks to markets. As a result of Dubai's low custom duties, goods purchased in Dubai may be less expensive than goods purchased in other countries. For great shopping experiences, try to visit Bur Juman Centre and Al Ghurair Centre.

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7th - Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Located in the heart of the capital city and is a truly spectacular sight. The Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur is the world's tallest twin structures at a height of 452 metres.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur was inspired by the five pillars of Islam and was designed by an Argentinean- American Architect Cesar Pelli. The twin towers are 88 story and stand at a height of 452 metres above street level. The sky bridge is located on levels 41 and 42 and is 58.4 metres in length and is at a height of 170 metres above street level. There are 29 double deck high speed passenger lifts in each tower. There are 10 escalators in each tower.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur features stainless steel cladding and vision glass. 36,910 tonnes of steel have been used to construct the twin towers. Some of the prominent features of the twin towers include Building Control System, Building Security System and state of the art Communication System.

At the podium level the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur features an 864 seat arena which is home to the Malaysian philharmonic Orchestra. Petrosains, a modern contemporary museum carrying the theme 'oil and gas' is also located here. The state of the art discovery center allows visitors to touch and feel displays and exhibits. An art gallery is also located at level 3 known as Galeri Petronas. The gallery features various types of art ranging from painting, sculptures, multimedia to experimental works. Twin Towers Fitness Center is located on the concourse level and offers an array of equipment for sports like badminton, squash, volleyball and futsal. A Reference Library on energy, petroleum and related industries is also situated.

Several multination corporations have taken spaces on lease at the Tower 2 along with Petronas Associated Companies. State owned petroleum company, Petronas has offices on Tower 1.

Below the Petronas Twin Towers lies a beautifully landscaped fountain park designed by prominent Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Kuala Lumpur City Center is home to Suria Shopping Center.

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Petronas Twin Towers - View from across the building and during night

6th - Jerusalem

Jerusalem is home to many artistic and cultural attractions. The Israel Museum, a premier art museum, attracts over one-million visitors each year to its twenty-acre complex - one-third of the visitors are international tourists. Exhibits include the Dead Sea scrolls, an outdoor sculpture garden, the Youth Wing as well as Israeli and European art. Yad Vashem is another prominent monument in Jerusalem dedicated to the victim's of the holocaust. It houses the world's largest library of Holocaust-related books and articles.

As of 2000, Jerusalem had 1,204 synagogues, 158 churches and 73 mosques. There are many notable landmarks that are sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians including the Western Wall, Golgotha (site of the crucifixion), the Dome of the Rock and the Cenacle.

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Jerusalem

5th - Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the whole Asian continent. Bangkok is not only the capital of Thailand but also the national treasure house, spiritual, political, cultural, educational, commercial and diplomatic centre. The main tourist spot to see here is the tropical paradise island of Phuket.

Phuket is a place blessed with all beautiful things. You just name them and you find them in Phuket, beautiful beaches, tropical jungles, scrumptious local food and warm and welcoming people. There is a lot fun to have in Phuket. Bangkok has a dominating urban hierarchy. You can shop in air-conditioned environ of the western styled malls.

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4th - The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlisted in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.

Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

Dating back to some two thousand years ago, the Great Wall of China was built as a key to protect the agricultural lands from invasion and to keep the nation's people from vacating the empire. Originally built out of stone, wood, grass and earth, the construction of the great wall began in the early seventh century B.C when the earliest regional kingdoms were built solely for their own defensive military needs. The different watch towers across the wall were used by the army as a warning system. The time warning system during this period used the fire and smoke signals to declare nighttime and day time respectively. This enabled reliable communication to be relayed from one tower to the other. Progressively, more sections were added to the construction of the wall as the different kingdoms flourished. It was later during the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) that unified China made the wall a whole entity; the wall was built, repaired and further renovated to link the old sections which were previously built to the new ones.

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3rd - Japan

Shopping is a major activity for tourists in Japan, with traditional crafts vying for space with the latest in consumer electronics, fashion clothing, state of the art computer equipment and cameras. Local craft such as lacquer ware, silks, pottery, pearl; cloisonn and coral jewelry, paper lanterns, dolls, porcelain, and calligraphy supplies, flower hair ornaments are some of the numerous items available. Green tea, packed seaweed and silk screens are other specialty products.

Apart from shopping, another popular activity in Japan is cycling. Surprisingly Japan has thousands of kilometers of good cycling roads, and biking through scenic bike routes that wind their way through mountains, paddy fields and fishing villages offer an intimate view of local life.

The outdoor lover can also indulge in hiking. Japan's most challenging trek, scales through the 10,000 feet high North Alps, through dense pine forests. Mount Fuji is an easier peak to climb- it has five relatively easy going trails, which do not require special mountain equipment or trekking skills. The trails are dotted with local inns and hot springs for the weary traveler.

Japan's string of islands makes it a Scuba Divers' paradise, with new dive spots being discovered each year. The icy waters from the Arctic wash Japan's northern most tip, whilst warm temperate currents bath its southern shores. On the island of Honshu, the most popular dive spots are on the Izu Peninsula on the east coast, while Osezaki is the best known on the west coast, and most other coastal towns offer a range of shore and boat dives, each a unique experience. Okinawa and the Bonin Islands, further south, offer warm tropical waters, filled with colorful fish, turtles, sea snakes and coral reefs. Hokkaido, on the other hand, has ice diving spots in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Sightseeing, of course, tops the list of activities with a plethora of temples, shrines, gardens, museums to see, and experiences such as the tea ceremony, spectacular theatre such as No and Kabuki, and traditional Japanese hospitality leave the tourist with an unforgettable memories.

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2nd - Disneyland, HongKong

The fifth Disney theme park in the world, Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Penny's Bay on Lantau Island. Built with Chinese customs and culture in mind, Disneyland in Hong Kong is a rich mix of the flair of the orient with the traditional outlay of the Disney parks you've come to know and love. If you are traveling to China with your family, or even if you are just a kid at heart, a sidetrip to the Disneyland in Hong Kong will be well worth your time. There's a reason Disney theme parks have been one of the world's most popular destinations for decades. And if you really want to splurge, make sure to stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, so you can be surrounded by Disney Magic at all times.

Like its famous American counterpart, Hong Kong Disneyland is divided into four different themed lands - Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Each one features whirling rides, affable characters roaming the paths, and other Disney-themed excitement.

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1st - PALAWAN, Philippines

Palawan is one of the most attractive spots that tourists can visit in the Philippines. With a total land area of 1,489,655 hectares, the province is known as the "Last Frontier" and is home to one of the most protected areas in the country.The province boasts of many attractions that will captivate both local and international tourists.

The Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the tourist spots in Palawan worth visiting. Its 3,700 hectare land area is home to different varieties of wildlife animals. Here one will be awed by the site of African animals such as giraffes, zebras, elands, and gazelles mingling with local Philippine animals such as the Palawan bearcat, peacock pheasant, and mouse deer. There is modest accommodation for guests intending to wile their night away.

The Coron Reef is another tourist spot in Palawan that should be considered visiting. It has seven captivating lakes engulfed by limestone cliffs. The venue is a popular destination of nature lovers staying in Palawan.

One of the top destinations in Palawan, the El Nido Marine Reserve is home to different species of wildlife. With an area of 96,000 hectares, this tourist spot in Palawan is home to a wide range of rainforests, coral reefs, limestone cliffs, mangroves, and white sand beaches. Likewise, guests can look forward to seeing numerous species of fishes like the manta ray. Divers may experience swimming side by side with the sea cow, known by its local name of "dugong," which is one of the most endangered marine mammal in the world.

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