If you’re looking to inject more adventure into your life, then the popular way to start is with travel. Exploring the globe exposes you to a variety of cultures and you’ll get to try new activities and food that are unavailable in your home country.

Most importantly, travel is a great escape from daily stressors and work-life. Struggling to decide which Asian countries to add to your travel bucket list? Here are six destinations in random order that definitely make the cut:

1. Japan

Fujiyoshida, Japan (Photo by David Edelstein on Unsplash)

Fujiyoshida, Japan (Photo by David Edelstein on Unsplash)

This fascinating country is a feast for the eyes – everywhere you look is covered in stunning greenery and ornate architecture. If you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, then you have to visit Tokyo during your stay, where you can scale the iconic Tokyo sky tree, or try some of the unique cuisines.

Furthermore, if you do plan to visit Japan, make sure you get the correct travel insurance, as it can cost more than £3700 to stay in a Japanese hospital for a day, depending on your illness or injury.

2. Thailand

Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj @ Hat Yai Municipal Park

Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj @ Hat Yai Municipal Park

It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveller looking for some alone time, or with a group of backpackers hoping for fun and adventure, Thailand is a must-visit Asian destination. Known for its Buddhist culture, a trip to Thailand is a great opportunity to learn more about other religions and their practices.

If you’re more of a party goer, then you should experience one of Thailand’s full moon parties; live fire shows take place throughout the night and there are a variety of delicious food and drinks to enjoy as you socialise.

3. India

India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

India is an amazing country that you ought to visit at least once in your lifetime because of its completely dissimilar culture.

If you’re a foodie of spicy cuisine, then make sure you try an authentic Indian curry with a side of homemade roti and fragrant jasmine rice. After you’ve fuelled up, take a trip to the iconic Taj Mahal. This stunning architecture is considered a masterpiece and houses the tomb of its creator, Shah Jahan, and his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

4. Vietnam

Ninh Bình, Vietnam (Photo by Catherine Dionne on Unsplash)

Ninh Bình, Vietnam (Photo by Catherine Dionne on Unsplash)

If you’re a history buff, you’ll be in your element in Vietnam. The war remnants museum documents all you need to know about the Vietnam war – not for the faint-hearted, the museum goes into gory details about the fatalities during the American invasion.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted excursion, why not try your hand at sand dune surfing? This is a great, unique and pulse-racing activity for everyone to try.

5. Malaysia

yours truly view the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

yours truly view the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you’re hoping for a more family-friendly Asian destination, then look no further than Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers are a breathtaking monument in the region and they appear so much more impressive than in visuals.

Kids will also love spending a day at Sunway Lagoon, which is one of the most popular theme parks in the country. Nevertheless, if you are travelling with young children, ensure that you bring a lot of entertainment and snacks to keep them occupied.

6. Nepal

yours truly's maiden hiking trip in Nepal

yours truly’s maiden hiking trip in Nepal

For some vacationers, an adventurous holiday is the definition of escape. If you’re into hiking and trekking, then Nepal, the Switzerland of Asia, is an ideal destination. Home to the highest mountain in the world, Everest, feel free to take on this mammoth challenge if you’re fit enough.

Even if you’re a novice hiker, there are still many astonishing trekking regions in the area for you to conquer.

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