Top Cities in Asia

Pocket Guide: Asia

Stretching from the borders of Africa to Australia and from Europe to America, Asia is the largest and most populous continent on earth. Home to tiger economies and jungles hiding tigers, towering mountain peaks and idyllic beaches, cosmopolitan cities and rainforests, this inexhaustible continent will keep even the most energetic traveller happy for a lifetime. Whether you want to climb to the top of the world’s highest mountain, escape to a deserted island, experience life with a nomadic community, party the night away on the beach or enjoy some of the best food on earth, book a hotel in Asia and you’ll see it has it all.

Where to Stay in Asia

Central Asia: Home to nomadic tribes, hyper-modern cities, deserted plains and verdant valleys, Central Asia is a land of extremes. Head to the region’s cities for designer shopping, fine dining and modern architecture or head out into the wilds for hiking, horse riding and traditional life.

Southern Asia: Top up your tan on India’s stunning beaches, soak up the contagious atmosphere of its dynamic cities or travel to the lofty kingdoms of the Himalayas to experience life on the roof of the world.

Southeast Asia: One of the most beautiful parts of the continent, Southeast Asia is famous for its idyllic beaches, ornate temples, bustling cities and mouth-watering cuisine. Cycle the length of Vietnam, go island hopping in Indonesia or discover the hidden treasures of mysterious Myanmar.

East Asia: Explore the modern cities of China, the ancient religions of Japan, the deserts of Mongolia and the coastal communities of South Korea. This diverse and ancient region offers some of the best sightseeing in Asia, not to mention some of the best food on the planet.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Asia

From the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China and Mount Everest to the Forbidden City, Asia is home to some of the world’s most famous sights. If you don’t have time to visit them all, make sure you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China, Mount Fuji in Japan, the Grand Palace in Bangkok and the mountain communities of the Himalayas. Some of the region’s lesser known, but equally impressive, sights include the vertigo inducing Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, the temple-packed city of Bagan in Burma and the burning Door to Hell in Turkmenistan.

Thanks to its spectacular variety, almost every activity you can think of can be found in Asia. For shopping, nightlife and great food head to Tokyo, Bangkok or Seoul, for beaches, water sports and idyllic islands visit Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines, while trekking, climbing and outdoor activities abound in Nepal, Northern Indian and the other countries that border the Himalayas. When it comes to culture, it’s hard to beat the pull of Beijing, Kyoto, Ho Chi Minh City and Jaipur, though almost all of the region’s major cities have a great selection of museums, galleries, architectural gems and concert halls to explore.