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From the culture-vulture traveler to the nature lover, the thrill seeker, and now to the solo-traveler, women are happily chilling in their favorite destinations. Far away from their fast-moving lives and mundane everyday routine, they are traveling to rejuvenate and recalibrate.
Asia, the largest continent of the planet, has attracted travelers since ages. The female traveler of the 21st century too continues to be fascinated by Asia’s diverse culture, history, and offbeat locations.
Destinations in Asia are spellbinding, surreal, and absolutely sensuous — perfect for a relaxing holiday, be it beaches or mountains. Don’t forget to pack your camera, girls. You sure wouldn’t want to miss capturing those heavenly sights!
So get set to explore and experience these 15 exotic and luxurious Asian locations for an impeccable vacation:
Top attractions: COMO Cocoa is one of the most sought after destinations in the island nation of Maldives. Another ideal place with sun-kissed beaches and boutique luxury resorts is Baros. Rejuvenate at Huvahendhoo Island, Lily Beach Resort and Spa. The Emboodhu Finolhu Island houses the luxurious Taj Exotica Resort.
Best places to stay: Intercontinental Maldives, Jumeriah Vittaveli, Soneva Jani, Soneva Fushi, Gili Lankanfushi, Huvafen Fushi
Best time to visit: Between November and April
Top attractions: Bangkok the vibrant and dynamic capital city is the perfect beauty, shopping, and foodie paradise. Visit the stunning Wat Arun Temple, eat at the Chinatown Market, shop at the Asiatique Riverfront, and party at the Khao San and RCA.
Don’t miss the Grand Palace and the old city of Wat Pho. Other places to explore outside of Bangkok are Chiang Mai (snorkeling, scuba diving & kayaking), Phuket (Beaches, diving, water sports), and Koh Samui (beaches, rainforest, luxury resorts and posh spas).
Best places to stay: Keemala, Sri Panwa hotels, Samahita Retreat, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Amanpuri, Six Senses Yao Noi
Best time to visit: Between November and early April
Top attractions: There’s no doubt that Bali is the most alluring vacation draw in Indonesia. Some of the major attractions of Bali include the wonders of Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak, Caldera Lake, Elephant safari park, Dreamland beach, Pedang beach, and beautiful stone caves.
Being home to 17,000+ islands, Indonesia has much more to explore and experience. Bukit Lawang, Gili Islands, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo, Komodo, Ubud, Thousand Islands, Borobudur, and Lombok are some hotspots that travelers often include in their itinerary.
Best places to stay: Nihi Sumba, Svarga Loka, COMO Shambhala Estate, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, The Ritz-Carlton, The Mulia
Best time to visit: From May to October
Top attractions: Kuala Lumpur the capital is known for shopping and amazing culinary delights. Other KL must visits are Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, and Bukit Bintang for shopping. Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, and Taman Negara are a few other places in Malaysia that are worth a visit.
Best places to stay: Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Laut Resort, Tunamaya Resort, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, MaliHom Private Estate, Tanjung Rhu Resort
Best time to visit: Between December and February
Top attractions: Tokyo is the place to see cultural traditions fused with modern life. Enjoy the city during the cherry blossom season. Visit Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, an oasis in the middle of the busy city. The other destinations to check out when in Japan are Kyoto, Nara, Takayama, Nikko, Kamakura, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Koyasan, and Mt. Fuji. Japan has 17 world heritage sites, all of which can be explored along with its perfect landscapes, magnificent rugged mountains, and warm, gracious people.
Best places to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Zaborin, The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Asaba, Trunk (House), Aman Tokyo
Best time to visit: June until the end of August
Top attractions: India is the land of color, culture, and contradictions, and only a visit to this diverse nation can help you decode the myth, mystery, and magic it holds. Swing to the musical beats in Goa, laze around on a houseboat in a lake in Kashmir, relax on the pristine beaches of Kerala, or be treated as a royal in Rajasthan. In India you’ll never be short of destinations to visit.
The Indian Ocean offers beautiful beach destinations that of the Andaman Islands, Kerala, Goa, Orissa, and Karnataka. The popular hill destinations of Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal offer great views of the Himalayan range.
Best places to stay: Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, Amanbagh Resort, ITC Grand Goa, The Oberoi Cecil
Best time to visit: Between late October to April
Top attractions: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! And Sri Lanka has many precious stones to offer its female visitors. Known for its exotic spices and wilderness, this island nation in the Indian Ocean has endless beaches to rejuvenate and recalibrate, with swaying coconut groves to keep company.
The Sri Lankan hospitality has to be experienced to be believed. The same is true of its world famous cuisine, its diverse landscapes, and the very famous Colombo tea. Visit the ancient Deegawapiya monastery, surf at the Arugam Bay, laze at the Bentota Beach, take a tea and herb tour in Colombo, or trek to Adam’s Peak.
Best places to stay: Antara Peace Haven, The Fortress, Ulagalla by Uga Escapes, Living Heritage, Anantara Kalutara, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, Ceylon Tea Trails
Best time to visit: From December to March (west and south coasts and hill country); from April/May to September (east coast)
Top attractions: Planning to explore extraordinary and surprising things? Then Vietnam is your destination. A UNESCO world heritage site, Vietnam has a rich history, fascinating landscapes, and epic food to sample. Enjoy street food at Hanoi, the grand places of Hue, architecture of Hoi An, mountain hiking and trekking expeditions at SaPa, and seaside charm at Nha Trang.
Best places to stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Premier Village Danang Resort, Six Senses Con Dao, Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island, InterContinental Nha Trang, Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort
Best time to visit: December through February
Top attractions: Include a slice of heaven into your travels. Yes, it’s Philippines. Head to Boracay Island to explore Wiley’s Rock and its beaches. The island of Palawan is another exquisite destination known for its magnificent waters and rich marine biodiversity. Visit Nacpan Beach in El Nido or Kayangan Lake in Coron and try snorkeling, scuba diving, or paddle boarding.
Best places to stay: Qi Palawan, Amarela, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, Apulit Island, Ticao Island Resort, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa
Best time to visit: Between November and April
Top attractions: This Southeast Asian country is the perfect destination for history lovers. Cambodia’s ancient and enriching history, its generous people, and its intricate ruins are worth a journey.
Some of the major attractions of Cambodia are the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple, Bayon Temple, The Royal Palace, Koh Ker, the Silver Pagoda, Tonle Sap, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap floating villages. Phnom Penh is a traveler’s paradise. Angkor Wat is one of the best places to visit in Asia.
Best places to stay: Six Senses Krabey Island, Sol Beach Resort, Shinta Mani Wild, The Balé Phnom Penh, Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa, Sofitel Angkor Spa and Golf Resort
Best time to visit: Between November and April
Top attractions: Some of the most attractive places to explore and experience when in Myanmar are Yangon, Inle lake, and Bagan. From attending festivals to temple hopping, you won’t find a minute to stop because there’s so much to see and capture. When in Yangon, pay your respects at the Shwedagon Pagoda, shop at the Bogyoke Market, sample Burmese cuisines, and later chill near Inya Lake.
Situated on the banks of Ayeyarwady River, Bagan is another supreme and astounding place to visit. Some other must-sees in Bagan are the Ananda temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Bupaya Pagoda, Bagan Archaeological Museum, and the Popa Mountain National Park.
Best places to stay: Amara Ocean Resort, Belmond Road to Mandalay, Inle Princess Resort, Mrauk U Princess, Aureum Palace Hotel, Governor’s Residence
Best time to visit: October to March
Top attractions: Land-locked between Thailand on one side and Vietnam on the other, Laos is located on the Mekong River. It also shares its borders with Myanmar and Cambodia. In Vientiane do visit the Pha That Luang, a Buddhist Stupa that dates back to 1586.
At Luang Prabang do some temple hopping and also add the following to your list: Mount Phousi, Wat Xieng Thong, and Phra Bang. Vang Vieng is popular with rock climbers. Most hang out at the Tham Chang Cave or zipline and go tubing down the river.
Best places to stay: Le Bel Air Resort and Villa, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort, Lao-Seoul Resort, Villa Santi Resort, The Plaza Vientiane
Best time to visit: Between October and April
Top attractions: A top destination for any girl, Singapore offers something for everyone. From foodies and shopaholics, to fashionistas and bar hoppers, it’s all there. It satisfies the culture vultures, spa enthusiasts, as well as the sun worshippers.
Enjoy a ride at Marina Bay, skywalk at Gardens by the Bay, take a tour of Bintan Island and Sentosa, or check out the Merlion. Foodies can try finger-licking food at Chinatown and Little India, and for the thrill seekers, it’s the roller coaster rides at Universal Studios.
Best places to stay: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Marina Bay Sands, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Capella Singapore Resort And Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Best time to visit: Between February and April
Top attractions: One of the best places to visit in Asia, Brunei is that small package with good things in it. The mesmerizing landscapes and the abundance fauna will make you fall in love with the country. Explore rainforest, virgin beaches, villages, and visit mosques. Try the Gadong Night Market, Ulu Temburong National Park, Kampong Iyer, Muara Beach, and Bandar Seri Begawan.
Best places to stay: The Empire, The Rizqun International Hotel, Orchid Garden Hotel
Best time to visit: Between January and May
Top attractions: Those interested in offbeat and remote can head to Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia. The lush flora, unique landscapes, and picturesque beaches will get etched in your memory for years to come. A heaven for certified divers, Timor-Leste also makes for a great honeymoon destination. Visit Atauro Island, Jaco Island, Baucau, and Dili for rich experiences of this faraway land.
Best places to stay: Novo Turismo Resort & Spa, Discovery Inn, Hotel LoroSa’e, Hotel Esplanada, Timor Plaza Hotel & Apartments, Arbiru Beach Resort
Best time to visit: April to July
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