Lonely Planet names 10 best places to visit in Asia

From South Korea to Uzbekistan or Vietnam, the publisher has chosen the most trending locations for this year

As the world’s largest continent, visiting Asia can bring some really tough decisions. The region is so diverse and colourful that it is hard to pick one destination for your visit.

Busan, South Korea

Busan was named the absolute winner for being “eclectic” and “vibrant”— Shutterstock Lonely Planet names 10 best places to visit in Asia
Busan was named the absolute winner for being “eclectic” and “vibrant” – Shutterstock

That is why Lonely Planet has come up with its third annual Best in Asia list, which covers the most trending places across the continent.

This year, the publisher has selected “eclectic” and “vibrant” Busan in South Korea as the absolute winner of the ranking.

Lonely Planet calls the city “a stunning confluence of scenery, culture and cuisine… Busan packs an eclectic offering of activities to suit all travellers: hike hills to Buddhist temples, settle into sizzling hot springs and feast on seafood at the country’s largest fish market.”

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan's ancient cities  offer jewelled architecture — Shutterstock Lonely Planet names 10 best places to visit in Asia
Uzbekistan’s ancient cities offer jewelled architecture – Shutterstock

Second place belongs to Uzbekistan for its “ jewelled architecture and ancient cities” and the atmosphere of a  “supercity that somehow keeps getting cooler” helped Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to become the third most recommended place to visit in 2018.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 Ho Chi Minh City is a “supercity that somehow keeps getting cooler”  — Sean Hsu / Shutterstock Lonely Planet names 10 best places to visit in Asia
Ho Chi Minh City is a “supercity that somehow keeps getting cooler” – Sean Hsu / Shutterstock

“Asia is such a vast and diverse continent for anyone dreaming of an escape,” Lonely Planet’s AsiaPacific Media Spokesperson Chris Zeiher said. “Our experts have combed through thousands of recommendations to pick the best destinations to visit over the next 12 months.”

“From Nagasaki in Japan, to Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka,” Zeiher said. “This is a line-up to inspire a multitude of travellers – whether they’re based in Asia, or maybe they’ve already visited some of the region’s heavy-hitting destinations.”

Nagasaki, Japan

 Nagasaki has managed to turn its catastrophic history into a call for peace — Shutterstock Lonely Planet names 10 best places to visit in Asia
Nagasaki has managed to turn its catastrophic history into a call for peace – Shutterstock

Each destination was selected for its unique features. While the Western Ghats in India benefits from the rugged hills listed under Unesco, Japan’s Nagasaki has managed to turn its catastrophic history into a call for peace and Chiang Mai in Thailand has attracted a young and creative population that has brought an exciting buzz.

10 best places to visit in Asian according to Lonely Planet

  1. Busan, South Korea
  2. Uzbekistan
  3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  4. Western Ghats, India
  5. Nagasaki, Japan
  6. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  7. Lumbini, Nepal
  8. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
  9. Sìchuān Province, China
  10. Komodo National Park, Indonesia