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5 countries to visit if it's your first time in Asia

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Asia is known as a travel-friendly continent, offering amazing food, unique cultures, fun atmosphere and a population that's generally very open to travelers. Southeast Asia in particular is known as a common travel spot due to how cheap it is and how diverse it is from other places around the world.

If you’re thinking of travelling to the world’s largest continent but have never ventured so far, here are some great countries to start from.


Thailand has become a must-visit spot for every traveler in Asia. Bangkok has been hailed as the world’s most visited city, with visitors from all over the world traveling for the beautiful sights, great entertainment, cheap food and accommodation.

Thailand has over 5,000 miles of coastline, so there are plenty of beaches and islands for you to check out. There are also great tourist spots. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a grandiose piece of Thai architecture from the 1700s. Khao Yai National Park lets you see elephants, monkeys and other exotic creatures you probably wouldn’t see at home.


Full of beaches, rainforests and a range of cultural influences, Malaysia is an underrated travel location. If you stay in the Malaysian Borneo you can hike through rainforests, scuba-dive in the ocean or see orangutans out in the wild.

The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is particularly impressive - you can see some breath-taking landmarks such as the Petronas Towers above and indulge in some mouth-watering Asian food.

There are plenty of places for tourists to stay in Malaysia. Whether you choose a fantastic 5-star pool villa in Malaysia or a humble hostel with other like minded travelers, it’s a wonderful country to visit.


In terms of culture, Japan has to be one of the most unique places in the world. There are crazy vending machines for pretty much everything, and cheap gaming arcades with games for both kids looking to have fun and adults looking to gamble are also common.

The sights in cities like Tokyo and Yokohama are some of the most colourful in the world. Japan also has a huge consumerist culture, with shops you won’t find anywhere else, so you might be spending a lot on souvenirs!

Visiting Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you can even stay there for cheap in one of their unique capsule hotels. This one I'm particularly excited about since I'll be visiting Japan for the first time next October! Tips from more seasoned travelers are highly appreciated.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a terrific island nation off the coast of India. It is hailed for having some of the world’s best beaches, as well as Arugam Bay being a surfing capital.

When you’re bored of all those beautiful beaches, you can try some delicious Sri Lankan cuisine. They are known for great curries and seafood, so Sri Lanka is a fun spot for any foodies (can you tell I travel for food by now?). It also boasts some terrific views and a range of wildlife.

The Philippines

Gorgeous islands, pristine oceans and a fascinating volcano make the Philippines another great tourist spot.

You can marvel at the Chocolate Hills or kayak through the beaches in Boracay. There’s plenty going on, with cheap restaurants and live shows and music ever-present across the big tourist spots. Philippines is a wonderful place to visit and well worth the cheap costs.

Have you been to Asia, or are you actually living there right now? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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