In pictures: Asia’s greatest places to visit according to Time magazine
FOR the first time ever, Time magazine has issued a list of the World’s Greatest Places to visit in 2018.
If your burning desire to pack up and see the world wasn’t already at its maximum, it will be now.
The final list was created from a variety of solicited nominations from Times‘ international editors and industry experts.
The categories such as parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises, and hotels were awarded points based on key factors including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability, and influence. The winners were then segmented into “to visit, to stay, to eat and drink.”
Unsurprisingly, of the 100 entries which span six continents and 48 countries, 30 of them are in Asia.
Time is certainly thinking outside the box with its list. Instead of featuring the predictable places such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, it’s focusing on places which seamlessly combine Asia’s natural beauty, innovative modernity and authentic yet reimagined tastes such as Conrad Maldives’ underwater restaurant and Australia’s The Collection hotel.
But it’s not all fancy pants, hotels, uber-chic museums, and wacky restaurants that have made the list.
Let us reveal the places in Asia worthy of making it onto Times’ greatest places to visit list that let you know where to find the freshest lemon tarts in China to the most divine bridge in the world.
Asia is not a place that can be defined in a word or even a phrase.
Time recognizes this, which is why new buildings, such as the Tianjin Binhai Library are on the same list as Sunder Nursery, a 16th-century heritage park in India.
Have a scroll through and add to your travel bucket list as you go.
Tianjin, China: Tianjin Binhai Library
Ba Na Hills, Vietnam: Golden Bridge
Jakarta, Indonesia: Museum MACAN
Seoul, South Korea: Seoullo 7017 Skygarden
Hong Kong, China: Tai Kwun
Bangkok, Thailand: ChangChui Creative Park
Shenzhen, China: Design Society
Delhi, India: Sunder Nursery
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Rajasthan, India: Alila Fort Bishangarh
There are thousands of accommodation options in Asia, from hotels, Airbnb rentals and motels, to campsites, serviced apartments and hostels.
But this is a special selection of places to lay your head for possibly the best sleep you’ll ever have.
Maldives: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Singapore: COO Bistro & Boutique Hostel
Shanghai, China: Amanyangyun
Malolo Island, Fiji: Six Senses Fiji
Victoria, Australia: Jackalope
New South Wales, Australia: The Collectionist
Macau, China: Morpheus Hotel
Chandigarh, India: Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa
Kandy, Sri Lanka: Santani Resort & Spa
Perth, Australia: Tribe Perth
Hong Kong, China: The Murray
To eat and drink
From the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen shop in Tokyo to a dining room that changes seasons and locations with every course, we guarantee these bars and restaurants will get you salivating.