In pictures: Asia’s greatest places to visit according to Time magazine

Greatest places to visit

People looking at exhibits in the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. Source: Shutterstock

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.

To Visit

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

To stay

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.

Singapore: Atlas Bar

Shanghai, China: Ultraviolet

Tokyo, Japan: Tsuta

New Delhi, India: Indian Accent

Tokyo, Japan: Den

Hong Kong, China: Happy Paradise