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Best Places to Visit in Asia

From mega-metropolises to remote islands, Asia's top travel spots offer adventure and history side-by-side. However, it can be challenging to cope with the high airfare costs and difficult time changes that accompany a trip to these destinations. That's why it's best to know exactly where to go in Asia if you do decide to take the journey. By considering local prices, accessibility and the variety of things to do in each destination, U.S. News ranked the best places to visit in Asia. Reader votes and expert opinions were also used to rank the places below. Contribute to next year's list by voting for your favorite spots. 

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Why go: This former British colony is an easy introduction to China. But make no mistake: Hong Kong distinguishes itself from both China and Britain. This massive city promises adventure, with mountains to climb, skyscrapers to admire and theme parks to explore. Read More»

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Why go: The Maldives brims with lavish resorts, over-the-water bungalows and colorful reefs. This collection of 1,190 islands satisfies newlyweds and beach bums. Be forewarned, the Maldives remains difficult to reach, but then again, that's part of the allure. Read More»

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Why go: Ancient temples, dreamy beaches and luxury hotels have long attracted honeymooners. But Bali also possesses a rugged interior ripe for adventure-seekers and nature-lovers. Plus, you can book accommodations for surprisingly affordable rates at independent hotels. Read More»

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Why go: China's capital may not be the nation's most populous city (Shanghai), but Beijing hosts the country's most significant cultural sites like the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. For the best sightseeing weather, plan to visit Beijing in spring or fall. Read More»

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Why go: No dilly-dallying here — Tokyo is as fast-paced as cities come. As a visitor, you'll have a hard time keeping up with the fashion, the traffic patterns and the hotel prices. But should you accept the challenge, you're in for museums, temples, skyscrapers and great sushi. Read More»

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Why go: Renowned as a culinary mecca, Singapore offers travelers a taste of Asia. The nation's diverse population has brought an international flavor to the local culture. And this fusion has led to prosperity that takes physical form in the city's mind-blowing skyline. Read More»

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Why go: South Korea's capital is a well-oiled machine: Pedestrians, bikes and cars whiz through the streets at an alarming rate and skyscrapers are built 24/7. The city has renovated its hotels, historical sites and urban parks to complete its universal appeal. Read More»

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Why go: While Tokyo is Japan's financial and political capital, Kyoto proudly stands as the nation's cultural hub. The city's wealth of historic shrines and temples — just some of 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites — bring visitors back to ancient Japan. Read More»

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Why go: Composed of vibrant neighborhoods, Bangkok is sure to surprise you with its flavorful Thai cuisine and nonstop nightlife. There's no shortage of shopping opportunities here: Peruse goods in a modern mall or discover handmade jewelry on roads lined with stalls. Read More»

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Why go: Phuket's green hills, wide beaches and cerulean waters comprise an image of paradise that few Asian destinations can rival. Additionally, hotels here are extremely affordable, making Phuket appealing to both backpackers and luxury seekers.

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