Asia bucket list: 32 things to do in Asia before you die

When I think of things to do in Asia, there are a lot of things that strike my mind such as, visiting captivating historic sites, knowing diversified cultures, and exploring the natural wonders. This largest continent is so charming and fascinating that one ought to visit here once in their lifetime and do all these things here in Asia.

Being the most crowded continent and home to an overpowering number of fascinating activities, exploring the continent can get somewhat troublesome. But don’t you worry about that because I have shortlisted all the incredible places in Asia for you to visit.

To make the exploration of Asia easier and practical for you, here I have provided the list of things to do in Asia

1) Hike up to Tigers’ nest monastery ( Taktsang monastery) – Bhutan

Hike up to Tigers’ nest monastery ( Taktsang monastery) - Bhutan, things to do in Asia

Tigers’ nest monastery based on a Cliff sitting above the Paro Valley is Bhutan’s must-see attraction. Hike up to have a close encounter with the prominent Buddhist sacred landmark.

This is the number one attraction of Bhutan for having exotic colorful interiors along with its exceptional cliff view.

2) One of the things to do in Asia is visit the Taj Mahal of India

One of the things to do in Asia is visit the Taj Mahal of India

One of the seven wonders of the world The Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is the ultimate epitome of love.

This majestic monument needs no introduction. However, I have to express that this gleaming white structure is one of the most beautiful architectures I have ever seen in my life.

3) Visit the great wall of china’s section around Beijing

Visit the great wall of china’s section around Beijing

The great wall of china is a series of walls that collectively span thousands of miles. This ancient fortress is one of the most prominent attractions in Asia.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most remarkable structures ever created on the planet. So, embrace the history and incredible sunset along with its scenic beauty.

4) Discover vaults filled with Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an- China

Discover vaults filled with Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an - China

The 8,000 life-size hard-baked clay models of soldiers, horses, and chariots from China’s first emperor has to be one of the most intriguing tombs of the ancient world.

This mausoleum comprises of the realistic Terracotta armies. And their most incredible characteristic is that each soldier has different facial features, fashion, expressions, heights, and weapons.

5) One of the things to do in Asia is experience the Angkor wat sunrise – Cambodia

One of the things to do in Asia is experience the Angkor wat sunrise - Cambodia

Visit Angkor Wat for the most sensational view of the main temple of Angkor with the sun coming up behind it.

The ponds moreover create a quintessential experience with the perfect reflection of the main temple. This view is terrific to the point that it must be in your bucket list.

6) Soak in an open hot spring – Japan

Soak in an open hot spring - Japan

Unwind and appreciate the popular hot spring open-air baths with a spectacular view . Here, you get an awesome view of winter snow, open ocean, and natural scenery.

There are numerous hot springs you can choose from so as per your preference of landscape, get into one. You can likewise choose an indoor hot spring and explore the beautiful mountains and oceans from your room itself.

7) Sleep in a famous capsule hotel – Japan

Sleep in a famous capsule hotel - Japan

This Japanese pods that look like an invention straight out of science fiction movie is a great way to reminisce your childhood.

The hotels provide you a little bed-sized room known as capsules, with a bed and lights. This is additionally incredible as far as convenience since, it will spare you a great deal in urban cities like Tokyo.

8) One of the things to do in Asia is take a trip to Mount Fuji – Japan

One of the things to do in Asia is take a trip to Mount Fuji - Japan

To escape the chaos, venture into the holy mountains of Japan and experience the serene water of lakes.

Precisely cycle or stroll around Lake Tanukiko or Kumomi Kaigan to have endless opportunities to gaze at Mount Fuji. This perfectly shaped sacred mountain is one of the most charming attractions in Asia.

9) Have a close encounter with legendary Komodo Dragons in Komodo National Park – Indonesia

Have a close encounter with legendary Komodo Dragons in Komodo National Park - Indonesia

One of the world’s top 10 destinations, Komodo National Park lets you have a close look at unique and rare lizard species on a planet. These Komodo dragons are just found on a couple of Indonesian volcanic islands.

Besides this, explore the outstanding pink beach which is again one of the only seven in the world.

10) Explore the impressive rice terrace with Luwak coffee – Indonesia

Explore the impressive rice terrace with Luwak coffee - Indonesia

Tegalalang rice terrace famous for Bali swing, zip-line, and Luwak coffee is one spot you should not miss. This place is famous for its lush rice field along with numerous adventurous stuff.

Besides, the world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak can be tasted here. It also offers the experience of the entire unprecedented Luwak coffee making technique.

11) One of the things to do in Asia is snorkel in Amed – Indonesia

One of the things to do in Asia is snorkel in Amed - Indonesia

Extraordinary compared to other snorkel spots in Bali is Amed. This is the home to beautiful coral which makes it an ideal destination for water activities.

What’s more? The landscape on Amed seashore is dazzling with all-encompassing perspectives on mountains and the ocean. This place is also one of the best destinations for budget travel.

12) Stop by at the Petronas towers – Kuala Lumpur

Stop by at the Petronas towers - Kuala Lumpur

The tallest twin structure in the world, Petronas towers situated in Kuala Lumpur host the attractions such as Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Center along with its landmark architecture.

It also has the Petrosains Science Centre that showcases exhibitions related to the petroleum industry. This is definitely one of the things to do in Asia.

13) Visit the white sand beach in Boracay Island – Philippines 

Visit the white sand beach in Boracay Island - Philippines

White sand that stays cool in hot weather, spectacular sunsets, gentle curves, beautiful groves of palm trees, numerous restaurants and bars to choose from, and long coastal beach with blue and green shallow water are what makes this beach a visiting spot.

Along with all these, it offers ample opportunities for massages, boating, snorkeling, and other water activities.

14) Have a look at Chocolate Hills, Bohol – Philippines

Have a look at Chocolate Hills, Bohol - Philippines

This UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of more than 1,200 small mountains that emerged above the ground over several centuries. This one of kind hills expands in all the possible directions.

These hills are typically green but during the dry season they transform into brown color looking like chocolate hills. Needless to mention, this spectacular view is to die for.

15) One of the things to do in Asia is paraglide in Pokhara – Nepal

One of the things to do in Asia is paraglide in Pokhara - Nepal

Apart from its nightlife, snowcapped mountain views, and water activities, Pokhara is also one of the best places in the world to paraglide.

The mind-boggling views of the Himalayan peaks while you paraglide is one experience you will never get out of your head.

16) One of the things to do in Asia is climb the Mount Everest – Nepal

One of the things to do in Asia is climb the Mount Everest - Nepal

The trek to the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest is essential. However, if you don’t have time to ascend it on foot, take the Everest view flight from the capital, Kathmandu itself.

Three airlines offer this service through which you will be able to see the Everest. Also, the other 20 peaks can be witnessed from just 20 miles away.

17) Stay in one of the over the water bungalows in the Maldives

Stay in one of the over the water bungalows in the Maldives

There is absolutely no shortage of dreamy overwater bungalows in the Maldives. So, pamper yourself with a sunbath and snorkel in a private villa.

Stay in a huge stand-alone villa with personal boats, direct ocean access, hammocks, glassed-in bathrooms, stunning overwater views, and private infinity plunge pools.

18) One of the things to do in Asia is snorkel in the Maldives

One of the things to do in Asia is snorkel in the Maldives

Snorkel in the Maldives since it offers 2500 reefs with crystal clear blue waters, beautiful fishes, vivid corals, and colors of marine life.

The Maldives is one of the secure spots to snorkel. You will be happy with this experience so, do not skip this one.

19) Visit Cappadocia – Turkey

Cappadocia draws travelers for its landscape and a large expanse of fairy chimneys. People come here to check out the natural scenery and they do it either on foot or by hot air balloon.

The dreamlike swooping rock valley of Cappadocia is a traveler’s dream. And if you opt hot air ballon then you get to enjoy the panoramic view from the top.

20) Take an elephant safari at Udawalawe – Srilanka

Take an elephant safari at Udawalawe - Srilanka

If you are looking for a lot of elephants, crocodiles, and peacocks, this place won’t leave you disappointed.

You will get a lot of chances to get real close to the elephants which is the main highlights of the place. Even the children can experience this for it is safe.

21) One of the things to do in Asia is spot leopards in Yala National Park – Srilanka

One of the things to do in Asia is spot leopards in Yala National Park - Srilanka

Chill in the ocean after a day on safari. Also, spot Srilanka’s alpha predator that is offered by numerous parks in Srilanka.

However, the Yala National Park lets you spot it easily since it is the number one leopard sanctuary. This is something to not miss in Asia.

22) Get close to whales – Srilanka

Get close to whales - Srilanka

Nowhere in the world will you have the opportunity to see blue whales swim so close to the land except for Srilanka. To encounter this, Dondra Head would be your jumping-off point. Blue whales pass through this route from Bay of Bengal to the Western Indian Ocean.

Other spots that would let you draw close to the whales are Alankuda Beach, Aluthgama, Hikkaduwa, and Ambalangoda.

23) One of the things to do in Asia is attend full moon party – Thailand

One of the things to do in Asia is attend full moon party - Thailand

It is an all-night beach party that is held on the island of Ko Pha Ngan. As the name recommends, the party takes place one night before, after, and on the full moon night.

This event has attracted thousands of people from all over the world. So, join this festival of dance, drinks, music, fire shows, and colors because nothing gets better than this. Imagine dancing with thousands of travelers from all over the world under the full moonlight!

24) Try Island hopping – Thailand 

Try Island hopping - Thailand

Try Island hopping in Thailand for it offers numerous islands with renowned beaches, incredible water activities, and laid-back peaceful vibes.

Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Koh Pha Ngan is what should not be missed. Here, you will have the option to join uber-cool pool vibes, happening parties, peaceful laid-back Bohemian atmosphere and so on.

25) Take a hot air balloon ride to have a spectacular view of temples in Bagan – Myanmar

Take a hot air balloon ride to have a spectacular view of temples in Bagan - Myanmar

The city of Bagan comprises around 2,000 Buddhist temples. Needless to say that it would be tedious to visit all of the theses on foot.

That is why these hot air balloons are designed. So, hop into one of these and explore the iconic temples from the sky itself.

26) Experience the Marina Bay Sands Spectra – Singapore

Experience the Marina Bay Sands Spectra - Singapore

This spectrum had such a huge impact on me that it took me back every evening throughout my stay in Singapore. Singapore skyline changes into an extraordinary light and sound show once the sunsets. The night looks forever young with the projection of the colorful lasers along with soothing orchestra soundtracks.

This 15 minutes show additionally displays fireworks on New Year and special National occasions. Therefore, this is one of the best places to visit in Singapore to have a memorable experience.

27) One of the things to do in Asia is explore the Singapore zoo

One of the things to do in Asia is explore the Singapore zoo

Singapore zoo is one of the top three zoos in the world. The zoo is constructed in 69 acres of land for animals to live in a spacious and landscaped environment in their natural habitats.

It not only offers over 315 species but also offers exciting shows such as ‘Breakfast with Orangutans’, ‘ Rainforest Fights Back’, ‘Animal Friends’, and ’Splash Safari’. Also, try not to miss the Night Safari, River Safari, and Jurong Bird Park that is operated by Wildlife Reserve Singapore.

28) Universal Studios-Singapore

Universal Studios-Singapore

This amusement park located at Sentosa Island offers 28 thrilling rides, shows, and attractions in the form of seven different theme zones. This is a one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia. As a result, it has been drawing in millions of visitors every year.

It offers numerous attractions and entertainment shows that will leave you overwhelmed. Genuinely even a day wouldn’t suffice to appreciate all that this place offers.

29) Stroll around the Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

Stroll around the Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

This place is a paradise of lush greenery, beautiful real and artificial flowers, surreal lights, and so on.

This spot is home to plants and flowers from 5 continents and the ‘Flower Dome’ is the only paradise that will fulfill your floral fantasy. Likewise, the ‘Cloud Forest’ conservatory is full of rare vegetations and dramatic vistas.

Another significant element I fell in love with is ‘Supertree Grove’. It is a vertical garden that extends up to 50 meters in height. One cannot wait for the dusk to fall in order to get the taste of spectacular light and sound. Similarly, the beautiful waterfront view of the Singapore skyline is a treat.

30) One of the things to do in Asia is seek Orangutans in Borneo

One of the things to do in Asia is seek Orangutans in Borneo

One thing to not miss in Asia is watching Orangutans. It can be found in Borneo, an island that lies in between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sumatra.

Borneo offers you the gentle Orangutans in their natural habitat or at one of the rehabilitation centers. Spending time with these giant apes is a humbling experience unlike any other.

31) Visit Jerusalem – Israel

Visit Jerusalem - Israel

The city is home to the most important historic and religious attractions. You will find absolutely everything from the temple, mount church, the dome of the rock, and the western wall all within a kilometer.

It is one of the oldest cities in the world. Also, it is considered holy to three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

32) See the incredible Pamukkale – Turkey

See the incredible Pamukkale - Turkey

This is one of the most unique natural wonders of the world. It is made of pure white travertine terraces due to which it is also known as the ‘Cotton Castle’. It looks like a snowfield which is a highlight in itself.

Besides, the white travertine sits on top of the Calcite hills and glows at the dawn as the sun sinks below the horizon.

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It’s a wrap!

So that is it! I hope you enjoyed this list of things to do in Asia. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite that you think should make it to this list.