4 Attractive Destinations to Travel in Far East Asia

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Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, a state mosque at Shah Alam, Malaysia. One of the attractive spot in Far East Asia

Far East Asia – a myriad of different cultures and languages, warm and welcoming people, and a variety of stunning landscapes to discover. These are just some of the reasons why holiday makers are swayed to look here for their holidays. So where to start? In this article, we attempt to narrow down Far East Asia into four ‘must-visit’ holiday destinations. It isn’t easy to make the choice! Even China, with its stunning mix of historical sights and natural beauty, don’t quite make the cut, but it definitely deserves an honourable mention. So, without further ado, here are four destinations that make the list.

But First, Where is Far East Asia?

As the word saying, it’s the farest region on the East of the Asian continent. Specifically, the Far East countries in Asia includes:

Region Country Capital
North Asia Russia Moscow
East Asia China Beijing
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Macau Macau
Japan Tokyo
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
North Korea Pyongyang
South Korea Seoul
Taiwan Taipei
Southeast Asia Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia Phnom Penh
East Timor Dili
Indonesia Jakarta
Laos Vientiane
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Myanmar (Burma) Naypyidaw
Philippines Manila
Singapore Singapore
Thailand Bangkok
Vietnam Hanoi

There are 20 countries of Far East Asia in the list. To travel to all the 20 would definitely cost you a lot of time. However, you could start with the 4 beautiful countries picked in this post.

1. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, a country in the Far East Asia region
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is a country which is still a little off the main tourist trail, but it certainly warrants a visit. It is one of the best examples of how different cultures can harmoniously coexist in one country, and the result is a vibrant mix of people, languages, and without a doubt – food! The capital Kuala Lumpur is a sweltering metropolis packed with intrigue and interest. Towering over the city are the two Petronas skyscrapers, which offer a simply stunning vista over the city. Then there are the Batu Caves with majestic Hindu temples nestled into the limestone hill landscape.

And how about Penang? Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, this island off the coast is home to Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many gems remaining from its British colonial past. Here there is an intoxicating mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay culture, and that means scrumptious food from street-side tandoor ovens to bustling Chinese chicken eateries. Over on the mainland is the Cameron Highlands region where you can arrange a guided trek through the breathtaking trails; taking in the forests, valleys, peaks, and brilliant examples of wildlife. Ready for the beach? That’s no problem, as on the Malaysian island of Langkawi you can take in a spot of rest and relaxation on the Andaman Sea.

2. Japan

Chureito Pagoda, an attraction at Japan, Far East Asia
Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida-shi, Japan

Japan, a country of many spellbinding landscapes, climates and islands. It can be hard to create an itinerary which takes in all you want to see, but here are some of the highlights. Mount Fuji, on the island of Honshu, holds the status of being the highest volcano in the country. Ensure your tour takes in this genuinely remarkable natural landmark, which is one of the country’s three Holy Mountains. You can climb the mountain, and there are even opportunities to paraglide.

Looking for Japanese wildlife? Don’t forget to marvel at the snow monkeys, also known as Japanese macaque, which live on the islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Kyoto’s temples are another top attraction; the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also include shrines and a castle. They are worth devoting at least a day to as you savour the splendid scenery and timeless architecture.

When it comes to transport systems, you can find that Japan is revered all over the world for its efficiency. You can hop on a bullet train any time you like and experience speeds of up to 200mph. The trains encompass a large area of the country and are used by over a billion passengers a year. Have you heard of the Japanese Alps? They are a group of mountain ranges on Honshu. Perfect for treks, skiing and letting the breathtaking landscape embrace your senses. And don’t forget about Himeji Castle, the majestic hilltop fortification in Hyogo which was in use all the way from the 1300s to 1800s.

3. Thailand

Wiang Kum Kam, a pagoda at Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai. A destination in Far East Asia
Wiang Kum Kam, Chang Phueak, Thailand

Thailand, the ‘Land of Smiles’, has so much to offer to different types of tourists. Culture vultures have the Grand Palace and temples of Bangkok to explore, with the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya just a short journey away. Those in love with mountain vistas can head north to Chiang Mai; a cosmopolitan city with a large expat community, that also offers a plethora of nature-based activities. Head south and you have a choice of two seas, the Andaman and the Gulf of Thailand, both with a huge line up of water-based activities including surfing, kiteboarding and wakeboarding, as well as detox and spa resorts. And for those in search of the ‘real Thai’ experience, the vast northeastern region of Issan beckons, with its notoriously spicy cuisine.

4. Vietnam

Among the Far East Asia countries, Vietnam is recently a just discovered gem that’s honing and exposing. From the North to the South, the country has different parts with its own beauties. You will definitely enjoy riding motorbike over the hills, watching beautiful flowers and rice terraces at the Northern mountain area. Or you can spend time relaxing at the top-notch resorts at the coastal areas at the Middle. Furthermore, the highland in the Middle of Vietnam could impress any visitors by its rich nature with mountains and forests, marking it the ‘hot’ spots for trekking lovers. Moreover, on the South, you would be interested in the whole Mekong Delta region with its main transportation is boat, and of course, home to the floating markets.

It would be unsuitable to mention the most vibrant and lively city of the country, Ho Chi Minh City here; however, the World Heritage Sites would be more appropriate in a travel topic. In Vietnam, there are World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO such as Complex of Hue Monuments, My Son Sanctuary, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi, Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Trang An Landscape Complex. Just a quick additional note, on July 16th 2019, Google Doodle honored Hoi An Ancient Town, also a World Heritage Site, the most charming city in 2019.

How about travel to Vietnam for food? I’m sure you will find your decision is absolutely right. Vietnamese cuisine is honored among top 10 in the world. At each land, the locals have their own masterpiece of foods which can surprise any food lovers. To list and describe in detail all the Vietnamese foods may cost me hundreds of A4 papers. Nevertheless, there are some iconic dishes at each area that you can take a try such as Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm of the North, Mì Quảng of the Middle, and Cơm Tấm of the South.

Those are just four of the destinations Far East Asia has to offer. With a large network of flight routes offering affordable transport from all over the world, there has never been a better time to tick the region off your bucket list.


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42 COMMENTS

  1. From your list of four the only one I haven’t been and want to visit is Japan. And I really love Vietnam 😉 its a great foodie place

    • Glad that you love Vietnamese cuisine! It’s truly great!
      Japanese also is a really really must-visiting country in Asia. You should put it on top of your bucket list.

  2. I certainly would have a difficult time deciding which one to go to.i love the sound of Thailand as it offers both culture and water sports. I especially would love to visit the temples.

    • Yes, Thailand is one of the central of travel in the SEA. With its water sports, and rich culture, I believe you will have a great trip there 😉

  3. Been to Malaysia before and I was there for like 9 days. I visited Penang, Malacca and Sepang. Kuala Lumpur is boring, I think, but the food in Malaysia (in general) is really good. I’m set to go to Vietnam next month and I’m quite excited as it will be my first time.

    I hope we have fun!

  4. Japan, aaaww.. It’s number one on my bucket list.. Reading things about it makes me crave for a visit there even more.. 😢

  5. You have a great lists of beautiful countries to visit and now I am having a difficulty to decide which where to go.

  6. Wow, this looks like such a stunning place to visit! Though I’ve not been myself, I’d love to go experience it one day, too.

  7. Cool options. I have been to Malaysia. Thailand is planned next year. Japan is there in my bucket list. Vietnam I have not thought about. Well I think you can also include Bhutan, India, Singapore, Nepal and Sri Lanka in your next series maybe. I have visited them all and I am an Indian. Just a suggestion.

    • Thanks for your suggestions! I will put them on my list and perhaps will have them on the next series 😉

  8. This is a place that I would really enjoy visiting. Your review and images are so compelling! Making plans to visit now!

    • You should go with him ASAP to see how beautiful your husband’s maternal country is. I’m sure you will love Vietnam 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list. Never been to Malaysia.but definitely adding this to my travel list.

    • Malaysia has a lot of beautiful destinations that I’m sure you will find it awesome!
      I have Malaysia posts that you may love to check. Hope it gives you info for your trip!

    • I’m sure you will enjoy your trip a lot. Perhaps you would want to add Vietnam to your list, it’s a great country to travel too!

  10. I am saving this post! I am planning my honeymoon and we want to go to Japan. However, I would love to do one week in Japan and one week in Thailand, but my SO wants to focus on Japan… I need to find as many articles as I can to convince him lol

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