5 Asian Cities To Put On Top Of Your Bucket List

Beijing

Beijing

It's the capital city of the largest nation on Earth, so it has to be on the list, doesn't it?

It's mixture of old and new with the ancient history of the land represented through temples and palaces, which stand alongside the modernity of skyscrapers, the Olympic stadium, and a complex but easy to use public transport system.

The Mausoleum of Mao and Tiananmen Square are right next to the Forbidden City, and the city serves as the perfect gateway to the famous Great Wall of China.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is often frequented by those on business or simply those who only ever use the airport. But there is much else to enjoy in a city which ranks among the safest and cleanest on the planet. Then, there's the food!

Many don't associate the city-state with green and eco-friendly type matters (perhaps because of how many skyscrapers there are), however, the fact is that "The Garden City" deserves its nickname, and is home to many green spaces, in addition to protected old-growth forest areas and a fantastic Botanic Gardens.

But seriously, it's a hub for accessing all of Asia, so again, consider visiting for the food if nothing else....

Seoul

Seoul

It's amazing that Seoul used to be a bit of an impoverished city. Today, it rivals any other (including Tokyo) as being at the forefront of technology and modernity. Like Beijing and Tokyo, Seoul offers evidence of ancient influence through temples and palaces, alongside the more modern conveniences of public transportation that's easily navigable for English speakers.

Then, there's the nightlife and pop culture. Did we mention the authentic street food and cuisine in general?! (We managed to not mention anything about that Gangnam Style guy this whole time...)

Bangkok

Bangkok

This city is right up there as one of the most visited cities on the planet and you'll see why when you get there. Not only is Bangkok home to temples, palaces, and the most lively street life you're likely to encounter, but it's also the gateway to the sin-city vibe of some parts of Thai tourism, to the beaches of the south and the mountain and culture of the north.

Back in Bangkok, the night life and street food should be worth the ticket alone. The kicker? Thailand is cheap!

Tokyo

Tokyo

Aside from be the biggest city on the planet, Tokyo also somehow manages to be one of the safest and cleanest.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Tokyo is the cuisine. Sure, sushi, sashimi and all things traditionally associated with Japan are available at the highest quality and in abundance in the city, but beyond that, Tokyo is now home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city on Earth. The standards don't look like slipping any time soon, with the city set to host the Olympic Games in 2020.

With almost 40 million people in the Greater Tokyo Area, it's not for those looking for wide open space. But what you will find is a different adventure to enjoy around every corner, and do so in a city that is both clean and safe enough not to worry if you happen to get a little lost.