Now that the COVID-19 crisis is finally winding down, the time is right to start planning your luxurious Asian escapade. From the honey-hued beaches of the Maldives to the bustling streets of Hong Kong and beyond, there is no denying that Asia is a top destination for luxe and adventure travelers. No matter where you’re arriving from, though, it’s good to know that Asia is now a green zone when it comes to traveling in the post-pandemic world.
This means that traveling here is safe compared to other destinations around the world, so all the more reason to start planning your trip right away. Not only will you need to bring luxury travel accessories to make your trip more fun and rewarding, but you will also need to research your destinations to create an amazing itinerary.
Here are some top travel destinations in Asia you simply can’t miss this year.
Visit Borneo for its exquisite wildlife
Located in Malaysia, Borneo is an expansive island east of the mainland with plenty of luxe and adventure experiences on offer. However, what sets Borneo apart from other luxe destinations is its thriving and distinct wildlife, which you can witness in all its glory in the species’ natural habitats. This island is home to many rare and unique animal species that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else in the world, but the great thing is that you can see them here as a part of a luxe travel arrangement.
The local travel companies have many curated packages for up-scale travelers, complete with fine dining in Kota Kinabalu, private animal viewings in one of the many sanctuaries across the map, and more. You can even go exploring deep in the jungle with a private party of guides and aids to make your experience that much more enjoyable.
The Maldives is perfect for a peaceful getaway
Over the years, the Maldives has become synonymous with luxury travel. This is the place you go to relax, recharge, and revitalize your mind and body as you’re gazing at the crystal-clear waters, sunbathing on the honey-hued beaches, and enjoying getting pampered all day long. What’s more, there are also many wonderful night spots in the Maldives you simply have to visit with family and friends while there.
Revel in the beauty of the night sky at Banana Reef, Fihalhohi Island, and the breathtaking Sun Island. The Maldives is probably most popular around the world for its iconic and luxurious overwater bungalows, completely styled and designed for rest and relaxation. With unforgettable views, numerous leisure activities, and plenty of water sports to choose from, this is definitely a top destination for both adventure and luxe travelers.
Experience Hong Kong’s luxe scene
While there are many natural gems scattered across the Asian continent that you need to see for yourself at least once in a lifetime, it’s also important to visit those bustling urban centers that never sleep. Hong Kong is definitely one of the most popular up-scale destinations where you can experience the dine dining scene, various cultural and up-scale events, and simply go on an unforgettable urban adventure.
When you’re visiting this bustling urban gem, you also want to be at the center of it all, so be sure to look for those luxurious Hong Kong serviced apartments that are close to the action and have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Most importantly, though, keep in mind that Hong Kong is a densely populated city, so it’s important to choose a stay where hygiene is a priority and where the staff go above and beyond to keep you safe from the pandemic.
Revel in Bali’s beauty and culture
Bali is another popular destination for adventure travelers, but with a distinctly cultural and historic twist. From the many local festivals you can visit throughout the year to the numerous religious sites and landmarks dotting the island, Bali is a true cultural center of Indonesia.
This is a perfect destination for those of you who want to experience the rich history of an exotic land, as well as the religion and culture that permeates the nation. Be sure to visit the famous Ulun Danu temple, explore the marine life in Padang Bai, and go for some fine dining in the city of Ubud.
Explore Japan in the spring
Last but not least, you can’t go on an Asian adventure without visiting Japan. From the breathtaking historic cityscape of Kyoto to the modern, bustling streets of Tokyo, Japan is a place where you can experience the nature, the culture, and the beauty of this ancient country.
In the cities, you won’t have any problem finding luxe stays and fine dining experiences, but it is the nature and cultural heritage that will inspire you to fall in love with Japan. Make sure to visit in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming all around Kyoto, and bring some must-have travel gadgets like a quality DSLR camera so that you can snap some amazing photos during your stay.
Over to you
Now that the pandemic is slowly subsiding, Asia should be on top of your travel bucket list for 2021 and beyond. Be sure to visit these breathtaking destinations to experience the best that the region has to offer.
About the author: Mike Johnston is an experienced blogger and editor with a background in creative writing and digital media. He’s produced thousands of pages of original, engaging content for numerous online publications throughout his career. Mike’s specialties are business and technology, but he also often writes about travel, lifestyle and work-life balance.