Popular Cities in Asia

Top cities in Asia, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

Bangkok #1 most popular location
Bangkok’s reputation for excess precedes it. Sleazy, energetic, and the gateway to what many see as the world's greatest and most incredible backpackers’ paradise, it’s a city that on t…
2,967travelers 1,326reviews 919blogs
Bali #2 most popular location
You only have to hear the word Bali, and the mind itself wanders into a dreamlike place where worries are cast adrift and the sun and sand are life's only concerns. Its an iconic island, an a…
2,877travelers 702reviews 154blogs
Beijing #3 most popular location
A pulsating modern city littered with the trappings of a rich history, China’s capital Beijing is chock full of the kind of iconic images it’s impossible not to hunt down. There’s the p…
1,597travelers 466reviews 577blogs
Shanghai #4 most popular location
It’s hard to escape news of China’s progress these days, and Shanghai is the city right at the heart of it. As the ever-changing face of a fast-growing world power’s modernity, you’ll…
1,412travelers 195reviews 270blogs
Phuket #5 most popular location
Phuket is a provincial tropical paradise. From the beautiful lagoon where Leonardo Di Caprio starred in ‘The Beach’, to the striking sunsets, palm strewn beaches and extraordinarily clear…
762travelers 343reviews 145blogs
Kuala Lumpur #6 most popular location
Kuala Lumpur (known to most as KL) is Malaysia’s modern and eclectic capital. Sometimes smoggy but always lively its temples redolent with the smoke of countless sticks of incense while mar…
2,850travelers 741reviews 356blogs
Tokyo #7 most popular location
Japan’s capital is a hurtling, modernized city in which fads come and go in days and everything seems to be electronic. Its extraordinary subway system is a test of your traveler’s nous, …
3,221travelers 336reviews 392blogs
New Delhi #8 most popular location
Ah, Delhi. There can be few places that inspire such impassioned debate and, at times, forthright hatred amongst travelers. You see it’s just so hot. The touts are everywhere, and they lie.…
3,326travelers 239reviews 303blogs
Singapore #9 most popular location
Above everything else, Singapore is a heaven for food lovers. Singapore's multicultural background has given rise to an endless array of exotic dishes that are certain to convert even the mos…
2,861travelers 581reviews 189blogs
Hanoi #10 most popular location
While many Asian cities have simply mown down their history over the last few decades, replacing it with an influx of ugly modern skyscrapers, Hanoi has simply… well… layered. The histori…
673travelers 236reviews 254blogs
Siem Reap #11 most popular location
Best known as the gateway to the incredible temple complexes of nearby Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is fast becoming a substantial fascination in its own right. It has resisted and emerged from the …
209travelers 381reviews 305blogs
Ho Chi Minh City #12 most popular location
It might be Ho Chi Minh City (or HCMC or Saigon) on your maps, but all but the most bureaucratic of locals still refer to Vietnam’s lively capital by it's older and more widely known name: …
855travelers 278reviews 264blogs
Chiang Mai #13 most popular location
Chiang Mai is often described as real Thailand, it is also the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and is the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is located 700…
511travelers 239reviews 311blogs
Seoul #14 most popular location
The city of Kimchi (fermented cabbage) and Soju (cheap, toxic potato liquor), Seoul is manically fast-paced, yet home to some of the most tranquil temples and palaces you’ll ever see. It’…
1,689travelers 207reviews 227blogs
Koh Samui #15 most popular location
As Koh Phangan’s larger and calmer cousin, Koh Samui is the most accessible of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand, with an airport and ferry service. Koh Samui has rapidly established as …
269travelers 126reviews 86blogs
Guangzhou #16 most popular location
As the accepted link between China and the territories of Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou has naturally developed into something of a business heartland. Downtown, you’ll find a skyline domi…
248travelers 33reviews 31blogs
Hong Kong #17 most popular location
Hong Kong is a beautiful city with something to do for every age and type of traveller. Public transportation is excellent and is accessed using the "Octopus" card. Travel times between dif…
1,068travelers 300reviews 127blogs
Pattaya #18 most popular location
As far as down and dirty reputations go, few places are a match for Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. One place most certainly is, though: Pattaya. While more recently the government have done t…
189travelers 134reviews 25blogs
Shenzhen #19 most popular location
Shenzhen is a fast growing city formed from almost nothing over the last few decades, created as a political buffer to neighboring Hong Kong, and is now arguably the richest and most modern o…
163travelers 29reviews 15blogs
Hangzhou #20 most popular location
There is a Chines saying : there is a heave on top and Su Hang (Suzhou and Hangzhou) below. How one can imagine how beautiful Hangzhou is. It could be compared with heaven! Hangzhou is a l…
117travelers 25reviews 46blogs
Boracay #21 most popular location
The king of The Philippines’ many beautiful islands, Boracay is dead in the heart of the beaten track, and re-builds itself every off-season to ensure it remains on its lofty 'must-see isla…
278travelers 159reviews 82blogs
Phnom Penh #22 most popular location
Phnom Penh is a city in flux. Once the scrambling, frantic yet intensely tropical centre of a country in turmoil, the world is slowly coming to the Mekong’s shores. Sadly, modernization has…
208travelers 184reviews 201blogs
Bengaluru #23 most popular location
Bangalore, now officially known as Bengaluru is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India. It is also known as the Silicon Valley of India since it is the hub of the Indian IT industry. T…
1,680travelers 60reviews 31blogs
Kyoto #24 most popular location
If Tokyo is the heart of Japan’s fast-paced, electronic, super-powered rat race, then Kyoto is where it comes down to earth with a culture-heavy, inspiring bump. The former capital (and nea…
322travelers 168reviews 154blogs
Taipei #25 most popular location
Taiwan’s largest city is Taipei, which is located on the northern tip of the island. Rejected by its former patron, and still surviving as something of an unacknowledged rebel state, it…
853travelers 162reviews 106blogs
Jakarta #26 most popular location
The Indonesian capital is oddly nicknamed ‘the big durian’, though it turns out this an extremely apt name, as the smelly fruit often prompts a similar love/hate reaction to Jakarta itsel…
1,994travelers 342reviews 128blogs
Chengdu #27 most popular location
The cultural hub of the land of abundance, Chengdu is a well-known Chinese historical centre, home to a diverse selection of attractions incorporating a host of Chinese stereotypes, from mona…
197travelers 71reviews 123blogs
Mumbai #28 most popular location
Always in the news for everything from the extraordinary screenplay of Mumbai-based movie Slumdog Millionaire to a series of vicious terrorist attacks on its train stations and its most impre…
2,899travelers 128reviews 105blogs
Kathmandu #29 most popular location
Even the descent into Kathmandu airport is something special, spiraling around the valley amid the clouds, catching a glimpse of the Himalayas from high altitude, and then swirling over the m…
739travelers 177reviews 193blogs
Jaipur #30 most popular location
The capital of the amazing desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the kind of place where you’ll find camels strolling down the road, markets specializing in heaps and heaps of spices and abu…
402travelers 83reviews 103blogs
Xi'an #31 most popular location
Xi'an (pronounced she-ann) is a city utterly steeped in history, you’ll find yourself wandering around in awe. Whether you’re marveling at the famous Terracotta Warriors, picturing the ca…
156travelers 80reviews 131blogs
Koh Phangan #32 most popular location
Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in South East Thailand. It is famous for its full (and half and black) moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpackers destination. Ko Phang…
180travelers 133reviews 115blogs
Manila #33 most popular location
Manila is so commonly criticized, you could be forgiven for deciding to give it a miss and heading straight off to the islands. Most of the criticisms are true: it is shambolic, corrupt, poll…
1,904travelers 192reviews 197blogs
Osaka #34 most popular location
Another intense corner of urban Japan, Osaka has it's hidden gems like that of Kyoto and has the manic pace of Tokyo. The capital of Japan’s most cultural-heavy region, Kansai, Osaka was al…
345travelers 111reviews 186blogs
Agra #35 most popular location
Wide, distantly River in the back side. Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Taj Mahal is located adjacent the Ya Mu Na river in Argra city. Taj Mahal is…
277travelers 99reviews 94blogs
Suzhou #36 most popular location
A capital of ‘Wu’ culture for 8 ancient centuries, Suzhou’s history is both essential and almost timeless, having long been at the heart of scholarly China, as well as central to the ec…
46travelers 9reviews 21blogs
Luang Prabang #37 most popular location
Luang Prabang is a city. I mention it because - once you arrive - drifting amongst the clouds of this beautiful tourist Mecca will quickly make you forget. It’s the colorful home of thousan…
84travelers 83reviews 174blogs
Langkawi #38 most popular location
A collection of just under one hundred islands -or just over one hundred, if you count the ones that reveal themselves at low tide – Langkawi is an increasingly popular Malaysian tourist sp…
88travelers 103reviews 50blogs
Yogyakarta #39 most popular location
Yogyakarta – often shortened locally to simply Yogja – is at the very heart of the beautiful tourist island of Java, Indonesia, and gives a fantastic taste of what’s to come with the re…
241travelers 130reviews 44blogs
Malacca #40 most popular location
Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. The capital city of state of Malacca is Malacca Town (Ba…
132travelers 67reviews 58blogs
Nanjing #41 most popular location
Nestled along the lower sections of the Yangzi River in the Jiangsu Province, Nanjing sits as the capital of the province itself, and is one of the most important cities in the history of Chi…
79travelers 7reviews 18blogs
Kota Kinabalu #42 most popular location
The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a place of tropical luxury, heavenly beaches and exotic local cultures. Close to Kota Kinabalu there are plenty of attenti…
199travelers 102reviews 57blogs
Chongqing #43 most popular location
Chongqing is a major city in the central-western region of China, and has long been one of the most important economical and administrative cities for the entire country. In the course of its…
60travelers 7reviews 17blogs
Lijiang #44 most popular location
Lijiang is one of the most popular and favourite tourist destinations for mainland Chinese & others in the southwest province of Yunnan. Try to avoid the "Golden Weeks" : the first week of Ma…
32travelers 13reviews 29blogs
Tianjin #45 most popular location
Tianjin. The little cousin who could. For years overshadowed by its larger relative, Beijing, Tianjin has been busy in the first decade of the 21st century, building up its credibility and vi…
68travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Nha Trang #46 most popular location
Enclosed by mountains on three sides and sloping down to a golden sand beach on the fourth, Nha Trang is a major local tourist hub, for the simple reason that it’s both typically Vietnamese…
67travelers 78reviews 149blogs
Krabi #47 most popular location
Like most of the better-known corners of Thailand, Krabi is all about spotless, dream-like stretches of beach. Krabi’s bay area is the focus of so many jealousy inducing photographs that yo…
144travelers 49reviews 69blogs
Sanya #48 most popular location
I've been to Sanya twice, 2005 and 2007. Actually I will be back to that city soon for another vacation! Sanya is located on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, Sanya is the island's mo…
13travelers 8reviews 9blogs
Vientiane #49 most popular location
An unusually delicate, temple-strewn capital sat on the banks of the Mekong, Vientiane goes totally against the grain of Asian capitals, being a slow-paced, relaxing kind of spot where you mi…
85travelers 68reviews 102blogs
Qingdao #50 most popular location
Qingdao, the host city for the 29th Olympic Sailing Regatta in 2008, is a coastal city. The city is seated with the Yellow Sea on the east and south, adjoins the cities of Yantai, Rizhao and …
45travelers 6reviews 14blogs
Hua Hin #51 most popular location
Hua Hin is a Thai beach town on the road south from Bangkok, and while its increasingly popular (and boasts a Hilton Hotel), it's still off the Thai backpacker trail and well worth a look for…
39travelers 26reviews 9blogs
Wuhan #52 most popular location
With a mixture of Mexican coastline facing into the Gulf and access to sites such as the underground caves at Lol-Tun, the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the region, combined with the compl…
65travelers 7reviews 75blogs
Hoi An #53 most popular location
Generally speaking, Viet Nam is not the place to go to see well-preserved examples of ancient Asian architecture. The local government have a notable tendency to simply concrete over much of …
58travelers 78reviews 126blogs
Bandung #54 most popular location
Bandung is the capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is located on a higher elevation about 180 kms southeast of Jakarta. There is a connecting flight from Jakarta or Bali to Bandung, but it is…
308travelers 86reviews 26blogs
Chennai #55 most popular location
Chennai is the fourth largest city in India. Formerly known as Madras, the city borders the Bay of Bengal on the North Eastern tip of Tamil Nadu State. The main backpacker areas are Egmore st…
850travelers 34reviews 38blogs
Ao Nang #56 most popular location
Ao Nang is a central point of the coastal province of Krabi, Thailand. The town consists chiefly of a main street, which is totally dominated by restaurants, pubs, shops and other commerce ai…
12travelers 46reviews 28blogs
Guilin #57 most popular location
As perhaps the Chinese city that’s more reliant on tourism than any other, Guilin is not quite a typical Chinese experience. It’s earned its touristified element for a reason, though, and…
80travelers 29reviews 41blogs
Hue #58 most popular location
Hue has something of a tempestuous history. Having been the heart of the Nguyen Dynasty from the early 19th to mid 20th century, the city was then subjected to the brutal edge of the Viet Nam…
56travelers 51reviews 111blogs
Makati City #59 most popular location
The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila or the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It is the major financial, commercia…
301travelers 135reviews 27blogs
Cebu #60 most popular location
Having formed as an ancient trading port way back in the 16th century, Cebu has developed into the city around which the southern part of the Philippines revolves, as well as becoming a hub o…
466travelers 93reviews 45blogs
Ubud #61 most popular location
Famed as the heartland of Balinese culture, Ubud is a mammoth Indonesian tourist draw, home to a lively, traditional art and entertainment scene as well as some great historical tinges that r…
95travelers 129reviews 85blogs
Xiamen #62 most popular location
Xiamen, China is located on the southeastern coast of Fujian Province. Xiamen City can be dated back as far as the Song Dynasty. Today, Xiamen is a rapidly growing city, with a vigourous econ…
47travelers 14reviews 10blogs
Halong Bay #63 most popular location
With an evocative name prompting images amongst locals of dragons rising from its pristine waters, Halong Bay is infamously beautiful, but becoming more and more of a tourist trap. If you’r…
84travelers 25reviews 86blogs
Dalian #64 most popular location
44travelers 5reviews 37blogs
Pai #65 most popular location
A small town nestled in northern Thailand near the border with Myanmar along the northern route to Mae Hong Son, straddling the Pai River against one of the most beautiful backpacking destina…
37travelers 25reviews 40blogs
Gurgaon #66 most popular location
Gurgaon lies in the Indian state of Haryana, and is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and is part of the National Capital Region, hence derives a lot from the Indian capital. Over…
252travelers 29reviews 4blogs
Udaipur #67 most popular location
Udaipur, sometimes referred to as The City of Lakes, is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan. Historically, it was once the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar and the city's main a…
66travelers 38reviews 53blogs
Kuta #68 most popular location
Probably the largest tourist resort in Indonesia, Kuta sits on the southern end of Bali, nestled in the shadows of the island and providing visitors with over five kilometers of pristine whit…
74travelers 99reviews 55blogs
Koh Tao #69 most popular location
Looking for a small-scale tropical paradise? You might just have found it. Diminutive enough to barely even register as a spec amongst the Gulf Of Thailand, Koh Tao is famed for its diving, a…
89travelers 61reviews 107blogs
Ningbo #70 most popular location
29travelers 12blogs
Kolkata #71 most popular location
For years it was known simply as Calcutta, until 2001 when the name changed back to the Bengali version, Kolkata. Situated on the banks of the River Hooghly in eastern India, this is one of l…
764travelers 37reviews 46blogs
Hyderabad #72 most popular location
Hyderabad is considered to be the second technology capital of India second only to Bangalore. With it's high desert terrain, Hyderabad in central India has a fairly dry climate similar to N…
762travelers 13reviews 4blogs
Penang #73 most popular location
Penang is considered to be one of the main tourist stops for visitors in Malaysia. Also known as Pulau Pinang (in Malay which translates to Penang Island). This beautiful island is also known…
415travelers 119reviews 97blogs
Vang Vieng #74 most popular location
A tiny town in central Laos, Vang Vieng was a place of next to no international reputation until very recently, when the former bus hub was transformed into the centre of one of the most popu…
40travelers 44reviews 96blogs
Jaisalmer #75 most popular location
Located on a sandstone ridge looking out from the heart of the Thar Desert in the western portion of the Indian state of Rajasthan sits Jaisalmer, known to many as “The Golden City”. Domi…
37travelers 38reviews 62blogs
Koh Lanta #76 most popular location
Koh Lanta is an island just off the west coast of Krabi which is becoming a popular tourist destination, the island is known for its long, sandy beaches and scuba diving. It can easily be rea…
24travelers 27reviews 28blogs
Koh Phi Phi #77 most popular location
For those of you who have seen the movie The Beach, Koh Phi Phi existed very much like it did in the film: a laid-back, mostly unheard-of tropical island that only the most adventurous sorts …
125travelers 74reviews 117blogs
Kuching #78 most popular location
Along with being the largest city in the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia, Kuching is also the capital. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo, and the fourth largest city in the ent…
146travelers 60reviews 43blogs
Pokhara #79 most popular location
One of the most beautiful spots in the planet and arguably one of the most popular destinations for travelers to the region, Pokhara is one of the largest cities in Nepal. Nestled in the nort…
87travelers 49reviews 72blogs
Sihanoukville #80 most popular location
Spend enough time on various travel sites and you will come away a little confused by what Sihanoukville (or Kampong Som) has to offer. Being Cambodia's only deep water seaport makes it a bus…
40travelers 42reviews 57blogs
Kunming #81 most popular location
Kunming is affectionately referred to as "the City of Eternal Spring". It is said to have the best weather in China. Mainly because of its location that is 2,000 meters above sea level on a m…
50travelers 11reviews 25blogs
Jodhpur #82 most popular location
Jodhpur is situated in the Thar Desert and it is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Often referred to as "The Blue City", Jodhpur is famous for the many tightly packed city buildings with…
65travelers 35reviews 33blogs
Pune #83 most popular location
Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra state, is considered the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is an old city with a population of over five million people. Today it is a bustling …
637travelers 22reviews 11blogs
Georgetown #84 most popular location
Georgetown has been named by the British after King George III, but is unmistakebly a Chinese city. It is the capital of the island and state of Penang on the West Coast of Malaysia. Th…
25travelers 54reviews 30blogs
Varanasi #85 most popular location
If you only visit one place in India, many would argue Varanasi – or Benares, if you prefer the old-world name – is the one you should drop in on. There’s no doubting that the city is a…
134travelers 29reviews 84blogs
Kaohsiung #86 most popular location
Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan and located in the South (The capital Taipei is located in the North). It is significantly more rural than Taipei which has all the trappings of…
104travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Calangute #87 most popular location
Calangute is one of the most visited beaches of Goa, situated in North Goa. This beach was once said to be one of the golden beaches of Goa. Still popular with tourist and attracts large crow…
8travelers 14reviews 1blogs
Da Nang #88 most popular location
Originating from the Cham word "Da Nak", meaning "Opening of Big River", Da Nang is a major port city (Vietnam's fourth largest) located to the South Central Coast of Vietnam, on the coast of…
62travelers 13reviews 19blogs
Shenyang #89 most popular location
Shenyang, literally meaning "the city in the north of Shen River", comes from the Hun River on the city which used to be called Shen River. Archaeological findings show that human beings resi…
47travelers 2reviews 32blogs
Chiang Rai #90 most popular location
Chiang Rai is mainly a stopover on the way north, but can also function as a good base for doing some hill tribe trekking in the surrounding area. The hill tribe museum gives a lot of inf…
30travelers 17reviews 36blogs
Changsha #91 most popular location
Changsha has been the capitol of Hunan province ever since the Qing dynasty in 1664 AD. Changsha is located in south-central China, on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtz…
34travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Lombok #92 most popular location
This is paradise for anyone who loves the natural beauty of the beach. Lombok is 30 minutes flying from Bali, with the capital city named Mataram. You can also take a ferry, but not very comf…
129travelers 42reviews 25blogs
Da Lat #93 most popular location
Dalat is a lovely little town set in the Southern Highlands of Vietnam. A short flight from Ho Chi Minh City, the town is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities and…
32travelers 26reviews 39blogs
Harbin #94 most popular location
Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, is located in the middle reaches of the Songhua River in the south of the province. The urban area is composed of seven districts: Daoli, Daowai, Nan…
61travelers 4reviews 23blogs
Colombo #95 most popular location
Colombo, Sri Lanka's largest city, a beehive of commotion with more than a million inhabitants.The capital city of Srilanka with it's frenetic traffic and general chaos is a little too much f…
668travelers 63reviews 37blogs
Kanchanaburi #96 most popular location
As the home of the notorious Bridge On The River Kwai – the sight of countless international deaths at the hands of the Japanese during a Second World War railway-building project – Kanch…
22travelers 36reviews 80blogs
Fukuoka #97 most popular location
39travelers 16reviews 10blogs
Jinan #98 most popular location
23travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Coron #99 most popular location
One of the most popular diving spots on the planet, Coron has been listed in such publications as Forbes Traveler Magazine as one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites around the world in rel…
53travelers 44reviews 20blogs
Nagoya #100 most popular location
Despite being a sizeable city (Japan’s fourth largest), Nagoya seems to account for a minimal tourist draw. Perhaps it’s the financial focus, or the abundance of car manufacturing plants …
70travelers 74reviews 23blogs