One of the most popular vacation destinations in Asia, Bali evokes images of an exotic island paradise. Summer is a great time to visit, as you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Kuta and explore ancient monuments and immerse yourself in its rich cultural history. Relax on the shores of Balangan or watch the surfers at Canggu, then climb Mount Batur for a gorgeous sunrise. Get a dose of culture by visiting the famous Uluwatu temple and the famous kecak dance at sunset.
You could travel to Okinawa in Japan for the food alone, but the city’s subtropical ambiance is what will lure you in during summer. You’ll find colorful flowers and lush landscaping that bloom throughout the year, while its white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are hard to resist. Spend your time island hopping around the more than 160 islands, go hiking and birdwatching in the Ufugi Nature Museum or go on a scuba diving adventure at Miyako Island. If you like history, visit the Shuri Castle that dates back to the 14th century.
El Nido, Philippines
Philippines – El Nido has an idyllic setting of a beach vacation if there was one. Here you will discover a true unspoiled tropical paradise boasting of breathtaking natural beauty, almost surreal landscape consisting of white sandy beaches, cliffs, turquoise water and tropical forests.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
With its nearly 10 km of finest beaches, Nha Trang is one of the best Vietnam’s prime holiday destinations in Asia, ideal for a beach retreat. Ringed by a necklace of hills and with a sweeping crescent beach, it enjoys a stunning setting and its warm waters making it an ideal spot for scuba diving all year round. What adds to the charm is the vast array of bars, restaurants which make for the nightlife of this spot.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
A beautiful hillside gem in Sri Lanka, Kandy will blow you away with its rugged landscapes with dramatic peaks, as its slopes are covered in manicured tea gardens and a blanket of clouds. Take a stroll around Kandy Lake, then visit the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Have a cup of tea at the Ceylon Tea Museum or admire over 300 varieties of orchids at the Royal Botanical Garden. If you’re up for an adventure, go trekking in the Hanthana Mountains.
One of the most picturesque destinations in China, Guilin is famous for its beautiful karst topography. Spend your time soaking up the marvelous limestone scenery and the Li River views on a canoeing or cycling adventure, then visit the Longji Terraced Fields, the Reed Flute Cave and the city’s twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, to see it lit up at night. Bring along at 20 Yuan note to compare its images alongside the picturesque countryside, rice paddies and karst mountain landscapes.
Borneo is one of Asia’s best summer destinations, perfect for when you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime animal encounter. Summer is the best time to see the orangutans in the wild, while turtles can also be seen on Lankayan Island during this time. Sign up for an eco-tour at the Orang-utan Project, trek up to Mount Kinabalu to soak up the magnificent views or take a dip at one of the beaches that offer world-class snorkeling.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you want a rustic holiday, filled with rural beauty than a trip to Siem Reap Province in Cambodia is what you are looking for. With its stunning scenery, hill tribe cultures, floating villages, rare-bird sanctuaries and the beautiful and extensive temple ruins at Angkor, a holiday here is unlike anything you would have experienced.