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The Top Five Best Countries In Asia To Visit in 2016

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Nov 23, 2016 06:39 AM EST

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The year 2016 is coming to an end and we're rounding up this year's hottest Asian travel destinations. This historically and culturally rich continent features everything like luscious culinary experiences, breathtaking views, and colorful cultural backgrounds. Check out the top five Asian countries to visit in 2016.

Japan hits the very top of the list, and not just because of their colorful animated characters. This historically rich country boasts a long and powerful history of strength and honor. It's also heavily praised for its art, music and literature.

Tourists love to visit the bustling streets of Tokyo, enjoy the dense shopping districts, and the busy nightlife. Others also love to visit the serene gardens of Kyoto or the picturesque views of the snow-covered Hokkaido.

No matter what you're looking for, whether it be fun and adventure, peace and relaxation, or learning and discovery, Japan is definitely the place to be. No wonder Lonely Planet has listed it as its number one best Asian country.

Right next to Japan is the mystical country of China. With a population that comprises more than a sixth of the world population, it's no wonder this country is considered to be this day and age's center of the universe. With a growing economy, a multitude of sights and luxuries, and a booming tourism industry, China is definitely one of Asia's hotspots for 2016.

From all over the world, tourists have been visiting China to witness a culture that has successfully implemented a fusion of old and new. Visitors will love participating in a traditional tea ceremony, but will also equally enjoy discovering whole new sights from some of the tallest and most advanced skyscrapers in the world.

With all the exposure South Korea has been receiving in the movie, music, and fashion industries, it's easy to see why this humble Asian powerhouse has made its mark on this list. This bustling cultural hub is home to some of the most happening restaurants and bars in the world, while still managing to boast some of the best-preserved traditional villages.

With the rise in popularity of Korean cooking, visitors will absolutely love taking part in a traditional Korean meal, right from the homeland itself. Furthermore, South Korea is constantly coming out with playful new trends, catchy beats, and fun new ideas that are continuously capturing the world.

Despite its dark history of war and colonization, Vietnam has risen to become one of the absolute best tourist destinations in Asia. Attracting tourists from all over the world, the country boasts some of the most serene views of nature, some of the most exotic cuisines, and of course, an absolutely mean cup of coffee.

Vietnam offers tourists with a multitude of fun outdoor activities that play well into its lush natural wonders. With activities such as diving, wildlife hikes, and tons of fun beach activities. Not to mention, you will probably find no better place to get the freshest seafood. 

Thailand has always been a powerhouse in terms of tourism and the year 2016 is no different. A country that offers everything from beautiful blonde beaches, vibrant marine life, and of course, a rather infamous red light district, Thailand is an ever-improving shard of development in Asia.

According to Travel and Leisure, the country of Thailand is growing to become a hotel and resort paradise, with some of the best low-budget rates for great quality. It is also known to have some of the most accommodating and hospitable locale in Asia. Indeed, this gorgeous country is worthy of being known as one of the world's best countries to visit.

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