In the Western world, there has been a massive increase in tourism throughout the majority of Asia. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam’s tourism has rocketed, with many young students looking to pursue a cost effective gap year throughout South East Asia, as well as those searching from an escape from the 9-5 of the Western World. Similarly, areas of India like Goa have become Meccas for expats over the years, becoming more and more populated by Westerners. And we don’t blame them, Goa is truly beautiful;



But, what about some lesser known places? Well, here we’ll look at three Asian cities that you have to visit before you die.


Jiufen, Taiwan


The inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away, Jiufen has become more popular for tourists in recent years, though it still isn’t nearly as popular as other areas in Asia. Whilst it might not be a sight to behold throughout the daytime, Jiufen comes alight in the night time and you can really experience the magic of a town life this.


Hsipaw, Myanmar


Now more commonly known that in the past, if you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle, Hsipaw would be a great option for you. There are many waterfalls, farmland and hot springs that are sure to make your trip worthwhile.

Hakone, Japan


You may or may not have heard of Hakone, Japan. Part of a national park that is situated around 60 or 70 miles outside of Tokyo, you’d struggle to find a more reclusive area within the same distance from the electrifying bustle of Tokyo. Sometimes, an escape is a necessity, and Hakone helps to provide that for it’s visitors.

Zhouzhang, China

Zhouzhang is situated around 20 miles outside of the city Suzhou, and it’s easy to see why it has become more popular in recent years. Labelled the Asian equivalent of Venice, there really isn’t another place in the world quite like Zhouzhang.

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