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Things to do in Asia

With more than 50 countries, there is no shortage of things to do in Asia. The diversity of the continent means that, no matter your interest, you’ll find something fascinating beyond the big-name attractions. When planning what to do in Asia, there are a few places to start.

While many travelers think first of Asia's big city centers, there are many interesting creatures to see while you are in Asia. In Malaysia, you can see orangutans in their natural habitat. In Thailand, Ping River rafting tour from Chiang Mai and the Chiang Dao elephant jungle trek are perfect for the adventurous. For a more low-key experience, the Chiang Mai elephants-at-work tour is more educational. In Bali, you can also take on the rapids while white-water rafting. From sandy beaches to snorkeling, lounging and partying on the Thai islands are some of the top things to do in Asia. Phuket is the most popular, but plenty of people prefer Koh Samui, the 13-mile-wide, coconut-grove-filled fishing island. Go to its Chaweng Beach if you want easy access to the best nightlife, or stick to palm-lined Bophut if you want more peace and quiet. Don’t miss Mt. Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain and a natural work of art. On a clear day, you can see the mountain from Tokyo.

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  • 1 Shanti Road

    In Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, this gallery space allows a respite from the city's frenzy. Come to talk about art or microchips. More
  • 12 sqm Bar and Café

    This bar’s name accurately represents its size—which, at 130 square feet, is easily the smallest in the city (and possibly all of China). The tiny ... More
  • 1a Space

  • 1-Altitude

    Hovering 900 feet above the city, this three-story establishment includes a sports bar, a restaurant, and an alfresco cocktail hot spot. More
  • 4D Extreme Screen

    Asia’s largest 4-D projection screen—a 360-seat theater where films come not only with 3-D glasses but also special effects such as wind, fog, wate... More
  • 798

    The cluster of Bauhaus-style factory buildings, dating from the 1950's, have been converted into artists' studios and experimental galleries. More
  • A. Godin & Co.

    Celiano Godin began selling pianos in Quetta (now part of Pakistan) in 1900 and opened his first Delhi showroom in 1940 near Kashmiri Gate. The sho... More
  • Abraham & Thakore

    This design team creates handsome modern home accessories (chocolate silk cushions, ivory velvet with felt appliqué bedspreads) that would suit a M... More
  • A-Dong Silk

    Head here for faithful copies of Western styles. More
  • Adventures by Disney

    Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips f... More
  • After School

    If school was really like the atmosphere at this bar/café/studio, the world would be a vastly different place. Pokit Poon of Hong Kong-based Pokit ... More
  • Agnès b.'s Librairie Galerie

  • Agni Tour

    Embark on a 10-day culinary tour of India, offered by Our Personal Guest, that centers around agni, or fire. Created by Indian food expert Camellia... More
  • Ahujasons

    Though it’s a bit out of the way (20 to 30 minutes from Connaught Place by taxi), this tiny shop has one of the city’s truly epic selections of pas... More
  • Air Bali

    A literal Bali High ensues when you see the island from up above. Air Bali’s aircraft (a Bell 206 helicopter seating four, and a Piper Cheyenne pla... More

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