This former British colony offers an easy introduction to China. The city blends both cultures to create a hub that is eastern at heart but with roots deeply influenced by the west. You'll see this in the city's capitalist culture, which is illustrated by its towering skyscrapers, numerous street markets and thousands of dining options.
This far-flung destination, miles from civilization in the Indian Ocean, is made up of about 1,200 islands, many of which offer unparalleled white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reefs that prompt extensive exploration.
Phuket's elongated beaches and cerulean waters embody a paradise that few Asian destinations can rival. It's here where you'll find those beautiful Thai beaches docked with traditional, wooden long-tail boats and lush, limestone rock formations. Beaching it and boat tours are the most popular things to do here, but there are also various religious sites worth a visit.
Bali's natural beauty is so profound, travelers have been known to refer to the destination as "heaven on earth." Here, lush rainforests, picturesque mountain ranges, sweeping valleys and scenic beaches all sit side by side.
Singapore is unique in that it's a melting pot of Asian cultures. This fusion has led to prosperity that takes form in the city's colorful neighborhoods, eclectic culinary scene and overall modernity.
No dilly-dallying here – Tokyo is as fast-paced as cities come (it's on of the largest cities in the world, after all). With millions upon millions of residents to its name, novice Tokyo visitors may have a hard time keeping up with the city's flashing lights and insanely crowded streets.
South Korea's capital does an incredible job of blending the ancient with the modern. Between all the busy streets and towering skyscrapers lie ancient temples, shrines and villages waiting to be explored.
Hanoi is perfect for first-time Vietnam travelers. The country's capital offers plenty in the way of history, culture, shopping, dining and natural splendor.