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Travel Forecast: 10 Asian Destinations to Keep on Your Radar

Ariana Dickson

With the help of Instagram, new destinations are easier to discover than ever before. But, what about the places that haven’t taken over our social media feeds just yet? If your must-see list needs a refresh, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 destinations across Asia that we’ve got on our travel forecast.

Taiwan

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With dramatic mountains, river valleys, unspoiled coastlines, and bustling cities, Taiwan is one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. Offering some of the continent’s best street food, a booming art scene, and Instagram-worthy sights, you’re bound to see a lot more of this tiny island from avid travelers in the coming months.

    1. Must-see: Taipei
    2. Where we would love to stay: Mandarin Oriental Taipei

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Situated in northern Laos, this Southeast Asian spot has been a long-time favorite among adventurous travelers. In recent years, improved travel accommodations and more convenient flights have been making the spiritual destination much more accessible. This zen city is soon to have its big moment.

    1. Must-see: Kuang Si Falls and the ancient temples
    2.  Where we would love to stay: Rosewood Luang Prabang

Guilin, China

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Sure, Beijing and Shanghai are hotspots for tourists. But if you want to have an experience outside of the usual, Guilin is ideal. Famous for its mountainous landscape, winding rivers, and green hills, this is a side of the country that you might haven’t seen yet.

    1. Must-see: Reed Flute Cave and Li River
    2. Where we would love to stay: Alila Yangshuo

Bhutan

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Tucked into the eastern end of the Himalayas, this enchanting Buddhist Kingdom is known for ranking itself by Gross National Happiness. Home to less than one million people, Bhutan only began opening up to outsiders in the 1970s and still offers the untouched charm it had back then. It’s a remote destination that pulls on the heartstrings of adventurous travelers and culture lovers.

    1. Must-see:  Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
    2. Where we would love to stay: Gangtey Lodge

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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This cluster of roughly 300 remote islands sits about halfway between Thailand and India. Gaining buzz for its unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, and tropical rainforests, Andaman and Nicobar Islands  have the makings of an ideal retreat to get away from it all. Only accessible by domestic flights from India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are accessible to dedicated travelers looking to get away from it all.

    1. Must-see: Havelock Island
    2. Where we would love to stay: Jalakara Boutique Hotel

El Nido, Philippines

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Extremely invested in preserving its land, El Nido, Palawan is a sparsely populated archipelago with hidden lagoons, bright blue waters, and limestone formations. A sanctuary meant for exploring and soaking up the surrounding natural beauty, travel bloggers and adventurers who haven’t yet visited will be on their way in no time.

    1. Must-see: Duli Beach and Taraw Peak
    2. Where we would love to stay: El Nido Resorts

Oman

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Set on the east of the Arabian peninsula, the sultanate of Oman is rich in culture and filled with natural beauty. Think: mountains, desert and the ocean. Relying on luxury camping and local culture as driver of tourism, it is ideal for both adventure travelers and luxury vacationers. If you want to experience these quiet  mountains and beaches while they are still relatively untouched, we suggest you make plans to get there soon.

    1. Must-see: Emerald Water at Wadi Shab and Wahiba Sands in the Oman desert
    2. Where we would love to stay: Six Senses Zighy Bay

Langkawi, Malaysia

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Langkawi, the largest of an archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands, is an escape from Malaysia’s fast-paced cities. The luxurious destination is making a name for itself among nature-lovers and culture-aficionados. Whether you’re craving delicious Malaysian cuisine, a rainforest trek, or a pristine beach to lounge on, this paradise island has it all.

    1. Must-see: Machinchang Mountain
    2.  Where we would love to stay: The Datai Langkawi

Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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The slow-paced lifestyle of Sri Lanka’s Southern Province makes it easy to fall into a routine of swim, surf, eat, repeat. Lined with surf shops, laidback cafes, and white sandy beaches, this destination is just about as Instagram-worthy as it gets. To experience its picture-perfect beaches of Ahangama, Midigama, and Hikkaduwa in all of their raw beauty— don’t wait.

    1. Must-see: Galle Fort and the island’s many beach towns
    2. Where we would love to stay: Amanwella

Jordan

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If you’re an intrepid traveler in search of a spectacular and eye-opening experiences, Jordan is the place for you. Filled with lost cities, World Heritage sites, and beautiful terrain, it’s rich in history and culture. Take a dip in the Dead Sea, explore the capital city of Amman, and taste the local’s delicious food. While it may be quickly becoming a trending destination, it’s not explored nearly as much as other Asian countries and is certainly less ‘Instagrammed’—for now.

    1. Must-see: Petra
    2. Where we would love to stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa

Pack your bags and get ready to hit these under-the-radar destinations before they catch onto your Instagram feed.