‘Best top 10 lists…’ and that’s where the problem starts – it seems that there are just about lists for everything, it seems, and especially in travel.

Now, when it comes to destinations, all of the lists either tend to list the ‘popular places’ or ‘semi-popular places’, that though you haven’t visited them yet, but you seem to have heard about them somewhere.

Suzhou. Hangzhou. Incheon.

Caught you, didn’t we?

Suzhou, Hangzhou, Incheon – they are a few of the travel destinations that we can bet that you haven’t visited before.

We were right, weren’t we?

Today, we are going to bring you the names of a few Asian cities that we are sure you haven’t visited them yet. They may be a little off-the-beaten-path, but consider visiting these cities, and you will see how much they have to offer.

Suzhou

One of the most overlooked cities based in China, Suzhou is called the ‘Venice of China’.

From the towering Shanghai, Suzhou is just a 90-minute bullet train ride, and with a city teeming with a population of around 10 million, it is bigger than the relatively well-known cities such as Seoul.

Suzhou is made alive with exquisite gardens, bridged canals, hilltop pagodas, and with a massive city of around 4000 square miles, Suzhou can be the perfect tourist destination for you.

Where can you stay

The hotel in Suzhou is very affordable, and thus, you can spend a lot less on a hot-shot luxury hotel such as Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou.

Chennai

India is a land of colors, so, it makes very little sense if you plan to visit India, and not include Chennai in your to-visit place.

Bigger than Kolkata and Jaipur, Chennai is a place in which the British colonial history runs deep in the form of the East India Trading Company outpost that is turned into a museum, better known as Fort St. George.

In Chennai, you are going to find both cathedrals and temples that melds the culture of South India. Add to that the bustling Marina Beach, and you have got an urban swimming spot where locals and tourists alike would like to bask themselves in the sun and even swim in the Bay of Bengal.

Where can you stay

You can consider the Leela Palace, Chennai – not only is it affordable but it also packs both style and value and is just a five-minute walk from Marina Beach.

Dhaka

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination of many – if you are looking to uncover colorful palaces, Mughal forts, and intricately detailed mosques, then, Dhaka is the destination for you.

Known to be one of the megacities of Asia, Dhaka is home to nearly 10 million people with 200 square miles.

Where can you stay

Opt for the Space Hotel and Apartments, Dhaka to get a glimpse of the future – plus you will also have great access to big kitchens and terraces.

Yokohama

Located to the south of Tokyo, Yokohama is a small seaside option that is renowned for its skyscrapers, botanical gardens, plus a sprawling Chinatown.

It is only recently that Yokohama has come under the limelight due to its historic pagoda-style homes, and despite that, Yokohama is a very affordable Asian city that you can visit this coming year.

Where can you stay

You don’t need to spend a fortune to stay at Japan – you can opt for Hotel JAL City Kennai at Yokohama, it is super affordable considering the amenities that you will get such as roomy shared outdoor spaces and streamlined rooms.

Incheon

You must have heard of Incheon as the award-winning high-tech airport and a city that is home to almost 5 million people.

Despite that, Incheon is much smaller than Seoul and is famous for its island beaches, amusement parks, and Songdo Central Park, which is a perfect replica of New York’s Central Park.

If you are looking to head off to a tourist destination, then, Incheon is the perfect option – manmade lakes, tranquil parks, and bustling markets – what more do you need to make your family vacation a memorable one?

Where can you stay

You can head off to Orakai Songdo Park Hotel at Incheon, if you are a big fan of swimming pools plus it’s also close to Songdo Central Park.

Hangzhou

Located at the end of China’s Grand Canal, Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province, and is famous for its ancient cave temples, scenic lakes, and various cultural institutions, out of which the National Tea Museum is the most renowned one.

Home to almost 12 million people, Hangzhou is not unknown to all, for it gets its fair share of tourists that flocks off to historic temples, gardens, and scenery, that dates back to centuries.

Where can you stay

You can book a hotel – Intercontinental Hangzhou – with per night costing only $150.

Surabaya

It sits on the island of Java, and the exact opposite of Jakarta – Surabaya is a small city that is based in Indonesia and boasts of a diverse population of around 3 million people.

Surabaya is famous for its Javanese gardens, historic mosques, and towering skyscrapers, and add to that, Buddhist temples, museums, and bustling street markets – you have got a winner.

Where can you stay

You can go to the Hotel Majapahit, Surabaya – not only is it a five-star hotel, plus it is also very affordable. And oh yes, while you are at it, don’t forget to pay a visit to its day spa.

Sapporo

One of the fast-growing travel destinations – that’s what Sapporo is right now. Famous for its beer and winter activities, Sapporo is home to about 3 million people.

And the best part is that tourists have been showing interest in Sapporo during recent times – and it’s about to get more touristy.

Where can you stay

You can take a breather at the UnWind Hotel&Bar and which is famous for its beautiful interiors, rooftop fire pits and many more.

Hue

Want to visit intricate temples, palaces, and tombs – then, consider paying a visit to Hue.

Located in Vietnam, Hue was home to the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th century, and hence, it is rife with historic marvels such as Thien Mu Pagoda and Khai Dinh Tomb, to name a few.

Where can you stay

Indochine Palace at Hue, Vietnam is a hotel that you can’t give a miss – expect royal treatment plus access to a large private pool and luxurious rooms fit for a king.

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