Most visited Asia Pacific cities and what to do there

Are you in one of the hottest destinations in the world but not sure what to do?

Recently, Euromonitor International released its annual Top City Destinations Ranking, a list of the top 100 cities in the world based on international tourist arrivals.

In its report, Asia Pacific dominated the list, with more than one third of the top 100 cities being located in Asia.

Here are the top 10 Asia Pacific cites in the world and what to do there:

10. Phuket, Thailand


The largest island in Thailand, Phuket said hello to 8.1 million international visitors in 2014. Just off the Andaman Sea, expect a lot of sea, sun and sand activities such as a tour of James Bond Island , a paddle board adventure, diving at Racha Yai.

If you prefer more land loving activities, try you hand at a Muay Thai lesson or check out the famous Simon Cabaret Show.

9. Guangzhou, China


Guangzhou, the third largest city in China is a bustling metropolis located by the Pearl River. Also known as Canton, this city welcomed 8.2 million international visitors in 2014.

When in Guangzhou, visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, The Chimelong Safari Park (for pandas!), and the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

8. Taipei, Taiwan


Voted as the destination with the world’s best food by CNN’s readers, Taipei is the charming capital of Taiwan that attracted 8.6 million international visitors in 2014.

When in Taipei, a food tour in the night market is a must as well as a historic tour around the culture-rich Dadaocheng. Visit Pingxi, famous for its Sky Lantern Festival and Jiufen Village, famous for inspiring the location in Spirited Away.

7. Seoul, South Korea


The capital of South Korea pulled in almost the equal number of its 10 million residents, a whopping 9.39 million international visitors in 2014, and it’s not hard to see why when this metropolis has a wonderful mix of the modern and historical.

Check out traditional residences in the Bukchon Hanok Village, or the world-famous Gangnam District. If you are looking for family fun, try the Lotte Theme Park or Nami Island and Petit France Village.

6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The capital city of Malaysia is a wonderful mix of culture, towering skyscrapers, gorgeous parks and amazing food. This Southeast Asian country drew 11.63 million international visitors in 2014.

Visit the famous Batu Caves Hindu Temple, walk in between the Petronas Twin Towers from a height of 170 metres above ground, or visit the lush rainforest just outside the city. No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a savouring its street food so make sure you tick that box off the list!

5. Shenzhen, China


Located as little as an hour away from Hong Kong, Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in the 1990s and 2000s. A haven for shoppers, Shenzhen saw 13.1 million international visitors in 2014.

When in Shenzhen, test your bargaining skills at the 1500-store strong Lo Wu commercial shopping mall, go ‘around the world’ at Window of the World, or visit the Happy Valley Shenzhen theme park.

4. Macau


A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, Macau is a charming blend of both Chinese and Portuguese culture. Dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia with its giant shopping malls and casinos, this small peninsula managed to pull in 14.97 million international visitors in 2014.

Be amazed by the action-packed House of Dancing Water show, visit the Macau Tower and discover the Babylon Casino and Venetian Resort while travelling in Macau.

3. Bangkok, Thailand


A massive hot spot for tourists and travellers from the West, Bangkok started as a small trading post for the Kingdom of Ayutthaya in the 15th century. Now the capital of Thailand, Bangkok drew 16.25 million international visitors in 2014.

A trip to the historical Kingdom of Ayutthaya is a must, as well as a visit to one of their floating markets. For something closer to what the locals do, go on a food excursion or witness a Muay Thai boxing match .

2. Singapore


A small island-city located just below Malaysia, Singapore is a vibrant business hub full of life, even when the sun goes down. This multicultural tropical city managed to attract 17.09 million international visitors in 2014, which is no surprise when there is plenty to do from dawn to dusk.

When in Singapore, a visit to the Singapore Zoo is a must, as well as Gardens by the Bay, a stunning 101 hectare garden. If you are into thrills, spend the day in Universal Studios Singapore or check out the club and bar scene come nightfall.

1. Hong Kong


The former British colony famous for its skyline full of towering skyscrapers, Hong Kong waved hello to 27.77 million international visitors in 2014. As vibrant at night as it is during the day, Hong Kong is perfect for the roving night owl.

Experience the pub and club scene on a pub crawl, savour Cantonese flavours in Sham Shui Po, pay Hong Kong Disneyland a visit (and use these hacks) when in this lively city.

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