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2020 Asia Travel Bucket List Challenge: Are You Up For it?

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to get serious with those New Year’s Resolutions. But who are we kidding? There’s only one resolution that needs to be accomplished in 2020 and that is to travel more! 

Discover and experience the wonders of Asia one buoyant step, one decadent bite, and one stunning sight at a time. Be captivated by the region’s cultural diversity and have a ball in the next months with these 20 fun bucket list activities that will definitely make your 2020!

 

#CelebrateTAIWAN

1. Tower over the city from Taipei 101

Taipei 101 Observatory

Start the New Year right with a visit to Taiwan and witness a spectacular view from one of the tallest buildings in the world! This remarkable structure held the title for the tallest skyscraper in the world for a number of years and it definitely has a view you wouldn’t want to miss. Head up to the 89th floor of Taipei 101 Observatory and enjoy the breathtaking scenery before you. 

Taipei 101 is also the place to be during New Year’s Eve as it becomes one of the biggest countdown clocks in the world. Not to mention, the firework display is absolutely incredible!
 

2. Explore the Night Markets

Raohe Night Market - Taipei

Experience Taipei’s nightlife through crowded streets and rich, flavorful food. Fill your tummies with delicious local delicacies offered at several food markets around the city. 

Some markets also sell clothing, souvenir items, and other Taiwanese trinkets that are great to take home to your loved ones. 

Read 12 Iconic Taiwan Street Food You Need to Eat Now
 

#ExperienceJAPAN

3. Be Super Mario for a day in Tokyo

Go-Kart Tokyo

Japan offers a lot of unique—sometimes bizarre—experiences, and if you really want to get into the heart of Japanese pop culture, you should definitely try go-karting in Tokyo. 

Rent a go-kart—which includes a costume—and go sightseeing like an unofficial game character. There are various courses available in several districts. We recommend Shibuya and Akihabara as they provide some of the best and more budget-friendly courses.
 

4. Eat solo in Tokyo

Eat in Japan

Ichiran Ramen is a restaurant chain that encourages solo dining with their one-man booths perfect for lone travelers. It’s also great if you just want to enjoy a delicious bowl of noodles on your own.

Having spearheaded the art of solo dining, Japan is a great place to dine in alone, so there’s no need to worry about weird glances or feeling out of place.
 

5. Visit Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo DisneySea

It’s always a great idea to go to Disneyland. Spending a day in The Happiest Place on Earth will definitely put a smile on your face as you enjoy the many rides, themed-parades, and all the characters’ meet and greet opportunities.

Tokyo Disney Resort is unique from the other Disneylands in the world as you get to enjoy not one, but two parks! There’s Tokyo Disneyland, which is the main park with the classic rides and themed lands, and there’s Tokyo DisneySea, which features maritime-themed attractions and experiences.

Read 10 Places You Can Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms in Japan
 

#EnjoySINGAPORE

6. Tour Singapore… at night

Singapore at Night

It’s no secret that Singapore is one of the most beautiful cities you’ll ever see. Believe it or not, it gets even more magical in the evening. 

When the sun goes down, watch the whole city light up with a promise of adventure. See a skyline of stars from the Singapore Flyer or catch Spectra, the captivating light and water show at Marina Bay Sands.
 

7. Ride Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON

Universal Studios Singapore

Head to Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore where loads of fun attractions and thrilling rides await! One particular ride should be on your bucket list though, and that’s the Battlestar Galactica ride.

Dare to try this thrilling, high-speed roller-coaster with heart-stopping drops, turns, and loops that will definitely give you an adrenaline rush!
 

8. Explore Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By the Bay

Step into the world’s largest greenhouse and witness various flower species, as well as the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. It is truly a wonder walking through this indoor glass garden that blends nature and technology in a beautiful symphony.

Speaking of symphonies, don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody in the evenings at the Supertree Grove, which features a stunning light and music spectacle. 

Experience this beautiful modern garden and book your tickets today

Read 11 Singapore Travel Tips for First-Timers
 

#MarvelatMALAYSIA

9. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers

Petrona Twin Towers

A visit to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without a photo op with the city’s major icon. Enter Malaysia’s tallest structure and capture a panoramic view of the whole city from its observation deck.

We recommend visiting later in the day or in the evenings for a stunning sunset and star-studded skyline view. Book Petronas Twin Towers tickets here.
 

10. Ride a trishaw in Penang

Trishaw - Georgetown Penang

Similar to the Philippines pedicab, this three-wheeled vehicle is a great way to see the city sights. Roam around George Town and see its colorful buildings and picture-perfect street art in this charming ride and experience the UNESCO Heritage Site like a local!
 

11. Climb up Kota Kinabalu

Mt. Kota Kinabalu

For adventure seekers, climbing this mountain is a must. Have a one-of-a-kind experience and reap amazing rewards at the summit in the form of a spectacular sunrise view. A climbing package takes approximately two days, so staying overnight on the mountain is mandatory.

Read Things to do in Malaysia other than Legoland and the Petronas Twin Towers
 

#LoveSouthKorea

12. Wear a Hanbok 

Hanbok

Get traditional and experience South Korea’s rich culture fully by dressing up in their national formal attire. Roam around Gyeongbukgong Palace or Bukchon Hanok Village in this beautiful Korean wear and blend in with the historical structures—this will definitely make for gorgeous photos.

There are several rental shops near attraction sights offering hanboks in different styles and colors.
 

13. Go on a K-drama Pilgrimage in Seoul

N Seoul Tower

South Korea is famous for the Hallyu wave, which is basically the country’s pop culture and entertainment export that has taken the world by storm. These include K-dramas, which have many Filipinos flocking to Seoul just to see and experience the different filming locations of their favorite shows.

From N Seoul Tower in Boys Over Flowers to Nami Island in Winter Sonata, there are plenty of spots in the city where you can relive your favorite K-drama scenes. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find your own Oppa along the way.
 

14. Go on a street food crawl in Myeongdong

Myeongdong Street Food

If there’s one thing South Korea is known for, it’s food. Spicy, sweet, and savory, the local delicacies offer a variety of flavors that will tickle your taste buds. And guess what? You can taste all of them in one street!

Myeongdong is considered as one of the shopping capitals of Seoul as it is lined with fashion boutiques, cosmetic and music stores, restaurants, and street food stalls.

South Korean street food here is on another level and could rival official local dishes. Try the Tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), Odeng (fish cake), crispy Korean fried chicken, and more! This is a paradise for foodies out there.

Read Top 10 Things to do in South Korea for First-Timers
 

#DiscoverVIETNAM

15. Cruise along the Mekong River in Ho Chi Minh 

Mekong River

See the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, from Southeast Asia’s longest river. Within the maze of waterways, ride a traditional boat and witness Vietnam’s rural culture and experience the daily lives of the communities thriving along the Mekong’s waters.

It’s an enlightening journey that promises a lot of discoveries and fascinating countryside views. Experience this one-of-a-kind tour and book a boat excursion here.
 

16. Traverse Ba Na Hills in Da Nang

Golden Bridge

Head over to a newer side of Vietnam at Ba Na Hills, a European style-inspired resort complex featuring a variety of restaurants, modern accommodations, and an amusement park. Ride up the mountaintop via cable car and enjoy a splendid view.

On top, you’ll find a wide range of activities to do like strolling along the cobbled streets of the French Village, getting on the wild rides at Fantasy Park, and crossing the amazing Golden Bridge.

Read Top 10 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Ho Chi Minh City
 

#ExploreTHAILAND

17. Marvel at the Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew

Inside the Grand Palace is the Wat Phra Kaew, “The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.” There are several beautiful temples to check out in Bangkok, but this is the most important and most visited one.

Admire the Emerald Buddha carved from a 66cm tall block of jade! The palace and temple are a work of art in itself and touring around the compound is a must if you’re in the city.
 

18. Find Phuket’s Secret Beaches

Phuket Beach

Phuket is known for its pristine beaches but some of them can get really crowded. If mainstream is not your thing, one adventure to take on is finding Phuket’s hidden gems. 

There are a few beaches that are off-the-beaten-path like Sai Kaew Beach in the north and Freedom Beach which can only be accessed by a longtail boat.

These secret beaches have remained close to deserted, with little tourists and a handful of dining options. They are great spots if you want to truly unwind and soak in the peace and quiet Phuket has to offer.

Read 10 Instagrammable Places in Bangkok

 

#AdmireINDONESIA

19. Brave the lair of the monkeys in Bali

Ubud Monkey Forest

Apart from its beautiful beaches and reflective activities to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, there’s one attraction in Bali that’s a definite must-try! The sacred Ubud Monkey Forest is a great nature spot to explore, especially because of the Balinese monkeys freely roaming about the site.

Tread with caution: some of the monkeys are quite cheeky and might find your belongings fascinating.

Read 10 IG-worthy Restaurants in Bali That You Have to Visit
 

20. Check out the Floating Market Lembang

Floating Market Lembang

This colorful and vibrant waterway makes for a ton of photo opportunities. With similarities from the markets in Thailand, this Floating Market sells a variety of goods from fresh local delicacies to souvenirs and trinkets.

Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the nearby mountains, as well as other recreational activities like the Kyotoku Kimono rental and Rainbow Garden. You can book your tickets on Traveloka.
 

Dare to take the challenge? Travel more in 2020 with Traveloka for an easy, exciting, and worry-free experience! Book now!

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