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Your ultimate guide to things to do in Asia

Most popular Time Out cities in Asia


A sunny island city that’s a clean, green, modern machine


Traditional meets ultramodern (and it’s the world’s best city for food)

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

A colourful, frenetic city with a rich, East-meets-West heritage


Glittering temples meet huge skyscrapers and vibrant street life


A futuristic skyline looms over art deco beauty and quiet leafy streets


Imperial history, dumplings and counterculture in the Asian megacity


Things to do in Asia

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The 51 best things to do in Hong Kong
Things to do The 51 best things to do in Hong Kong

Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned vet, these are Hong Kong’s essentials.

The 120 best things to do in Singapore
Things to do The 120 best things to do in Singapore

What we absolutely love to do in the city. The crème de la crème of what Singapore has to offer.

The 88 best things to do in Tokyo
Things to do The 88 best things to do in Tokyo

Unmissable city activities, from the best sights and shopping spots to geeky and artsy fun.

The 19 best things to do in Vietnam
Things to do The 19 best things to do in Vietnam

While competition for visitors is stiff in Southeast Asia, Vietnam truly offers something for everyone. From idyllic sun-soaked beaches and vertiginous mountains to hyperactive cities and characterful rural towns, the country hosts numerous alluring destinations. 

The 22 best things to do in Phuket
Things to do The 22 best things to do in Phuket

Located on the Andaman Coast in the south of Thailand, Phuket is the country’s largest island and has been a major tourist destination for decades.

The 14 best things to do in Langkawi
Things to do The 14 best things to do in Langkawi

Made up of some 99 islands across an archipelago stretching almost 500 square kilometres, Langkawi is known as ‘The Jewel of Kedah’. 

The 14 best things to do in Japan
Things to do The 14 best things to do in Japan

High on many a traveller’s wish list, Japan speaks to the imagination of many, with sky-high districts full of neon alongside centuries-old buildings and lots of ‘only-in-Japan’ weirdness. 

The 12 best things to do in Pune
Things to do The 12 best things to do in Pune

Pune is used to living in the shadow of Mumbai, which is located only three hours away by car. But thanks to its massive student population and the influx of expats who’ve returned to the cooler, less polluted, and less crowded town, Pune is an exciting place to explore. 

The 11 best things to do in Jaipur
Things to do The 11 best things to do in Jaipur

The universal appeal of the Pink City has kept Rajasthan’s capital on the radar of travellers for centuries. Fans of literature, architecture, history and art will love being immersed in this cultural hub. 

The 12 best things to do in Mumbai
Things to do The 12 best things to do in Mumbai

Mumbai isn’t called Maximum City for nothing – it’s full-on! Formerly known as Bombay, every corner of this city is crammed with something to explore. 


Restaurants in Asia

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The best restaurants in Hong Kong
Restaurants The best restaurants in Hong Kong

With one of the highest ratios of restaurants per head anywhere in the world, Hong Kong is a dining paradise.

The best restaurants in Singapore
Restaurants The best restaurants in Singapore

This city is packed with boundary-pushing restaurants run by star-studded chefs as well as humble hawker finds that’ll satiate your appetite for cheap eats.

The best restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants The best restaurants in Tokyo

What these places all have in common is that they serve some of the best dishes in Tokyo for any budget, with service befitting the setting.


Bars in Asia

Best Hong Kong bars
Bars and pubs Best Hong Kong bars

Fancy cocktails at speakeasies and bottles of biodynamic wine abound

Best bars in Delhi
Bars and pubs Best bars in Delhi

Trend-setting bars sit next to centuries-old Tughlaq and Mughal monuments

Best bars in Mumbai
Bars and pubs Best bars in Mumbai

Given their proximity to popular work districts, they are packed with office-goers during the week

Best bars in Tel Aviv
Bars and pubs Best bars in Tel Aviv

The thriving nightlife scene features a fusion of spots crammed full of character, chutzpah and never-ending carpe diem

Best bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs Best bars in Tokyo

You cannot miss out on the many omakase-style bars in the city

Best bars in Beirut
Bars and pubs Best bars in Beirut

Bars in Beirut range from grungy dives to swish cocktail joints

Best bars in Singapore
Bars and pubs Best bars in Singapore

Drinking in Singapore is expensive so we did all the hard work for you


Hotels in Asia

The best hotels in Hong Kong
Hotels The best hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is officially the most visited city in the world – and whether you're looking for a budget bed or ostentatious, heli-pad bedecked five-star luxury – there’s accomodation to suit every type of guest. Got the fam in tow and need somewhere close to Disneyland? Check. More of a solo traveller, and have a vision of yourself sliding from your bed, right into a jacuzzi at the end of it? You got it. From honeymoons, to shoe-string gap yahs, to swanky business trips – this is the definitive guide to staying in Hong Kong. 

The 12 best hotels in Singapore
Hotels The 12 best hotels in Singapore

On our humble little island, there's no short supply of hotels that will make you feel right at home. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, these hotels are just a quick walk, train ride or shuttle away from the city's best attractions like Gardens by the Bay or Sentosa. There are also plenty of restaurant and bar options around to make sure you never go hungry – even if it's way past midnight. Whether you're visiting from out of town or looking to do a quick staycation, these are the best of the best rooms you should check out in to.

The 10 best hotels in Bali
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Bali

As you might expect from such a popular honeymoon destination, Bali has plenty of accommodation options to choose from—indeed your only problem might be finding something that isn’t filled with loved-up couples if you’re not one of them! We’re here to help. If you’re chilling in surfers’ beach paradise Canggu you’ll find a great backpacking option at Serenity. Visitors to culture capital Ubud will appreciate the relative solitude of Komaneka, and those shopping and partying in and around Seminyak will love the peace of Kayana. And options for really getting away from it all include clifftop Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Alassari Plantation in Selemadag, or Sun Suko Boutique Resort in Pemuteran. A good choice for arrival or departure is Maya in Sanur, which is close to the airport, and has some excellent bars and restaurants. We’ve picked our favourites below.

The 10 best hotels in Thailand
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Thailand

There’s no doubt that Thailand, with its long coastline and 1,430 islands, is Asia’s No1 tourist destination. Buddhists and backpackers, hedonists and the well-healed can all find their nirvana in the Royal kingdom (which is actually run by the military). Despite the explosion of tourism over the last few decades, it is still very possible to find some tranquillity, be it at a meditation retreat in the Northern Highlands or on the massage table of a luxe island resort. A short spell in bonkers Bangkok is a must, but the call of the gently lapping ocean and the lure of getting the white sand between your toes will be strong. You’ll find a dizzying range of hotels across the country suited to every budget, and from eco-intelligent nests and Michelin-starred restaurants to a lemongrass and turmeric compress or a 2000-book library, our pick of Thailand’s best hotels include all manner of tempting Thai treats.

Where to stay in Phuket
Hotels Where to stay in Phuket

Thailand’s largest island and has been welcoming tourists for decades, which means there’s a dizzying range of options when deciding where to stay in Phuket. With dozens of paradise beaches boasting super soft sand, calm blue waters and their own selection of hotels and attractions, you can be sure that no matter how big your budget, there’s an area of this beautiful island that’s right for you. Here we run down the five best areas to stay in Phuket, from the raucous nighttime playground of Patong to the luxurious beach clubs of Bangtao and the historic colonial architecture of Phuket Town.

The 10 best hotels in Langkawi
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Langkawi

The archipelago of Langkawi off Malaysia’s west coast consists of 100 or so islands (no one can quite agree on how many), but really, it’s the main Island, Pulau Langkawi, that people mean when they say Langkawi. As well as being where all the hotels are, it offers a mix of wildlife, ancient rainforest and traditional Malay villages, and, of course – star of the show – the warm Andaman Sea. It’s become the go-to weekend break for people in nearby Singapore or Kuala Lumpur wanting to spend a couple days trekking through the jungle, splashing about in the sea or kicking back in a hammock. And although cheap places to crash still exist in the form of backpacker hostels on Cenang Beach, now, much like the Seychelles or Mauritius, it’s pretty much synonymous with luxe resorts: think opulent spas, impressive restaurants and landscaped tropical gardens, all just a stone’s throw from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

The 10 best hotels in Siem Reap
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Siem Reap

Formerly the stopping-off point for resting your weary ankles while exploring the temples of amazing Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has now flourished into a destination itself. Despite the city having few tourist attractions, there are still lots of things to do, see and discover. A burgeoning creative scene takes in annual film and photography festivals, and the town is also the home to Cambodia’s leading contemporary circus. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of opportunities to spend your dollars (the most accepted currency) too, with first-class shopping and cuisines to suit all tastes and pockets. Accommodation-wise, you’ll find the best selection in Cambodia; from many top-end, tasteful spa hotels right down to backpacker hostels. Add in stilt houses, gay-friendly options, eco-chic resorts and social collectives and you’ve got something for everyone. Here are our favourites.

The 10 best hotels in Krabi
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Krabi

The Andaman sea gently laps the shores of the 120km of coastline and 154 islands that make up the southerly Thai province of Krabi. We’ve focused on the province in our pick of Krabi’s best hotels because its less visually impressive capital goes by the same name – but is little more than backpacker central. Sadly, the secret of this gorgeous stretch of Thailand is out in some places, where the noise from the armada of long-tail boats competes with the sound of bucket-swilling backpackers.  However, it’s still possible to find some remote spots from which it would be very easy to forget to leave – particularly when they include the jaw-dropping beauty of iconic limestone karst formations and cliffs rising up regally from the shore. Not forgetting those dazzlingly white beaches such as Railay and Ko Phi-Phi Leh (yep, the one made famous by The Beach), and plenty of things to do whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation. From the wide range of hotels spanning the gamut of styles and prices throughout the region, here are our favourites. By Richard Howells

The 10 best hotels in the Maldives
Hotels The 10 best hotels in the Maldives

This archipelago of 1000+ islands scattered across the Indian Ocean boasts more than 100 atolls, which are ringed by soft white sand and home to some of the best hotel accommodation on the planet (there are more over-water villas here than you can shake a flip-flop at). Little wonder then that Maldives is a honeymoon hot spot and a regular fixture on calendars of the elite and anyone looking for picture-perfect, sun-drenched things to do. It’s an expensive destination, but prices drop for the rainy season (May to November), which really just means sporadic showers and higher humidity. Besides, if you take advantage of viewing the incredible marine life, you’ll spend most of your time getting wet anyway…

The 10 best hotels in Seminyak
Hotels The 10 best hotels in Seminyak

Definitely the hippest spot on Bali, Seminyak draws creative expats from around the world, who’ve chosen to escape the daily grind to run quirky independent boutiques, organic cafes and yoga studios. As a result, the area has a Westernised feel, and tends to attract a more sophisticated and moneyed crowd than its hard-partying neighbour Kuta. It’s the epitome of hippie luxe – think acai bowls, designer kaftans and an impressive number of great-quality spas and outdoorsy things to do, plus a buzzy, ever-changing bar and dining scene. When it comes to places to stay, you’re far more likely to find smaller boutique establishments than big name chains here, with luxury and design taking the place of the all-too-often drab, beige, identikit hotel rooms found in such places. And unlike some other parts of the island, you can still find plenty of more affordable options to choose from too.