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The Time Out DO List: Asia

Wrap your head around the best things to do, eat and see in Asia’s most exciting destinations

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The names of Asia’s cities alone are evocative enough to get a traveller scratching away at their itchy feet. Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur... these are places steeped in history and alive with activity, at once ancient and modern and continuing to develop at breakneck speed.

But Asia’s appeal also lies in the diversity of its landscapes, the disarming welcome of its people, the rollercoaster of flavours in its food and the richness of its many different cultures. To explore this region is to dive into one of the most beguilling and intoxicating places on the planet, and once you’ve had a taste you’ll want to come back for more, again and again and again. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following lists on the very best things to do in the region.

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The 19 best things to do in Vietnam

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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. 

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The 14 best things to do in Japan

Things to do

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

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. 

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The 11 best things to do in Jaipur

Things to do

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. 

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The 13 best things to do in Delhi

Things to do

India’s populous capital has a reputation for overwhelming newbies with its tidal wave of traffic, relentless heat, restless energy and vast sprawl. But beyond the cacophony of car horns, pockets of peace can be found if you know where to look – not to mention delicious street food, fascinating museums, beautiful historical sites and friendly locals. 

The 19 best things to do in Bangalore

Things to do

Bangalore might be known as the Silicon Valley of India, but there’s more to this southern city than tech. You’ll find a multitude of cultural, historical, architectural, artistic and natural attractions that will keep you occupied and entertained for days on end. 

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