Ultimate Asia Bucket List

There are 48 countries in the continent of Asia. That’s a lot of places to attempt to visit and some are more difficult to get to than others. So instead of creating a personalized bucket list for every single place in Asia, I’ve decided to let reality bring me back to Earth and make a some-what-reasonable bucket list that I could potentially accomplish! 

Ultimate Asia Bucket List | Chasing Krista | Asia

The list below is a compilation of the countries that I hope to visit one day (or have already visited) with my top four adventures I want to do, see, try or eat in each country. Meaning it’s not the whole list, so if you click the country, it will take you to a different page that includes a much much much longer bucket list.

Countries I’ve Visited & Countries on the Continent of Asia: 


I would absolutely love love love to hear your thoughts! If you have any adventures you think I should add to my list, please let me know!

  • Borneo 🇲🇾
    • Volunteers with the orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
    • Cross  through the suspension bridge in Crocker Range National Park
    • Swim with turtles in Sipadan
    • Climb Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cambodia  🇰🇭 
    • Witness the sunrise at Angkor Wat rent a tuk-tuk and visit all the temples
    • Wander through the Night Market 
    • Get stranded on Koh Rong
    • Get Educated at the Killing fields of Choeung Ek
  • China 🇨🇳 
    • See the terra-cotta Warriors in Xi’an 
    • Volunteer with pandas in Chengdu 
    • Climb the Great Wall of China 
    • Leshan Giant Buddha 
  • Georgia 🇬🇪
    • Go wine tasting in Georgia 
    • Get a scrub in the Tbilisi Sulphur Baths 
    • Discover the Chronicle of Georgia
    • Ride Stalin’s cable cars
  • India 🇮🇳 
    • Attend the Holi Festival 
    • Camel safari in Rajasthan 
    • Get lost in the Temple of Khajuraho – Kama Sutra temples 
    • Try a yoga/meditation retreat or a silence retreat 
  • Indonesia  🇮🇩 
    • Party on the Gili Islands
    • Hike Mount Batur 
    • Tampak Sewu Waterfalls  & Sekumpul Waterfall 
    • Cook Balinese cuisine 
  • Iran 🇮🇷 
    • Explore the colorful mountains in Tabriz
    • Take a cooking class and make my own Iranian food 
    • Get lost in Anorak, the lost village 
    • Participate in a Kerman
  • Israel 🇮🇱 
    • Stuff my face with falafel
    • Old Port City of Jaffa
    • Explore the Rosh Hanikra the natural grottoes 
    • Float in the Dead Sea 
  • Japan 🇯🇵 
    • People watch at Shibuya Crossing
    • Visit Hakone volcanic area and eat a black volcano boiled egg
    • Macaque snow monkeys in Jigokudani National Park  
    • Pay my respects at Hiroshima and Nagasaki 
  • Jordan 🇯🇴 
    • Be amazed at the wonders that Petra has to offer
    • Explore Wadi Rum and sleep under the stars 
    • Dip my toes in the Red Sea
    • Madaba Mosaics
  • Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 
    • Eat Kazakhstan’s traditional food: beshbarmak, kurdak and kazy
    • Dip my toes in Lake Issyk  
    • See millions of birds during their migration on Lake Balkhash
    • Hike Charyn Canyon 
  • Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬 
    • Get lost in Skazca Canyon; otherwise known as the Fairy Tale Canyon
    • Meet a real-life eagle hunter
    • Learn the history of the Silk Road Journey
    • Camp in a yurk and see the Milky Way
  • Laos 🇱🇦 
    • Float along the Mekong River 
    • Try the Gibbon Experience 
    • Explore the capital of Vang Vieng  
    • Tour Luang Prabang in a vintage Mercedes
  • Malaysia 🇲🇾  
    • Get lost in Kuala Lumpur
    • Admire the street art of Georgetown 
    • Go on an eating spree in Penang
    • Climb the stairs at the Batu Caves
  • Maldives 🇲🇻 
    • Go snorkeling and take a selfie with a turtle 
    • Stay in an overwater bungalow 
    • Visit the tiny island Reethi Rah
    • Swim to a sandbank
  • Mongolia 🇲🇳 
    • Attend the Bayan-Olgii Golden Eagle Festival in October
    • Sand-boarding in the Gobi Dessert
    • Swim in Lake Hovsgol
    • Explore the capital: Ulaanbaatar
  • Myanmar 🇲🇲 
    • Soar over the temples of Bagan in a hot air balloon at sunrise 
    • Relax in Kandawagu Nature Park 
    • Climb Mandalay Hill 
    • Visit the world’s largest book in the Kuthodaw Pagoda 
  • Nepal 🇳🇵 
    • Climb to Mt. Everest Base Camp 
    • Get Stunned by a stupa 
    • Fly over the Himalayas at sunrise or sunset
    • Meet a holy monkey 
  • North Korea  🇰🇵 
    • Figure out how to go 
  • Pakistan 🇵🇰 
    • Climb Nanga Parbat, the world’s 9th highest mountain 
    • Explore the ancient ruins of Moenjodaro
    • Eat a Lahori 
    • Khunjerab Pass – Border crossing between Pakistan and China 
  • Philippines 🇵🇭 
    • Explore Coron Islands 
    • Hike Bohol, the symmetrical chocolate hills
    • Go scuba diving in Tubbataha
    • Float down the Enchanted River
  • Russia 🇷🇺 
    • Drink Russian vodka
    • Eat Russian borscht
    • Stand in the middle of Red Square
    • Get coffee at Cafe Pushkin
  • Singapore 🇸🇬 
    • Gleaming super-trees in Garden by the Bay
    • Land in the airport, stay in the airport
    • Learn about the Peranakan culture through food 
    • Go to Sentosa Island 
  • South Korea 🇰🇷 
    • Watch the traditional dance at the Andong Mask Festival 
    • Get dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival 
    • Trek up Juwangsan National Park
    • Go to a Korean baseball game
  • Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 
    • Cultural Triangle 
    • Hike to Lion’s Rock 
    • Dambulla – Buddhist Caves 
    • Go on the famous train ride: Ella to Kandy
  • Taiwan 🇹🇼 
    • Visit Yangmingshan National Park 
    • Participate in a Taiwanese tea ceremony 
    • Dragons Boat Festival 
    • Pingxi Lantern Festival 
  • Thailand 🇹🇭 
    • Learn Muay Thai 
    • The Golden Triangle – Thailand, Laos & Mynammar 
    • Loi Krathong Festival 
    • Celebrate Songkran – Thai New Year 
  • Turkey  🇹🇷 
    • Go underground in Cappadocia – known as the fairy chimney 
    • Explore the Bazaar in Istanbul 
    • Get lost in the capital Ankara 
    • Take a Turkish cooking class
  • Uzbekistan 🇺🇿  
    • Try all the Uzbek food
    • Witness the incredible architect in Samarkand 
    • Get lost in Tashkent
    • Follow the steps of Marco Polo
  • Vietnam  🇻🇳 
    • Cruise Halong Bay 
    • Go hiking in the Sapa rice fields
    • Sand Dune surfing in Mui Ne 
    • Float the Mekong Delta 

What’s on your Asia bucket list? I would love to hear what adventures you’re dreaming of 🗺 🛩

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