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Travel Destinations for Newbie Tourists in Asia

Asia is a vast and diverse continent, offering a wealth of travel destinations for tourists of all levels of experience. Newbie tourists are particularly drawn to Asia for its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and delicious cuisine. Whether you’re looking to explore bustling cities, pristine beaches, or serene mountain landscapes, there is something for everyone in Asia. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the best travel destinations for newbie tourists in Asia.

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant cities, and a must-visit destination for newbie tourists in Asia. The city is renowned for its cutting-edge technology, modern architecture, and colorful street life. A visit to Tokyo is not complete without a trip to the bustling Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection. Here, you’ll find a sea of people crossing in every direction, creating an unforgettable spectacle. Other must-visit spots in Tokyo include the iconic Tokyo Tower, the historic Senso-ji Temple, and the trendy Harajuku neighborhood, known for its street fashion and quirky boutiques.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a tropical paradise that’s perfect for newbie tourists who are looking for a relaxing and laid-back vacation. With its pristine beaches, lush jungle scenery, and vibrant culture, Bali is the ideal destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Popular activities on the island include surfing, snorkeling, and visiting the many ancient temples that are scattered throughout the island. In addition, Bali is renowned for its spa treatments, which use traditional Balinese techniques to soothe the body and mind.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city that seamlessly blends Eastern and Western cultures, making it a unique and fascinating destination for newbie tourists. The city is renowned for its towering skyscrapers, bustling street markets, and delicious cuisine. A visit to Hong Kong is not complete without a trip to Victoria Peak, the city’s highest point, which offers breathtaking views of the city and its harbor. Another must-visit spot in Hong Kong is the vibrant Temple Street Night Market, where you can sample a wide range of local street food, as well as purchase souvenirs and traditional Chinese medicines.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is a small town located in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat Temple Complex. This complex is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and is a must-visit destination for newbie tourists. The temple is a symbol of Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by lush jungle and pristine lakes. In addition to visiting the temple, Siem Reap is also a great place to explore the local culture, including its traditional dances, festivals, and markets.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is a city that is steeped in history and culture. Newbie tourists will love exploring the city’s narrow streets and historic architecture, as well as its many temples, museums, and parks. A visit to Hanoi is not complete without a trip to Hoan Kiem Lake, the city’s central lake and a popular spot for locals to relax and socialize. Other must-visit destinations in Hanoi include the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Old Quarter, a bustling neighborhood that is filled with street food stalls and traditional crafts shops.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is a charming city located in northern Thailand and is a popular destination for newbie tourists. The city is surrounded by lush jungle and is known for its traditional culture and rich history. Visitors can explore ancient temples, go trekking in the jungle, or attend one of the city’s many festivals and markets. The city is also home to numerous cooking schools, where visitors can learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is a small city located in northern Laos and is considered one of the country’s most picturesque destinations. The city is known for its traditional architecture, ancient temples, and stunning natural beauty. Visitors can explore the city on foot or by bike, visit local markets and craft shops, or go kayaking on the Mekong River. Luang Prabang is also renowned for its traditional food and hospitality, making it a great destination for newbie tourists.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is a city that is rich in history and culture. The city is surrounded by the stunning Himalayan Mountains and is home to numerous ancient temples, palaces, and monasteries. Visitors can explore the city’s busy streets and bustling markets, or take a trip to one of the many nearby temples, such as the famous Pashupatinath Temple. Kathmandu is also a popular starting point for trekkers and mountaineers who are looking to explore the Himalayas.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is a modern city that is known for its cutting-edge technology and unique blend of traditional and contemporary culture. Visitors can explore the city’s many historic palaces and temples, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple, or visit one of its many museums, such as the National Museum of Korea. Seoul is also a food lover’s paradise, with a wide range of street food stalls and restaurants serving up delicious Korean cuisine.

Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of China and is one of the country’s most historic and culturally rich cities. Visitors can explore the city’s ancient palaces and temples, such as the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, or visit one of its many museums, such as the National Museum of China. Beijing is also a food lover’s paradise, with a wide range of street food stalls and restaurants serving up delicious Chinese cuisine. In addition, visitors can also take a trip to the nearby Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

In conclusion, Asia is a vast and diverse continent that offers a wealth of travel destinations for newbie tourists. Whether you’re looking to explore bustling cities, pristine beaches, or serene mountain landscapes, there is something for everyone in Asia.

List of Holidays, Non-working Days, and Special Working Days for 2022

Please note the following dates if you have the necessary travel plans for next year. Also, please be cautious of Covid19 safety and health protocols when traveling to avoid getting infected with the deadly virus. 

Regular holidays for 2022

January 1, 2022 (Saturday) - New Year's Day
April 9, 2022 (Saturday) - Araw ng Kagitingan
April 14, 2022 - Maundy Thursday
April 15, 2022 - Good Friday
May 1, 2022 (Sunday) - Labor Day
June 12, 2022 (Sunday) - Independence Day
August 29, 2022 (last Monday of August) - National Heroes Day
November 30, 2022 (Wednesday) - Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2022 (Sunday) - Christmas Day
December 30, 2022 (Friday) - Rizal Day

Special non-working days for 2022

February 1, 2022 (Tuesday) - Chinese New Year
February 25, 2022 (Friday) EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary
April 16, 2022 - Black Saturday
August 21, 2022 (Sunday) - Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2022 (Tuesday) - All Saint's Day
December 8, 2022 (Thursday) - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Special working days for 2022

November 2, 2022 (Wednesday) - All Souls' Day
December 24, 2022 (Saturday) - Christmas Eve
December 31, 2022 (Saturday) - Last day of the year

Philippine Holiday Guide for 2021

Here’s the Philippine Holiday guide for 2021 as per PROCLAMATION  NO. 986 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 30, 2020.

This will guide you if you have important travel plans for this year. If there are unavoidable travel, please be aware of Covid19 safety and health protocols in the respective areas you will be visiting. It pays to be cautious all the time.

Leisure travel has been affected by the pandemic since last year. With the development in vaccines to combat Covid 19, we hope to be back to “normalcy” by the end of the year.

Date NameType
1 JanFridayNew Year’s DayRegular Holiday
12 FebFridayChinese Lunar New Year’s DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
25 FebThursdayPeople Power AnniversarySpecial Non-working Holiday
1 AprThursdayMaundy ThursdayRegular Holiday
2 AprFridayGood FridayRegular Holiday
3 AprSaturdayBlack SaturdaySpecial Non-working Holiday
9 AprFridayThe Day of ValorRegular Holiday
1 MaySaturdayLabor DayRegular Holiday
12 JunSaturdayIndependence DayRegular Holiday
20 JulTuesdayEid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)Regular Holiday
21 JulWednesdayEid al-Adha Day 2Common local holiday
21 AugSaturdayNinoy Aquino DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
30 AugMondayNational Heroes DayRegular Holiday
1 NovMondayAll Saints’ DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
2 NovTuesdayAll Souls’ DaySpecial Working Holiday
30 NovTuesdayBonifacio DayRegular Holiday
8 DecWednesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSpecial Non-working Holiday
24 DecFridayChristmas EveSpecial Working Holiday
25 DecSaturdayChristmas DayRegular Holiday
30 DecThursdayRizal DayRegular Holiday
31 DecFridayNew Year’s EveSpecial Working Holiday
Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/2021

Update: I’ve made some adjustments to the following dates; November 2, December 24, and 31, being declared by Malacañang as Special Working Holidays. A no-work no-pay policy applies on the said dates, according to the government.