Top 14 Unexplored Areas in Asia

For backpackers and travelers, there have been literal volumes written about the prospect of a destination in Asia that remains untouched by hordes of tourists. Many people who travel frequently in Asia are tired of going back to the same places only to find that they’ve been taken over by beer-swilling tourists.

If you’re searching for a destination for your next trip, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled some of the best destinations in Asia that may not be found in your guidebook.

14. Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is a destination that’s known for its scenic Old Town area, and the amazing shopping prospects. There are tons of tailors in the city, and a cheap souvenir can be anything from a hand-printed beach sarong to a bespoke three-piece suit.

The food in Hoi An is plentiful and cheap, and many restaurants realized long ago that by offering diners the option to eat beachside, they could attract more customers. While you’re in Hoi An, you can also opt for a day trip to nearby Cham Island, a popular diving destination.

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13. Shōdoshima, Japan

Shōdoshima has been a popular destination for domestic tourists for a long time – its beachy Mediterranean feel has attracted plenty of Japanese tourists, but it remains relatively untouched by foreign tourism.

There are plenty of beaches for relaxing, and the pace of life is generally quite a lot slower than in mainland Japan. While you’re there, take in some of the beautiful olive plantations and farms that dot the island, or pay a visit to the Kankakei Gorge, which is especially beautiful in the fall.


12. The Great Wall of China

If you’ve gone anywhere near China, you’ve probably paid a visit to the Great Wall, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, did you know that there are sections of the wall that have been completely left to nature?

These sections, which are mostly located in the Hebei province, are perfect for hiking, camping, and off the beaten path exploration. If you avoid the touristy sections, which are mostly centered around Beijing, you’ll experience the Great Wall in a completely new way.

Mark Holmquist