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Make the most out of your trip to the Far East with our top 10 things-to-do in Asia guide. Make sure to pay a visit to Tokyo's chaotic and lively Tsukiji Central Fish Market - here you'll find the answer to every seafood lover's dream in delicious edible fresh fish. When evening falls, take an excursion to Shibuya - Tokyo's answer to Times Square. But you'll find so much more than just large crowds and neon signs. Off-beat restaurants, cozy, fun-filled bars, and shops with an eclectic array of goods and services are just waiting to be explored. Victoria Harbour is one of the premier travel destinations in Hong Kong. Lined by stunning skyscrapers and Victoria Peak, the harbour is home to hundreds of ferries, yachts, junks, and speedboats carrying people and cargo to and from the city. If you have only a short time to visit Bangkok, your one stop should be the Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest of its temple complexes. Guided and non-guided tours are available to explore this historic treasure. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Asia

Tsukiji Central Fish Market

Tsukiji Central Fish Market

  • Oedo Tsukijishijo or Hibiya Tsukiji station
  • Chuo-ku
  • Visit website
  • Tokyo

Tsukiji Central Fish Market – Tokyo's lively, chaotic peddling paradise for everything aquatic and edible – is a Japanese icon, and a haven for fish foodies. Come here to buy a $20,000 tuna... or just look. Scheduled to be moved to a new location in 2014-2015, Tsukiji is not to be missed. The fish auctions (the real sight to be seen) start around 5am, and come to an end before 8am, so hitting Tsukiji at the crack of dawn – perhaps after an all-night binge in nearby Roppongi – is a requirement. Not so inconvenient if you're suffering from jet-lag.

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Shibuya

Shibuya

  • Area around Shibuya Station
  • tel:+81 03 5321 3077
  • Visit website
  • Tokyo

Any traveler's image of Tokyo must include the jumbo-trons and neon signs illuminating the thick crowd flooding Hachiko crossing in Shibuya. But there's more to Shibuya than just crowds; it's full of funky shops, off-beat restaurants, and cozy bars that highlight the neighborhood's slightly alternative feel. Don't forget to snap your requisite photo with Hachiko, the statue of the dog in front of Shibuya station; it's Tokyo's number one meeting spot. read more about Shibuya

Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

Che Kung Temple

Che Kung Temple

  • Che Kung Miu Road
  • Tai Wai
  • tel:+852 2508 1234
  • Visit website
  • Hong Kong
Wat Pho

Wat Pho

  • 2 Sanamchai Road
  • Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Over 200 years old, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest and oldest temple complexes. For an entry fee of 50 baht, visitors can roam the grounds with or without a guide, stopping along the way at numerous notable temples and sites. The most famous of Wat Pho's relics is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, wherein lies an impressive 46 meter-long gold-plated image of a reclining Buddha. A first grade royal monastery, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Take a Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Thien (pier). The Grand Palace is a short walk from Wat Pho. You can also cross the river from the pier to see Wat Arun. Beware that scam artists (often tuk-tuk drivers) will try to claim that the temple is closed for the day. Don't believe it.

[Note: Pho is pronounced with a P like Paul not an F like a Vietnamese noodle soup]
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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

  • Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
  • East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Bangkok's Grand Palace served as the official residence of Thailand's kings from the time it was built in 1782 until midway through the 20th Century. Although the entry fee is considerably higher than most at 300 baht, the grounds are gorgeous and provide an unforgettable glimpse at Thai history and architecture. Sitting on over 215,000 square meters, the Grand Palace houses government offices, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and royal residences. A trip to the Grand Palace is worth combining with Wat Pho, its next-door neighbor of equal cultural importance. read more about Grand Palace

India Gate

India Gate

  • Rajpath
  • tel:+91 (0)11 2464 7005
  • Visit website
  • New Delhi, 110001
Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

  • Chandni Chowk
  • tel:+91 11 2332 0005
  • New Delhi, 110006