There are a lot of different countries in Asia that have their own unique culture. From delicious foods to amazing tourist destinations, visiting some of the countries across Asia can be a really fun experience and a way to experience something totally different.
When people think about traveling to Asia, there are a few big cities that immediately come to mind. While cities like Tokyo, Seoul, and Hanoi are popular for a reason, there are also a lot of amazing smaller cities that don't get enough attention.
To see 10 small towns across Asia everyone needs to visit, keep reading!
10 Huế, Vietnam
There are a lot of cities all across Vietnam that offer so many different things for visitors. Vietnam is a country with a rich history, unique culture, and so many interesting things to do and see. Although going to cities like Hanoi is definitely fun if you're in Vietnam, there are smaller cities across the country that are fun, too.
Huếis located in central Vietnam and was once the capital of the Đàng Trong Kingdom. This town is surrounded by a moat and a thick stone wall, making the look of the horizon really unique. There's a lot to do in Huế, especially for visitors that want to experience a piece of Vietnamese history.
9 Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Sai Kung is a small fishing village located within Hong Kong. This village has a beautiful view of the water, the mountains, and the boats that go out on the water to catch fresh fish to supply to vendors and restaurants in the area to make delicious food.
Visitors can spend time at the beach before heading to one of the local restaurants to enjoy some incredibly fresh seafood. This town may be known for its bustling fishing economy, but it has also become a popular spot for tourists.
8 Kuching, Malaysia
Kuching, Malaysia has a population of over 500,000 people. While it's technically a fairly big city, it's definitely one that's overlooked by many tourists. People planning to visit Malaysia typically think of cities like Kuala Lumpur, George Town, and Ipoh.
Those cities are wonderful, but Kuching on the island of Borneo is an Asian city that every tourist needs to see. This metropolis is known as "the city of cats" - and for good reason. There are a lot of stories about how this city became so known for the cats. Today, there are cat statues all over the city and they even have a museum dedicated to cats!
7 Uji, Japan
Uji is a town in Japan located between Nara and Kyoto. Uji is a popular destination for history-loving tourists because Emperor Ōjin established a palace in this town in the 4th century.
There are a ton of incredible historical and cultural sites to see in Uji. The Tale of Genji Museum is located in this town because of the fact that the end of The Tale of Genji, a classic Japanese novel, takes place in this town.
6 Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is a small town located in Laos. Just over 55,000 people live here, making it way smaller than other places in Laos, like Vientiane. This town is made up of 58 villages that are all located close together. A lot of these make up the UNESCO Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site because they have such a rich history.
There are a lot of things to do and see while visiting Luang Prabang. This town is the home of breathtaking natural views and culturally important sites. From Buddhist temples and waterfalls to restaurants and shops, there are so many things to do and see around Luang Prabang.
5 Tainan, Taiwan
When people are planning to visit Taiwan, some of the places typically visited are Taipei and Kaohsiung. While visiting a more popular Taiwanese city like Taipei is definitely a fun experience, there are a lot of lesser-popular cities across Taiwan that offer a unique experience for visitors.
Tainan is considered to be the oldest city in Taiwan. Historians believe that people were living in Tainan as long as 40,000 years ago! Because this city is so old, there are a lot of cultural and historical sites for visitors who want to experience a piece of Taiwanese culture.
4 Fort Kochi, India
Visiting India is something that is on the bucket lists of a lot of people. From the unique culture to the country's totally tasty food, there are a lot of reasons that someone might want to visit India. A lot of cities in this country are popular with tourists, but visiting somewhere a little off the beaten path is definitely fun, too.
Fort Kochi is located on the coast and has a population of just over 200,000 people. Fort Kochi was originally known for being a fishing village in the pre-colonial era. Today, the fishing nets located off the coast are a popular attraction for tourists to see when they visit, but there are a lot of other historic sites across Fort Kochi that draw visitors in.
3 Sukhothai, Thailand
Sukhothai is a UNESCO World Heritage City and is located in Thailand. Originally, it was the capital of Siam but today, it's definitely an underappreciated town in Asia that many tourists overlook when they're going on a trip to Thailand.
This rural city is a great way to experience Thai culture, see some unique historical sites, and see what life in a quiet, rustic town in Thai is like, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities like Chiang Mai.
2 Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
When it comes to visiting Cambodia, a lot of people immediately think of places like Phnom Penh. Although cities like that are a wonderful way to experience the culture, tasty food, and beautiful architecture that Cambodia has to offer, they can get pretty busy and crowded. If you're looking to head somewhere a little less traveled and more relaxed, travel 2 1/2 hours to the northeast to Kampong Chhnang.
Kampong Chhnang is a much more quiet, serene place to visit while in Cambodia. Cambodian culture is still richly featured here, but the fact that it's so overlooked by many tourists means that the streets aren't always packed. There are ancient historical sites and beautiful natural sites for visitors to see.
1 Fenghuang Ancient Town, China
China is a densely populated country. There are so many people and a lot of big cities that many visitors are naturally drawn to. Considering there are so many incredible places to see and wonderful things to do across China, it's no surprise that so many people live there and visit big cities like Shanghai.
But if you want to go somewhere a little less jam-packed and still experience a unique piece of Chinese history and culture, head over to Fenghuang Ancient Town instead. This town has looked the same for over 300 years. The ancient architecture is hard to take your eyes off of and taking a boat ride down the river in Fenghuang Ancient Town is a wonderful way to take in the views of the city.