Humankind has an innate curiosity to learn, discover and explore. This innate quality drives us to visit foreign countries and experience other cultures. Visiting foreign countries is generally known as tourism, and frequently visited countries are known as tourist destinations.
Tourism has gained popularity over time and it has become an increasingly lucrative industry. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, tourism grew from a US$ 2 billion industry in 1950 to a US$ 1.26 trillion industry in 2015. The number of tourists increased during that period from 25 million to almost 1.2 billion!
Countries in Asia and the Pacific are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In fact, Asia and the Pacific welcomed 279 million of the 1.186 billion tourists in 2015.
We created a list of the top 5 tourist destinations in the Pacific, and listed their country calling codes in case you want to call them internationally.
With its rich history, China has always been a potentially fascinating tourist destination. China has a rich history and with it comes so many ancient attractions and cultures to discover and explore.
It is not a country that you can travel through quickly and easily. It may require more than one visit for the ultimate travel experience!
China is developing rapidly. Still, China ranks as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Some of the major places to visit are:
- The Great Wall of China in Beijing
- The Terracotta Army in Xi’an
- The Forbidden City/ the Palace Museum in Beijing
China country calling code: +86
Tourism plays a major role in the economy of Thailand, and the industry is still growing! It ranks as the 11th country for world tourism and had the 6th largest tourism industry in the world by revenue during 2015.
Thailand has a huge potential in this regard and the government is presently capitalizing on it. In fact, 32.59 million people traveled to Thailand during 2016! Most travelers coming to Thailand are from countries like China, South Korea, and Japan.
Sometimes referred to as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is a wonderful tourist destination. For the traveler who is looking to escape to an exotic yet affordable destination, the pristine white beaches and islands of Thailand make the perfect getaway.
There are endless attractions to enjoy. Some of the most popular places to visit are:
- Railay Beach in Krabi
- Koh Phi Phi in Krabi
- The Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Sunday Walking Street in Chiang Mai
Thailand country calling code: +66
Hong Kong has experienced a slight decline in tourism activities because of a dramatic increase in the value of their currency. Even at that, it is still one of the most top tourist destinations in Asia and the Pacific.
Hong Kong’s location made it the gateway to East Asia and China. Most of the tourists in Hong Kong come from China, Taiwan, United States, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines – in that order.
Hong Kong is known as a shoppers’ paradise where you can find everything from the latest fashions to ancient antiques. Competition keeps international air fares low in Hong Kong as compared its neighboring countries.
With on the best transportation systems in the world, tourists can take advantage and see some of the many attractions they offer such as the Symphony of Lights, The Sky Terrace, and the Hong Kong’s Wet Land Park, all offering spectacular views of this vibrant region.
Other popular places to visit are listed below:
- Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
- Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong
- Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok
- Hong Kong Disneyland in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island
Hong Kong country dialing code: +852
Malaysia offers two very distinct traveling experiences: Borneo and the Peninsular. Both are home to marvelous sights and attractions that you cannot find anywhere else! An exploring traveler will find everything from the highest sky-bridge to the oldest rain forest.
The tourism sector is on a rebound, and Malaysia is a growing tourist destination. It currently ranks 11th in the world and second in South East Asia. The locals there are very welcoming to travelers. Most tourists are usually from Singapore, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Brunei, India, and South Korea – in that order.
Multiculturalism has made Malaysia home to hundreds of colorful festivals. Along with its beautiful islands, colonial towns and luxury resorts, Malaysia leads in the technology industry and is one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia. Its tourism infrastructure makes Malaysia an affordable destination while keeping traveling costs low.
Some awesome places to check out in Malaysia are as listed below:
- Mulu Caves – Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia
- Sepilok Rehabilitation Center in Sabah, Malaysia
- Perhentian Islands – Besut District in Terengganu, Malaysia.
- Langkawi Island Resort – northwestern peninsula of Malaysia
Malaysia country dialing code: +60
Tourism in Japan has grown significantly during the last two years, with a huge 47% leap in 2015. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of 2015 actually ranked Japan 9th out of 141 countries in the world.
Japan gained relatively good scores in almost all areas of the criteria used for the tourism ranking; especially areas like safety and security, health and hygiene, cultural resources and business travel.
It is a great destination due to its modern technology and old-world character combined with eastern charm. It is one of the few countries where you will see a blend of ancient and modern art coexisting side by side.
There is always something for tourists to fill up their days in Japan. You will explore the stunning temples and Zen Gardens in Kyoto onto the spectacular scenery and rural charm in Hirado. Other places to check out in Japan are as listed below:
- Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
- Mount Fuji – Honshu Island – Southwest of Tokyo
- Tokyo Imperial Palace located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo
- Tokyo Tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo
Japan country calling code: +81
Tourism is a dynamic market for both the public and private sectors. Tourism offers opportunities for jobs and company expansion.
As an individual or a group, there are few better ways to relax and have a good time than travel. Seize the opportunity to visit a destination where tranquility and fun have no limits, a place of satisfaction, a place of restful balance and a tour of the unknown.