Asia's Top 10 Travel Destinations

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From dragons and giant Buddhas to strikingly romantic sunsets and varied nightlife - Asia has a lot to offer to savvy tourists as well as newbie adventurers. For those ready to discover the continent, guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has picked its top 10 sites to visit for its annual "Best in Asia" list.

Lonely Planet's list of Asian destinations combines tourist hotspots as well as less hyped regions and cities all across the continent — from South Korean parks and incredibly creations in Uzbekistan to the natural wonders of India and Indonesia.

The company's experts have combed through thousands of recommendations to compile the list. For holiday inspiration, check out their best picks in Sputnik's gallery.

CC BY 2.0 / Giuseppe Milo / Dongbaek Park - Busan, South Korea - Seascape photographySouth Korea's Busan combines an urban landscape with a picturesque park.
Shadows of South Korea's Busan at dawn - Sputnik International
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South Korea's Busan combines an urban landscape with a picturesque park.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Dan Lundberg / Uzbekistan_0668 SamarkandA young artist sketching an outline for a painting of an observatory built by Ulugh Beg in 1429, an important landmark in Uzbekistan's ancient metropolis Samarkand.
Uzbekistan's ancient metropolis Samarkand - Sputnik International
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A young artist sketching an outline for a painting of an observatory built by Ulugh Beg in 1429, an important landmark in Uzbekistan's ancient metropolis Samarkand.
CC0 / Pixabay / Although Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, remains the economic center of Vietnam.
Dawn in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City - Sputnik International
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Although Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, remains the economic center of Vietnam.
CC0 / Pixabay / The Sathodi Falls is a natural wonder in the southern state of Karnataka.
India's Sathodi Falls - Sputnik International
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The Sathodi Falls is a natural wonder in the southern state of Karnataka.
CC0 / Pixabay / Nagasaki, whose name can be translated as a "long cape" survived the US atomic bombing during World War II and has become one of the most prosperous cities in Japan.
Japan's port city of Nagasaki - Sputnik International
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Nagasaki, whose name can be translated as a "long cape" survived the US atomic bombing during World War II and has become one of the most prosperous cities in Japan.
© Depositphotos / Giambra Tourists and passers-by walking among stalls and street artists of the Sunday Market in Chiangmai. It is the largest city in northern Thailand and former capital of the kingdom of Lan Na, which houses over 300 Buddhist temples and hosts numerous festivals.
Sunday Market in Chiangmai, Thailand - Sputnik International
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Tourists and passers-by walking among stalls and street artists of the Sunday Market in Chiangmai. It is the largest city in northern Thailand and former capital of the kingdom of Lan Na, which houses over 300 Buddhist temples and hosts numerous festivals.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Carlos Adampol Galindo / Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus StupaGreat Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa in Lumbini, Nepal, contains a hollow crown partly covered in glass with a small Buddha within.
One of Nepal's most famous Buddhist temples, Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa - Sputnik International
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Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa in Lumbini, Nepal, contains a hollow crown partly covered in glass with a small Buddha within.
CC BY 2.0 / Dennis Binzen / Sunset Arugam BaySunset over the Indian Ocean in Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka.
Sunset in Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka - Sputnik International
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Sunset over the Indian Ocean in Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Tak.wing / Leshan in the Chinese Sichuan Province is home to the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Leshan city in Sìchuan Province, China - Sputnik International
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Leshan in the Chinese Sichuan Province is home to the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
CC0 / Pixabay / The Komodo islands are famous for the world's most ancient inhabitants, Komodo dragons. These giants lizards have been around for more than 900,000 years.
Dragon from Komodo National Park in Indonesia - Sputnik International
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The Komodo islands are famous for the world's most ancient inhabitants, Komodo dragons. These giants lizards have been around for more than 900,000 years.
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