Asia hosts various stunning destinations that haven’t been overtaken by tourists. While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists. For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we’ve rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad islands.
At Japan’s Iriomote Island, you’ll feel as though you have an entire jungle to yourself. Nearly 90% of the largely undeveloped island is blanketed with dense jungle terrain and mangrove forests, offering travelers incredible scenery. Head to one of its beaches for prime scuba diving or tour the island’s lush setting by boat. Source: Business Insider.
Underwater enthusiasts often head to the sparsely populated Raja Ampat Islands, which are located on the tip of West Papua, Indonesia, in the heart of the Coran Triangle. The islands host three-quarters of the world’s coral varieties, and include a setting of jungles, white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, and thrilling caves.
The Thai island of Ko Adang has managed to stay relatively under the radar, drawing in snorkeling tours from time to time but leaving its white sand beaches with only a few visitors. The 30-square-kilometer island is located within Tarutao National Marine Park and has everything from lush hills to stunning coral reefs.
While the subtropical island of Yakushima has long been favored by the Japanese, it is only recently starting to catch the attention of visitors. Located off the coast of Kyushu, Japan, the island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts mossy forests filled with trees dating back thousands of years and soaring mountains to explore.
Thailand is home to several stunning destinations that remain hidden from the masses, including the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea. All of the 11 islands are located in the Mu Koh Similan National Park and sit surrounded by clear shallow waters and gorgeous coral reef, making it an ideal place for diving and snorkeling.
Popular among surfers, the remote Tai Long Wan bay in Hong Kong is home to sweeping vistas, clear waters, mountainside trails, and some of the best waves around. You can hike here to enjoy pristine cove and sites along the way, or you can also arrive via speedboat.
The remote Indonesian island of Sumbawa sprawls into the sea and offers visitors a setting of volcanic ridges, terraced rice fields, and some of the best waves around. The island is famous among surfers, while its stunning coral reefs also make it ideal for diving. Tourism infrastructure isn’t heavy here, allowing you to get an authentic experience of the local culture.
This article originally appeared in Business Insiders.