Luxtripper Travel Editor
Travel to these picture-perfect spots in Asia to make your Instagram page come to life!
Think that Mount Fuji is the only instagrammable destination in Japan? Think again! The Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto is an architectural delight that you must visit on a Japan holiday; you'll be greeted by a never-ending walkway of red tori gates, a vermilion tunnel that stretches on forever (at least, it certainly feels that way!). As the sun passes through the tori gates, take out your camera and snap that perfect Instagram photo as a scintillating rainbow of red illuminates the pathway ahead.
If you're wondering where you should stay when in Kyoto, look no further than the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto. A serene retreat with a wellness-focused spa, immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese culture as you stay in a ryokan-inspired room whilst tasting Michelin-starred sushi.
You haven't heard of Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Festival? Imagine glowing orbs lighting up the sky, bringing the night's darkness to life with the warming orange colours of lanterns. This dazzling display of lights is an Instagrammer's dream, a tranquil scene of Earth-made stars floating towards the heavens. As you feast your eyes on the beauty of the sky above you at Thailand's most famous lantern festival, watch your own lantern join the mesmerising surge of light as you release it to the world!
Chiang Mai is a cultural city filled with ornate temples and shrines in the mountainous north of Thailand. The Dhara Dhevi hotel reflects this opulence and is ideal for a Thailand honeymoon. Reminiscent of a Thai Palace, indulge in traditional spa treatments before savouring delicious local food, some of the best in Thailand!
An ancient Hindu celebration, Holi is a festival bursting with colour, colour and more colour, the paint powder transforming the air into an ever-growing rainbow. Udaipur, India's 'city of lakes', is the best place to experience Holi; a two-day celebration, grab your camera and let the lens absorb the colours as the sky is turned into a bright array of clouds, reflecting the sheer joy of the people on the ground. I can guarantee you won't need to edit your Instagram pictures of this spectacular festival; Holi is vivid enough on its own!
Whilst in Udaipur, you should stay at the Oberoi Udaivilas; the grand hallways and ornate domed ceilings will make you feel like you're staying in a palace rather than a hotel! For a romantic honeymoon in India, enjoy private dinners alongside the glistening Lake Pichola or unwind at the hotel's sensuous spa.
Fancy travelling on the most beautiful train journey in the world? From Kandy to Ella, you'll snake through lush, Sri Lankan countryside, passing mist-shrouded mountains and aromatic tea plantations; with beautiful scenery at each turn, you'll find it difficult to know where to look! Although a 6 hour train ride, the journey will fly by, with the passing sea of green, steep valleys and rural villages simply out-of-this-world; your only concern will be on deciding which photo to post on Instagram!
If you dream of serenity when you arrive in Ella, you must stay at the 98 Acres Resort and Spa. With spectacular views across lush mountainsides, this is the perfect wellness retreat; why not stay here for a Sri Lanka honeymoon and hike through tranquil nature trails?
Although still relatively off the beaten track, Myanmar is back on the tourist map, bursting with culture and brimming with majestic national parks. There's no better place to begin your Myanmar Instagram adventure than in Bagan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bagan has over 2,000 temples and pagodas surviving from the 13th century - it's simply out of this world! For an unparalleled Instagram photo, take to the skies and explore this mystical city from above on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride; you can marvel at the ancient temples as the sun sets beneath the distant mountain silhouettes!
When in Bagan, you can feel like royalty at the traditional and ornate Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort Bagan. A perfect resort for a secluded honeymoon, you can cool off from the tropical heat in the spacious palm-lined swimming pool!
How could you not want to visit Singapore after watching the hit film Crazy Rich Asians; if you're like me, you'll want to experience for yourself the true glitz and glamour of this swanky city! For ultimate luxury, there's no better place to stay than the Marina Bay Sands hotel; the infinity pool is the true wonder of Singapore, located on the hotel's rooftop shaped like a ship. A hub in the sky, you can look out towards the captivating city skyline from the edge of the infinity pool - trust me when I say that this will make for an unbelievable Instagram photo!
There's a reason that the Marina Bay Sands is the most desirable hotel in the city. With access to the rooftop infinity pool limited only to hotel guests, you can't miss out on this instagrammable opportunity! The rooftop has more than just the pool, however; dine in style with panoramic views across the city on your holiday to Singapore!
If you've never been to China before, then you NEED to visit the Great Wall. This man-made marvel is truly amazing and cannot be missed off any first-time journey through China. The Great Wall was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987, and is universally known as one of the greatest wonders of the world - it winds through approximately 21,100 km of grasslands, deserts and mountains, with some parts crumbling under 2700 years of history and some remaining very much in tact. It may seem like a cliche place to visit, but it really does live up to the hype and the photographic opportunities are endless.
Need a place to stay? We love the Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan. This 5-star luxury escape makes travel to the Great Wall really simple, and offers you a beautiful place to return to after your visit - perfect for any China holiday. Traditional Chinese influence and modern style go hand-in-hand at the zen-like hotel - it's unmissable.
Siem Riep is like stepping into a Hollywood adventure movie; in fact, the Ta Prohm Temple, with its encasing larger-than-life tree roots, was the site for the 2001 Lara Craft: Tomb Raider film. The home of the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex, grab a bicycle on your Cambodia holiday and explore the cultural wonders of Siem Riep with the warm breeze rushing through your hair. An Instagram paradise, you can pose alongside the 216 gigantic faces of the Buddhist shrine of Bayon or on the walkway leading up to the imposing Angkor Wat.
When in Cambodia, you're going to want to experience true tranquility; the Belmond La Residence D'Angkor offers just this. You can swim amongst the palms in the hotel's tropical swimming pool before indulging in rejuvenating facial treatments at the spa!
It is no wonder that the Batu Caves are one of Malaysia's top Instagram destinations; the vivid rainbow stairs leading to the temple seem to be ascending to heaven! Surrounded by steep, jagged cliffs, the brightly painted stairwell and lower temple dazzles all who visit this historic site - you simply cannot not gaze at the rich colours! Once you've taken an eye-catching photo that will leap out on your Instagram page, head to the temple within the caves and marvel in awe at the otherworldly rock formations!
Located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves are great for a day trip during your stay in the city. For pure luxury on your Malaysia holiday, the Hotel Stripes, Autograph Collection is perfect. Another bonus Instagram worthy sight in KL is Thean Hou Temple, a gorgeous temple that is completely different, but equally as impressive, as the Batu Caves.
Palawan Island in the Philippines is a lush Eden with hidden coves, sparkling waterfalls, and tranquil rivers. You won't believe how clear the water is at the famed El Nido; when I say clear, I really do mean crystal clear - grab your camera as you kayak across this turquoise wonderland, akin to liquid glass, for a spectacular Instagram picture. But there is more to Palawan than El Nido; you'll feel like a jungle king or queen as you shower beneath the cascading Kuyawyaw Waterfall on a Philippines honeymoon!
In the north-west of Palawan in Taytay Bay lies Apulit Island, home of paradisaical the El Nido Resort. A tropical retreat immersed in nature, you can enjoy thrilling activities whilst staying in luxury, whether it be rock climbing, snorkelling or caving!
Bhutan is an Instagrammer's dream; a hermit kingdom on the eastern-edge of the Himalayas, this is Asia's real-life Shangri-La! Once here, what better place to take your camera than the Tiger's Nest? Officially known as Paro Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest is a buddhist sacred site nestled on a steep cliffside in the Paro Valley, steeped in mysticism and mountain romance. Take the trip of a lifetime as you trek up the mountains, watching as the beautiful temple appears ever-closer the further you climb - your Instagram pictures will be breathtaking!
The Como Uma Para hotel is the place to stay for easy-access to the Tiger's Nest. With spectacular views across the mountains, this is a perfect wellness getaway; focus your body and mind in one of the relaxing Bhutanese hot-stone bathhouses!
The Mekong Delta is the epitome of the tropics; a picture-perfect paradise, you will not want to deprive your Instagram page of a boat trip down the Mekong River on your Vietnam holiday! As you meander past canoes laden with vivid tropical fruit at the Cai Be Floating Market, the sweet emanating aromas will make your mouth water! Passing through Vietnam's agrarian heartlands, you'll glide down interweaving waterways lined with dense, lush palms; make sure to capture photos of traditional rural villages and magnificently decorated temples!
The Mekong delta is best accessed from Ho Chi Minh, a city formerly known as Saigon. There is nowhere better to stay than the InterContinental Saigon hotel on a holiday to Vietnam; in the heart of Ho Chi Minh, you can relax from a day exploring the city with a rejuvenating steam bath at the hotel's luxurious spa!
A 'gate to the outer world', the Handara Gate in northern Bali is a pathway to tranquility, a beautiful structure surrounded by lush, green foliage and mountains shrouded in mist. A spot popular with Instagrammers, you'll feel like you've arrived on another planet as you marvel at the iconic traditional Hindu gate. If you're on a honeymoon in Bali, there is no better place than the Handara Gate to take an unforgettable photograph with your loved one; it really is a romantic spot!
When in Bali, who wouldn't want to escape to the rainforest and 'get away from it all'? The Royal Pita Maha Hotel offers just that, the chance to listen to the hum of the rainforest from the luxury of an infinity pool with sweeping views across the trees. Continuing your honeymoon, you can dine in privacy by a beautiful waterfall with a sumptuous candle-lit dinner.
If you can't wait to fill your Instagram feed with stunning photos of these incredible Asian destinations, then one of our Luxury Travel Experts will be ready and waiting to organise the photogenic adventure of your dreams...