Ever spent a day staring at stunning #travel pictures on Instagram? Wondered how you could enjoy similar vacations and share pictures that would make everyone want to book flight tickets the next instant? Asia has an abundance of picturesque, serene, natural topographies that’ll take your breath away. Its beaches, mountains, culture, monuments and exciting culinary treats not only fill your heart with joy but make an excellent subject or backdrop for envy-inducing #instatravel photographs.
Here are some of the most instagrammed places in Asia that you might want to add to your must-visit list. Pack your bags, carry your camera and memory card and get ready to take some breathtaking #vacation pictures that will make you a hit on Instagram.
Singapore with its stunning modern architecture, cultural neighbourhoods and varied cuisine gives plenty of opportunities for beautiful Instagram shots. The #singapore hashtag has been known to be used even by celebrities to help them go viral so don’t miss a chance to post your Singapore photographs.
During the day indulge in some great shopping, food and sightseeing in the cultural hubs of the Arab Quarter or Chinatown. Haji Lane in Kampong Glam is a riot of colour and has some one-of-a kind street #graffitiart for eye-catching colourful street shots. There are also great boutique stores that house awesome designer clothes that you can pick for your #vacationfashion selfies. Chinatown has plenty of temples, bustling markets and a few museums. Head to the Pinnacle@Duxton and get access to the Skybridge for a vantage point and some unique #viewfromthetop shots of Chinatown and the city. The entry charge is very reasonable compared to other high-rise buildings in the city.
Visit the more glamorous Marina Bay area by night for some jaw dropping Singapore city #sunset shots. The Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove looks out of this world with its metallic colors creating a #psychedelic effect against the night sky. Another lesser known beauty that can be a photogenic star is the Gillman Barracks, a hidden art gallery with clean geometric lines.
Up your #flatlay skills as there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants and mouth-watering street food options. Any good photo album of a Singapore vacation is incomplete without stunning photographs of the Singapore Chilli Crab or the gorgeous seafood laksa or the glossy satays.
Bangkok, a small trading centre on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, has been able to retain the grandeur and glory of its past. The world-famous floating market is abuzz with Bangkok’s rich culture – you can capture the bustling life of the local folk against backgrounds that reflect Bangkok’s glorious past. Perfect location for some #neverstopexploring pictures.
Bangkok also has some of the most exotic temples and palaces. Gold, ceramic, marble, wood – the textures, colours, engravings and patterns on these architectural marvels make them great subjects for that #nofilter photo. Capturing low angle shots of these majestic temples will give a larger than life feel. Also don’t forget to click some of the intricate carvings on these temple walls. These temples and palaces appear glorious during the golden hour because of all the golden hues in the architectural elements; perfect for a #gold #goldenhour insta hit. You can also get some ethereal shots during the blue hour.
The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn, Golden Chedi at Grand Temple – are all places where you can get some Insta-worthy shots to go with your #travelquotes or #travelinspiration.
Bangkok‘s city #skyline, #streetfood, #nightmarkets and #megamalls also make for interesting and lively #Bangkok photographs. Did you know that the Siam Paragon mall is one of the most instagrammed places in Bangkok.
Dubai is the ultimate #luxury destination for instagrammers! The city’s modern architecture and #futuristic structures make it look like a giant film set. The state-of-the-art highway grids and interchanges and bridges are breathtaking. Then there’s the super impressive futuristic light-rail system. Giant man-made islands, spectacular seaside monuments and glorious desert sands lay out a delightful canvas for stunning pictures. Every spot provides itself to a good photograph – as things are constantly moving. There are shadows, reflections and patterns everywhere you turn. No wonder #Dubai was the fourth most hash-tagged city in the world in 2016.
There are also some #magical spots that still reflect the beauty of old Dubai, before it became so metropolitan. Bastakia, Jumeirah Mosque and Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House to name a few, are picturesque and have an old world charm to them. They make great pictures for #night, #wanderlust or #oldworldcharm. If you’re interested in street photography, try the Dubai Gold Souq, fish market and the area around Abra station. You’ll soon discover there’s a whole hidden side to this city than just sky scrapers and flashy malls.
Tokyo is a photographer’s delight and among the top 5 hash-tagged cities in Asia in 2016 . The atmosphere is alive and ever-changing. #People, #technology, #architecture, #culture, #fashion and a delightful sprinkling of #quirk; you will never be short of a subject to photograph in Tokyo. The seasons are spectacular here and entire topography changes dramatically each season.
Shibuya crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing is a must-visit on your list for great pictures. The vibrant neon lights, the sheer volume of people and landmarks easily associated with blockbuster movies; this bustling life line of Tokyo holds a million possibilities for a mind-blowing photograph. Shinjuku’s Golden Gai teeming with over 200 tiny shanty-style bars and restaurants with their narrow alleys and lanterns also makes a great setting for spectacular #night shoots. For a panoramic view of this enigmatic city head to the Roppongi Tower and get some #awesome #viewfromthetop shots.
Tokyo is full of parks and shrines with innumerable #pictureperfect corners and nooks. For majestic shots head to the most photographed Imperial Palace, museums, theaters and festivals.
Head to a Sumo Wrestling competition for some unique #sports and #action pictures that are sure to be an Insta-hit. When it comes to #food, Kaiten Sushi, or Conveyor Belt Sushi, can be tantalising for the tastebuds and visually irresistible.
Boracay Island is a welcome change and a strong contrast to the other bustling cities of Asia. This is a place of #sun, #sand and #sea – great for laid-back, lazy days and a perfect spot for some stunning #surroundmewithwater photographs. This resort island in the Philippines is famous for its #beaches, crystal waters and tourist-friendly water activities. You can also get some #underwater shots – try scuba diving and other water sports.
The best place for some exotic sea food – you can snap away at the glossy fresh fish shrimps, scallops, tuna fish, oyster, lobsters and crab at the local #market and sit back and enjoy a simple meal made from them.
Boracay is also the perfect destination for the quintessential #sunset travel picture.
Beautiful #parks, majestic #mountains, spectacular seasonal #foliage, picturesque #palaces and fantastic #modern architecture; #Seoul has several hot insta spots.
For a dose of #heritage and the beautiful old times head to the Bukchon Hanok Village streets lined with traditional Korean houses or hanok. The best shots are taken when the sun is just rising and the village is wrapped in a golden hue.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace is a beautiful piece of Korean #history and nature is at its glorious best in the grounds surrounding this palace. Even If you have only a single day in Seoul, visit the palace and leave with lots of photographs that will be shared widely and talked about for a long, long time. The Gwanghwamun gate, the main entrance to the palace has a history of its own and this majestic structure is a photographers delight both by day and night. The Bongeunsa Temple though located right in the middle of the city is an oasis of #tranquility surrounded by the most beautiful gardens.
To capture the bustling metropolis of Seoul and its iconic #Seoultower, head to the Namsan mountain.
The thriving #market of Seoul also offer countless photo opportunities: Head over to Gwangjang Market, the Noryangjin Market and Namdaemun Market and you will come back with great pictures that can be tagged under #streetfood, #foodventures, #delicious.