Because capturing an instagrammable shot is just as important as the place, right?
We live in a world where people will do anything for a kick-ass photo. And it just so happens that Asia has some unusual and totally insta-worthy places to spice up your feed. Course, none of us can travel to Asia freely yet but there is no harm in dreaming of these spots and adding them to your travel bucket list once restrictions lift. Here are 16 of the most unusual and instagrammable places in Asia. These are in no particular order by the way!
1. The Blue City of Jodhpur, India
This is one of the lesser-known instagrammable places in Asia. Explore this stunning blue city enriched in culture and history, from 15th century temples to forts, Jodhpur will not disappoint you. With picture-perfect moments around every corner, you’ll be sure to snap a shot that will make your followers envious of you.
📍 Jodhpur, India
2. Zhangye Danxia National Park, China
This iconic park is home to the most magical rainbow-like mountains, which resulted from sandstone and other minerals, millions of years ago. Although, it is difficult to reach, eager backpackers have completed the journey in order to capture out-of-this-world shots. It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you need to add to your bucket list.
📍 Gansu, China
Head to the world’s highest treehouse which is an ecotourism conservation project in Laos. Embrace your inner Tarzan, sleep in the treehouse, opt to zipline down 1,870 feet, and spot some monkeys in the jungle. It is an excellent place to capture some unusual photos among the jungle setting.
📍 Huay Xai, Laos
4. Golden Hands Bridge, Vietnam
This bridge is arguably the most insta-worthy manmade structure in Asia. Before covid-19, travellers would flock here to obtain majestic pictures against the backdrop of the Vietnam skyline. You’ll be impressed by the elegant design, high in the sky, with two hands holding the bridge together. Indeed, a phenomenal place for an exclusive photo or just to appreciate the wonders of our world.
📍 Da Nang, Vietnam
5. Binhai Library, China
This renowned tourist attraction in China is the world’s most instagrammable bookstore. Nicknamed The Eye, the interior designers created an enchanting book mountain within this library setting. The aesthetic appeal of the carefully displayed books tends to attract Instagram enthusiasts as much as bookworms.
📍 China, Tianjin, Binhai, 旭升路347號
6. Tottori Sand Dunes, Japan
Another lesser-known instagrammable spot in Asia as it is difficult to get to. These sand dunes boast a 30-metre-long and 50-metre-high desert on the coast in Japan. Pop this one on your bucket list to take in stunning sunsets, appreciate the ocean views, visit the Sand Museum and of course, capture an epic gram-worthy moment.
📍 2164-661 Fukubecho Yuyama, Tottori, 689-0105, Japan
7. Hang En Cave, Quang Binh, Vietnam
This mesmerising National Park is home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia, resulting in hundreds of caves and stunning underground rivers all surrounded by Jungle. In 2003, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a must-visit for adventurers. You can camp and swim in one of the largest caves. Indeed, an enlightening experience and a fantastic spot to create magical content for your feed.
📍 Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
8. Yee Peng Festival, Thailand
This Lantern Festival is normally held in November each year. It is a celebration on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. The spellbinding surroundings of lanterns, in total darkness, being let off into the sky is the most gram-worthy thing you will ever experience. Need I say more?
📍 Chiang Mai, Thailand
9. Mount Ijen, Indonesia
Let all your fears go, and attempt to visit this active volcano in Mount Ijen in Indonesia. This trip needs dedication as it is around six hours from Bali. Though, it offers the most majestic views of an acidic lake and sulfur mine deep in the crater. Certainly, one of the most unusual and insta-worthy places on our list.
📍 East Java, Indonesia
10. Angels Billabong, Indonesia
This spot is famous for being one of the most instagrammable places in Indonesia. Take the short ferry ride from Bali to this 5-star paradise island to admire Nusa Penida’s Angels Billabong. However, we do warn you that it can be quite dangerous, with freak waves known to hit the coastline, so please don’t attempt anything silly in order to capture a legendary photo.
📍 Nusa Penida, Indonesia
11. Nine Arch Bridge, Sri Lanka
This colonial-era railway bridge construction is known as the bridge in the sky among lush greenery in Ella. We recommend planning your picture-perfect moment from below with the bridge towering over you in the background. Nevertheless, you could always opt to take the train ride for some extra breathtaking shots.
📍 Demodara, Ella, Sri Lanka
12. Lempuyang Temple, Bali
Hike or take a motorbike, from Ubud or Seminyak, to the summit and visit one of the oldest Temples in Bali. Nicknamed ‘The Gates of Heaven’, it is one of the most unique places to take a photo in all of Asia. Be sure to wear something cute to compliment your dazzling selfie up here.
📍 Bunutan, Abang, Seraya Bar, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
13. 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, The Maldives
Wine and dine in the world’s largest underwater restaurant surrounded by sea life. This spot will definitely put a hole in your pocket, but it is worth the wonderful underwater experience. Day or night offers the most picturesque and exclusive backdrop to mesmerise your followers.
📍 Laccadive Sea, Maldives
14. Railay Beach, Thailand
Of course, there is nothing surprising about a beach. But this spot makes our list of unusual and instagrammable places because it is so hypnotic. No wonder it is a world-class tourist hotspot. This secluded beach boasts plenty of places to capture a damn good selfie while exploring the beauty of Thailand’s islands.
📍 Krabi, Thailand
15. Wanagiri Hidden Hill, Bali
This famous tourist attraction offers magnificent views of the forests and lake combined with plenty of good selfie spots. From various swing sets like a stunning bird’s nest swing to wooden teacups to tree houses and so much more…you’ll be in your element here. Excitingly, entrance is free to the hillside, but if you want to take pictures on the platforms, you must pay a small fee. Probably one of the greatest Instagrammable shots you’ll get in Asia.
📍 Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
16. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
This excellent mausoleum of white marble is one of the greatest spots to visit in the world. Built between 1631 and 1648, it is rich in history and culture, and presents the perfect gram-worthy selfie. You’ll snap some aesthetically-dreamy pictures here, at one of the most instagrammable places in Asia, so you need to totally plan your outfit.
📍 Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India