One of the best regions in the world for exploring hidden gems has to be Asia so it’s no wonder that avid travellers prefer to get off the beaten track.

With Scoot’s extensive network to the lesser known cities in Asia, you can officially escape the ordinary in search of the top cultural, foodie & insta-worthy destinations that are on offer!

You and a mate could get scooting off to discover YOUR CHOICE of Asian destination and uncover your own hidden gems. Make sure you enter the Scoot comp below.

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Top 3 Cultural Destinations

1. SINGAPORE

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For the quirky artist in all of us, you can’t miss the former Catholic school now turned National Art Museum in Singapore – specialising in smaller exhibitions, mostly 20th-century Asian visual art – neat!

Or, if you’re chasing something outdoors – The Meadow is Singapore’s largest outdoor garden event space. With stunning panoramic views of the iconic Conservatories, Super trees and Singapore’s downtown cityscape!

 

2. LUANG PRABANG

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If you’re in Luang Prabang during the Pi Mai Water Festival, expect to be soaked by locals from buckets of water, hoses, or high-pressure water guns. Why? The new lunar new year, of course!

We also recommend catching the sunrise or sunset over the Mekong river from atop Mount Phousi. Pack your walking shoes & mozzie repellent – you’ll thank us later.

 

3. GUANGZHOU

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Packed full of history, Guangzhou is home to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall – named after the forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution. It showcases beautiful gardens and incredible ancient trees!

Speaking of trees, why not catch a cable car to the top of the famous Baiyun Mountain and look over the whole city as well as the Pearl River!

 

Top 3 Foodie Destinations

1. CHENNAI

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The essence of tradition and the charm of Chennai lies entirely in the area of Mylapore, a busy and beautiful region set in the heart of Chennai.

People who have tasted its dishes will swear by its authenticity and taste, something that haunts you for a lifetime. Must Have’s include: Ghee Dosa and Ghee Pongal.

 

2. TAIWAN

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No visit to Taiwan is complete without a tour of the famous Yumin Street night markets. Avoid the lost-looking crowds of tourists by visiting this bustling local one instead, where you can get a steak meal for a mere 200NTD (AU $8.50). Bargain!

 

3. CHENGDU

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Chengdu is also famous for its variety of delicious (and spicy) food. The hot pot is the most well-known comprised of a pot of spicy soup where families put raw meat and vegetables to cook briefly before eating them.

Hotpot is so hot and spicy that is always accompanied by cold beer and soft drinks… or cold tea!

 

Top 3 Insta-Worthy Destinations

1. HARBIN

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If heading to a beach to flop and drop on a holiday isn’t your style of travel, head to Harbin in China for an alternative way to chill out. Running throughout the month of January Harbin hosts the world’s largest snow and ice festival.

Channel your inner Elsa from Frozen as you explore gigantic illuminated ice castles, 3D light snows, a 340 metre-long Norther lights themed ice slide and most the famous Harbin Ice and Snow World, constructed with ice blocks pulled from the nearby Songhua River.

 

 

 

2. CHIANG MAI

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This city is a no-brainer as far as natural beauty goes so trust us when we say there will be ZERO filter required. With its beautiful temples, amazing nature and majestic elephants, it offers the best of Thailand besides the classical beach destinations.

We highly recommend setting your sites (and cameras) on the Jansom Bridge in Kuakog, day-tripping to the Wat Ratchamonthian to get beautiful temple pictures as well as visiting the infamous Wat Suan Dok – commonly referred to as the ‘White temple’.  #WatSuanDok #nofilter

 

3. AMRITSAR 

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The topographical diversity of India is an eclectic mix of places bound to mesmerise even the most demanding of traveler, so it’s no surprise that Instagram is the perfect way to share your experiences, especially at amazing sites like the Golden Temple.

The Golden Temple is not only a holy place for the Sikhs but also is a symbol of brotherhood and equality. Made entirely of gold and exquisite marble, The Golden Temple is definitely one of the most Instagrammed places in India. #GoldenTemple #Amritsar

 

UNCOVER ASIA YOUR WAY

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Scoot is giving YOU the chance to step out of your comfort zone and explore an undiscovered Asian destination.

For your chance to escape the ordinary and win flights of your choice to one of the six featured Asian destinations on the Scoot network, simply enter your details and tell us in 25 words or less… Where would you like to uncover in Asia with Scoot on your next adventure and why?

You have until Sunday the 21st April to enter, don’t miss out and enter below!

 

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Written by Mel Bobbermien, a Karryon contributor

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