No matter what time of year you visit, Asia is always alive! Whether the sun is shining, the stars are out, or rain is coming down in torrents, there is always something going on, always something to do.
Find out more about the most popular recreational activities in Asia. Just this little bit of prep could open doorways to fun adventures and opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Keep Busy in China
China’s city parks are usually hives of activity throughout the day, and are popular venues for sports and traditional activities. Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient sport that helps people relax and build muscle strength at the same time, is one of the most popular of all recreational activities.
Other popular activities include Majiang, a board game played with tiles, flying kites socially and in competitions, and playing badminton or table tennis.
Have Adventures in Macau
The South Chinese autonomous region of Macau is in a class of its own. The most popular recreational activity there among tourists is undoubtedly gambling in one of the city’s many glitzy casinos, where real money blackjack and baccarat attract huge numbers of players.
Other than having a flutter in a casino, you could also do Skywalk X around the Macau Tower’s outer rim, brave the world’s highest bungy jump, take a ride on the cable car, watch kart racing at the Macau Motor Sports Club, or go 10 Pin bowling.
Feel Alive in Japan
Japan is one country you need to see before you pop your cogs. Try some of the most popular recreational activities when you visit, and watch your friends and family turn green with envy when you tell them all about it.
If you visit Japan in early spring, be sure to be there for Hanami, the ‘flower viewing’. Cherry and plum trees blossom across the island, and parks fill up with groups of people enjoying picnics under canopies of flowers.
Other popular activities you can indulge in include visiting a karaoke bar, visiting an ikebana show or doing an introductory course to the ancient art of flower arranging, visiting manga and anime stores, watching sumo wrestling, and experiencing a traditional tea ceremony.
Have Fun in Korea
If you ever visit the South Korean capital of Seoul, you are sure to agree that it is in that city that one can really feel the soul of Asia.
Of course, popular recreational activities are not limited to the city, so you can enjoy interesting experiences wherever you go.
Hiking is a popular recreational activity, and a number of national parks cater for day hikes as well as overnight hikes.
You could also consider activities such as visiting a traditional sauna known as jimjilbang, exploring the city and its parks by bicycle, and participating in Noraebang, a form of karaoke where you get your own private room to have fun.
Stay Active in Thailand
Thailand has a fine reputation for friendly, fun-loving people and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It helps that the region has the climate in which to enjoy its natural wonders and to meet and mix with the locals.
Sport is hugely popular. Whether you want to watch traditional kickboxing, football, volleyball, table tennis, or a host of other sports, you can enjoy plenty of opportunities to do so.
Going to the cinema, attending masked Khon performances and traditional puppet shows, and visiting bars and pubs are other indoor recreational activities you could do while on holiday.