6 Most Instagram-able Locations In Asia To Capture On Your Next Trip

Attractions in the region for some lasting visual memories – and ‘gram-worthy uploads – of your holiday.

By Therese Tay        30 May 2024

If it’s not on Insta, did it really happen? 

Well, whether for social media, a traditional film snap – coming back into trend at the moment – or personal memories in your mind’s eye, here are some scenic highlights that will surely be remembered long after your vacay:

1. Real Bali Swing, Indonesia

Real Bali Swing, Indonesia
Photos: @wanxuan_168

While many similar large swings have popped up since, the Real Bali Swing was the industry’s pioneer and remains the most well-known attraction of its kind. At its lush compound – think photogenic backgrounds of tropical forests, blue skies dotted with puffy white clouds, and ornate Balinese gates, among others – the swings start at 10m above ground, but adrenalin junkies can opt for the biggest one, which comes in at 78m above ground. Choose from the Adrenaline Swing, Libra Swing, Single Swings, Bed Swing, Romantic Swing, chicken nest, hummingbird’s nest, or the sky bed, said to be the “best” in Bali! 

Decide on your outfit in advance and bring it along to change into; for women, long, flowy dresses make some of the nicest pictures. If it’s easier, there are dresses for rent too. Do listen to the safety instructions and be sure to wear the harness while you’re on the swing.

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2. Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia 
Photos (L-R): elaineherrera1, @miha.perhaita

An ancient Hindu religious site in Malaysia, located north of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has long been one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Thought to be some 400 years old, it is recognisable the world over by its towering flight of rainbow-hued stairs – 272 of them, to be exact – which lead to a temple and cave shrines. 

Dress in light clothing for the humidity and trek, but cover up as Batu Caves is a sacred place for believers.

Extend your experience of nature with a stay at Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur, which sits adjacent to the KL Forest Eco Park. Each room has modern comforts and conveniences such as an en-suite kitchenette. SAFRA members get 15% off best available rates. 

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3. Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam
Photos (L-R): @paolaandinop, @helenabradbury

The languid gracefulness of this historic town along the central coast of Vietnam is a boon for photo buffs seeking some nostalgia. Once a major port with Japanese, Chinese and French influences, Hoi An was awarded UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1999, and over 800 historic buildings have been preserved in its Old Town. Colourful but weathered facades and varied design features make for atmospheric snaps. Another emblematic attraction is the covered Japanese bridge, which was first constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link itself with the Chinese side of the city. 

Don’t miss the Hoi An Lantern Festival, held one night a month during the full moon, when thousands of colourful lanterns are lit on the streets and in the waters of the Hoai River, creating an ethereal atmosphere.

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4. The White Temple, Thailand

The White Temple, Thailand
Photos: @ode_tomytravels

Buddhist place of worship Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, better known as The White Temple, looks sparkling white and dazzling alongside its reflection off a nearby water body. The original temple was in a bad state of disrepair and local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has spent some 40 million baht so far to completely rebuild and refurbish it. Works are still ongoing and are said to last till 2070, but there are plenty of Instagram-able areas still. 

As this is an active place of worship, dress conservatively. Take care not to inadvertently disrespect local customs – for instance, do not take nude photos or climb on temple structures or sculptures.

Accommodation-wise, book yours through Agoda, where SAFRA members get 8% off worldwide.

5. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan
Photo (above right): @escapewithelise

Dedicated to the Shinto god Inari, the deity of a good harvest, the Fushimi Inari Shrine functions as the chief of Japan’s thousands of Inari shrines. Its path of endless vibrant vermillion torii gates, which line the approach to Mount Inari, is impressive and forms one of the most cherished images of Japan and the outer Kyoto area. Pay respects at the shrine’s main hall, and perhaps offer a donation too, before heading to the hiking trail that’s flanked by the famous gates. 

While a return hike to the summit can take two to three hours, you’re free to turn back at any time. Try to partake in some of the local dishes such as Inari Sushi and Kitsune Udon, offered by several restaurants along the trail.

Consider staying at the Park Hotel Kyoto, located only a 3-minute walk from the nearest train station. SAFRA members get 15% off the best available rate. 

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6. Kawasan Falls, the Philippines

Kawasan Falls, the Philippines
Photos (L-R): cheilaanja, @earth_kynd_

Located 105km southwest of Cebu city in the Philippines, the Kawasan area plays host to a series of waterfalls, with the first one being the largest. Each waterfall features a peaceful turquoise pool bounded by lush scenery and steep limestone canyon walls. If you’re keen, canyoneering tours can be arranged too. 

Be sure to rent a life jacket if you’re wanting to swim under the waterfalls, as it’s compulsory to don one. Bring swim shoes, and waterproof cases or bags for your phone and belongings. 

Couple your trip to Kawasan Falls with a tour of nearby Oslob to see and photograph the whale sharks – now, that’s definitely an Insta-worthy day out!

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