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The Safest Countries to Visit in Asia

Discover some of the world’s most welcoming countries on these small-group TRIPS by Culture Trip in Asia.
Grace Beard
15 Mar 2022
Whether you’re a couple, a family, a group of friends or you’re choosing to solo travel in Asia, you’ll find the vast majority of countries to be extremely friendly, affordable and safe. On one of Culture Trip’s small-group trips, you’ll meet welcoming locals and enjoy the company of other like-minded, culturally curious travellers seeking an authentic experience. Let’s take a look at five of the safest countries to visit in Asia.
1 . Japan, for rural ryokans, steaming onsens and fantastic food

Japan is a peaceful and hospitable country with low crime levels. A culture of wholehearted hospitality, known locally as omotenashi, means you can expect a warm welcome wherever you go, from ryokans to restaurants. You’ll be well looked after on Culture Trip’s 12-day Japan adventure, where you’ll travel by bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo by way of mountains, bamboo forest, glassy lakes and steaming onsen. With a Local Insider by your side throughout, you’ll be in the safest hands possible.

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2 . Borneo, for wildlife, indigenous cooking and snorkelling

Borneo is a large island in Southeast Asia divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. It generally has low levels of crime and draws travellers the world over for its dense rainforest, epic hikes and abundance of curious creatures. On this 10-day small-group trip, you’ll join a group of friendly travellers and explore the spectacular landscapes of Sabah, on the Malaysian side of Borneo. There are tea plantation tours, mountain climbs and river cruises, but the highlight will undoubtedly be spying the island’s endemic species – including the Bornean sun bear, the long-nosed Probosci monkey and Borneo pygmy elephants.

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3 . Vietnam, for delicious street food, eclectic architecture and rich history

One of Asia’s friendliest countries and a favourite destination for solo travel in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is without a doubt one of the safest places to travel in Asia. If you’re planning on renting a motorbike – one of the most popular ways to explore the country – make sure you wear a helmet and be careful on the roads. Alternatively, you can travel in comfort via sleeper train and luxury junk-ship on Culture Trip’s 12-day Vietnam adventure. Starting at the street markets of Hanoi and travelling south to colourful Hoi An, you’ll get to experience both the bustling cities and peaceful countryside of this captivating country.

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4 . Thailand, for floating raft houses, sea kayaking and boat safaris

Anyone travelling Southeast Asia alone should consider starting their trip in Thailand. Often considered the safest country to visit in Southeast Asia, Thailand will show you the best of what this part of the world is all about: buzzy cities, ornate temples, terraced rice fields and islands strewn with white-sand beaches. Discover the Land of Smiles on Culture Trip’s 10-day tour of Southern Thailand, in which you’ll cruise across emerald waters to some of Thailand’s most beautiful destinations – from the awe-inspiring limestone formations in Khao Sok National Park and a secluded lagoon of Hong Island to the powdery white sands of Koh Yao Yai.

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5 . South Korea, for mountain hiking, hanok villages and martial arts

You don’t need to worry about watching your back in South Korea. Crime – particularly against tourists – is practically non-existent and Koreans pride themselves on their graciousness and decorum when it comes to welcoming visitors. Experience the soul of South Korea on Culture Trip’s 10-day trip. You’ll start off singing with strangers in Seoul’s karaoke bars before moving clockwise around the country, hiking national parks – keep your eyes peeled for flying squirrels – exploring the tunnels of the Demilitarized Zone along the border with North Korea, cycling through vibrant Gyeongju and cooking authentic South Korean dishes in Busan.

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