7 Safest Countries in Asia
Asia has it all: impressive sights and sounds, intense cultural experiences and peaceful natural retreats just waiting to be discovered. Each country within this grand continent offers an opportunity for adventure, plenty of sights to gawk over and incredible experiences to cross off.
With so many things to do and places to see, you might be left feeling indecisive, so to help you decide, we suggest visiting the safest countries. Based on the findings from the Vision of Humanity, these are our top 12 countries to visit in Asia, recognised as some of the most peaceful on earth according to the Global Peace Index for 2018.
- South Korea
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The top position for the safest country according to the Global Peace Index goes to Singapore. A melting pot of cultures, it sits firmly at the top of our list for the safest countries in Asia 2018. From Chinatown to Little India, the city will welcome you no matter where you’re from.
All the while, Singapore still maintains its green spaces which will delight all types of travellers. The diversity of experiences extends to the mind-boggling food that ranges from cheap, local fare to Michelin star-worthy dishes. Soak in the Singapore Botanic Gardens or if you need your adventure fix, set out to see nocturnal animals on a night safari.
The second spot on the Global Peace Index for the list of safest countries in Asia 2018 goes to Japan. This country is one of the most welcoming, inspiring and exciting places you will ever visit. On this volcanic archipelago, petty crime like pickpocketing is not to be expected. Instead, most locals you encounter will treat you with the utmost politeness.
In urban centres like Tokyo, the ease of modern transportation and the helpfulness of young locals who speak English are the ultimate bonus. If you fancy exploring Osaka’s indulgent food markets, feasting on out-of-this-world sushi served on a conveyor belt in Tokyo, or visiting the Kyoto Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, then Japan is sure to impress you (while keeping you safe).
Following closely behind the leaders on the Global Peace Index is Malaysia, which scored an overall global ranking of 25 in the world. In short, it is beyond safe to visit, and once you arrive, you’ll soon understand why there’s something so mesmerizing about Malaysia. The magic of this Southeast Asian nation can only be experienced first hand – the inviting, friendly atmosphere will have you hooked within moments.
You’ll also find plenty of picturesque islands dotted around the mainland, buzzing cities and lots of delicious food to devour.
Taiwan might not be the first place you would suspect to be at the top of the Global Peace Ranking Index, but it comes in at 4th on the list, and 34th globally. If you don’t know much about Taiwan , 2018 might be the year to visit this up-and-coming destination to see what makes it so enticing.
While the history of Taiwan is complicated, Taiwan is a certainly a destination that holds its own and the crime rate is incredibly low, as is the petty crime rate. Of course, there is a chance that visitors will fall prey to pickpockets yet the risk much lower than other large cities.
As for the culinary scene, Taiwan is filled with dishes for you to indulge in, including xiao long bao (soup dumplings), gua bao (a steamed pork bun) or shaobing (flatbread).
Coming in at number five on our list of the safest countries in Asia 2018, anyone who has visited Laos would not be surprised that this country has secured one of the top spots. With beautiful countryside that changes at every turn, delicious food and friendly locals, Laos should most certainly be next on your must-visit list.
While you’re there, you can spend a night in the jungle with the Gibbon Experience, observe decades-old traditions with the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang or cycle through Vang Vieng for an experience like no other.
Mongolia is one of the unexpected surprises on this list as many travellers tend to overlook this remote and untouched destination. With an overall global ranking of 46 among the world’s most peaceful countries, you won’t need to worry about petty crime and tourist scams here. Naturally, you would want to remain vigilant and keep an eye on your bags or wallet, but you won’t have too much to worry about as long as you use common sense. In Ulaanbaatar, like any major city there is always a risk of small crime, but compared to other countries in the region it is minimal.
As for experiences, if you’re looking for the ultimate adventure, consider travelling along the Trans-Mongolian railway where you’re bound to create memories to last a lifetime.
7. South Korea
As opposed to its heavily veiled northern neighbour, South Korea is filled with inviting attractions that include niche bars tucked away in the streets of its capital, Seoul, to the giant lava tube, Manjang Cave, on Jeju Island. Free Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere, even at many historical sites, this will give you some peace of mind and ease navigating around by yourself!
In addition to the growing expat community that is present in South Korea, it’s been vetted as a top destination by countries around the world after they hosted the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.