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5 places to visit in the Asia-Pacific region

By Kate Springer

Published September 11, 2018

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First time Asia-Pacific visitors usually head for major destinations such as Shanghai, Tokyo or Hong Kong. They have international flights and easy infrastructure, which makes them a snap to visit

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But with shoulder-season prices and better weather, fall is the a good season to explore more deeply.

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Here, we've rounded up some inspiration for less predictable, but equally worthy, destinations across Asia and Australia for the fall of 2018:

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Chengdu, China

Chengdu is more connected than ever with direct flights to destinations such as San Francisco, Sydney, Tel Aviv and London.

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The capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu has long been synonymous with its fiery food and adorable pandas.

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Fukuoka, Japan

While cities like Tokyo and Kyoto draw the lion's share of visitors, the smaller city of Fukuoka -- on southern Kyushu island -- makes for a worthy alternative.

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It's beloved for its edo-era samurai castles, Hakata ramen and riverside yatai (food stalls). Fukuoka also is a good starting point for an eco-adventure.

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Jeju, South Korea

An hour by plane from Seoul, Jeju, the "Hawaii of South Korea," is beautiful in autumn, when leafy mountains turn brilliant shades of rust and gold.

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It's all about nature on this volcanic island. Travelers can look out for trekking trails, freshly caught seafood, waterfalls and the longest lava tube in the world -- a UNESCO Geopark.

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Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Qoc offers a 30-day visa exemption policy for all foreign passports. The former French colonial prison island's clear waters have caught the attention of international brands such as JW Marriott.

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There's plenty to do, including snorkeling around Ong Lang Beach, the national park and Suoi Tranh Waterfall.

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Perth, Australia

Over the past three years, the capital of Western Australia has seen an influx of new hotels.

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The city has also poured new life into its center -- evidenced by artsy murals, street art, and new restaurants. Don't miss the renewed 19th-century architecture.

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