The votes are in: Experience the world’s best places

Time magazine recently released their inaugural list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places, highlighting new and newly relevant destinations.

Editors and correspondents from around the world as well as industry experts came up with nominations across a wide variety of categories, such as museums, bars, restaurants and hotels.

The nominees were then assessed for quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence.

The winners on the diverse list are spread across 48 countries and three categories: where to visit, where to stay, and where to eat and drink.

Check out a few of our absolute favourites from Asia and Australia that made the list.

1. To visit: ChangChui – Creative Park (Bangkok, Thailand)

Whether you’re looking for great food, fun shops, quirky art or just a cool spot to take pretty Instagram photos, this 27,000-square-metre wonderland has it all – even an old airplane smack in the middle of the park.

2. To visit: Museum MACAN (Jakarta, Indonesia)

The 4000-square-metre museum is the first of its kind in Indonesia, boasting a significant collection of modern and contemporary art from the country and around the world.

The name is short for Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, which is the Javanese word for archipelago.

3. To visit: Golden Bridge (Ba Na Hills, Vietnam)

The iconic 150-metre long Cau Vang, or Golden Bridge, rises 1400 metres above sea level.

It looks like it’s being held up by a pair of giant hands, which have been aged to look like they’ve been around for decades.

The hostel, located in a four-storey conservation shophouse, has 11 rooms and 68 beds.

Visitors not only get an affordable place to stay at just US$20 a night, they can also meet fellow guests with similar interests through COO Connect, an online platform.

5. To stay: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula (VIC, Australia)

The Jackalope was opened in 2017 and quickly named Australia’s Hotel of the Year at the annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards. The Jackalope features a 143-year-old homestead and winery.

Located in Willow Creek Vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula, an hour from Melbourne's CBD, the hotel features two restaurants, a black infinity pool and spa and a room rate starting at $650 per night.  

6. To stay: The Collectionist (NSW, Australia)

Fancy strolling through a hotel and choosing the room you like best based on artwork, design and personal appeal rather than being allocated one from a cookie cutter layout?

Sydney's boutique hotel, The Collectionist, has just that – featuring 39 'sleeping quarters' created by designers.

7. To stay: Tribe (WA, Australia)

Marketed as 'part collaborative workspace, part social club' the Tribe hotel in Perth offers communal dining and easy check-in without fanfare and has done away with the concierge and room service.

Rooms start at $120 per night and feature free unlimited Wi-Fi, a 40-inch flat Screen Smart TV, free movies on demand and free Nespresso coffee and T2 teas.

The bar is located on the ground floor of Parkview Square, which is inspired by the glamourous Art Deco skyscrapers of Europe and New York.

It boasts one of the world’s largest collections of gin – some 1000 different varieties – some of which date back to 1910.

Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in Reader’s Digest. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best subscription offer.