Do you want to know where to head for some Instagram-worthy photos? We’ve rounded up our top 17 Instagram spots in Asia

More travellers are arranging their trips around scenic locations for that perfect holiday photo. Here are some of the most underrated Instagram spots in Asia. Save these locations for some seriously impressive backdrops on your next holiday.

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1. Situs Warungboto – Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia  

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This 18th century leisure home recently opened to the public. The site is covered by dried up pools and canals, which probably resembled a bathhouse when it was built. This deserted home in the middle of Yogyakarta is full of cascading stairs, similar to a home in Spain.

2. Pura Lempuyang – Bali, Indonesia

The best place to view mighty Mount Agung is from the top of this temple. The best way to admire the volcano is to hike up the 1,000-plus steps to the top of this pura (temple) for sunrise. While it’s not for the faint hearted, neither is the view.

3. Angel’s Billabong – Nusa Penida, Indonesia

A 40-minute boat ride from Bali is the less-travelled island of Nusa Penida, where most of the roads are broken and finding a signal for your phone is rare. The tranquil island is known for this heavenly retreat. You can climb down to the billabong and float atop this azure oasis as the ocean waves hit the edges of the billabong in epic proportions. Did you know that fish live in the billabong?

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4. Head of sandstone Buddha – Ayutthaya, Thailand

Perhaps like an Asian set of Game of Thrones, this place is an archaeological gem, packed with Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. Yes, there is a sandstone Buddha head nestled in tree roots in this ancient city, harking all the way back to 1350 when it was founded. Now a Unesco site, it has the historical charm of Bagan and Siem Reap, only without the crowds.

5. Zhangye Danxia National Park – Gansu, China

Who said only Peru had rainbow mountains? The park in the northern foothills of the Qilian Mountains resulted from deposits of sandstone and other minerals 24 million years ago. Chinese National Geography magazine deemed it one of the “six most beautiful landforms” in the country. While difficult to reach, the park’s orange hue set against a backdrop of numerous other colours will remain embedded in your memory for a long time.

6. Mount Ijen – Java, Indonesia

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Throwback to one of the most amazing mornings last year. This place still boggles my mind.

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There is nothing quite like hiking up this huge volcano in the dark to a 20-metre-wide caldera, to get a glimpse of the blue flares at the top. The blue flares occur when sulphuric gas meets the atmosphere, heating up to almost 600 degrees Celsius. As you climb the mountain, you will be accompanied by one of 200-plus mining families who make the trek nightly to extract 14 tonnes of sulphur daily. Sunrise at the top, with Mount Bromo in the distance, is breathtaking. Note to self: bring a gas mask and dress extra warmly.

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7. Demodara Railway Station – Demodara, Sri Lanka

The Nine Arch Bridge is jaw-dropping at first glance, and even more so when you learn that it was built almost 100 years ago. It is deemed one of the finest examples of British railway construction in colonial times in the country. Ask locals when trains are expected to pass and stop on the bridge for incredible moving footage. When no trains are expected to pass, you can even walk, lie or sit on the edges of the bridge.

8. Sand dunes – Tottori, Japan

Most people are oblivious to the existence of a 30-metre-long and 50-metre-high desert on an ocean front in western Japan. The sand dunes were created thousands of years ago, as sand from the nearby river was washed out to sea and redeposited by the ocean currents. Admiring sunset from the sand dunes while breathing in the ocean breeze – there isn’t anywhere quite like this – especially if you do so while snacking on a few onigiri (Japanese rice balls). You have to catch a few trains (and a bus) to get here, but rest assured, the trip is worthwhile.

9. Beach swing – Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

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Finding this swing and this beach is itself an adventure. An hour south of the capital Colombo lies a stretch of unspoilt white beach on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is especially beautiful because of an ad hoc rope swing tied to an iconic palm tree. You probably have seen some Instagram posts of the fuchsia sunsets here, so swing by and experience it yourself.

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10. High cliff at Melasti Beach – Bali, Indonesia

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Now that you’re well acquainted with Bali’s Ubud and Seminyak, and you’re wondering what else the island has to offer? Look no further than Melasti Beach (among many other cliff-side beaches in Uluwatu). It feels like the end of the world here, with the sea breeze adding force to the crashing waves at the bottom of pristine white cliffs.

11. Mount Mayon – Legazpi, Philippines

Do you remember when you used to draw a mountain as a child? It was likely to be a perfectly symmetrical triangle with a pointed summit. That is Mount Mayon in Legazpi. Although it recently erupted, as one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, it is a sight to witness for yourself.

12. Lantern Festival – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Once a year, at the Yee Peng Festival, thousands of lanterns are lit and released into the night sky to make a wish for good fortune in the new year, during the month of November (following the Thai lunar calendar). The spectacle draws visitors from around the world, all in the hope of feeling enlightened and inspired during the visceral experience. It’s really like no other celebration.

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13. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

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Camping inside the world's third largest cave in Vietnam! Unbelievably fun! Tag someone you'd like to do this with!

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Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003, this mesmerising national park contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed 400 million years ago. Hundreds of cave systems and spectacular underground rivers make Phong Nha a playground for adventurers.

14. Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival – Taitung, Taiwan

The hot-air balloon festival usually lasts over six nights and is variously themed. It’s exactly as the name suggests, where colourful creations rise into the sky above the beautiful Taitung scenery. Enjoy the experience from the sky or on the ground.

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15. Binhai Library – Tianjin, China

Nicknamed “The Eye”, the Tianjin Binhai Library is designed to look like a 3D eyeball, staring out through the building. This has become the new darling of Instagramers, which is no surprise. Having opened in October 2017, terraced bookshelves span five floors and are home to 1.2 million books. What an incentive to encourage people to read more.

16. The Gibbon Experience – Huay Xai, Laos

You had me at outdoor shower. This jungle childhood fantasy in the centre of Laos is known for its zip line mazes, boasting some of the world’s longest and highest zip lines – the largest reaches 1,870 feet. Whether you stay a few hours or embark on a three day/two night excursion (this is a possibility), you can end your trip sleeping in a treehouse imagining the life Tarzan had.

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17. Blue City – Jodhpur, India

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The Blue City is also home to a few unlikely surprises – one of Tripadvisor’s top hotels in the world (Taj Hotels’ Umaid Bhawan Palace), huge langur monkeys in the Mandore Garden, and dozens of century-old forts atop rocky cliffs. The city was painted blue to keep the houses cool in the scorching summer heat. Going there is far better than looking at the photos.

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This article originally appeared on  Destination Deluxe .