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7. Phuket, Thailand
Paradise really is on earth. In Phuket, you’ll find the world’s most gorgeous beaches, decorated by gravity-defying limestone islands (perhaps most recognizable from The Man with the Golden Gun) and vendors carrying fresh pineapples and other tropical fruit. If you’re more culturally-inclined, Phuket houses a large number of golden wats (Buddhist temples) and Chinese Taoist shrines.
8. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a city of neon and bamboo, where accommodation options range from ultra-futuristic capsules to ryokans, traditional inns with paper-paneled doors and tatami flooring. Another major attraction are onsens, Japanese bathhouses that enforce a rather strict etiquette (for example nudity is mandatory and tattoos are forbidden in many).
Harajuku district is world-famous for being a center of Japanese youth and fashion culture, where young people dress in garish colors and apparel. And, of course, no visit to Japan is complete without sampling the local cuisine of sushi and ramen.