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Backpacking in Asia? Be sure to check out these five cities, but don’t forget to pack some essential items as you prepare for your trip!

Osaka, Japan

Osaka is a beautiful city that brings tourists from all over the world. But you know what this means…you’ll be doing a lot of walking during your time here in order to see everything possible. Dotonbori will be on your list of things to see – some people have dubbed this as “the Big Apple of Osaka”, so be sure to bring your comfortable shoes! Just remember, comfort beats style any day. You can book a room near Dotonbori from one of Osaka’s popular hotels.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is home to some of the most beautiful architecture and landscapes in all of Japan. The Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, for example, is the famous shrine to Inari that can only be accessed through a network of mountain paths and trails. Other famous sights include Nijo Castle, Monkey Park Iwatayama, and Tofukuji Temple. This being said, be sure to bring a camera. You’ll definitely regret it if you don’t as you see other tourists snapping amazing pictures. Book a room from one of these Kyoto accommodations and ask the hotel staff which attractions in the area are most worth seeing.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is a great city to add to your backpacking itinerary. Famous sites such as the Petronas Towers, Bukit Bintang, the Batu Caves, and Genting Highlands are well worth visiting. Since you’ll most likely be out and about for a good portion of the day, be sure to pack an umbrella, if not buy one while you’re there. Cities in Malaysia are known to reach high heats, and also rain can happen very unexpectedly. At the end of the day, cool down and dry off in one of Kuala Lumpur’s popular hotels.

Kathu, Thailand

Throughout your backpacking adventure through Asia, a visit to Kathu should happen eventually, if only for the food. Here you’ll find Kathu Waterfall, a picturesque place to cool off from the Thai heat. Be sure to pack either a bathing suit or some waterproof clothing, as you will get wet. Even if you manage to stay dry during your hike up the falls, you’ll want to jump in the water to cool off. Kathu hotels will accommodate you and give you more information on the Falls.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan is home to many attractions that will keep you busy for days, if not weeks. You’ll be out and about from sunup to sundown, so be sure to wear layers. When the sun is out, Taipei gets quite hot, but when the sun goes down it is a whole different story. Pack clothes that you can easily put on and take off comfortably. It might also be wise to bring a windbreaker. Check weather forecasts before you book from one of Taipei’s top accommodations.