Are you happiest in the city? Do you get a buzz from the frenetic pace, the architecture and the people watching?
These 5 big cities in South East Asia are a wonderful blend of culture; a fusion of religion, art and food that is only found in the bustling metropolises of Asia. Flights between each of these cities take around two hours, so while hardly noticing the journey between them, you’ll step off the plane into the wildly different experience that each Asian city offers. Time to plan yourself all little Asian city multistop?
Kuala Lumpur is your first stop and what a way to start! The Petronas Towers were once the tallest building in the world before being overtaken by Taipei 101 in 2004 but their impressive design still towers over the city today. They look particularly wonderful at night and seeing the glittering spires is a truly stunning sight. Make sure you head to Little India for some delicious Indian Malaysian fusion food, the combinations of spices are sure to make your taste buds tingle! The Kuala Lumpur Bazaar is also a brilliant place to shop; it’s full of weird and wonderful things – I picked up a set of Guinness glasses on my visit!
Bangkok is a cool, chaotic and crazy city that is sure keep you on your toes the whole time. Wat Pho or ‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’ is one of the largest buddhas in the world and Bangkok’s premier sight. The 3 metre high feet of the Buddha are intricately made of a mosaic of mother of pearl. Head downtown and Silom Night Market is one of the best markets in the city thanks to its vast array of stalls and nearly as many bars! It is at its best in the early evening and just perfect for a pre/post dinner outing.
If you fancy leaving the city bustle, hop on a boat to Koh Kret, an island in the Chao Phraya River only 20km from central Bangkok. The village community of this small island has retained its particular version of Buddhism as well as their skill for pottery. It is an oasis of calm after excitement of the city and the perfect way to spend one of your days in Bangkok. Another highlight in Bangkok is having a drink at Sky Bar in the State Tower, it’s the highest open air bar in the world and the views are indescribable, you’ll just have to go and see for yourselves!
The roads in Ho Chi Minh City are some of the busiest in the world. Hundreds of mopeds, often carrying entire families zig zag along the highways, with rickshaws taking a more leisurely pace alongside them. Getting up the courage to cross the road is quite a feat, but you’ll feel triumphant once you’ve done it!
Visiting the Reunification Palace is a wonderful way of learning about the history of Vietnam and the war, supposedly unchanged since the day before Saigon fell, in 1975. This huge building is a major attraction in Saigon but the crowds are made up for by the fascinating exhibits inside. The War Remnants Museum also makes for an interesting visit.
After all that history you’ll be getting hungry, so make sure you eat local whilst exploring this city, enjoying the famous pho (noodle soup) and spring rolls. Vietnamese food is fresh and delicious and luckily the next city is also in this charming country.
Next head up to Hanoi, the pleasant capital city of Vietnam. From its vantage point in the north of the country you can nip down to the coast and see the stunning limestone scenery in Halong Bay, but there’s also plenty to keep you busy in the relaxed capital.
The Temple of Literature in central Hanoi, is dedicated to Confucius and the site of Vietnam’s first university, founded in 1076. The pretty architecture and manicured gardens make this temple a sanctuary in the city, with curling incense sticks making the small rooms smell of jasmine. The National Museum of Vietnamese History is also worth a visit, focussing on early history of the country rather than the more recent war.
The stunning skyline of Hong Kong is certainly a wonderful way to finish your trip. The famous Star Ferry will carry you from Kowloon to the island, with breath-taking views of the famous Hong Kong skyscrapers. Make sure you enjoy this last leg of your trip by relaxing in one of the city’s fantastic rooftop bars. To get out of the busy centre, hop on the bus and head to Stanley, located in the south of Hong Kong Island. This small town has a lovely market and harbour and is a welcome break from the heat of Central, as well as showing a slower paced side to Hong Kong.
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