Travel has been one of the many avenues for expanding your knowledge about the world—so much so that travel is not only essential to indulge our whims, but rather to reinvigorate ourselves and our souls as well. It is a means for self-reflection–to connect with ourselves while we disconnect from the rest of the world. In this regard, we should endeavor to see what more the world has to offer. If you ever considered traveling, some of the first places you should see are the megacities of Asia. From the perpetually bustling metropolis of Makati City to the technological advancements and innovations found only in Japan, Asia has quite a lot up on its sleeve to offer you. Moreover, the history, culture as well as the food certainly would not disappoint you. Indeed, each of these places would have something unique to offer you and their unique and subtle charms would certainly beguile you.
So, get ready to update your travel bucket lists as here are some of the must-visit Asian places and cities you should visit at least once in your life:
Siem Reap, Cambodia
For first time travelers to Asia, Siem Reap has been deemed as the perfect getaway and destination. Not only are there a lot of attractions in almost every nook and cranny of the city, but the capital city located at the northwestern part of Cambodia is incredibly easy to navigate and get around. Moreover, the locals are friendly and the city is packed with nightlife attractions, markets, adventurous activities as well as a heaping slice of culture.
Known as one of the busiest cities in the world, Beijing is an excellent fusion of contemporary innovations as well as history. Considering that it has been the capital city of China for over 800 years, you are bound to see some of the finest remnants of the country’s majestic and well-preserved imperial past. No doubt, the place is teeming with history as well as culture. Considering all these, the city of Beijing would certainly ensnare not only the adventurers at heart but for those individuals who wish to immerse themselves in foreign history and culture as well.
Vietnam is known for its phenomenal gastronomic offers, but apart from the fantastic and delectable food it offers you, Hanoi the charming Vietnamese capital is known for charming both locals and tourists alike. The scenery is starkly different here than the rest of the other Asian capitals as it paints an exquisite collage of the cultural influences from the Chinese and the French. Yet despite all that, it retains some of its local Vietnamese practices that make the place even more alluring.
If you are in need of a little beach therapy, then you would definitely love Seminyak. Indonesia’s well-known and loved beach capital, Bali boasts some of the most beautiful and legendary sunsets. This destination mostly caters to those who are looking for a little indulgent in terms of a luxurious experience. The place is complete with a myriad of upscale and fashionable eaters as well as sophisticated bars with that tropical and laidback ambiance and atmosphere. Seminyak draws visitors by droves for the endless and smooth stretches of sand, but tourists are also known to favor their lavish spas and diverse shopping opportunities.
Known as one of the thriving cities of Asia, Bangkok is the perfect amalgamation of old and new, East and the West complemented with the quixotic addition of the Chao Phraya River which is beautifully interwoven with the city it flows through. Some of the things you can readily expect are Golden palaces, majestic porcelain-laid spires as well as floating markets. All of these things would make for a compelling cause to come and visit. While Bangkok has received a bit of a flak and criticism for being known as a dangerous city for tourists, you would see why travelers still continue to see the city. Once you set foot in this city, you would soon discover why.