Top Three Cities in… South-East Asia
Hey ho! Time for a new series of posts. My three favourite cities of a particular region. Or towns, or spots, but probably cities. South East Asia seemed to be the logical place to start.
Singapore is a great city, the most sparkling spot in all of South East Asia, and a lot of fun. It’s the most modern of my three, with the best public transport. The island of Sentosa is a tourist trap, but a fun one, and there are some beautiful views from the gondolas that take you to the top of a hill, also providing wonderful views, especially at night.
Loads of dining options, cuisine from all around the world. You can have dirt cheap street food or a top restaurant meal should you want. Shopping, a little glitz, did I mention Universal Studios? There’s nothing you can’t find in Singapore.
2/ Luang Prabang, Laos
A large town, it’s hard to consider Luang Prabang a city but it certainly is one of the highlights of the region. It’s a sleepy town where you’ll see next to no activity in the middle of the day when the sun is beating down extra hard. But on the banks of the Mekong this place is the perfect spot in South East Asia to just chill out and relax for a few days.
There are temples to visit, a hill to climb for views and taking a trip down the Mekong is a must. I had a wonderful BBQ at an outdoor restaurant there and saw of all things a local fashion show, but the best thing was a trip out to the Kuang Si waterfalls where the water was cooling and perfect for the hot weather.
1/ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What can I say about the city formerly known as Saigon? This city is quintessential South-East Asia, full of bikes, activity and excitement. I found it to be surprisingly friendly and met a whole bunch of people here. There are plenty of interesting day trips to do from Ho Chi Minh City as well as plenty of sites in the city.
There are stunning temples and pagodas, parks, and the amazing post office. Then there is the slightly out there ‘Remnants of War’ Museum which is quirky, horrific and solemn at the same time. Watching life in HCMC is also another great pastime for the visitor, from the kids playing hacky sack in the parks to the older people on the side of the road playing draughts and other board games. Ho Chi Minh City is a pretty special and rewarding place!
What are your favourite cities in South East Asia? Honourable mentions to – Chiang Mai, Mandalay and Melaka. May the Journey Never End!