Southeast Asia has come a long way. More than just a playground for holiday goers, the region’s cities are starting to get noticed. Urban metropolises now, they look nothing like they did 20 or so years ago. Development is fast and furious and many are now top international cities.
So, what cities are in store for you? How can we not forget Bangkok? It was nothing more than a small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the late 1700’s. Now it is one of the world’s biggest cities. See the modernity and tradition co-exist together side by side in a city with something for everyone.
Now, let’s head up north to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s Northern City. Here see Lanna culture in its finest form and witness beautiful glittering temples surrounded by mountains and lush countryside scenery. You can surely expect cooler weather up here than in most parts of the country.
Heading east, let’s now say hello to Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Yes, this is a capital city, but it sure does not look or feel like it. Maybe you are instead inside a countryside town. And why not relax like you are in one? After soaking in the city’s temples and structures, kick back by the river and bask in the laid back atmosphere.
Want to be in the presence of a UNESCO city? Then Luang Prabang is the place to be. Colonial structures sit side by side with golden roof temples with beautiful reliefs and mosaics. Feel free to be amazed at this clean and beautiful town, probably one of the most charming one in all of Asia.
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon is Vietnam’s biggest city. It is home to glittering skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife and chic fashion. And let’s not forget grandiose colonial architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards, oriental buildings and ladies in conical hats and attractive ao dai peddling their way up and down the streets.
And now, up north we take you to Hanoi, the country’s capital and a fine one indeed. A city of culture, ancient traditions and emerging modern trends graciously sits in an area filled with tree line streets and tranquil lakes.
Angkor Wat, here we come! Base your temple touring operations from the nearby city of Siem Reap. Visit the ‘must-sees’ and stop by the ‘less-visited but still fascinating’ temples and ruins for a complete Angkor experience. And why not tour the city itself while you’re at it?
Welcome to the Pearl of the Orient aka Phnom Penh aka Cambodia’s capital. The city still retains a distinct colonial charm and is now modernizing at a rapid rate. Yes, Phnom Penh has also retained its Cambodian character, all combining for a unique experience.
Few have been to Myanmar, which means few have been to Yangon, the country’s biggest city. It is not the capital, but it still is Burma’s commercial and economic center. Colonial character blends in beautifully with Burmese flair, which means towering golden temples and pagodas galore.
You’ve experienced Bali’s main attractions, now will step out of the tourist crowds and visit some of the islands lesser known sites on a VW Convertible. Explore the central mountain ranges, coastal scenery and historic sites that have helped shape Bali’s divine reputation.
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