There was a time when holiday destinations meant Europe, Africa, Mediterranean or Carribean. However, in the recent past, South Asian destinations have attracted immense attention as hot travel destinations. Asian countries are hugely popular among Western travelers for their distinctive culture, an abundance of nature and better affordability in general.
Although Asian destinations are usually discussed for their highlands and beaches, the urban centers are barely ever discussed as tourist magnets. Asian urban centers have their own distinct vibe and charm that will make you feel at home quickly. Here are some of the popular Asian metropolis that should be on your 2019 travel bucket list.
Singapore is not just an urban metropolis but also a country in itself, which makes it one of the smallest countries in the world. However, the country’s small size did nothing to deter it from emerging as one of the most developed countries in the world. With an ultra-modern urban architecture, top-notch standards of living, and a thriving tourism industry, Singapore is among the best metropolitan centers in the world. Despite heavy modernization, it is perhaps the only country in the world that has managed to sustain natural ecosystems and is widely known for its extensive afforestation programs. It is also popularly known as the “city in a garden” for its cleanliness and green landscapes.
Besides its natural beauty and modern infrastructure, Singapore is a multi-ethnic center that makes it an exciting place for culture buffs. It is also home to some of the best world-class attractions such as Sentosa Island, Universal Studios and Gardens by the Bay.
Although it might not be as clean and green as Singapore, Bangkok has a charm of its own. The city is lively, happening and has a laid back attitude that will give all the right holiday vibes. Bangkok is a perfect place for all those who are into entertainment and nightlife. Music, booze, dance, bars, delicious food, and exciting and affordable shopping, Bangkok has everything you would want in an urban destination. Besides that, the Theme parks and animal safaris make it an exciting destination for families with kids. There are several Bangkok Tours offer day trips to neighboring towns are done with the urban bustle, you can explore the ancient ruins neighboring the city or take a flight to one of the exotic islands for a beach retreat.
This multicultural urban metropolis is also a popular tourist destination and for all the right reasons. The city has a bit of both Singapore and Bangkok that makes it into a perfect hybrid. Good food, great shopping, and infinite attractions make Kuala Lumpur a perfect holiday spot. The city is home to Butterfly parks, Bird Park, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, theme parks and a lot more. Moreover, it is conveniently located and offers easy and quick road and rail connectivity to popular tourist hotspots such as Penang, Genting Highlands, and Cameron Highlands.