With nearly 50 countries, the Asian continent is home to a multitude of unique cities worth visiting. Here is a list of seven of them you should definitely add to your travel list!
Thailand's capital is an energetic mix of culture, historic sites, hotels, traditional street food and animated nightlife. For an interesting day of exploration, make sure to visit the city's old temples whose architecture and beauty will leave you speechless, like the famous Buddha temples Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. An original way to discover the city's street food is to take a boat tour on Chao Phraya, the main river that runs through the city. If you're still keen to go out after a day of shopping at the various malls and markets, experience Bangkok's vibrant nightlife in one of the numerous rooftop bars, clubs or karaoke spots around town.
More than just the center of Bollywood's thriving film industry, India's largest city offers an eclectic range of activities. Discover this colourful city by wandering around the multiple bazaars and markets. Culture lovers can visit the numerous museums, such as the famous Nehru Planetarium. For a complete immersion in the city, make sure to taste the local delicacies at one of its many street food spots, where you can meet both locals and visitors. The Girgaum Chowpatty beach is a great place to taste a traditional Indian street meal.
Along with tall skyscrapers, you'll find beaches and natural spots such as Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a large forest where visitors can stroll surrounded by animals and nature.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea's high tech capital is a blend of modernity and stunning ancient architecture. Here, you can discover the landmarks of the city's imperial past such as the Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the special architecture of the hanok, traditional wooden houses that can be found in several villages around the city.
Seoul's center offers places for K-Pop, K-beauty and Korean pop culture lovers with a gigantic shopping district full of street performers, bars, restaurants, food markets and clubs.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Malaysian capital is home to modern skyscrapers, colonial-era buildings, large shopping malls and food spots where you'll discover the country's finest dishes. One of the city center's most famous and impressive landmarks are the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world which can be visited for approximately £15.
A great way to observe the skyline of Kuala Lumpur is to travel to the Batu Caves, a limestone hill with three main caves located a few miles north of the city. You'll be able to explore Hindu shrines, deity statues and colorful paintings. You also can't miss the impressive golden Lord Murugan, the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia.
Hanoi is known as an energetic city with myriad activities for curious visitors. Wandering around the Old Quarter is a good way to start your discovery of the Vietnamese capital. It hosts the largest market of the city, a Soviet style building with many stalls and little shops around it.
If you enjoy architecture, head south of the Old Quarter to discover French colonial villas and buildings. Also make sure to watch a typical water puppetry show at Hanoi's water puppet theatre. For some peace and quiet, escape from the city center and take a boat trip on Halong Bay where you'll discover stunning jungle-clad islands and natural caves while sailing along beautiful emerald water.