Asia has many great cities and every city has something going! Sometimes the one city stands out more than the other. As far as I’m concerned, this has much to do with the atmosphere in a city. I consider myself lucky to have visited many cities in Asia and I would like to share my top 5 with you. Maybe there are some surprises, or maybe some cities aren’t on the list, but it’s based on my own experience. I remember these cities with a lot of pleasure and have dear, fun and special memories to all of them.
Top 5 cities in Asia!
1. Bangkok, Thailand
I think Bangkok is Asia’s best city. I’ve been there several times and I’m certain I will return many times. Especially the many sights and endless shopping possibilities are why I love Bangkok so much. Bangkok is a city full of temples, but I won’t get tired of them! Food is great and cheap as well! For a few euros, you can enjoy a Thai massage every day of the week. In short, this city has it all for me. Bangkok stimulates your senses and will leave a special impression!
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2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is known as the gate to the Angkor temple complex and that’s also the main reason why people visit it. I quite liked Siem Raep! It’s compact and has a certain atmosphere to it, but has seen a considerable growth the last couple of years. The city has some colonial French influence, as well as Chinese. The combination of great little restaurants and cozy bars made it a special place for me. There is a lot to see and do outside Siem Raep, so please make sure to get out of town as well. To the Cambodia landmine museum, for example.
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3. Vientiane, Laos
I think Vientiane is the most relaxed capital in all of Asia en feels more like a large village. Traffic is pretty doable and the roads are perfectly asphalted and safe. Vientiane is located in one of the River Mekong’s bents. This capital is truly unique in Asia. Many travelers skip it, with the reason it is too boring. I don’t agree and hope that more people will visit this city. Vientiane is small and compact, making everything easy to reach by foot of by bike.
4. Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei is Taiwan’s largest city and its capital. This city offers an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity. Taipei is clean, well-organized and busy, but not overcrowded. In terms of tourism, this city is very ‘upcoming’. At night, Taipei changes into a movie set full of neon lighted night markets, bars and colorful people.
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5. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital. The many scooters, people, food stalls, colors and narrow streets make for a unique combination. I spent much more time in Hanoi than I originally planned and don’t have any other conclusion than that Hanoi is a fantastic city! A city with lots of things to see and to do, and without a single boring second as a result of the great mix between history and culture. Hanoi is so much more than just a strategically located city in the north of Vietnam.
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Cities in Asia