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Europe’s capital of cool, London, is one of the world’s most visited cities with fantastic attractions from big ticket sights such as the Tower of London and the London Eye to low-key activities like walks in the city’s famous parks. A London vacation doesn’t need to cost the earth too, as the city has some of the world’s best free attractions, with the likes of the British Museum and the Tate Modern, and you can grab unique cheap eats from Turkish or traditional East End eateries (pie and jellied eels anyone?). London erupts with events in summer from raves on carpark rooftops to amazing music festivals such as Wireless Festival and the Citadel Festival too.
London has the perfect mix of big ticket attractions alongside an abundance of unique sights that’ll make your trip unforgettable
2. Kota Kinabalu
Though KK isn’t an architectural head-turner, you can satisfy your aesthetic wanderlust at the city’s seafront for a sensational seafood extravaganza and be blown away by the dramatic Borneo sunset. Browse the ethnic goods at the Gaya Street Sunday Market before hopping on a boat for snorkeling at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Get to know more about Sabah’s diverse ethnic mix at Mari Mari Cultural Village, and challenge yourself with a climb up Mount Kinabalu; those sunrise views will stay with you forever.
Challenge yourself to the max by climbing Mount Kinabalu. The rewards at the top are worth the sweat and tears
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“The Jewel of Kedah”, Langkawi’s beaches and dramatic mountain scenery have been pulling in tourists for decades. Splurge on duty-free goodies, lounge on Pantai Cenang or take the plunge with your snorkel at a reef off one of the smaller islands in this gorgeous archipelago. Families will enjoy the Panorama Langkawi Cable Car, and nature buffs should explore the mangrove forests of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park with its stunning limestone formations and isolated pristine beaches.
Enjoy great views from the Panorama Langkawi Cable Car
In the last couple of years, foodies from around the world have been pouring into Seoul to get their mitts on the city’s celebrated cuisine, from chimaek (chicken and beer) to delicious jjigae (stews). Explore the city’s rich heritage at Bukchon Hanok Village or take a palace tour of Gyeongbokgung with its beautiful gardens and must-see changing of the guard ceremony. Seoul is gaining international renown for its art and design too, so visit a gallery such as the Leeum, Samsung Gallery of Art or going for a Korean sauna at a jjimjilbang, perfect for ironing out those travelling aches and pains.
Seoul’s palaces are stunning no matter what the season is
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Bangkok is a perennial favourite with its incredible street food delights in Yaowarat and Bangrak, with temples like Wat Arun and Wat Pho and the splendours of the Grand Palace providing exotic adventures. Trawl Chatuchak Weekend Market or head to Siam Square for hardcore shopping before grabbing a massage. If these are too mainstream, sign up for some Muay Thai or stock up on retro art at Rod Fai Market or the Papaya Vintage Shop, and for a truly quirky museum experience, you won’t beat the Bangkok Forensic Museum. Bangkok is a great place to be at festive times; bring your water gun to Silom for Songkran, party up a storm at CentralWorld on New Year’s Eve or enjoy quiet reflection under the full moon at Loy Krathong.
Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to some of Bangkok’s amazing street food
Tokyo offers visitors glimpses of a deeply traditional past mashed into a startling neon future. Rise early to get your hands on fresh seafood at Tsukiji Market before snapping selfies at the iconic and bewildering Shibuya Crossing (best views from Starbucks in Q-Front). Shoppers can go wild in Harajuku, and culture vultures can see traditional Japan at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, which gets packed during May’s Sanja Matsuri Festival. Be awed by Tokyo’s glittering cityscape at night from the Tokyo Sky Tree, a fine way to end an inspirational trip to the whirlwind experience that is a Tokyo getaway.
Wake up early to get your hands on fresh seafood treats at Tsukiji Market
Singapore continually reinvents itself and attracts visitors from around the world with big attractions from the Singapore Zoo and the Singapore Flyer to the National Gallery. Take some time to appreciate the city’s greenery at the Botanical Gardens, or hike around MacRitchie Reservoir before delving into the city’s vibrant ethnic quarters such as Little India or Arab Street, where you can get your fill of hawker treats. Singapore is a good-looking city after dark, so head to the top of the Marina Bay Sands for a sunset drink and soak up the amazing views!
Head to one of Singapore’s ethnic quarters such as Little India to see the city at its vibrant and diverse best
Beautiful Bali provides diverse experiences from lazing on beaches to climbing volcanoes, though for many the true magic of the island lies in its people and its culture. Witness age-old temple celebrations in Semarapura, or watch traditional dances in Tanah Lot and Ubud. The south has trendy bars, arty cafes and long stretches of beach with crashing waves perfect for surfing, though land lubbers will prefer exploring the island’s interior on two wheels, cycling through villages and past emerald rice paddies, experiences which are sure to enliven even the most jaded city dweller.
Re-energise yourself with a cycling trip around Bali’s verdant interior
9. Kota Bharu
Small and vibrant Kota Bharu is great for learning about the culture and cuisine of Kelantan. First port of call should be the Istana Jahar, which tells the story of life in Kelantan, followed by a visit to the Gelanggang Seni, where you can join and see local cultural events. As night falls, explore the city’s lively night markets where you should keep an eye out for ayam percik and nasi ulam. Round off your vacation with a trip to the stunning Perhentian Islands, which offer sublime underwater adventures and horizontally laid-back vibes.
The stunning Perhentian Islands are just a short drive away from Kota Bharu
Energetic Taipei is dominated by towering Taipei 101 and surrounded by verdant mountains dotted with relaxing traditional teahouses, perfect for whiling away a few hours. Experience frenetic and Japanese-inspired shopping in Ximending, before getting to grips with the enormity of the displays at the National Palace Museum. You can get your fortune told in the alleyways around Longshan Temple before stuffing yourself with Taipei treats such as blood cake, black pepper buns and stinky tofu at lively Shilin and Raohe night markets.
Spend an evening trying out Taipei’s famous street eats at a night market
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