While winter travellers are still frolicking in sub-zero northern temperatures, there are some of us who just can’t wait to hit the sunny beaches and load up on scrumptious food. What better destination to tick all these boxes than colourful Asia?
Most Asian countries experience fantastic weather in February. This does not just include the most instagrammed islands of Maldives or Thailand. From chilly Hong Kong and mildly cold northern Thai city of Chiang Mai or Hanoi in Vietnam, to warm Siem Reap in Cambodia and even balmier Singapore, the diverse weather is largely due to the countries’ location near the equator. That said, travelers have a variety of fantastic countries to choose from in this vibrant tropical region.
Here are our top five destinations in Asia for those planning for a visit:
1. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the world’s greatest cosmopolitan destinations, bustling with life and boasting a fascinating history and culture. The city is perfectly chilly in February, but with the city’s vast public transportation, it’s very easy to get from one place to another. When it comes to lodging, hotels range from luxurious down to the easily affordable - and the same goes for food as well. While there are a number of Michelin-starred restaurants to be found here, they are outnumbered by the plentiful corner noodle shops that locals love to frequent for cheap but deliciously satisfying eats. Food aside, Hong Kong offers a multitude of activities from Disneyland, and Ocean Park to Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride, the Peak Tram and many more. You may need to book your next trip sooner than you realise to experience most of them!
Singapore is another gem of a destination in Asia. It is a lively urban hub peppered with skyscrapers and surrounded by lush gardens such as the magnificent Gardens by the Bay and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens. What’s more, charming little gardens can be spotted dotting the business district and the outskirts of the city. This city-state may be small, but it offers a plethora of activities for visitors who all tend to be awestruck from the moment they land in Changi Airport, recognised as the world’s best airport five years in a row. Like Hong Kong, Singapore has an outstanding public transport system that allows commuters to seamlessly navigate the entire island. A combination of food, shopping, and entertainment set against a uniquely multicultural background makes Singapore a worthy destination for pleasure and business.
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia’s capital city is a certified culture tripper-magnet with a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to choose from, according to their tastes and budgets. From mosques and temples, leafy parks, night markets, mega shopping malls, and a variety of mouthwatering street food at the famous Hutong and Alor Street, KL has something exciting for anyone with the heart to explore. Though weather patterns often shift from sunny to rainy at any given time of the day, February is considered one of the best months to visit this vibrant city.
4. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is one of the most exciting and fascinating cities to get lost in, with its energetic vibe and the way the crowded streets beckon you to explore, shop and eat. While mostly known for its traffic jams and nightlife, Bangkok has a lot more to offer. From the must-see temples such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, to Chao Phraya river cruises, strolling up and down Khao San Road, shopping sprees at the floating market and numerous malls, Bangkok certainly knows how to spoil millions of tourists visiting each year. And did we mention that Bangkok is a veritable culinary destination as well? That’s right! So be prepared for the inevitable tightening of the waistband after your trip.
5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Also known as Saigon, this colourful city offers every visitor a memorable encounter with well-preserved French colonial architecture, exotic food, vibrant night life, and poignant historic memories. Looking for a high-speed way of exploring the city? Consider booking yourself a scooter tour with emphasis on food, touristy spots, nightlife, and you’ve got yourself a real Saigon deal. Besides markets and the plethora of pho stalls, Ho Chi Minh also has pagodas, temples, and museums to visit for a glimpse into the rich cultural past. Lastly, feast your eyes on some of the most celebrated French colonial architectures such as the Gothic-styled Saigon Central Post Office designed and built by the French architect Gustave Eiffel and the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral.
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