Travelling Through South-East Asia Series (Part 1)
Booming cities featuring real-life dragons, and street foods that awaken your taste buds are the beginnings of an invitation to South-East Asia. Its rich history, and level of cultural diversity is unrivalled compared to the rest of the world. Being a short hop away from Australia, this makes it a great destination.
Surrounded by exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples, Bangkok is rapidly modernising while keeping its core cultural heritage.
The Grand Palace
Located in the centre of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks in Thailand. It was home to the King of Thailand for 150 years. It is certain to leave you in awe with the beautiful architecture and intricate details in its buildings, reflecting the craftsmanship of Thai people.
Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn
Regarded by locals as one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun is located on the Chao Phraya River rising over 70 metres high. As its name suggests, the best time to view the temple is early morning, however it is also stunning at sunset and when it lights up at night.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Whether you’re wanting to sample the best tropical fruit Bangkok has to offer, or simply looking for a perfect photo opportunity, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a must-see attraction. Tours frequently operate, and can give you some history of the market, and help you get an up-close encounter.
Keeping busy in Singapore is something that is not hard to do. Covering just 710 square kilometres, there’s so much to see and experience.
Gardens by the Bay
New York has Central Park, and Singapore has Gardens by the Bay. This sprawling waterfront garden spans over 101 hectares and is an oasis of its own. Walk on suspended walkways between supertrees, and catch light shows on display every night.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Perched 200 metres in the air, the Skypark features an experience like no other. Overlook Singapore from its 150 metre-long infinity pool, or sit back and relax as you watch the world go by from the observation deck.
Buddha Tooth Relic
Located in the Chinatown district, the rich interiors and detailed exhibits tell stories on Buddhist art and history over hundreds of years. Admission and weekly-guided tours are free of charge, and take you through each level and its exhibits.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
If you want a Michelin Star food experience, but have a street food budget don’t fret. For just a few dollars you can order a chicken rice dish that earned this hawker stall a coveted Michelin Star.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There aren’t many other places in the world where you could spend three days exploring luxury boutiques and bargain outlets selling cutting-edge fashion. Inspired by Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, modern interpretations of traditional dress rule runways and red carpets locally and abroad.
Overlooking Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers are the world’s tallest twin structures at 88-storeys tall. In and around the towers, there is plenty to do including shopping at its luxury mall, enjoying its fountains and visiting its Science Centre.
Sungei Wang Plaza
Across from the glamorous Pavilion Mall, Sungei Wang Plaza is where people flock to small, crowded fashion stores, and hair salons. Haggling is customary, and is the place to be for those loving a good bargain.