When travelling the southeast part of Asia, the countries that immediately come to mind are Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. And though from the same region, these countries presents its visitors with different and very diverse experiences that vary from rich culture and history infused with modern city-living and backed with famous Asian hospitality.
The Southeast Asia is known to be in the tropical region and packed with some of the world’s best beaches, however in this article; we are listing a guide on these three countries’ capital cities: Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore City.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Was once the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Towers is synonymous to Kuala Lumpur. These towers are frequented by tourists for photo-opts, but for some who’d like to experience being inside the famous building, one can visit the Sky Bridge or visit the shopping mall, Suria KLCC, at the lobby of the towers. Tourists can also visit the Petrososians Museum and the oceanarium, Aquaria.
For shopping addicts, the Bintang Walk is Kuala Lumpur’s shopping district. It is packed with the country’s most famous shopping malls housing local and international brands. The Bintang Walk is also a popular dining haven. For legitimate Malaysian souvenir, tourists can visit the Central Market, a heritage structure offering Malaysia-made handicrafts, batik, art works and the like.
Other landmarks to visit are the Menara KL Tower, Merdaka Square, KL Railway Station, Thean Hou Temple and the Royal Museum – National Palace. Also a must visit is the Batu Cave, a temple at north of the city.
Touring the temples or “wats” is probably the most popular thing to do while in Bangkok. Three of the popular temples are Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. The Wat Pho is the home of a giant reclining Buddha. Located along the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun on the other hand, is popular for having a picture-perfect view. And probably the most popular of the three is the Grand Palace (also known as the Golden Palace) which showcases Thai craftsmanship. This palace houses a beautiful emerald Buddha, a must see for first time visitors.
One must not leave Bangkok without experiencing Khlong Toey Market. A khlong is a traditional Thai boat used to navigate on the city’s waterscape and canals.
Bangkok is also known for its nightlife, shopping and food. For tourists who would like to take a piece of the city with them, souvenirs and unique finds are available at the Siam Square, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Catuchak Weekend Market. The Siam Square is comparable to that of US’ 5th Avenue.
For someone who enjoys the night life and food, Bangkok’s rooftop bars, the RCA, Soy Cowboy along with the famous Dining Cruises at Chao Praya River are a must.
Heading over to the home of the Merlion, Singapore offers luxurious city living. Known to be a shopping, dining and family destination, Singapore assures its visitors a unique and memorable experience.
Trying out Chilli Crab and the Chicken Rice are probably the two most recommended food to try in Singapore, along with trying the famous Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the historic Raffles Hotel. For the morning person and someone who loves breakfast, the Kaya Toast is another must try when in the city.
The Little Red Dot is also a home for some of the world’s most expensive hotels like The Marina Bay Sands and Resort’s World Sentosa. The Marina Bay Sands is famous for its very distinct architecture, offering its visitors the experience of viewing the cityscape at the highest point of the building.
For shopping, the Orchard Road is packed with shopping malls housing the country’s best local brands along with other international brands. The Changi Airport also has a mall available for everyone.
Family activities available for tourists are the Universal Studios, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and the Singapore Flyer.