Hoi An (Vietnam)
Known for its lantern-lit streets and riverside buildings, Hoi An Old Town is located on Vietnam’s central coast. The historic district remains relatively untouched thanks to its UNESCO World Heritage designation, and cars are banned. However, most guesthouses in the area offer free rental bicycles, which you can use to wind through the beautiful streets and alleyways.
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Angkor Wat is such an iconic part of Cambodia’s cultural heritage that it has appeared on the country’s flag since the 1850s. Originally built as a Hindu temple, the site has been cared for by Buddhist monks since the end of the 12th century and remains one the largest religious monuments in the world. Climb its intricately carved passageways for breathtaking views of the sprawling temple site, or if you’re looking to get off the beaten track, explore the surrounding Angkor Archaeological Park forests, full of monkeys and other exciting wildlife.
Luang Prabang (Laos)
In Luang Prabang (the former royal capital of Laos), crumbling French colonial architecture rubs shoulders with traditional Laotian wooden buildings, glittering palaces and ornate golden temples. It’s easy to see why this town was awarded its UNESCO World Heritage status. Rent a bicycle or motorbike and explore the surrounding area, or follow the winding roads up to the turquoise waterfalls in Kuang Si. Don’t miss the city’s gargantuan night market, which sells a variety of street food, souvenirs, and locally made handicrafts.
Marina Bay (Singapore)
The wealthy city-state of Singapore is bursting with sleek contemporary architecture, beautiful heritage buildings and world-class gastronomy. Marina Bay, right in the heart of the city, is home to some of Singapore’s most iconic sights and sounds. It’s best visited in the early evening, when there are light shows at Marina Bay Sands, free live music events at the Esplanade’s outdoor theatre and throngs of people queueing up for food stalls at Gluttons Bay.
Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Chiang Mai is made for solo travelers. For years it’s attracted digital nomads who come for the night markets, magnificent temples and cookery classes and stay for the fast network and funky cafés. Moreover, its laid-back nightlife scene is perfect for making connections with other travelers. Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a great base from which to explore the surrounding nature trails and waterfalls.