After so many years of travelling, these are my top picks for city breaks holiday based on my own travel experience. Still, I have a lot more new cities to explore and perhaps my list will change in the future… Plus, a chance to win a great offline Guided City-Walk App Worth US$4.99 from GPSmyCity as the end of this post!
No. 5: Hong Kong
No. 4: Beijing
Since I lived in Tianjin for 2 years, Beijing was my every weekend getaway and playground since it was only 27 minutes away by bullet train. I love this city much more than Shanghai as I find Beijing offers a balance of history, culture and modernization for me to enjoy and explore. Plus I love the distinct four seasons weather here, if compared to the forever summer in Kuala Lumpur.
My favourite sites of Beijing: The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and Sanlitun.
|Tian An Men Square
|Tian An Me
|The Female Chinese Guardian Lion of the Forbidden City
|Forbidden City from Jing Shan Park
|The one and only Great Wall of China
No. 3: Bangkok
Bangkok is only 2 hours away by flight so I always love to pop by this energetic city at least once a year for shopping and Thai food (best shopping and food in South East Asia in my opinion). Furthermore, Bangkok’s night life is so vibrant and fun and you will never get tired of partying away in whatever budget of your choice. It’s definitely the most lively city in South East Asia.
My favourite sites of Bangkok: Sirocco at Lebua State Tower, Platinum Wholesale Shopping Mall, and Chatuchak Weekend Market.
|Bangkok Night View from Sirocco
|Sirocco at Lebua State Tower
(Do you remember it from Hangover Part 3?)
|Bangkok Night View from Sirocco
|The Grand Palace
|My favourite Chatuchak Market
No. 2: Kyoto
My obsession with Japan is quite obvious as this is by far the best country in Asia to travel. Kyoto being the old capital of this country has the tranquility and zen feel all over the city and its famous temple sites. Kyoto is also famous for its Japanese fine dining too, being the birth place of Kaiseki cuisine (traditional multi courses Japanese dinner).
My favourite sites of Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kiyomizu-dera, and Arashiyama
|The beautiful Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
No. 1: London
My top choice, London due to its abundance of history, culture and food. I could wandered all day in the city, getting lost among the many museums, UNESCO sites, pubs and restaurants. British’s heritage and culture are very entrench in Malaysia being a formal colony, hence my fascination on London is totally understandable.
My favourite sites of London: British Museum, London Eye, and River Thames Cruise.
|Best city view from the top of London Eye
|The one and only Big Ben
|Iconic Tower Bridge
|The lovely view from the Greenwich Park
|Egyptian Mummies in British Museum
So now it’s your turn to tell me which are your favourite cities! Furthermore, in collaboration with GPSmyCity (more info here
), I’m giving away 20 free promo codes (worth US$4.99)
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