6. Shanghai, China
Shanghai is the perfect combination of old and new. Here, you can either tap into the hustle and bustle of a busy city with its soaring skylines or, the remnants of her short history – since the establishment of British concession in 1842 – awaits. Hidden in street corners, the local food is a treat. It’s unusual because of its colonial past and the European mansions will add another dimension to this thrilling city.
7. Seoul, Republic of Korea
If you’re looking for a solo escapade that mixes non-stop partying with some spiritual experiences, then Seoul is what you need. Bars, karaoke, 24-hour food stalls – the people here never sleep and you’ll always find a party spot. At the same time, the remote temples and the chance to visit a hanok (below; a traditional Korean house) will align you and offer some balance.
8. Fukuoka, Japan
From indulging in a local sumo wrestling gym to visiting the Nakasu Nights – the red-light district known more for its food at the yatai stalls – you’re bound to be fascinated 24/7. The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (below) is a 30-minute walk from the main city centre and is dedicated to a spirit greatly feared in Japan. If you go in early spring, you’ll also witness over 6,000 plum trees blooming.
9. Osaka, Japan
Nicknamed the ‘nation’s kitchen’, Osaka will give you a culinary experience like none other. It is home to 137 Michelin-star restaurants and as you discover its museums and parks, you’ll find yourself igniting that inner-foodie flame. More than anything, Osaka is known for its friendly people – don’t be surprised if you find yourself joining the local ladies doing some yoga in the park or chatting to the street vendor serving you some of the most scrumptious dishes you can imagine. You’ll feel so at home you won’t even realise you’re travelling solo.
10. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
To most, Bandar is a pit stop to explore the jungles of Borneo, but the magic of this city must not be neglected. While there are museums and malls to occupy your time, the floating village of Kampong Ayer (below) is where its true beauty lies. Built on stilts, the village stretches across 8km of the Brunei river.
– TEXT BY JESSICA FARAH
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.