Awesome Asia Stopover destinations to overload the senses
Our city picks this week, are well-known as transit destinations en-route to Europe and beyond, but they also make awesome Asian stopover destinations which will overload the senses and we currently have some fantastic early bird rates available in Asia.
When clients choose to stopover rather than just transit through, there’s so many benefits to going beyond the airport. However, there’s so much to see and do in our chosen cities 24 hours will never seem quite long enough. But we have picked some of our favourite things to try and squeeze in each city.
Bangkok is one of the most popular stopover destinations, it’s easy to see why. It’s impossible to see it all but if we had to choose then we would try and head for one of the markets to experience the sights and sounds they offer. Either Pak Klong Taalat, the wonderful flower market or head to Chinatown, where you can buy pretty much anything on the stalls would be a good start. If you’re going to try and see at least one temple, then a good one is Wat Pho(Temple of the reclining Buddha). If you’re looking for a great food experience for your short stay then head to MBK shopping mallfood court for an amazing variety of cheap amazing food. You’ll not regret it! One of our favourite things to do is end the day splashing out on a cocktail or two in one of Bangkok’s amazing rooftop bars, the views are out of this world!
No trip to Kuala Lumpur no matter how long or short is complete without a visit to the Petronas Towers. If you arrive before 6pm, you will get to see them in daylight and lit up at night. There’s a great KLCC Symphony Water Fountain Show, which is well worth a watch. Foodies should head to Jalan Alormarket after dark to experience this lively street crammed with food stalls. If sights are on the agenda, then head to Batu Caves. The limestone caverns are 400 million years old but bear in mind there are 272 stairs to climb, but it is so worth it!
Increasingly popular as a stopover, Shanghai will not disappoint. It’s changing at a fast pace so it always offers something new to see. A visit to one of Shanghai’s picturesque parks is always worth an early visit just to people watch and see the locals partake in their Tai Chi, dancing and more. A foodie’s paradise, it offers ridiculously cheap street food to budget busting Michelin restaurants. Some of the best local restaurants are around People’s Square, which is worth a visit to experience, and visit some of the many museums. No visit is complete without a visit to The Bund, the international and financial district once occupied by the British.
Singapore is a great compact city, a great way to see the main sights would be to do a hop on, hop off bus tour. If you want some higher end retail therapy then a visit to Orchard Road is an absolute must but if you are looking for more independent boutiques and locatl restaurants then head to Arab Street area. For a more relaxed approach to your stopover then you must head to Gardens By the Bay, set in three areas, the Flower Dome, OCBC Skyway and Cloud Forest will overload your senses and take your breath away. If you really want to splash out then head to the famous Raffles Hotel to enjoy a Singapore Sling or for a more contemporary vibe head to the Skybar at Marina Bay Sands hotel.
So you can see that a stopover is a great way to have an introduction to a city and actually see some of the sights whilst you are there. And with Stuba’s huge selection of hotels, you can something for every budget.
Thanks to Wikitravel.org for some of the tips !
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