I’ve never seen a view like this. Palm trees and an infinity pool overlook a city 57 stories below as people swim out to the edge to take selfies with the skyscrapers. It’s like something out of a movie, and yet here I am taking it all in. It’s a great introduction to my 3 days in Singapore.
There are a million reasons to travel to Tokyo. If you’ve read the title of my blog post, you’re probably wondering how I can distill them into just a few. I’ll give you a hint: I can’t. But I can tell you my three reasons to visit Tokyo.
Tokyo’s streets inspire. Whether I’m walking down an avenue lined with fashionable shops or a lane full of history, every road in this city tells a story. And there are three parts of Tokyo where I’ve found the streets to be particularly good narrators.
Tokyo is massive. London seems like a village when compared to this enormous city. And the Japanese capital feels intensely urban, too. But now that I’m here, I’ve discovered 4 places that have completely changed my perception of the metropolis. They’re little pockets of natural beauty that soften the city and show me Tokyo’s peaceful side.
Tokyo’s got style. From soaring skyscrapers to fashionable residents, the city is on the cutting edge of everything. I’m in the Japanese capital to discover many sides of Tokyo, but the thing that keeps catching my eye is its unique brand of design. And I see that most clearly in the architecture.
I’ve always believed Macau is magical. Part old Portuguese, part new Chinese, and all steeped in money and luck, it has a legendary quality like no other travel destination. I’ve long imagined that being there would be like a James Bond film, a briefcase full of cash and contraband required for entry. And now I’m here, excited to see how reality compares with my imagination.
As I step onto my flat-bottomed sampan boat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, I can tell I’m in for a treat. The open front has comfortable chairs arranged under a woven canopy, offering expansive views of the riverbanks and insights into daily life.
The best way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay is by seaplane. I know this because I’m on one and it’s spectacular. The views of the countryside, with its green fields and snaking rivers, give way to thousands of spectacular limestone islands and white junk boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. I can’t take my eyes off this magical place.
I don’t have much time in Hanoi—only one day to pack in 1,000 years of history. It’s going to be a challenge, but if I can hit the highlights I will leave the first destination on my week-long trip to Vietnam with a feel for one of the most important cities in the country.
“You’ve eaten lunch?” she asks. She’s not actually wondering whether I’ve consumed my afternoon meal. Rather, she is greeting me in the traditional Malaysian manner. And this simple salutation speaks volumes about the culture here. The food culture. The food obsession.