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A Traveller’s Guide for 2019: The Top 15 Cities to Discover in Southeast Asia

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Online travel platform YouDiscover, has published a comprehensive list of the 15 best destinations for travellers in Southeast Asia. Out of 93 destinations across 11 countries, the top cities are characterised by a diverse mix of tourist infrastructure, a rich range of activities, fair costs, and excellent proximity to the country’s most beautiful sites.

For this study, cities across Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, East Timor, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam were examined for nine factors across three categories: Accommodation & Gastronomy, Day Trips, and Experiences and Entertainment. The criteria under each category included: cost, distance, time, activities, and sights, to preempt the priorities at the top of a travellers itinerary.

The top 15 cities in the ranking offer tourists the chance to experience their day to day rhythm, and to better understand the lifestyle of local people. Plus, taking a wander off the beaten track allows travellers to discover some unmissable gems. It’s not surprising, then, that Siem Reap in Cambodia (1st place),  Đà Nẵng in Vietnam (5th place), and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei (7th place), earn their positions largely thanks to their proximity to some of the world’s wonders; while Bangkok, Thailand (2nd place), Singapore (3rd place), and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (15th place), secure their spots thanks to their diverse nightlife, activities, and entertainment.

To view the full study and a comprehensive breakdown of the top 15 must-see destinations in Southeast Asia: https://www.youdiscover.de/asien/southeastasia/

 
 
Accommodation and Gastronomy
Road Trips
Experiences
 
#
Destination
Hotels
Price per night €
Restaurants
Travel Costs €
Travel Time  (h)
Distance (km)
Activities
Day Trips
Sights
Total
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
1.383
32,07
666
25,94
4,9
311
528
1.052
97
10,0
2
Bangkok, Thailand
4.399
28,92
6.962
49,34
5,6
552
1.801
710
235
9,9
3
Singapore, Singapore
387
59,17
156
3,05
0,3
17
811
286
309
9,8
4
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
911
39,71
988
28,21
5,7
338
260
179
39
9,7
5
Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
1.649
29,95
783
33,66
7,3
404
317
174
23
9,6
6
Huế, Vietnam
442
29,19
273
34,49
7,6
414
119
203
56
9,5
7
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
44
43,68
353
6,86
0,8
39
46
25
68
9,4
8
Hà Nội, Vietnam
2.588
32,32
1.537
62,88
13,3
754
993
1.419
103
9,3
9
Yangon, Myanmar
408
40,83
1.113
48,60
7,7
506
183
265
77
9,2
10
Chiang Mai, Thailand
3.324
33,28
2.040
72,65
11,6
814
658
387
122
9,1
11
Mandalay, Myanmar
193
35,77
328
31,55
6,0
328
44
56
30
9,0
12
Nah Trang, Vietnam
1.163
30,12
356
58,23
12,6
699
220
237
18
8,9
13
Battambang, Cambodia
110
32,00
92
33,92
7,2
407
44
68
13
8,8
14
Vientiane, Laos
407
45,01
560
29,39
6,2
353
33
16
35
8,7
15
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1.513
20,05
3.027
228,94
30,0
847
313
139
104
8,6

Further insights:

  • Bangkok, Thailand, has the highest number of accommodation options, with 4,399 hotelsBandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, has the fewest number of hotels, with just 44.
  • With an average cost of just 29 € a night, accommodation costs the least inBangkokThailand, and at 59 € a night, is most expensive in Singapore.
  • Bangkok, Thailand has almost 7000 restaurants, while Battambang, Cambodiahas just 92.
  • Singapore has the most convenient travel times. It costs just 3 € and takes only18 minutes to visit the most popular attractions around the city-state.
  • A drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to the country’s major attractions takes an average of 30 hours, more than double the time of any other city in the top 15. The trip costs an average of 228,94 €.
  • On average, 1,052-day trips depart from Siem Reap, Cambodia. Most head to the nearby temple town of Angkor Wat.
  • The Thai capital, Bangkok, has about 1,801 activities, ranking highest for this factor. Vientiane, Laos, ranks last for activities, with just 33.
  • With 309 sightsSingapore has the most places worth seeing in Southeast Asia, while Battambang, Cambodia, has the least.