While Phuket and Koh Samu in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia remain firm favourites for Australians traveling abroad, there is a whole host of Asian cities waiting to be explored. Here are some must-see metropolises on the continent that you need to visit.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a city steeped in history. Surrounded by an enormous valley and jam-packed full of UNESCO world heritage sites, this welcoming city boats landmarks like the Durbar Square and the magnificent Swayambhunath Temple. Stay in accommodation near vibrant Thamel. Its narrow winding streets are lined with charming restaurants and shops, and the area attracts backpackers from around the world. Here you can pick up a pashmina scarf in one of the indoor markets to take home with you. The flight time is approximately 8 hours, 59 minutes from Perth and 11 hours, 52 minutes from Sydney.
2. Siem Reap
Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia is a bustling metropolis with ancient temples, museums and a wide range of restaurants to suit every budget. Stay in a boutique hotel or guest house and be close to local landmarks like the Angkor Thom royal city, which dates back to the 12th century. Alternatively, take a trip to Banteay Kdei, an impressive Buddhist temple with a moat. In Siem Reap, you'll be spoiled for choice, with plenty of attractions to see and experience. The flight time is approximately 6 hours, 22 minutes from Perth, and 8 hours, 51 minutes from Sydney.
With its glistening glass skyscrapers, Seoul is a contemporary 24-hour business city with plenty to do. However, there are lots of ancient landmarks to explore too, including stunning Buddhist temples. Take a trip to the top of N Seoul Tower, where you can view the mountains, high-rise buildings and streets below. The flight time is approximately 9 hours, 31 minutes from Perth, and 10 hours, 9 minutes from Sydney.
Hanoi's cultural treats are simply incredible. From Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to the Temple of Literature, there's history on almost every corner. The Old Quarter is Hanoi's beating heart, with restaurants, street performers and live music. Alternatively, visit the tranquil Hoàn Kiem Lake, one of the city's most popular attractions, where you can sit back, relax, and watch the world go by. Stay in city hotels to be close to all the action. The flight time is approximately 7 hours, 17 minutes from Perth, and 9 hours, 27 minutes from Sydney.
Talk to a travel agent to find city accommodations.