48 Hours

City Breaks: Asia

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Merging colonial architecture with a buzzy and contemporary restaurant scene, the river city formerly known as Saigon is seriously on the up, finds Blossom Green
  • Hanoi

    Hanoi Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    Hanoi, the northern Vietnamese city exploding with energy after years of restrictive regimes. Expect a buzzing café culture, glamorous champagne bars on West Lake and some of the most tantalising street food in Asia. The old quarter is a colourful tumble of alleys that lure you in with tailoring and trinkets, and keep you coming back for encounters with local characters and cool spots where you can sip pomegranate juice and watch this metropolis’s many stories unfold.
  • Osaka

    Osaka Asia, Japan

    Travel Time

    13hrs 30mins

    Blending bustling modern streets with traditional culture, the food and finance capital of Japan more than lives up to its name as the ‘nation’s kitchen’, says James Williams
  • Hoi An

    Hoi An Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    15hrs 10mins

    Blending colonial style with vibrant South-East Asian flavours, this historic merchant town amid the paddy fields of Vietnam has oodles of charm, finds Blossom Green
  • Galle

    Galle Asia, Sri Lanka

    Travel Time

    10hrs 30mins

    On the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, this costal city has stylish boutique hotels, bohemian vibes and bountiful white sand beaches to tempt you, says Imogen Lepere
  • Manila

    Manila Asia

    Travel Time

    18hrs 10mins

    Walk along the colonial city walls, soak up the Spanish old town and delve into the throng of fish markets. This skyscraper city is full of surprises, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur Asia, Malaysia

    Travel Time

    12hrs 30mins

    Skycrapers sit alongside traditional architecture and beautiful parks in this high-tech capital, which wears its history in its confluence of cuisines, says Jennifer Cox
  • Dubai

    Dubai Asia, Dubai

    Travel Time

    7hrs 10mins

    Gasp at the opulent malls, breakfast with a ‘Camelccino’, bask in the heat and haggle in the souks. This desert dream has more than meets the eye, says Susanna Dansie
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