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Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Top 10 Cities in Southeast Asia

The votes have been counted for the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 and here we reveal the top 10 cities in Southeast Asia for 2022.

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Jun 27, 2022

ASIA’S BEST AWARDS 2022:
BEST CITIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

1. Bangkok

Tuk Tuk in Bangkok Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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There are endless reasons why Bangkok long-reigned as the most visited city in the world — and the metropolis is picking up just where it left off pre-Covid. If warm smiles, spicy street food, and feeling the wind in your hair as you glide through the city on a motorbike or tuk-tuk are appealing, Bangkok certainly hits the mark. If you prefer high-threadcount linens in your private-pool suites and Michelin-starred meals, the city also has you covered. Whether you’re just spending a night en route to the islands, using Bangkok as a hub for further exploration of Southeast Asia, or visiting for what we advocate should be a dedicated vacation in its own right, there is no shortage of options.

A handful of great hotels opened during the pandemic, and the newest on the scene is the upcoming Standard in the Mahanakorn King Power building. With diverse, delightful new restaurants to try — think the whole gamut, including elevated Thai spot Lahnyai Nusara, upscale ramen destination No Name Noodle, and modern-Latvian cocktail-forward The White House — you might want to invest in a pair of those elastic-waisted elephant pants just for the trip home. When night falls, exciting Old Town spots like Mahaniyom and Opium are among the hottest new drinking establishments. No matter how much time you have to spend in Asia’s City of Angels, you’ll be wooed once again. – Laurel Tuohy

Gardens By The Bay At Night, Singapaore Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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2

Singapore

Cable Car at Bana Hill in Danang, Vietnam Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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3

Danang
Vietnam

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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4

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Linh Dam Lake, Hanoi City in Vietnam Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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5

Hanoi
Vietnam

Chiang Dao Mountain in Chiang Mai, Thailand Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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6

Chiang Mai
Thailand

Busy streets of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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7

Hong Kong

Saigon Cathedral Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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8

Saigon
Vietnam

Sunset over Phnom Penh Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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9

Phnom Penh
Cambodia

Semanggi Bridge, Jakarta, Indonesia Asia’s Best Awards 2022 Cities
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10

Jakarta
Indonesia

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