Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands, has quite a reputation with sights that draw over 3.66 million visitors every year. Famous for it’s cannabis coffee shops, red light district, and historic canals, Amsterdam is also a cultural hotbed with many notable museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, and the Anne Frank House. Architecture buffs will also delight in this city. With so many visitors, the city is very easy to get around and there is ample accommodation for every budget.
Hong Kong is located on China’s Southeastern coast, on the Pacific ocean. With over 7 million residents, it is one of the most densely populated. Hong Kong is known for its beautiful skyline, towering buildings, and picturesque harbor. Though it is part of the country of China, it has its own political system. The city is a bustling financial center, and it’s currency, the Hong Kong Dollar, is the most traded in the world. Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city, and so a great attraction is the amazing architecture of its skyscrapers. Hong Kong also has a highly developed transportation system, making travel while visiting a painless experience.
Popularly know as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan in Northwest India. The Pink City nickname dates to 1876 when the entire city was painted pink to to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Jaipur has a myriad of attractions, including the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the Jal Mahal (Water Palace), the City Palace, the Rambagh Palace, the Nahargarh Fort, the Amber Fort, the Jantar Mantar observatory, Mansagar Lake, and a large variety of temples and gardens. Once the capital for the Indian Royalty, the Pink City is now a bustling metropolis with over 4 million residents. The city has an international airport and accommodations for any budget.
On the bank of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Taihu in China you will find the city of Suzhou, known for its many gardens, stone bridges, and pagodas. Once called “The Eastern Venice” by Marco Polo, Suzhou is historically and currently a center for the silk trade. Suzhou is located West of Shanghai in the province of Jiangsu. Visitors to the city can enjoy a view of the many stone bridges while taking a boat trip on the canals. Some of Suzhou’s gardens are so magnificent they have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With a population of just over 6 million, Suzhou has every kind of accommodation a traveler might want.
Tucked away in the mountains of Austria you’ll find the tiny town of Hallstatt. Hallstatt and its population of less than 1000 residents rest on the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See. In addition to the picturesque view of the town on the lake, tourists can see the world’s first salt mine, enjoy nearby skiing, take a trip to the World Heritage Museum, and visit the Dachstein ice cave. Though this village is very small, there are a few different hotels and restaurants to choose from.
The city of Bagan (previously spelled “Pagan”) in Myanmar (previously called Burma) is an ancient city that is home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas. Many ancient kingdoms have claimed Bagan as their capital city throughout its history. The majority of Bagan’s 67 square kilometers (26 square miles) worth of buildings were constructed between 1000 CE and 1300 CE. Bagan became a thriving center for Theravada Buddhism under King Anawrahta’s rule in the early 1000s. Visitors to Bagan can enjoy a variety of accommodations, cuisine, and activities, including touring the city by car, bike, or horse-cart, enjoying local art, and taking a boat trip on the Ayeyarwady River.