Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city. It was nothing more than a small village a few hundred years ago but then the French came in the mid-19th century and it hasn’t looked back since.
The name Kuala Lumpur (means muddy estuary) was coined from the very location of the first settlement in KL – where the rivers meet at the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers.
The history of Singapore is long, and fairly complicated. Suffice to know that it has been inhabited since the 11th century, but the period after colonization (by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819) really put this island nation on the map.
While it can get a little hot and sticky, there’s a lot to see and do in Bangkok – great shopping, and plenty of culture. Although there are a few potential pitfalls for the unwary, avoid them and you’ll have a great time.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and, with 35 million people, the largest metropolitan area in the world. Japan is home to 68 Fortune 500 companies, with 47 located in Tokyo, the most of any city in the world (in comparison, New York City has only 18 Fortune 500 companies and Seoul has just 12).