Okay, I’m going to be obnoxious and post a really general question. Flights from Tokyo to Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong are all about the same price. I have one week to travel and I can go in either April or September. None of these choices are really standing out for me. Here are my concerns:
*Is Bali an island paradise where you can see interesting and different things or is it a tourist trap? It sounds like a tourist trap to me, but then again, so many people like it…
*Singapore sounds like it has the potential to be interesting and different, as well as very cheap, but is it really just a big generic city? Same concern for Hong Kong.
*I could imagine KL being a rather generic place as well, but being in the middle of a rather large country, it seems more likely that I could take interesting daytrips or immediately take the train to a more interesting place.
*Bangkok and Shanghai both sound like my best chance to see something I haven’t seen before, but I will probably take a big trip around China/SEA when my teaching contract is up, so I hate to go places that would be really easy for me to reach later.
My goals for this trip are to eat tasty food, see some pretty buildings and go someplace that’s not exactly like a big giant metropolis anywhere else in the world. I’ve read the guidebooks — I just need a little personal opinion for guidance.