Asia Spots to Know
The evening view can’t get any more beautiful that this. There’s no better way to end the night (or a trip for that matter) than at one of the best fine dining restaurants in Bangkok – Sirocco.
Located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, Sirocco is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted dining choices.
Overlooking the breathtaking view of Bangkok and Chao Phraya river, Sirocco has an amazing Skybar and quality Mediterranean fare. There is also a live jazz band to set the mood right for a perfect evening out.
Booking in advance is a must.
The Dome at lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand 10500
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Where to party
If you’re going to head out for a party, always go for the best music and the best booze in the house. There’s just no such thing as compromise — afterall, you’re only here for a few days. The sound of mainstream R&B and hip-hop is inescapable at any corners of this superclub – Route 66. Located at the epicentre of Bangkok’s clubbing scene, RCA, this place is practically happening all night every night of the week. A downside though, it closes early at 2am. But there’s not much to worry when there’re so many mega clubs located in the same strip. Try 808 for one.
RCA Block C, Rama 9 Road
+66 (0)1 440-9666
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It’s a no brainer why Plaza 66 was named this way – it has 66 floors! The tallest building in Pu Xing, Shanghai, Plaza 66 has a departmental store from the first to fifth floor. You can expect to find many branded flagship stores right here. If the price is not your main concern, then you are at the right place.
Located at Nanjing West, you can also shop along this shopping street at other malls such as City Plaza and Shanghai Center.
Address: 1266, Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Where to visit
Take half a day of your trip to visit the iconic Huangpu River of Shanghai. This is definitely a traditional tourist program you ought to follow, simply because a trip upstream takes you to most tourist attractions at a glance. We suggest the evening cruise to capture the best moments of this scenic place.
The Bund, Huangpu River
Purchase cruise tickets at: Shiliupu Ferry Terminal
Where to eat
Fu 1039 can be quite the challenge to find (there’s no signage whatsoever). But we can give you a hint: The restaurant is situated within a 1930’s house, so it’s really not so difficult to miss once you make that turn into Yuyuan Road. For authentic Shanghainese cuisine, this is the place to be and trust me when I say it’s well worth the visit. Some must try dishes? Shanghainese smoked fish and Pork Stew.
Address: 1039 Yuyuan Road, Shanghai.
Where to party
One of the biggest club chains in China would be Babyface. It is also one of the busiest and most popular clubs in Shanghai. Get ready for some Chinese-style clubbing complete with dice games on tables. And if you are lucky, you might be able to catch their international DJ acts over the weekend. The main room spins mainstream electro-house while the smaller room spins RnB/Hip Hop tracks.
Babyface (now Babyrichie)
Address: Unit101, Shanghai Square, No.138, Huaihai Zhonglu, Shanghai
Being the cultural epicentre of Taiwan, Taipei is well-known for her countless historical landmarks and memorial halls. Should you have no time to check them all out, we’d suggest that you take just half a day and be immersed in the rich culture of Taipei that is National Palace Museum.
This national museum of Taipei has a current collection of 677,687 ancient Chinese artefacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. If history has never interested you before, it will surely do so after.
National Palace Museum
Address: No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei City 11143, Taiwan
Where to Eat
If there is one place to go for classy authentic Taiwanese cuisine, you will not go wrong with Shin Yeh. Expect a full-house at their busiest hours, so book early if you wish to secure a table. Some of their must-trys include braised tofu and spring roll.
And should you be feeling a little undaunted, head out to the Shilin Night Market and have a bite on everything you can get your hands on. Some local delicacies include their XXL fried chicken steak, stinky tofu, oyster vermicelli, bubble tea and fried buns.
Address: No. 112, Section 4, ZhongXiao East Road, 2nd Floor
Where to Party
If you are looking for one of the best party experience in Taipei and time is of the essence, look no further; LUXY is the place to be. Combining luxury and sexy, LUXY is currently the biggest club Taipei has to offer in terms of size as well as the operating scale.
You’d expect nothing less from this megaclub each week, from countless theme parties to celebrities and top-rated DJs performing at the club. Oh, and may I highlight their signature LUXY girls?
To avoid potential rejection at the door, be sure to RSVP to their online guestlist on their LUXY website at least 24 hours prior to your visit to ensure an entry (before 11:30pm).
Address: No. 201, Section 4, ZhongXiao East Road, Da-an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Hong Kong is excellent for shopping especially if you are looking for mainstream labels at a fraction of the prices in Singapore, but the real charm exists in the kitschy little shops that are so often overlooked for the larger shopping centres.
Island Beverly (located opposite SOGO) at Causeway Bay has a nondescript appearance, but look past its slightly shabby appearance and find a treasure trove of clothes, makeup, skincare products, gadgets and trinkets all at reasonable prices – every tiny little store brings new surprises!
Soho at Central, with all of its cobbled streets and steep stairways may not be the most comfortable for long hours for shopping, but we were so charmed by the many tiny art galleries, bustling cafes, bistros and kooky clothing stores to notice anyway. For nail polish addicts, Century Plaza just off D-Aguilar Street hides Cher2, or as we call it, the Mecca of Nail Polishes. Think the Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with O.P.I, China Glaze, Orly nail polishes instead.
1202A, 12/F, Century Plaza, 1 D’Aguilar St. Central
Where to Drink
If exclusivity is what you’re after, head over to Dragon-i, one of the most popular bar/dining establishments in Hong Kong, hailed as ‘Asia’s most creative and eclectic vision of lounge, dining and partying for the global glitterati’. Because of its high-profile nature, the club attracts a great deal of celebrity types and lots of beautiful people, and consequently, don’t expect entry to come easy.
¬†Alternatively, take your pick of the many bars and clubs that dot the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, essentially Singapore’s Clarke Quay – but with more character. A buzzing centre of clubs, bars and trendy bistros, Lan Kwai Fong is the place to chill out and people-watch, without the pretentiousness.
Address: UG/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3110 1222
Where to Visit
Definitely make your way to Ozone, the world’s highest al fresco terrace right at the top of the newly opened Ritz Carlton, where you can enjoy contemporary Asian tapas, signature cocktails and a stylish wine list. While we’re not huge fans of the cluttered and slightly tacky interior (too many mirrors and strobe lights for our liking), Ozone is still one of those places that you just have to visit, if only for the bragging rights of having visited the tallest hotel in the world. Less than impressive design aside, the view of the Hong Kong city skyline, especially at night, is breathtaking.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 2263 2100