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Plan to travel to Asia in December, 2016 for a birthday trip! Interested in culture, beaches, nightlife and local experiences. Would like to see as much as possible in 13 days, and to visit 3 Asian countries. In addition to Dubai, I am considering 3 of the following: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Tokyo. Looking for some recommendations for a 40+ single male traveling solo, where I will have the best experience! Can't decide which 3 to choose, any insight would be helpful....thanks

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    I have to admit if it was me, I'd start by cutting Dubai. The places you are considering in Asia are so much more interesting than the giant shopping mall in the desert.

    You have an interesting a assortment of places listed: three are large cities, and you have two whole countries listed. Be aware that Hong Kong is the most expensive city in Asia for lodging costs, followed by Singapore and Tokyo.

    A few things to be aware of. VN is changing it's visa fee structure. If you travel on a US passport, you might want to skip VN until the visa fees get sorted out, as the most recent post on this matter indicated that the new cost will be in the US$250 range. If you travel on a UK passport, you can have a short visa-free stay in VN.

    Of the big cities in Asia, I consider Bangkok to the the most interesting and exotic. Of course, the food in Bangkok is fabulous. And the many wats (Buddhist temples) are simply stunning. Bangkok is my favorite city in the world.

    Both Singapore and Hong Kong are major metropolises with heavy Chinese influence. Hong Kong is fascinating with the combination of China and the long history of British rule. It has changed a lot in the last few decades, and the incredible streets of neon signs are gone now. Singapore is lush and green and incredibly clean. It has some interesting attractions, including several amazing gardens. Very modern, it's hard to find much of "old Singapore." Singapore is known for its food, especially hawker food. Tokyo is huge, with many neighborhoods. If you decide on Tokyo, spend a lot of time on www.japan-guide.com and choose some places (not too many) that you want to see, as a way to shape your trip. Otherwise, Tokyo can just feel overwhelming.

    Asia is a big place. If you opt to go to Tokyo (which is the outlier - look at a map) it will take almost 8 hours to fly from Tokyo to Singapore, so you will add a lot of travel time to your trip. You need to figure that each time you change locations in Asia it will take at least half a day and as much as most of a day from checking out of lodgings in one place to checkin in at the next. So with thirteen days and three destinations, you'll have about three days lost to travel. And you will lose some time due to jet lag.

    As you have a better sense of where you want to go/what you want to do, come back and ask specific questions.

    You might find our photos useful - there are photos of all of these places: www.marlandc.com

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    13 days is not a long time. I would choose 1 country and 2 or 3 places within that country.

    Once there it is cheap and easy to book day tours.

    In Thailand the following have plenty of activities:

    Bangkok
    Krabi
    Kanchanaburi
    Chiang Mai
    Phuket
    Samui

    Choose 2 or 3 of them depending upon interests.

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