Asia's 10 Best Second Cities

August 26, 2014 at 2:00:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment

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Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Delhi—these are the cities that first-time travelers to Asia flock to, and with good reason. But for those looking to venture away from the tourist hot spots, Asia offers numerous, less-visited “second cities” that promise authentic experiences away from the throngs. While not all of our picks are true second cities in the traditional sense, each one is a bustling metropolis with a thriving cultural scene that deserves to be experienced firsthand. From the pristine beaches of Da Nang to the striking architecture of Jaipur, here are 10 Asian cities you shouldn’t overlook.

by Abbey Chase

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Kathie on August 31, 2014 at 6:06:28 PM EDT

While Chiang Mai "only" has about 175,000 people inside the city walls, the metropolitan area is over a million. Your representation of it as a small city is incorrect. And since it has no public transportation system, the traffic is worse than Bangkok.

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