Thailand's islands and beaches may be the ultimate places for a blissed-out break. But its capital Bangkok stands in stark contrast, a nonstop whirl of street-food stalls, shopping malls and busy roads. The pace is nothing short of electric. Swanky Sukhumvit is the city's bustling modern center, while the infamous Khao San Road is the starting point for many a heavy night. Those after something a touch less hectic can enjoy stunning views and superb cocktails in one of Bangkok's myriad rooftop bars. A sense of calm amongst the chaos can be found at the riverside Grand Palace and nearby Wat Pho, with its huge reclining Buddha.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.