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Old 03-19-2019, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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As far as Asia goes, I've traveled to the Philippines (Manila and Subic Bay), Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu), India (Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and a few other cities), China (Beijing), and South Korea (Seoul), Japan (Fukuoka, Sasebo, Okinawa).

Based on your criteria, I'd recommend Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu was wonderful . . . good food, nice people, culture, decent population, etc. And friends who have traveled to the main part of Malaysia have had good things to say, too.

India was a great experience for me, and this is high on my list, too. People were friendly there, but you also had pretty aggressive begging/hagglers, which may put your DH off. If it doesn't, then I'd put India above Malaysia, both for the overall better culinary experience and for a richer cultural experience. There is a lot of new vs. old to see there, too.
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I agree with Hanoi. I'd also suggest my own city of Cebu, Philippines. It's a safe and friendly city of 3 million, half the price of Manila, with nice beaches.. For "big ticket" destinations, I prefer Tokyo. Non-urban locales wouuld be Siem Reap, Cambodia, for Angkor Wat, and maybe Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on unspoiled Borneo island.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Depending on how much time you want to devote for your trip you can visit several countries as travel in the region is very affordable and easy. For example from Bangkok you can fly to another city within Thailand for as little as $15 or Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Macau, India, Indonesia, Singapore and about 10 other countries for less than $100 one way.

Personally I have only been to Thailand and absolutely love it. I can't wait to go back and at the same time I also want to explore other places in the area.

Although you have plenty of time before you can start booking, be sure to start researching the airlines that fly to that region so that you don't get tempted by a bad airline with a great fare. If possible try to take advantage of airlines like Qatar and Emirates that offer stopover programs which usually include a day or two in their home city and a free hotel room.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Siem Reap and Bangkok. Cambodia is fantastic, and very affordable.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Depending on how much time you want to devote for your trip you can visit several countries as travel in the region is very affordable and easy. For example from Bangkok you can fly to another city within Thailand for as little as $15 or Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Macau, India, Indonesia, Singapore and about 10 other countries for less than $100 one way.
Yes, I was going to suggest just flying to Bangkok, and everywhere else just there-and-back RTs from BKK. I even went to Sri Lanka and Darwin, Australia cheaply that way.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:01 AM
 
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Kuala Lumpur. I have no idea why people aren't suggesting it.

Edited to delete most of what I said since I think you're looking for something different than what I was suggesting.

Good luck.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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Siem Reap and Bangkok. Cambodia is fantastic, and very affordable.
I second that. Go see the Angkor Wat - you wont regret it!
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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If he loves cities, I would recommend a trip to Bangkok,then fly to one of the islands in the south of Thailand for a few days at the beach, then a flight to Kuala Lumpur, then a train ride to Singapore. Flights in Thailand are very cheap, and the food in all three of these countries is amazing.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Just got back from three weeks in Vietnam, flying out of Hanoi. Enjoyed it very much but you would not want more than a few days in Hanoi itself. Only thing is it is absolutely inundated with tourists, the number of tourists has tripled in the last ten years.

A few people have suggested Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. We had an amazing holiday there where it is easy to combine Eco tours with some luxury hotels at affordable prices. But Kota Kinabalu is not a big busy city, if that is what is wanted.

My personal favourite city in Asia for food would have to be Singapore but there is not much of historical importance there. I love Hong Kong but the same thing applies.
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Plainfield NJ
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He isn't a history buff but will appreciate a few temples and seeing history. He loves busy cities, hustle and bustle. I was thinking 2 weeks. A few days in Saigon and travel north up the country flying and on trains. Stopping in a few cities and ending up in Hanoi. Going to Ha Long Bay for 2 or 3 days for a river cruise. He wants to see busy cities, rice and ride a scooter. I want to ride on a river cruise and see some caves and eat good street food. Taking into consideration cost, ease of travel and activities, I think Vietnam is a good choice. I am also thinking of getting a long layover in Tokyo on either coming or going and taking a train to Shibuya for him to experience that.
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