Best Asia travel attractions and retirement villages? The city of George Town is a top pick for retirees and rates a No.6 on the Live and Invest Overseas 2016 hit parade. The city has a colonial past that dates back to the 18th century when the British set it up as an outpost for controlling trade in the Straits of Malacca and exploiting a thriving opium market. By the 19th century, commerce was king, and George Town’s financial district and active seaport thrived. “Wandering around the historic downtown, it’s easy to imagine yourself living in another era—and another place. Here, you’re in old China. Around the corner, you could be in India.
Known to many travelers as Crazy House, Hang Nga’s Guesthouse is a very unusual piece of architecture that also serves as accommodation in Da Lat. The structure was designed by a local architect named Dang Viet Nga, but he was clearly influenced by the Spanish architect Gaudi. The guesthouse looks like a tree and is complete with details like a cavernous stairway, branches that twist out of windows and sculpted animals that double as furniture and even fireplaces.
Koh Tao – meaning ‘Turtle Island’ – lives up to its name, being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand. The perfect white-sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 km² island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The vibrant coral reefs there are home to a wide range of exciting and colourful sea creatures, including turtles, naturally. Read additional details on retirement in Asia.
An airport doesn’t sound like much of an attraction – more a series of interminable queues filled with tetchy flyers and shrieking babies. But Singapore’s Changi Airport has been voted the world’s best airport for the fifth consecutive year – and there’s much to marvel at here. Butterfly habitats, Balinese-style rooftop pools, 24-hour cinemas, spa centres, and the highly-raved Jewel Changi Airport – trust us, this ain’t your average airport. There are far worse stopovers during a long-haul flight. Once home to an orchard of fruit trees, this area of Singapore is now widely known as the shopping district. Stretching out over two kilometres in the centre of the city, Orchard Road is home to numerous coffeeshops, beauty salons, art galleries, hotels, designer and discount outlets, restaurants and nightclubs. Come armed with cash and plenty of it.
RetirementVillages.asia was built by a group of experienced travellers and spiritual seekers, who want to enable senior travellers from worldwide to come together in “paradise”-like locations. We believe that many of us older timers, never lost the bug of travelling and meeting fellow travellers from around the world. That why we’ve built this website and would like to create community villages for senior travellers. See additional information on http://www.retirementvillages.asia/.