Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Top 10 Places to Visit

kuala lumpur city

1. Petronas Twin Towers

Once the tallest buildings in the world, Petronas Twin Towers is the signature landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Standing at 452 meters from the ground, it features a two-level Skybridge and spectacular city view from level 86. You can purchase the tickets from the official website prior to your visit.

If you are bringing your children, you may also want to visit the Petrosains center or Aquaria KLCC. Lastly, visit Suria KLCC Mall right at the ground levels to grab some local souvenirs.

2. Batu Caves

Climbing up the 272-step colorful trek, you will reach the century-old temple in the main cave. Enjoy the natural limestone view, while visiting the Hindu shrines and art galleries. Besides, this place is especially crowded during Hindu festivals like Thaipusam. Visit during the time and you can experience the cultural celebration like locals.

3. Menara Kuala Lumpur / KL Tower

This 421 meters tall KL Tower is the tallest telecommunication tower in Southeast Asia. It is uniquely located within a forest – the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. You can also spot the tower from anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. Get the best KL views from its observation deck. Optionally, you can also enjoy the 360-degree view while eating at its revolving restaurant.

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4. Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

As a popular venue for national events, Merdeka Square is crowded all-year-long. It is located right in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. This is also the place where independence of the country is declared in the year 1957. Thus, you can see a giant Malaysian Flag rising high in the center of the square.

5. Central Market (Pasar Seni)

Initially a wet market, Central Market is now a one-stop center for Malaysian batik, handicrafts, collectibles, and other souvenirs. This heritage building hosts boutiques and stalls that offer local merchandise. Besides, you can also enjoy a wide range of local cuisine at the food court. For more local food, visit the popular Chinatown district – Petaling Street across the road.

KL Central Market
Kuala Lumpur Pasar Seni

6. Thean Hou Temple

This magnificent Chinese temple is located right in the city center. Its grand architecture has attracted lots of tourists and photographers. It is also a popular place for the local Chinese community during religious festivals. Furthermore, this temple serves as a marriage registration center. So, you will see happy couples having their marriage here.

kuala lumpur thean hou temple
kl temple
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7. Jalan Alor

Craving for local food? Come to Jalan Alor and fix your cravings! This place is like a hidden gem, and you might not able to find it unless you ask the locals. Try out the famous street food here at a reasonable price. You will love the seafood and meat delicacies offered. Besides, you can experience the Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife by visiting the pubs and restaurants nearby.

8. Perdana Botanical Garden

A green lung in the city, Perdana Botanical Garden has more than a decade of history. It is famous for the vast collection of botanical plants. Some notable gardens include Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, and Sunken Garden.

9. Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Visit here to explore all the information you need to know about Kuala Lumpur. From its history formation to its current development. You will also find miniatures of KL landmarks and painting, as well as some historical photos. Besides, you can get free maps, or sign up for guided bicycle and walking tours here.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

10. National Monument Park (Tugu Negara)

This sculpture is built in memory of Malaysians who sacrificed their lives for Malaya’s independence. It is also proudly one of Asia’s tallest bronze statues. Visit the beautiful garden with fountains and pavilions during evening and you will feel the peace.

tugu negara

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Langkawi, Malaysia – Top 10 Places to Visit

1. Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

Eagle Square is a must-visit place for every visitor to Langkawi. Besides, the 12 meter-tall sculpture of an eagle with widely open wings, has been a signature landmark. From here, it is only 5 minutes walk to other travel destinations on the island. In the evening, people like to walk around to enjoy sea breezes and watch the ferries plying along the harbor.

Dataran Lang, Langkawi

2. Langkawi Sky Bridge & SkyCab

A special way to have an aerial view of Langkawi is to view from this 124 meter-long suspended bridge. It is also called “The Longest Free Span and Curved Bridge In The World”. 700 meter above the sea level, this bridge can accommodate not more than 250 people at a time. Tourists can have a view of several Langkawi’s islets while enjoying the cool breeze.

The only way to access this bridge is to take a 15-minute ride on the Langkawi SkyCab. It goes steeply up to the Mount Machinchang and stops at 2 viewpoints. You will also enjoy the breathtaking view along the journey.

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3. Pantai Cenang

Pantai Cenang or Cenang Beach is one of the most hustling beach towns on Langkawi island. Many budget guesthouses and hostels are located here. Thus, it also has many restaurants, cafes, and shops that you can spend time around. Besides, try out the Jet Ski Tour or just simply enjoy the sunbathing time here.

4. Ayer Hangat Friday Night Market

If you are looking out for some local food, make sure to visit the Friday Night Market in Ayer Hangat. Not too far away from Tanjung Rhu Beach, it is also a less touristic place to go, as you can experience the local side of Langkawi. You will see local cuisines like Nasi Kerabu, beef stew, or Lemang here.

Langkawi night market
langkawi night market

5. Taman Lagenda

Complete your sightseeing in Langkawi with a visit to Taman Lagenda. Explore the garden museum on foot or ride in a buggy. It is beautifully landscaped with 17 sculptures, each with its own local legend. Next, it is also a popular park for local joggers.

legenda langkawi
langkawi taman lagenda

6. Gunung Raya

Gunung Raya is the Langkawi’s highest peak with an altitude of 881 meters. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the island from the mountain peak. The ancient legend saying that this mountain is actually the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya, who once lived on the island. This is also a popular hiking spot for tourists, where they hike to the peak through the rainforests. Besides, lucky enough, you may see some leaf monkeys, white-bellied eagles, hornbills, and other animal species.

7. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Seven Wells Waterfalls derived its name from the 7 natural pools channeled by 7 separate waterfalls in Gunung Mat Cincang. Get yourself ready to explore this one of the best secret places to visit in Langkawi! Moreover, dip yourself in the cool waters or climb up to the top of the waterfalls for a totally different view.

8. Langkawi Wildlife Park

For nature lovers, if mountain hiking is not enough, you can visit this park. At here, you will be able to see the wildlife animals and more than 2,500 exotic birds up close. There are over 150 different bird species, including parakeets, eagles, toucans, owls, flamingos, and hornbills. You can also walk leisurely at their walk-in aviary and take a photo with their 15 meters tall manmade waterfall.

langkawi wildlife park
langkawi wildlife park

9. Underwater World Langkawi

On a family trip? Don’t worry. You can bring the kids to Underwater World Langkawi to take a walk “underwater”. The kids will be amazed by the huge number of sea creatures available in the tank, which includes sharks, penguins, Arapaima, stingrays, etc. You may also pre-book the tickets online through their official website to avoid hustle during the trip.

langkawi underwater world

10. Art in Paradise Langkawi

Located at Langkawi’s Oriental Village, this is the 2nd-largest 3D art museum in the world, while largest in Malaysia. It has more than 200 beautiful artworks that look alive when photographed. You can also spend a long time here, exploring multiple zones inside the 3-storey building.

langkawi 3d art

Tokyo, Japan – Top 10 Places to Visit

1. Tokyo Skytree

This is the tallest tower in Japan, 634 meters high with two observation decks. Being the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kanto region, this place also serves as a very important landmark in Tokyo. It is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo, then followed by Tokyo Tower.

The queue can be very long during peak hours as visitors flood from around the world. Therefore, it is best if you can purchase the tickets online prior to your visit here. Besides the top, grab a chance to visit the shopping complex and aquarium at the base.

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree Observation Deck

2. Sensō-ji Temple, Asakusa

Coming to Tokyo, you must visit the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in town – Sensō-ji Temple. It is located in the historic Asakusa neighborhood. Take some insta-worthy photos with its iconic big red lantern and impressive pagoda-style structure, which remains since WW2 era.

Experience the ancient atmosphere while you walk along Nakamise shopping street. For kids, you may visit Hanayashiki nearby, which is also the oldest amusement park in the country.

Meiji Jingu, Shibuya Tokyo

3. Meiji Jingū, Shibuya

Also known as Meiji Shrine, this Shinto shrine was built in for the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Located across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world- Shibuya Crossing, it remains one of the most visited tourist spots in Tokyo.

Every year, the shrine welcomes more than 3 million visitors during the New Year’s first prayers (hatsumode). While during the normal days, you may witness traditional Shinto weddings taking place in the shrine.

Meiji Jingu Tokyo
Meiji Shrine Tokyo
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4. Imperial Palace & East Garden

Imperial Palace is the Emperor of Japan’s home. The palace buildings and inner gardens are only open to the public during New Year’s Greeting on January 2nd and the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23rd. Except for East Garden, which is open to visitors all year long. You can make bookings for tours on the Imperial Palace grounds.

5. Yanaka, Tokyo

Tokyo is well known for its futuristic and vibrant city atmosphere. However, you can still explore old-time Tokyo around the Yanaka area. It is located in central of the city and rich with local vibes. Visit the Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, shop and eat like locals, while exploring the charming neighborhood.

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
Yanaka Ginza Tokyo

6. Toyosu Market

If you are a sushi lover, you must visit Toyosu Fish Market! In 2018, the world’s largest fish market – Tsukiji Market was relocated to Toyosu. Thus, it is now the place to watch the renowned daily Tuna Auction. But you can still visit Tsukiji for the historic food stalls and restaurants outside the market area.

Toyosu Market
toyosu fish market
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7. Akihabara, Tokyo

Known as the Electic Town, Akihabara is the world’s largest town with collections of all kinds of electronic appliances and devices. You can always get top technology products here. It is also one of the favorite places to visit for anime and manga fans from around the world. As well as another unique place to check out Tokyo’s quirky maid cafés.

Akihabara

8. Ryōgoku

As the capital of Sumo culture in Tokyo, Ryogōku hosts a number of Sumo training houses. Some of them also allow you to watch their early-morning practices real close for free. Besides, visit Ryogōku Kokugikan or the Sumo Hall to watch Sumo tournaments live. You can check the event dates on the Japan Sumo Association website.

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9. Kabuki-za Theatre, Ginza

This is the principal theatre for traditional kabuki dance drama in Tokyo. It is also the only theatre that hosts shows monthly in Japan. Make sure to visit the Kabuki-za to witness their fancy costumes, make-up, and sets. You will also be attracted to its aged and unique building design, which has been declared as Tangible Cultural Property in the year 2002.

kabuki-za

10. Odaiba

Complete your visit by exploring Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. Watch the gigantic Gundam Robot, and explore the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. For an unforgettable onsen experience, you may also want to visit Ōedo-Onsen Monogatari. It is one of the best ways to relax after a long day trip.

Odaiba Gundam Robot
Odaiba Museum

Bangkok, Thailand – Top 10 Places to Visit

1. Wat Arun

Also called the ‘Temple of the Dawn’, this is one of the most magnificent temples in Bangkok. It looks a lot more lovely during the sundown. Both the location and architecture of the temple made it a place worth to see. The temple’s name has originated from the Hindu God Aruna and thus holds a special place among the people.

Wat Arun
Wat Arun | © Asia Web Direct

2. Jim Thompson’s House

This destination is an unusual yet fascinating place in Bangkok. For museum lovers, you must visit here to witness the lost art of the city. Furthermore, the magnificence of traditional Thai architecture is well presented through the building structures.

Jim Thompson House Bangkok
Jim Thompson House | © Trover

3. Bangkok Grand Palace

Former home for the Rattanakosin Kingdom’s King Rama, this place now hosts imperial ceremonies and guided tours. Other than having a glimpse of the king’s royal life, you can also witness the beauty of the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’.

Grand Palace Bangkok
Grand Palace | © indochinatours.info

4. Lumphini Park

Home to a lot of flora and fauna, Lumphini Park gives you a touch of nature in the middle of the city. Not only a perfect place for a picnic, but this park also offers leisure activities like paddle boating, rowing, etc. You can visit here regardless of whether you are a solo traveler, on a family trip or a company trip.

Lumpini Park at night | © Dot Property Co. Ltd. 

5. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

Another popular tourist attraction is certainly Ocean World, home to more than 30,000 sea creatures from around the world. If you are coming to Bangkok for a day trip, this is also a good choice to go. It is located just two floors underneath the premium shopping mall – Siam Paragon.

6. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is claimed as the largest weekend market in the world, thus do not miss out to visit here! This market is a heaven for shopaholics, where you can get almost everything from the vast collections here. Likewise, grab some unique souvenirs for your family and friends.

Chatuchak Market Bangkok
Market Stall
Chatuchak Weekend Market | © Wikipedia

7. Wat Pho

Situated near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this temple is well known for its gigantic reclining Buddha. The 46-meter long statue is fully covered in gold leaf. If you are not a religious person, you can also come to get a good Thai massage in such a peaceful environment.

Wat Pho Reclining Buddha Bangkok
Reclining Buddha Statue | © homeiswhereyourbagis.com

8. Madame Tussauds

Like other main cities in the world, Madame Tussauds is a must-visit wax museum to get up close to the local and international stars. Hence, get your camera ready and snap the best photos with your favorite celebrities.

One Direction wax statues Madame Tussauds Bangkok
One Direction’s Wax Statues | © Fiuzu Pte. Ltd

9. Bangkok Safari World

Different from many other zoos, this popular Safari World in Bangkok gives free-to-roam space to the animals. Enjoy the tour by driving through Safari Park to see some wildlife animals. Otherwise, you can also watch entertaining live shows at Marine Park.

Safari World Bangkok Safari Park
Safari Park Shuttle | © Klook Travel Technology Limited
Safari World Bangkok Marine Park
Marine Park Show | © Travel Master

10. Erawan Museum

Lastly, get an art tour in Bangkok at the Erawan Museum. You will notice the famous three-headed elephant sculpture at the museum’s entrance. In this three-floor museum, you can get an insight into Thai heritage and culture through the antiquities and ancient religious items exhibited.

Three Head Elephant Erawan Museum
Three-Head Elephant | © Mark Wiens, LLC
Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum | © willflyforfood

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Top 10 Places to Visit

Ho Chi Minh Saigon City Vietnam

1. War Remnants Museum

Being one of the top best museums in the world, the War Remnants Museum is a must-visit destination in Ho Chi Minh. Pay a visit here to know what happened during the Vietnam War, or the American War. They eventually tell the story through exhibits like photographs, soldier uniforms, retired military vehicles, etc.

War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh
War Remnants Museum | LaLuna Saigon

2. Bến Thành Market

Chợ Bến Thành or Bến Thành Market is a popular landmark located in District 1. With more than 3000 stalls, the market serves fruits, vegetables, textiles, handicrafts and local cuisines to the locals as well as tourists. Besides, the building’s historic structure has also made it a beautiful background for photo-ops.

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh | © Christina’s
Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh | © Christina’s

3. Saigon Central Post Office

Also known as Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, this gorgeous building is well preserved since the French colonial era. Travelers can find tons of specially designed postcards, be it photographs or hand drawings in the souvenir shops of both wings. Then, just post them back home as a token of memory.

Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office | Asia Web Direct
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City | © Richard Yoshida/Shutterstock | The Culture Trip Ltd.

4. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

From the post office, you will notice this impressive red-brick building just right at the opposite. The building’s color is well kept until today, in which the building materials are all imported from France. Other than the two identical bell towers, visitors often take photos in front of the cathedral with the Virgin Mary statue.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Virgin Mary statue in front of Notre Dame Cathedral | Asia Web Direct

5. Củ Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh

Stretching 30 kilometers out of the city, the Vietnam soldiers has utilized this network of tunnels during the wartime. Some sections of the tunnels are open for the public to visit. Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience crawling through the small spaces and also fire an AK-47 rifle.

Cu Chi Tunnel Fire Gun
Activity near Cu Chi Tunnel | Klook Travel Technology Limited

6. Bitexco Financial Tower – Saigon Skydeck

If you are looking for an overview of the city, this tower is the perfect place to go! Enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree view on the Saigon Skydeck, 262 meters from the ground. Furthermore, you can also opt to try the cocktail at the sky bar while watching the sunset view.

Bitexco Financial Tower Saigon Skydeck
Bitexco Financial Tower | Fayfay.com (Vietnam) Limited
Bitexco Financial Tower | Bitexco

7. Jade Emporer Pagoda

This is one of the most spectacular Taoism temples in Saigon. You can explore the chambers, each with own unique design and sculptures. Furthermore, enjoy the silence atmosphere here, one of its kind compared to the noisy city environment outside.

Jade Emperor Pagoda Saigon
Jade Emperor Pagoda Saigon | Travelux

8. Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh

This historic building was the residence of South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War. It looks almost just like when it was completed in 1966. Take a free guided tour to learn about the monument’s cultural and historical influence on the war, likewise, you can just look around leisurely.

Saigon Reunification Palace Vietnam
Independence Palace | Wikipedia

9. Cao Dai Temple

Different from Jade Emporer Pagoda, this is another beautiful temple in Ho Chi Minh city. The temple was completed in the year 1956 after some 20 years of construction. While the drawing inside the building is a mix of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism influences.

10. Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh

The Mekong Delta is one of the most densely populated parts of Vietnam. It is around 4 hours away from the city center. This 39,000 square kilometers waterways also feature floating markets, local schools, and homes. Lastly, visitors often visit the place through organized tours.

Mekong Delta Floating Market
Floating Market of Mekong Delta | TourRadar

Hong Kong, China – Top 10 Places to Visit

Hong Kong

1. The Peak

As defined by its name, this place is the highest point of Hong Kong. At here, you must take a ride on the signature Peak Tram and go up to the Sky Terrace 428, where you can experience a wholesome panoramic view of the city! Besides, the Peak Tower is also hosting popular spots like Madame Tussauds and Peak Galleria.

Peak Tram Hong Kong
City View from The Peak
Peak Tower Hong Kong
Peak Tower

2. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

The area stretches along the Kowloon’s waterfront from Star Ferry Terminal to Hung Hom Promenade. Walking down the street, you will pass by the hundred-year-old Clock Tower and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower
Clock Tower

Next to the Hong Kong Museum of Art is the popular Avenue of Stars. This boardwalk presents the honors to Hong Kong ‘Stars’, just like Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bruce Lee Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Bruce Lee Statue at Avenue of Stars

The promenade is also a great place to view the Victoria Harbour, landscaped by the city’s skyscrapers. At night, you can enjoy the Symphony of Lights show complemented by the cold breeze.

Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Victoria Harbour
Symphony of Lights Show on Victoria Harbour at Night

3. Hong Kong Disneyland

A dream fantasyland for everyone! This is the most visited theme park in Hong Kong with 7 wonderlands for you to explore. It is also the first Disneyland in the world featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp. Hence, do not miss out on the Nano Battle experience!

Disneyland Hong Kong Ant Man Nano Battle Facade
Ant-Man & The Wasp – Nano Battle

If you have never been to any other Disneylands in the world, come to this magical kingdom to fulfill your childhood dream. Enjoy a day with your favorite Disney characters and Marvel heroes. Nevertheless, indulge yourself in the park’s world-class hotel with meals served by award-winning chefs.

Disneyland Hong Kong Fireworks
Fireworks at the Magical Kingdom

4. Mongkok Ladies Market

To see the real Hong Kong, you must spend some time at Mongkok Ladies Market at Tung Choi Street. The atmosphere here perfectly exhibits the hustling life of Hong Kong. They sell merchandise ranging from clothing, accessories, electronic gadgets to small household items. Test your haggling skills here to get the best prices!

Ladies Market Hong Kong Tung Choi Street
Ladies Market near Tung Choi Street

5. Ocean Park Hong Kong

Being one of the largest theme parks in Asia, Ocean Park is popular for its combination of the marine park, amusement park, animal park with oceanarium. You can find attractions designed for the whole family at the Waterfront and the Summit areas.

Ocean Park Aquarium Hong Kong
Oceanarium

Bring your kids to see the marine creatures and the two famous giant pandas here. If you are looking for more exciting fun, you can try the rides at the Thrill Mountain area. Likewise, enjoy your VR experience with the roller coaster, first in Hong Kong.

Giant Panda Ocean park
Giant Panda
Ocean Park Roller Coaster Hong Kong
Dragon Roller Coaster

6. Temple Street Night Market

For people that watch Hong Kong dramas and movies, this place is easy to recall. Not only shopping, but you can experience the very unique culture of the nation here – watching the Chinese Opera show and visiting the fortune teller stalls too.

Temple Street Entrance Arch
Temple Street Entrance Arch
Fortune Teller stalls at Temple Street Hong Kong
Fortune Teller Stalls

7. Lan Kwai Fong / SoHo

To witness the happening nightlife of Hong Kong, you must visit Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo (South of Hollywood Road). These are popular spots for drinking, clubbing, and dining after sunset hours. The snap-worthy buildings and signs have also made Lan Kwai Fong one of the most checked-in spots on social media.

Lan Kwai Fong night crowd
Lan Kwai Fong Crowded with People at Night

8. Golden Bauhinia Square

Located just right in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the Golden Bauhinia statue at the square is a well-known landmark of the city. This monument represents the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the year 1997. Every morning visitors would gather in front of HKCEC to watch the flag-raising ceremony conducted by the Hong Kong Police Force.

Golden Bauhinia monument with flag raising ceremony
The Golden Bauhinia Monument in Front of HKCEC

9. Lantau Island

The largest island in Hong Kong, where you may spend more than 2 days enjoying the sky, land, and sea experiences on the island. Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, go on the hiking trails, walk through the Wisdom Path and enjoy the sea breeze at the beachside.

Ngong Ping Cable Car
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car with Spectacular Mountain View

Other than the Hong Kong Disneyland mentioned earlier, do not miss out to visit the iconic Big Buddha statue at Po Lin Monastery. Furthermore, you can stay at Tai O Heritage Hotel and visit the Tung Chung Fort.

Big Buddha Tian Tan Buddha
The Big Buddha at Poh Lin Monastery
Tai O Heritage Hotel (old police station)
Tai O Heritage Hotel was formerly an old police station.

10. Stanley, Hong Kong

A favorite place for foodies and shoppers, Stanley is a seaside town rich in history and culture. Differs from the central, this place is also less crowded, in which you can enjoy shopping and dining in a more calming environment. Few places of interest including the popular Stanley Market, Stanley Plaza, Murray House, and the Old Stanley Police Station.

Stanley beachside Hong Kong
Beachside of Stanley
Old Stanley Police Station
Wellcome Supermarket (Old Stanley Police Station)