Those famous blue stairs in Chefchaouen, Morocco? Practically everyone who has Instagram has come across a post of it already—with a fashionably dressed and perfectly posed influencer in the photo as well, of course. Set your sights on somewhere new. Add these colorful sites in Asia (and relatively near the Philippines!) to your travel bucket list.
1. Rainbow Village, Taiwan
There’s a beautiful story behind the Rainbow Village in Taiching, Taiwan. It all started in 2007 when then-84-year-old Huang Yong-fu learned that his village was to be demolished and sold to land developers. Huang, a war veteran, lived in a community of Chinese Civil War soldiers and their families who fled to Taiwan.
As Huang’s neighbors moved away anticipating the demolishment, he took up a brush and started painting his home and the abandoned houses around him. His playful art and heartwarming story attracted attention and the plans for demolishment were halted. After which the Rainbow Village was converted into a park for everyone to enjoy!
Rainbow Village does not charge admission fees and so upkeep relies on profits from what’s sold on-site. So, when you do get to visit, don’t forget to take home a few souvenirs or buy some snacks to eat.
2. Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, a small city in Vietnam and UNESCO World Heritage Site, overflows with charm and beauty. Though it has become a tourist destination, many who visit still can’t help but fall in love with it. Yellow shophouses, colorful lanterns overhead, and friendly locals are characteristic of Hoi An.
This riverside town, with its traditional architecture and townscape, invites you to slow down and take in your surroundings as you stroll its streets. A perfect destination for those who prefer a more relaxing pace when they travel!
You can ride a bike around the city to make the most out of the fresh air, spend the good part of an afternoon at a café, shop for handicrafts at Hoi An Market, or enjoy some street food while feeling one with the locals. Spend a few days here because there’s a lot to do and see.
3. Little India, Singapore
The facades of residential homes and commercial buildings are not the only things that are colorful in Little India, Singapore! You’ll get your fill of Indian culture too.
Eat a wide array of authentic Indian dishes like roti prata and pulled tea—the latter comes with amazing showmanship from the brewers, says Visit Singapore! Find also a mix of temples, mosques and churches to visit including one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
And, of course, do a lot of shopping! There’s a 24-hour shopping centre with shops selling everything from electronics to groceries. Then head to Little India Arcade where you can get knick-knacks, souvenirs, and Indian sweets.
Travel not in your near future? Feed your wanderlust with the color palette above inspired by the colorful places in this list! Get them as paint at a Boysen Mix and Match station (list of locations here).
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