Global real estate player Lamudi recently picked out ten top places out of their Asian portfolio that are all different, but exciting to live in.
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MAKE MINE CEBU
Their first pick is Cebu City (www.lamudi.com.ph), the capital of the Cebu island province in the Philippines. It is the country’s oldest city and a cultural center of the Philippines with several Filipino-Spanish heritage buildings.
Lamudi says: "Cebu also offers big shopping malls, business parks and universities. Although, it is rather calm compared to busy Manila, the city is an economic powerhouse. Besides the vast number of shopping possibilities, museums and other attractions, it is relatively cheap to rent or buy apartments, and food is very affordable as well."
BALI FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
Lamudi says: "In addition, the Balinese people are known to be more warm and friendly compared to people almost anywhere else."
CULTURALLY RICH YOGYAKARTA
Another cultural highlight in Indonesia is Yogyakarta which is located on Java Island. Many foreign students come here to study Javanese and Indonesian culture and language, since the city is rich in culture and tradition.
Lamudi says: "Because of that, the town has a very diverse ethnical structure with an open mind towards foreigners."
BANGLADESH FOR RELAXED LIVING
Cox’s Bazar (www.lamudi.com.bd) is one of those: the people in the seaside town make a living with fishing and tourism. With 125 kilometers, its beach is considered to be the longest natural sandy beach on earth.
Lamudi says: "Since international tourists have discovered the secret spot, the city is experiencing a building boom, accompanied by an increasingly flourishing economy."
Heading 150 kilometers north, you can find Chittagong, the second largest city in Bangladesh and yet surrounded by beaches, lakes and hills.
THE ROAD DOES LEAD TO MANDALAY.
AND TO YANGON.
Another place worth living is situated on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Known as the cultural hotspot of Myanmar, Mandalay (house.com.mm) has a large number of historical sites and buildings.
Yangon is also a top pick. It still remains the commercial center of Myanmar, with many famous pagodas and temples, such as several bars and shops.
Lamudi says: "Food and drinks are affordable, but when it comes to housing costs, one has to spend a little more to live in the center of the city."
EXCITEMENT IN LAHORE
Heading further into the west, Lamudi’s last favorites can be found in Pakistan: The multicultural city Lahore (www.lamudi.pk) is considered to be the cultural heart of Pakistan, as it covers most of the country’s arts, festivals, music and film-productions.
In addition, its ancient buildings contribute to a unique and picturesque cityscape. However, Lahore is a city where the tradition and modern collide.
Lamudi says: "Expats profit from the public transport system and can easily find a job."
THE GREAT LIFE IN ISLAMABAD
In contrast to this, Islamabad has a very diverse ethnic makeup.
Lamudi says: "Islamabad is one of the world’s least expensive cities to live in, as you can get a three-bedroom apartment for less than $500."