5 Destinations in Asia Where You Can Experience Royalty

May 23, 2018 · 5 min read

Missed your chance to become the Duchess of Sussex? Fear not — you can always get a taste of what it feels like to be royalty in these celestial destinations.

Are you still dazzled from the recent Royal Wedding? For those residing in Asia, don’t despair if you think that you would only be able to live your fairytale dreams in Europe where castles originated. With so many places in the region that are as equally stunning as the ones in the Northern Hemisphere, you can now experience what it feels like to live like the Royal family without the need to travel halfway across the globe for it.

1. Visit the Last Royal Dynasty in Vietnam

As the first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for Vietnam, the Hue Citadel is situated close to the Perfume River; where one can bask in the beauty of the former imperial capital. Discover the beauty of Hue, from the Throne Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony) to the Hien Lam Pavilion and be mesmerized by the beautiful landscapes that Hue has to offer.

Feast on imperial Hue cuisine that was once enjoyed exclusively by the Royal Family touted for its sophistication from preparation to presentation. Some dishes that you need to try include the Ngoc Soan and sweets such as the Bánh phu thê, a striking green-colored Vietnamese dessert made from rice and mung beans.

2. Take a Day Trip to Bang Pa-in Palace

Besides the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Bang Pa-in Palace in Ayutthaya is located about one or two hour’s drive from the North of Bangkok. For a short moment, you might even forget that you’re in Thailand because of the European-styled buildings. Drawing influences from Europe, the harmony of the Thai and European styles of Bang Pa provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city life!

Like other Royal sites and temples, do remember to abide by the dress code and dress respectfully (shoulders and knees must be covered). And if you want to take the royal treatment a notch further, you can pamper yourself with a spa treatment in Thailand as after all, you’re in the land that is known to be the “best spa destination”!

3. Visit the Real-Life Location of Disney Movie, Mulan

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Do you love watching Disney classics when you’re young? (and secretly wished that you could be a princess, even for a day?) Close to the hearts of many young girls is Mulan, the badass princess that sets her apart from other Disney princesses. Located in the heart of Beijing, China is the Forbidden City, the inspiration behind the Emperor’s home in the film. Learn about the rich history of the Chinese culture of the ancient site on a Disney-inspired travel!

4. Stay in a Palace On Wheels

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No, royals do not only travel on coaches. Modern princesses now have the option of traveling on wheels in India on the Maharaja Express Train, a luxury train that is voted as the best in the world! A private butler that attends to all your needs, welcome ceremonies where you are showered with fresh flowers and travel itinerary selections to different Indian states are just some of the unique experience that the luxury train has to offer. One would be spoiled for choice and experience the life of a true ‘Maharaja’!

5. Experience the Javanese Cosmos

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There’s never a limit to the number of palaces one can visit, and that’s the reason why you shouldn’t miss out on the ancient palaces in Indonesia! The Kraton of Yogyakarta is a palace in the city of Yogyakarta that highlights the rich Javanese cosmos in Indonesia where the Sultan of Yogyakarta still calls home today. If you’re up to more castle visits, the Water Castle, also named as the Princesses’ bath pool is located just a stone’s throw away. Speaking of the British royal family would remind one of the tradition of tea drinking in England. In Yogyakarta, you can treat yourself to Patehan, the Royal High Tea Ceremony at Royal Ambarrukmo, a hotel that is also a national heritage site as it used to house the royal family of Indonesia.

Who says that you can only be a princess in your imaginations? With so many beautiful destinations and tons of ways you can treat yourself, you can receive the princess treatment even when you’re not from the royal family.

What are some places that you’re aware of where you can live your own fairytale?

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