How To Stay A Traveler Even When The Lights Go Down

After-dark activities; bright and shiny things that catch the eye.


With more than 6,600 lights, 25 color projectors, and water rising to a height of 150m, the Dubai Fountain can be spotted even from more than 32km away. The fountain also helps create one of the largest choreographed light spectacles in the world—the show runs every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm daily.


The Cotai Strip, home to Macau’s prominent hotels and casinos, comes alive by nightfall. Go on an outdoor stroll to take in the bright lights and colorful displays on each structure. Along the way, spot the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower on the grounds of The Parisian Macao, which offers access to its observation deck for panoramic views of the city.

Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor, one of KL’s most popular food streets, is open 24 hours daily. Catch locals and tourists rushing from about sundown to midnight every day for supper. Wong Ah Wah Restaurant at the end of the street is a must-try for their famed barbecued chicken wings. After having your fill of local delights, head to Changkat, a few blocks down, for some bar-hopping. Taps Beer Bar is a local favorite for their craft beers on tap and great acoustic acts on weekends.


The Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori areas are adjacent to each other and, between them, a diversity of things to see and do — dining options, nice views of the city, the famous Glico man and, of course, shopping. Shops and boutiques from brands like Uniqlo, Rimowa, GU and Daimaru cluster in Shinsaibashi. Although most stores open at 11am and close at 9pm, popular discount chain store Don Quijote is always an option for some midnight shopping as it is open 24/7.

Hong Kong

Victoria Peak, or simply The Peak to locals, is a must-visit when in the city. The daytime and nighttime views are different and special in their own way; the city, when lit at night, is absolutely breathtaking. The way up the hill, also known as Mount Austin, is via the iconic Peak Tram. The best views going up can be enjoyed along Lugard Road.

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This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

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