Maps International is back with our next MI top 5 places to visit this week. This week it is all about going on holiday to a city of contrasts. Take a look to see if you can find some inspiration!

1. Cape Town Central, South Africa

Cape Town Central, South Africa

Cape Town Central, South Africa

Visit the well known points of interest such as Table Mountain and Cape point.  If you are a chocolate lover, head to Torina Chocolate, tucked away on Kloof Nek Road and find over 100 artisan truffles and creams made on site!

Contrast: Being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Cape Town’s mix of cultures makes it a buzz throughout the day with historical walks around the town and during the night with different cuisines and entertainment!

2. Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Explore the ruins surrounding the beautiful city – especially the Sacsayhuaman – but don’t forget to come back into the city for the San Pedro Market and the Plaza de Armas.  If staying for a while use the Combis to get around as these will be cheaper than taxi’s; when you want to get off just yell “Baja!”.

Contrast: From the beautiful ruins this city has to offer to joining in the traditional bar game ‘Sapo’, enjoyed by many Peruvians whilst drinking chicha (corn beer).

3. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Take a look at the two most romantic architectural buildings – the Great Synagogue and the Viagado Concert Hall. Ruin pubs are a new trend in Budapest, preserving the beautiful architecture and turning them into trendy bars. Hop on a boat ride down the Danube to Margaret Island to walk around beautiful parks and visit the monastery’s ruins.

Contrast: From taking in the awe-inspiring architecture to taking part in a terrifying live escape game in an old abandoned house…

4. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Visit the city of contrasts and experience every part! One thing you will notice if you visit Bangkok is the amount of street vendors selling food and clothes. Watch as people lay wreaths in front of King Chulalongkorn’s equestrian statue in the Royal Plaza on 23 October. When you need a break from the concrete jungle, head over to a park such as Chatuchak or Lumphini to have a picnic and do some running or swimming. This travel guide from Coworker is quite handy.

Contrast: From shopping in the modernised megamalls to the 200 year old village homes that sit side by side on the streets of Bangkok.

5. Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Follow the tourist routes or adventure off on your own path, there is so much to see in Rome; from the Vatican, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum to the Ostia Antica – a preserved port of the ancient city. Visit No.Au – a laid-back bar found in a hidden piazza in the heart of the centro storico.

Contrast: From touring the main points of interest in Rome to experiencing the intense musical scene (it hosts one of the worlds largest musical venues). Whatever you choose to do, make sure to enjoy a real rustic Italian pizzeria and top it off with a scoop of gelato, or three…

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