Top 5 Populous Cities in Southeast Asia

Populous cities in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia and consists of 11 member states. This region is home to many large cities and diverse cultures bringing modern to traditional features. After that, this article will provide you with the information about top 5 populous cities in Southeast Asia and their characteristics as well. Particularly, they are Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Yangon.


Jakarta, whose full name of Jakarta is the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is a province of Indonesia. In 2014, Jakarta had the population of 10,135,030 and became the most populous city in Southeast Asia. The capital of Indonesia is a busy and noisy area with the oppressive atmosphere suffocating caused by its large population.

Jakarta, Indonesia

One of the symbols of Jakarta is Monas National monument. Old Town and Old Batavia are the two oldest quarters. To get the most wonderful moment and admire the most romantic scene, you have to come here at the sunset.

In addition, the most interesting place of Jakarta is the museums. With such a long-standing culture, museums are must-go places in Jakarta. Besides, Java island with sacred temples is also an interesting site for tourists.


Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. It is also the largest and the most populous city in Thailand. With the population of 8,305,218, Bangkok is listed among the top populous cities of Southeast Asia.

Bangkok, Thailand

Traveling to Bangkok brings about many interesting things. The ancient culture and fancy street food are the two main reasons that attract the majority of tourists to Bangkok. The name of Bangkok plays a role as the carrier of features and the representative of the beautiful country of Thailand.

Many tourists from various regions are impressed by the ancient culture and architecture, old villages and gold-gilded temples and pagodas. The Bangkok cuisine is also extremely diverse and attractive with a number of distinctive dishes. You can enjoy unique food at street food stalls or luxurious restaurants with reasonable prices.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and also an important economic hub of Vietnam. In 2014, Ho Chi Minh City is seen as the Pearl of the Far East. This city has a population of 7,981,411 and is one of the three largest cities in Southeast Asia.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is also a prominent tourist attraction of Vietnam. The combination of traditional and modern cultures, tourists satisfies the needs of quite a few tourists. Typical destinations of Ho Chi Minh City are Ben Thanh market, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.

In terms of the local cuisine, there are a variety of dishes in this city, from common street food to specialties at luxury restaurants.  When coming to Ho Chi Minh City, you can sit at Notre Dame Cathedral to drink a cup of coffee while chatting with locals.


Hanoi is the great capital city with the ancient cultures. In 2014, the population of Hanoi was 7.067 million and became the fourth most populous city in Southeast Asia.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi has experienced a long history and is one of the oldest city in Vietnam. Here you can visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Sword Lake, Temple of Literature and Long Bien Bridge.

Furthermore, you cannot miss 36 ancient streets in Hanoi where you get a chance to enjoy all the traditional features and characteristics of Hanoi. It is not necessary to worry about the transportation because there are a lot of available convenient means of transport here.


Yangon is a beautiful ancient capital of Myanmar. In 2014, Yangon was home to 5,451,439 people. This city was known as London of Southeast Asia.

Yangon, Myanmar

Previously, there were several bans on photographing and filming, but now all of them have been removed; as a result, tourists feel more comfortable while traveling here. Going to Yangon, you will feel as if you entered the jungle. This place is considered to be the garden of the Eastern world.

Some popular places to visit are Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, National Museum and Gems Museum. Shwedagon is a symbol of Burma while Sule pagoda is the heart of Yangon.

Above is some basic knowledge of top 5 populous cities in Southeast Asia. These cities are famous for not only the large population but also a lot of characteristics of cultural tourism.