WHERE do the locals eat sushi in Japan? What should you drink in Singapore? Find out how to eat, drink, dance and shop like a local in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
Bright lights, big city. It's Japan's capital and a popular metropolis.
Japanese food is fresh, fragrant and good for the soul. Get your sushi fix at Sushi-ya, or get it on a train at a Kaiten-zushi, both of which are all over the city. Yakitori-ya is the place for chicken yakitori.
Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society, and 'drinking parties' are commonly held at restaurants. Think sake, local beer, (Asahi anyone?), rice wine, cans of Happoshu (low malt beer) and plum wine. Also visit sake pubs for a true sense of Tokyo - they range from tranquil to loud.
Bangkok is steamy, surreal and a thousand miles an hour, 24 hours a day.
Food is reason enough for a trip to the intense Thai capital. Food stalls are popular and serve fresh, traditional food at giveaway prices - but try more than a Pad Thai or Green Curry. Chinatown is famous for kway tio noodles, Dusit is known for Northern dishes and Phra Athit Road has southern-style curries.
Bangkok has a reputation of ladyboys, ping pong shows and bad hangovers - but you can still have a drink in this town without getting lost in it. Chidlom is home to the up-market bars and enjoy a cocktail (or cold Singha) at the Lebua State Tower - not getting up there would be your biggest regret.
The twinkle of city lights constantly colour the Hong Kong skyline.
Just think 11,000 restaurants! Our yum cha is their Dim Sum, and it is a mouth-watering must, as is tasty Chinese Barbecue, congee and craypot delicacies. Visit a Hong Kong-style Teahouse for a traditional egg tart before tasting the tantalising treats that Hong Kong Island has to offer.
With a large population of Aussie expats, drinking in Hong Kong is a muddle of refreshingly unique cocktails, local brews and imported wines. Hong Kong Brewhouse features some of the best local beers, and enjoy a drink on the rooftop of the Fringe Club - an oasis in the middle of the chaos of Lan Kwai Fong.
Singapore is Asia's squeaky-clean capital with a welcoming personality to match.
Hellooooo home of the Singapore mud crab. Dining in Singapore is sacred and a true pleasure, filled with steaming hot laksa, spicy curries, slippery noodles and fresh seafood. With loads of fine fining on offer, often the best food can be found at open-air food centres like Lau Pa Sat or Maxwell Road Food Centre.
Singapore sling anyone? The country's national drink is credited to an inventive bartender at the famous Raffles Hotel, although bars all over the small country lovingly create unique versions of the Singapore staple. Locals love to sip on a Tiger beer, which can be found at supermarkets everywhere.