Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam, later renamed Thailand, during the late-19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city is now a regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. The city is known for its street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its red-light districts. The Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok wheelchair access is poor, making disability travel a chore.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is the most densely populated city proper in the world. The Spanish city of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. The date is regarded as the city’s official founding date. Manila was also the seat of power for most of the country’s colonial rulers. It is home to many historic sites. The term “Manila” is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area, the greater metropolitan area or the city proper. The city is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. The Pasig River flows through the middle of the city, dividing it into the north and south sections. Manila wheelchair access is poor by western standards.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and second largest city by population with over 8 million inhabitants. The city mostly lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,720 km north of Ho Chi Minh City and 105 km (65 mi) west of Haiphong. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. From 1883 to 1945, the city was the administrative center of the colony of French Indochina. From 1940 to 1945 Hanoi, as well as most of French Indochina and Southeast Asia, was occupied by the Japanese empire. On September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). The Vietnamese National Assembly under Ho Chi Minh decided on January 6, 1946, to make Hanoi the capital of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War. 2010 officially marked 1,000 years since the establishment of the city.
There is also lack of wheelchair access to rail stations. The government is actively looking into these issues and have started to take actions. Wheelchair access will gradually be addressed over time, and the system is likely to attract more passengers.
Private Vehicle Rental
You can rent an accessible vehicle, with the option of a driver as well. Contact Ethnic Voyage Vietnam for details.
Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s.Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. Bali wheelchair access or more specifically, the lack of wheelchair access does create challenges for tourists with a disability.
George Town is the multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. Once a Straits of Malacca trading hub, the city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores, George Town acquired a large assortment of colonial and Asian architectural styles. It also gained a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital for its distinct and ubiquitous street food. Moreover, the city hosts unique cultural heritage, such as the Peranakans whose legacies are still visible on Penang’s architecture and cuisine. Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Verdant Penang Hill, with hiking and a funicular railway, overlooking it all. George Town wheelchair access is below what you would expect, even in KL.
Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia. As the global city of Malaysia, it covers an area of 243 km2 and has an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. The city is home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament of Malaysia, and the official residence of the Malaysian King the Istana Negara. Kuala Lumpur wheelchair access is below average which makes planning your trip in detail a must.
Singapore, the island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. Singapore wheelchair access is of a high standard and superior to wheelchair access in most asian nations.
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Trains – Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT, is a rapid transit system forming the major component of the railway system in Singapore, spanning most of the city-state. All MRT stations are equipped with barrier-free facilities like ramps, lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets for use by elderly and persons with disabilities.
There are two wheelchair-accessible carriages on each train. Keep a lookout for wheelchair indicator stickers on the train doors to locate them. Visually impaired commuters can use the Braille plates in station lifts and follow the tactile ground surface indicators that will guide them from the entrance to the platform. The indicators also serve as warnings near the platform edge. Aboard the train, station names and audio instructions for transfers are announced at every station stop.
The hearing-impaired can find indications of arrival times and destinations of approaching trains on the Rail Travel Information System (RATIS) located on platforms. While travelling on the North-South and East-West lines, the SMRT Active Route Map Information System (STARiS) on display will specify the station of arrival. Train doors are also installed with lights that flash red to warn passengers before closing.
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Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia, known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. It is the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy, Yogyakarta is regarded as an important centre for classical Javanese fine arts and culture such as ballet, batik textiles, drama, literature, music, poetry, silversmithing, visual arts, and wayang puppetry. Renowned as a centre of Indonesian education, Yogyakarta is home to a large student population and dozens of schools and universities, including Gadjah Mada University, the country’s largest institute of higher education and one of its most prestigious. Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so traveling around town should not be too expensive. If you are on foot, note that a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street. However Yogyakarta wheelchair access is poor, limiting options for those with a significant mobility impairment.
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of the world’s most populous island Java, it is the centre of economics, culture and politics of Indonesia, with a population of around 12 million. Established in the 4th century as Sunda Kelapa, the city became an important trading port for the Sunda Kingdom. It was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies, when it was known as Batavia. Jakarta is officially a province with special capital region status, but is commonly referred to as a city. The Jakarta provincial government consists of five administrative cities and one administrative regency. Jakarta is sinking up to 17 cm per year, which, coupled with the rising of sea level, has made the city more prone to flooding. Jakarta wheelchair access is poor by western standards, but better than elsewhere in this archipelago nation.
Kyoto (officially Kyoto City) is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. It is best known in Japanese history for being the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, but winters are relatively cold with occasional snowfall. Kyoto’s rain season begins around the middle of June and lasts until the end of July. Kyoto, along with most of the Pacific coast and central areas of Japan is prone to typhoons during September and October. Kyoto wheelchair access is on average, well … average.