As amazing as this fragrant harbour that is our beloved Hong Kong is, the hustle and bustle of the city can be overwhelming. Brisk walking on the streets to get out of people’s way, squeezing yourself into the MTR during rush hour, being woken up by a bus blasting its horn in the middle of the night, and having an argument with your taxi driver who’s yelling at you in Cantonese can be too intense, and sometimes a quick getaway is all we need to keep our sanity. So, when a public holiday falls on a Friday or a Monday, you know what you need to do. Grab your passport! It’s a long weekend!
We’ve handpicked five spots that are but a few hours flight away to your next escapade.
Get your surf on in the Island of the Gods, pamper yourself in a Balinese spa, feel your heart jump whilst river rafting, get up close with nature on an elephant safari, and immerse yourself in the deeply spiritual and colourful Balinese culture as you visit temples and interact with the warm and friendly locals. End your day with a dip in your private infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, just outside your cliffside room in the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.
From Asia’s World City, head to the west coast of Malaysia and relish in the old world charm of the island of Penang. Follow the heritage trail in Georgetown, Penang’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see temples, a mosque and a church, or scour the city for funny and quirky street art. Rest your tired feet in your spacious and elegant room at The Gurney and have a relaxing soak in your private Jacuzzi.
Langkawi: The Danna Langkawi
If a beach holiday is what you’re looking for, then head up north to Langkawi, where you can laze on the powdery white sand, do some water sports or hop over to one of the surrounding smaller islands for snorkelling and diving. See spectacular views of Langkawi’s lush forests from the panoramic cable car. Exploring nature can be tiring so treat yourself to a luxurious stay in the 5-star colonial hotel, The Danna Langkawi.
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa
Go for a temple run Tomb Raider-style in this world-famous travel destination. A trip to Siem Reap is not complete without watching and taking photos of the stunning sunrise from Angkor Wat. Make the award-winning Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra your home base if you’re templed out, and get a 5-star treatment as you feast your eyes on the hotel’s Khmer and colonial French architecture.
Agra: The Grand Imperial, Agra
Prepare to be mesmerised by the majestic Taj Mahal in this North Indian city. In addition to the iconic mausoleum, it’s home to two other UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Agra fort and the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri. Complement your rich cultural and historical experiences in Agra by staying in The Grand Imperial Hotel, an old world European-inspired hotel in the heart of Agra.
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