Looking for a quick weekend escape from Ho Chi Minh? We suggest five Asian holiday spots that are a quick flight away!
Siem Reap is the home of majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, as well as many other beautiful temples. Wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and spend the rest of the day exploring its grounds and the neighboring temples like Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. At night, hang out and chill at Pub Street. Flight time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is the place for temple hopping, food tripping, and shopping. Visit temples like Wat Pho with the reclining Buddha and the riverside Wat Arun. Eat pad thai and other affordable but delicious food on the streets. Get great bargains at the Chatuchak weekend market and shopping malls like MBK. Flight time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Another perfect place for food tripping is Penang, famous for another delicious noodle, char kway teow, among other dishes like laksa and oyster omelette. Walk around the heart of the city, Georgetown, which is one huge UNESCO World Heritage Site of charming old houses, buildings, temples, and other places of worship. Look out for the colorful street art, too! Flight time: 1 hour 55 minutes
It does not immediately come to mind, but Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei has many architectural sights worth checking out, most notably the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Old Customs House. There are also a couple of museums that will satisfy art and history buffs curious to gain a deeper insight into Brunei’s culture. Before you leave, do visit the largest stilt settlement in the world at Kampong Ayer and discover how this village continues to function well despite the modernization that is slowly taking over the capital. Flight time: 1 hour 55 minutes
The entire country of Myanmar retains many elements from its time as a British colony from 1824 to 1948. Walk down the streets of its capital Yangon, and you can see the colonial architecture in its buildings such as the High Court Building built in 1914 in Queen Anne style, the Myanmar Railway Headquarters, the Immigration Building, and Bogyoke Aung San Market that was constructed in 1926. Within the latter, you can find local Burmese dresses and fabrics. For a quick way to observe the life in and around the city, hop on a railroad ride on tracks that were built in 1954. Take the circular road that loops back into Yangon in under three hours. For something closer to nature, the tranquil surroundings of Kandawgyi Park will make you forget that you are actually in a city. Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes
With more places to visit, your weekends just became more interesting. Just remember that you should check in at least two hours before your flight, so look for flights that leave on Friday night or Saturday morning. Now all you have to do is pack an overnight bag and bring it to work on Friday, or wake up bright and early on Saturday.