Looking for a quick weekend escape from Hong Kong? We suggest five Asian holiday spots that are a quick flight away from HK!
Fly to Taipei for a unique cultural experience close to home. The National Palace Museum of Hong Kong’s neighbour is a must-visit, if you want an interesting introduction to Taiwanese culture and history. Don’t miss the towering and majestic Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. More architectural attractions abound in Taipei if you will take the time to explore them. While Hong Kong is also known for its food, Taipei holds its own in its cuisine, too, so don’t miss its night markets with mouth-watering street food! Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes
More than just a city of concrete, Manila has its unique cultural charm too. Walk on the cobblestoned streets in the walled city of Intramuros, enjoy the Spanish colonial architecture, and stop by UNESCO World Heritage Site San Agustin Church. Sit and relax on the grass at Rizal Park while you wait for the fountains to light up in the evening. Less than two hours away from Manila you can go to the cool highlands of Tagaytay and see Taal Volcano, a small and beautiful volcano with a crater lake and an island on it. Meanwhile, Batangas, a little over two hours away, is perfect for beach bumming and diving. Flight time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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: 2 hours 40 minutes
What can be found in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city of Vietnam? Markets! Not wet markets, but markets that spill over with Vietnamese arts and craft, fashion accessories, clothes, tourist souvenirs, and more. While Hong Kong has its own fair share of markets, Ho Chi Minh is another world of markets worth visiting.
The usual spots to visit are Saigon Square during the day, and to Chợ Bến Thành or Ben Thanh Market in the night. For better prices, skip Ben Thanh Market and head to Chợ Bình Tây in Chinatown. You will also be able to find more traditional, locally made Vietnamese items here. Flight time: 2 hours 45 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: 3 hours
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 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.