Asia Five Ways: Plan your next escape now

05 November 2018

Got a hankering for beaches, islands and street food? Whether it’s a budget beach break, secluded tropical resort escape or fun city getaway, Asia has a holiday spot to tick every travel box. Here are five hot destinations in Asia to put on your travel radar: 

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Best for: Budget travellers, solo travellers

An average annual temperature of 27 degrees ensures the island of Phu Quoc is a top destination for travellers seeking a tropical paradise that doesn’t blow the budget. From low-cost, family-run guesthouses to upscale beachside resorts with infinity pools, Phu Quoc has options for all types of travellers. When it comes to activities, this laidback island has something for everyone. Half the island is a national park, so hiking to waterfalls and kayaking along the shoreline are popular daytime activities. As expected, the fresh seafood is exceptional here, so don’t leave without tucking into a seafood feast (or two).   

Phuket, Thailand 

Best for: Families, groups, couples

A longstanding favourite holiday destination with Australians, Phuket is one of those places travellers return to time and time again. Family-friendly resorts with kids clubs, games rooms, swimming pools, water slides, babysitting services and handy beach access ensure that kids of all ages are entertained. Group trips are often hard to plan, but Phuket is one of those destinations perfect for an end-of-year trip or get-together with friends. Groups will get a kick out of Patong’s nightlife, with enough bars, nightclubs, restaurants and night markets to keep everyone happy. Phuket’s quieter beaches in the north are home to exclusive resorts with adults-only pools, state-of-the-art day spas and yoga pavilions– the perfect base for couples needing some downtime away from the more lively parts of the island.

Penang, Malaysia

Best for: Families, food lovers

Penang’s legendary food scene has left an impression on many travellers, including chef and television presenter Anthony Bourdain, who was blown away with the city known for being one of the world’s best street food hubs. From bowls of spicy laksa to oyster omelettes, open-air food markets are where some of Penang’s best (and more affordable) hawker food is found. Penang is also ripe for exploration with children. Kids of all ages will love riding around Georgetown in a trishaw, walking through the botanic gardens, and riding the funicular up Penang Hill.

Male, Maldives

Best for: Honeymooners, couples, divers

A destination famous for its overwater bungalows, luxury resorts and unspoilt beaches, it’s no wonder this island paradise in the Indian Ocean is a favourite with honeymooners. Home to colourful coral reefs teeming with aquatic life, snorkelling and diving are two of the most popular activities for visitors keen to see whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and turtles in the wild. Relaxation is often at the top of the agenda for visitors keen on enjoying a slow-paced beach break. Whether it’s booking in for a treatment in a five-star resort day spa, snoozing in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree, admiring a sunset from the deck of a yacht or sipping a cocktail at a beachside bar – Maldives is the type of place you won’t want to leave.

Cebu, Philippines

Best for: Adventure lovers, outdoors enthusiasts

Waterfalls, wildlife and aquatic adventures are what draws travellers to this picturesque part of the Philippines. The white-sand beaches and surrounding islands of Cebu provide the perfect backdrop for a sun-soaked holiday that makes the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. Diving with sharks, snorkelling above coral reefs and embarking on energising mountain treks to find hidden waterfalls make Cebu a top destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Add in uncrowded beaches dotted with shacks selling fresh, delicious cuisine, and you’ve got a dream destination to disappear to for a few weeks of sun, sand and serenity.   

Find out more about these wonderful destinations or book your adventure in Asia today by contacting your Travel Counsellor.

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