Who’s excited for October? With the kids’ half-term break and public holidays coming up, it’s time to plan your next family getaway. From beach breaks to cultural getaways, the experts at Flight Centre Hong Kong have three hot airfare/hotel deals for you. They can help you plan trips to foster your children’s sense of adventure and curiosity, embrace their energy and just let them play — while making sure you get well-deserved R&R.
Beach Bum: Danang & Hoi An
Half an hour from Danang (pictured above) is the beautiful old town of Hoi An. It’s easy to see why Hoi An, with its charming fusion of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architecture, ancient streets and glimpses of traditional life, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Possibly the most picture-perfect place in all of Vietnam, this atmospheric city can be easily explored on foot.
Wander down to the Thu Bon River and watch traditional boats float past, see farmers and fishmongers hauling their goods to market, and enjoy the fragrant aromas that arise from the colourful street food stalls, which can be found on almost every corner.
Hoi An is a food lover’s paradise — from the restaurants and markets to the street eats, you’ll find fresh, delicious fare at very affordable prices. Seek out the local specialties, which include cao lau, a tantalizing bowl of thick noodles with pork and fresh local greens, and banh bao vac, a dish of shrimp dumplings folded to resemble a rose.
Hot Deal: Direct flights with 4 nights’ stay at Furama Resort Danang from only HK$5,359 per person (child price from HK$2,099)
Culture Vulture: Chiang Mai
Surrounded by lush mountains, wild jungles and sprawling countryside, Chiang Mai is as beautiful as it is diverse. Spend your time visiting sacred temples, exploring the urban city streets, taking Thai cooking classes or setting out on wildlife adventures.
Begin with a trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Whether you get there by taxi, motorbike or tuk-tuk, this sacred temple that commands the mountaintop is not to be missed.
Want more? The Buddhist temple Wat Chedi Luang in the historic centre is also a must-see. To escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a delightful respite, head to the beautiful Suan Buak Haad Park nestled in the southwest corner of the city. Wander over the pond via the footbridge, or simply pack up a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy a lazy afternoon.
For a touch of modern culture, the Art in Paradise museum won’t disappoint. Chiang Mai’s first 3D art museum will provide hours of mind-bending fun for the whole family.
Hot Deal: Direct flights with 4 nights’ stay at uber chic Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai from only HK$5,659 per person (child price from HK$2,099)
City Slicker: Singapore
Singapore, lah! This modern city-state is small in stature but packs a punch on the holiday front, with a magnetic urban environment and old-world Asian charm. More than 50 per cent of its area is parks and this ‘garden city’ is known for its top shopping and fine food. When the bright lights of Marina Bay come calling, there’s little sense in resisting the lure of one of Asia’s most glamorous cities.
Boasting plenty of high-quality restaurants, trendy new nightclubs and a stunning water-lined location, there’s so much to see and do in Singapore you won’t know where to start! The landscaped, cage-free Singapore Zoo is a premier attraction, famed as one of the prettiest zoos in the world.
Those visitors who don’t have the zoo on their list of things to do in Singapore may well be planning to shop. Orchard Road is comparable with New York’s Fifth Avenue or Tokyo’s Ginza when it comes to retail therapy.
Universal Studios Singapore, the Botanic Gardens and Sentosa Island all ensure there’s no shortage of familiar sights to enjoy in the ever-changing Lion City.
Hot Deal: Direct flights with 4 nights’ stay at the luxe Ritz Carlton Singapore from only HK$5,859 per person (child price from HK$2,059)
*All prices exclude taxes and fuel surcharge.
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