4 unique long weekend choices in Asia
Is your idea of a weekend escapade one where you can shop till you drop? Or do you prefer soaking in the artistic vibes of a city? Check out Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ guide to awesome getaways for different personality types.
Everyone’s idea of a dream long weekend escape may be a little different and it can depend on what leisure activities you enjoy. However, there are some things that never change. For instance, we all want to stay in the perfect getaway hotel, indulge in experiences that we can’t get at home and meet new and interesting people.
Here are our picks of the hottest vacation spots in Asia that are just a short flight away to satisfy your penchant for wanderlust, regardless of your preferred style of relaxation.
For the shopaholic
There’s no place like Hong Kong to shop till you drop. From international luxury designers to kitschy Chinoise souvenirs, there’s something for everyone in Hong Kong. Bargain hunters looking for deals, steals and keepsakes should make a beeline for the Ladies’ Market and Jardine’s Bazaar. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the glittery malls in Central are home to just about every international designer you can name, while Causeway Bay is filled with high-street labels and local brands.
Those in search of something a little more unique should check out the hipster neighbourhoods of Sheung Wan and Wan Chai, where an increasing number of up-and-coming designers are setting up shop in the tiny alleys of these neighbourhoods.
New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel is well-located in the shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui East and is conveniently connected to other shopping enclaves, making it the ideal home-away-from-home for shopaholics.
For the culture vulture
In recent years, Penang has become a popular vacation spot for those in search of art and culture. Many buildings in George Town, the capital of Penang, are filled with whimsical, nostalgic street art pieces that make for Instagram-worthy moments. There are also art galleries featuring works by local artists to explore, while the annual George Town Festival (1-31 August, 2015) features eclectic international acts, as well as community initiatives and art installations.
The delicious street food of Penang will also rank high on any foodie’s must-sample list, with internationally renowned dishes, such as Penang laksa, char kway teow and curry mee, all on offer. Simply ask your hotel concierge or taxi driver to point you towards his favourite hawker centre and order to your heart’s content.
For maximum convenience, find accommodation at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang, one of the closest beach resorts to the city.
For the party goer
Phuket is a party lover’s paradise with myriad nightlife options, from vibrant restaurants to friendly bars and pulsating clubs. Explore the lively main road, Soi Bangla, and spend the night bar-hopping and stopping frequently to fuel up on authentic Thai food.
Book a hotel room at Millennium Resort Patong Phuket, perfectly located in the heart of Patong, so you don’t have to worry about travelling too far in the wee hours of the night. When you finally wake up, take a five minute walk to Patong Beach, where you can laze about and sip on fresh coconut water until it’s time to start partying once again.
For the history lover
Manila is a densely populated metropolis packed with glittering skyscrapers and noisy traffic. It is also a city with a long and varied history dating back to the 10th century, when it was a part of the Spanish empire. The city was later ruled by the Americans and then the Japanese during World War II, before the Philippines gained independence.
It’s no wonder then that Manila is filled with key historical sites. Heritage Hotel Manila is in the heart of the city centre, providing easy access to interesting attractions. These include the walled city of Intramuros, which is Manila’s oldest district, the Bahay Tsinoy museum and the National Museum of the Philippines. Other interesting places to visit include Fort Santiago and Rizal Park.