With under a month to go until the Easter break, now is the perfect time to plan your last-minute escape from Hong Kong and explore the sights and sounds of a brand new destination. To help you pick the best spot for your next big adventure, we pick the brains of our friends at Lazysuitcase, a website that helps English speaking Hong Kongers plan exciting holidays without facing all the hard work – and the language barrier.
1. Chiang Mai
Thailand‘s northern capital is an escape from the whirlwind pace of life of its southern rival, Bangkok. Despite the constant stream of planes and trains overflowing with sightseers, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom is still blissfully calm and laid-back. If you don’t want to participate in the vast array of activities on offer, just stroll around the backstreets and discover a city that is still firmly Thai in its atmosphere, aspect, and attitude.
A short ride by motorcycle or chartered rót daang (‘red truck’) will deliver you to pristine rainforest reserves, churning waterfalls, serene forest wát, bubbling hot springs, and peaceful country villages – as well as a host of adventure camps, elephant sanctuaries, and souvenir markets.
Travel time: 3 hours from Hong Kong (direct)
2. Sri Lanka
Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a colourful and rich history. The original soul of Buddhism still flourishes here, and nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer travellers such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage, and unique experiences within such a compact location.
Our Top Picks of Things to Do:
1. Wander through Galle Fort’s atmospheric streets
2. Get up close and personal with elephants at the Pinnawela orphanage
3. Seek out leopards in Yala National Park
4. Climb to the top of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress
5. Be amazed by Anuradhapura’s ruins
Travel time: 5 hours, 45 minutes to Colombo Bandaranayake Airport from Hong Kong
Cambodia is the perfect luxury holiday destination for those who really want to get under the skin of the country they are visiting. It has so much to offer – iconic cultural sites, ancient and contemporary history, renowned hospitality, excellent food, plus an undiscovered, authentic feel, which you simply can’t find elsewhere.
From the breathtaking temple complex at Angkor, to the frenetic but alluring capital of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s culture, landscapes, and flavours will reinvigorate your senses. For a slower, more contemplative experience, Luang Prabang’s captivating natural beauty and stunningly well-preserved ancient monuments are like stepping back in time to the Asia of old.
Travel time: 2 hours, 45 minutes from Hong Kong (direct)
While only 7km long and – at its bikini line, 500m wide – tiny Boracay has rapidly become the Philippines’ top tourist attraction. At the centre of the action is dreamy White Beach, a postcard-perfect, 4km-long stretch of sand lined from one end to the other with hotels, restaurants, bars, and dive shops now several blocks deep.
The beach path is typically awash with visitors, including large groups of package tourists drawn from all over Asia – most commonly Korea, Taiwan and China. The ocean is dotted with romantic sailboats, and vibrant parasails fill the air. After the breathtaking sunset, live music breaks out, and fire dancers twirl their batons. The party goes on all night! All of this can be great fun, and can easily occupy your entire visit.
Travel time: 4 hours, 45 minutes plus from Hong Kong, via Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport
Where better to spend Easter than in the land of chocolate? Rich chocolate eggs fill chocolatiers’ shop windows at this time of year.
With temperatures starting to warm up in time for Easter, Brussels becomes an easy and elegant city to wander around by foot. Find a well-located city apartment in Brussels so you can hop on and off public transport to get to where you want to be, and don’t forget you can also see Brussels by boat as a canal flows right through the city centre.
Travel time: 14 hours plus from Hong Kong (one change)
Like what you see? Get in touch with Lazysuitcase and let them help you plan your adventure. They can help you find the best packages and prices to book, plan your itinerary, and give you the best tips to enjoy your chosen holiday spot to the fullest with their ‘city tips’ section.