Hong Kong, Macao & Phuket beach
Travel 01 May 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Mar 2019
Saving £264 per person
- 4 nts The Cityview , Hong Kong - FREE upgrade to Deluxe room - Room only
- 8 nts Kantary Bay , Phuket - Studio - Breakfast
- Includes a half day city tour of Hong Kong
- Includes a day trip to Macao
- Flights to Hong Kong and onwards to Phuket with Cathay Pacific , accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £40 when departing Fri, Sat, Sun in either direction.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
FREE upgrade to Deluxe room - Room only
Ideally situated within walking distance of the lively Nathan Road, Ladies Market and the MTR, the Cityview promises a cosy stay in a prime location with a plentiful selection of shops, markets, restaurants and bars on hand.
Studio - Breakfast
Kantary Bay overlooks Panwa Bay on the quieter south east coast and offers peaceful surroundings, a laid-back atmosphere and very affordable studio and suite accommodation.
Flights to Hong Kong and onwards to Phuket with Cathay Pacific , accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £40 when departing Fri, Sat, Sun in either direction.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
FREE upgrade to Deluxe room - Room only
A big city with overwhelming bright lights and bustling urban areas, Hong Kong is huge on entertainment, heritage, retail therapy and dining. The skyscrapers of modern Hong Kong sit cheek by jowl with old Chinese markets while sampans and junks bob around in the harbour. Full of unexpected sights of traditional culture mixed with twenty first century commercialism, the handover to China in 1997 has made little difference to the city and it is as exciting now as it ever was.
Hong Kong's two main urban areas are Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, which are separated by the deep waters of Victoria Harbour. Outlying areas include Lantau Island and the historic ex-Portuguese colony of Macao.
Hong Kong Island is regarded as the heart of the territory with glistening skyscrapers backed by green peaks that tower over districts dedicated to ancient Chinese medicine along with traces of the colonial era through English place names and double-decker trams. Kowloon offers an intoxicating mix of the very old and the strikingly new, teeming streets with tiny street stalls and smoky temples, only minutes away from upmarket hotels and fabulous boutiques.
For sweeping views of Hong Kong's skyline take the eight minute gravity-defying funicular tram ride to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Back at street level there's much to see including the chic shopping districts of Wanchai and Causeway Bay or the bargains of Stanley Market; the curio shops hidden amidst alleyways of the Western District or the picturesque beach of Repulse Bay and the floating restaurants of Aberdeen.
For priceless views of the city jump aboard the Star Ferry for a bargain historic ride across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon, where the shopping opportunities appear endless. The ferry brings you to the district of Tsim Sha Tsui, a bazaar of shops, stalls, markets and malls while the neighbourhood of Mong Kok has seemingly endless shopping streets and the popular Ladies' Market.
If time allows, exploration of the outlying islands is recommended. Lamma and Lantau are renowned for their seafood restaurants and provide a rural contrast to the hubbub that is downtown Hong Kong. Lantau is also the location of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Getting around Hong Kong couldn't be easier. Along with the Star Ferry, the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is quick, cheap and easy to use, and even runs under the harbour to connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Buses, trams and taxis are all in plentiful supply, but do spend time simply walking around to savour the sights, sounds and smells of this unique destination.
Culinary excitement is never far away on a Hong Kong holiday as it's thick with restaurants featuring food from each and every corner of the world. The prominent cooking style is Cantonese, with Dim Sum – a selection of little dumplings and dishes eaten with tea - the classic Cantonese way to start the day. The highest concentration of international cuisines can be found in Central, Soho, Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Studio - Breakfast
Phuket sits on Thailand's west coast and is the country's best known and largest island, although just 30 miles wide by 13 miles long. Home to majestic mountains, rainforests and some pristine beaches, Phuket has a wide appeal due to its variety of attractions, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the range of hotels or sophisticated resorts which cater to all tastes and budgets.
Connected to the mainland by causeway, Phuket has some of the best beaches in Thailand and while some may be more developed than others, it's a fantastic choice for a holiday by the sea. Lively Patong is the island's main resort and will suit those seeking a colourful nightlife, an abundance of bars, restaurants, shops and markets. South of Patong is slightly quieter Karon, which is known for its long beautiful beach and good selection of dining, shopping and entertainment.
Further up the west coast is Bang Tao Bay, a four mile stretch of beach home to some of Phuket's most luxurious resorts, including those within the Laguna Phuket Resort which are clustered around a series of inland lagoons. There is a small shopping mall within the resort, an 18-hole golf course and the nearby village of Cherng Talay has a variety of good value restaurants.
On the south east coast is the sheltered Panwa Bay where you'll find a long secluded expanse of white sands and a selection of local shops and restaurants. Siray Bay, on Siray Island, is connected by road bridge to Phuket's east coast and has a more rustic charm, yet the bright lights of Phuket Town are only a short drive away.
Clearly the palm-fringed beaches are the main attraction, however venture away from the soft sands and you'll find plenty to explore including the recently constructed Big Buddha, Thalang National Museum, Ton Sai Waterfall and ornate Wat Chalong - one of Phuket's most important temples. Take a stroll around Old Phuket Town and you'll discover turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture and funky shops while families may enjoy Phuket Aquarium, Cable Jungle Adventure or Phuket FantaSea Show.
Phuket is also the gateway to many smaller islands that are well worth exploring; while a must-see is stunning Phang Nga Bay with its sheer limestone outcrops jutting vertically from the emerald-green water. Choose from a leisurely cruise or perhaps enjoy a closer look by joining a guided sea kayak tour.
The island also offers a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air food markets, noisy night markets, to boutiques and department stores. Visiting one of the many markets offers a glimpse of local life and popular markets include Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town, Banzaan Market in Patong Beach and the Night Market of Old Phuket Town. Karon Shopping Plaza has a wide range of souvenirs and clothing, Plaza Surin offers boutique-style shopping and Premium Outlets Phuket has genuine designer goods at significant discounts.
It really is impossible to go hungry in Phuket as the number and diverse array of restaurants is quite astounding, although the larger resorts do offer more choice particularly when it comes to international cuisines. As you might expect from an island, seafood is a speciality and features widely in restaurants and food stalls all over Phuket.