Phuket, Hong Kong & Macao
Travel 01 May 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 30 Apr 2019
Saving £315 per person
- 8 nts Kantary Bay , Phuket - Studio - Breakfast
- 4 nts The Cityview , Hong Kong - Upgrade to deluxe room - Room only
- 1 nts Grand Emperor Hotel, Macao - Deluxe room - Breakfast
- Free Hong Kong City Tour
- Flights to Phuket via Hong Kong and onwards to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific , accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £40 for departures Fri, Sat, Sun in either direction.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
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.
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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.
Deluxe room - Breakfast
Grand Emperor Hotel, which is under Emperor Hotels Group, takes the art of luxury accommodation beyond your expectations. We attend to every single detail from interior decor to 24 hours personalized services.
Flights to Phuket via Hong Kong and onwards to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific , accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £40 for departures 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.
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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.
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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.
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Located on the south coast of China, just 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macao was a Portuguese territory from the 16th century until 1999 when it became a Special Administrative Region of China. Its blend of Chinese colour and Portuguese heritage is intoxicating and both influences are still very much in evidence and, with everything contained in a relatively small area, it’s easy to make the most of this unique destination.
Where else can you walk down a lane fizzing with the bustle and energy of Chinese streetlife before calling into an authentic Portuguese restaurant? Where else can you spend the afternoon sipping coffee in a cobbled, tree-shaded square and the evening enjoying nightlife as grand and glamorous as that in Las Vegas? And, where else can you see giant pandas, attempt bungee jumping, feast on Michelin-starred cuisine and admire UNESCO-listed buildings all on the same day?
Nowhere highlights Macao’s east-meets-west character more vividly than its UNESCO-listed Historic Centre, where the maze-like streets host 30 handsome period buildings and squares, some unmistakably European, others proudly Chinese. Key attractions here include Senado Square, the ruins of 17th century St Paul’s Church and the atmospheric A-Ma Temple.
Also, not to be missed is the enchanting former fishing hamlet of Taipa Village. Here you can while away the hours wandering through the cobbled alleys, feasting on tantalising cuisine and browsing the gift boutiques or lifestyle stores. Further south at Coloane Village discover historic streets and plant-bedecked houses along with waterfront walks, pretty piazzas as well as two beaches and a golf course too.
At the Macau Tower, which stretches high above the skyline, you’ll be bowled over by the far-reaching views of the city and surrounding area. Whilst there, those in search of an adrenalin kick will find four high-altitude challenges, including one of the world’s highest bungee jumps! At the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion enjoy the chance to see these incredible creatures up close, or for an insight to the city’s heritage, visit the superb Macao Museum.
After dark, Macao’s entertainment scene roars into life, whatever the night of the week. Choose from spectacular shows such as the enthralling House of Dancing Water; a fantastic array of drinking venues from glamorous cocktail bars to local spots with live music or rooftop terraces where you can watch the sunset; stylish clubs with music for every taste and, for those that fancy a flutter, modern casinos to rival those in Vegas.
With Macao’s unique history, it’s no surprise that this is the place to dine out on superb Chinese and Portuguese dishes, along with the local Macanese fusion cuisine. From fine dining in luxury hotels to traditional neighbourhood eateries, even the most dedicated foodie will be impressed.
Let Premier Holidays help you discover why Macao is the ideal add-on to an Asian itinerary or trip to Australasia.