Where to take your Asia multi centre holiday
Combining two or more destinations is a great way to explore more of the world in one Asia Multi Centre Holiday.
Whether you can’t decide which countries to combine or if you’d like a city-break coupled with a beach getaway, we have you covered, allowing you to enjoy both on one holiday. Our Far East Experts have put together their top first-hand recommendations from the trips they’ve embarked on, so you can make the very most of your next escape…
Thailand - Bangkok and Koh Samui
Take in one of the world’s greatest cities with a visit to Bangkok; during the day you can cruise the Chao Phraya River spotting sights as you go, hire a guide and explore the opulent Grand Palace or peruse the buzzing MBK Shopping Center for souvenirs. By night, visit the open air market located on Khao San Road, take a twilight dip in the Sindhorn Midtown Bangkok’s incredible rooftop infinity pool or sip cocktails in Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertigo Bar – we recommend the classic Vertigo Sunset, a blend of cranberry, pineapple and lime, with a dash of Malibu.
Twin your city getaway with the coastal resorts of idyllic Koh Samui. Head to Chaweng for uninterrupted sandy beaches numerous local restaurants and lively nightlife with a stay at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort which is just a ten-minute tuk-tuk ride from the buzzing centre. If you’re looking for a resort that's a little quieter, take the 10 minute journey to Lamai which offers beautiful beaches and romantic moonlit dining – perfect for honeymooning. Nestled in a secluded bay, just a few minutes from Lamai, you’ll find Rocky’s Boutique Resort – offering privacy, intimate pool areas to cool off and vibrant corals nearby if you’re a keen diver.
Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi
An intoxicating blend of modern and colonial cultures, discover the highlights of Kuala Lumpur. Travel to the top of the iconic Petronas Towers which overlook the city centre, enjoyable by day and night or if you’d rather enjoy a drink with your views, head to the chic Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Sky Bar. Visit Merdeka Square, the Lakes Gardens and the exquisite Railway Station for a feel of the authentic side to this sprawling metropolis or visit the Bukit Bintang region for a taste of the extraordinary as you dine on some of the best street food in the world. Try the chilli pan mee – a rich mix of minced pork, poached egg, home-made noodles and dried anchovies - before you leave.
Escape the city to one of 99 tropical islands that make up Langkawi where you can relax on sun-kissed beaches, views of the sparkling Andaman Sea and lush rainforests (complete with flying lemurs!) just waiting to be explored. One of our favourite areas in particular is the serene Datai Bay, where you’ll find the luxurious The Datai Langkawi.
Singapore, Sentosa Island and Borneo
Explore the best of Singaporeand discover a perfect blend of European, Malay and Chinese cultures. This sovereign city-state is well-known for its incredible shopping experiences as well as its selection of eateries which range from high end dining establishments to hawker food stalls; we recommend trying the Assam Laksa – a delicious sour fish and tamarind-based soup. End your stay in the city with a visit to Raffles Singapore to sample their world-famous Singapore Sling with a view of the skyline at night.
To add an extra layer of fun to your Singapore sling, consider pairing a stay among the skyscrapers with a few nights on lively Sentosa Island. Home to Universal Studios Singapore, waterparks, white-sand beaches and adrenalin-pumping attractions; Sentosa gives Florida a run for its money. Young-at-heart couples will love The Outpost Hotel at Sentosa, a trendy adults-only hangout with a rooftop pool and chic monochrome guest rooms. If you’re travelling with children, Village Hotel at Sentosa is the ultimate family-friendly resort, featuring a dedicated kids’ check-in, weekly movie nights and a giant pool deck complete with a lazy river and waterslides. Plus, it’s only a short stroll from Resorts World® and KidZania Singapore – perfect for little legs.
For a grand finale to your multi-stop journey, fly on to Borneo for wildlife encounters, jungle-fringed beaches and rainforest adventures. The Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is set in a 64-acre forest reserve and is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Head out on a guided walking trail to spot brightly coloured birds – there’s over 67 species in the area or don a headtorch and explore after dark to find fireflies flitting in the canopy and rare nocturnal creatures. And of course, no trip to Borneo is complete without meeting the most famous wild residents; the orangutans. Don’t miss the unforgettable day trip to Sandakan to see these adorable apes monkeying around at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
Hong Kong and Phuket
Backed by rolling hills and fronted by glistening glass-clad skyscrapers and neon lights, Hong Kong is a city that embraces its heritage as well as its future. Within a city that is consistently changing, there’ll always be plenty for you to do, whether that’s; taking in a different perspective of the city from either the Star Ferry or Victoria Peak, enjoying Dim Sum at street level with the locals or taking part in a tai chi session as the sun rises. If you’re looking for culture, then head to Kowloon’s Walled City Park for the Qing Dynasty garden where you’ll see relics dating from 1277-1279. For some of the best views of Kowloon and exceptional Cantonese dining, we recommend a stay at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong.
When you’ve finished exploring the bright lights of Hong Kong, head to the picturesque province of Phuket in Thailand. If you like to be at the heart of the action, the great-value Marina Phuket Resort has one of the best locations in Phuket, surrounded by tropical jungle, yet just a short hop from the bustling centre of Karon. Or, for a taste of the royal treatment, a stay in the Doublepool Villas by Banyan Tree feels like a stay in a miniature Thai Palace. Part of the Banyan Tree Phuket, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a lavish pool villa to retreat to with access to the resort’s superb restaurants and bars.
Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc
Visit Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, located at the point where the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers meet. By day, explore the Royal Palace, home to the ornate Silver Pagoda, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and the Throne Hall, discover the old, faded heart of the city in the French Quarter and experience the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum to view this city’s turbulent past. By night, saunter along the riverfront boulevard, Sisowath Quay, enjoying an al fresco meal on the banks of the Mekong before taking in one of the city’s vibrant night markets. Rest your head at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh which is just a few steps from the Wat Phnom Temple.
A dynamic meeting of old meets new in Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon, reveals the cultural, fast-paced heart of Vietnam. Take in the Jade Emperor, guarding the entrance to heaven, one of the most entrancing examples of Taoist architecture in existence in the city, visit the War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels for a haunting reminder of the effects and legacy of the Vietnam War or spot the famous Notre Dame Cathedral (yes, you read that right) – the one remaining stronghold of Catholicism in a mainly Buddhist country. At night, head to the heaving Ben Thanh Market where you’ll find the infamous Banh Mi Pate – a sandwich, but not as you know it, stuffed with multiple layers of luncheon meat, mayonnaise, pickles, cucumber and pate – a meat lover’s dream come true. Stay at the nearby Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel, complete with a rooftop pool and its own cinema!
After a whirlwind city-hopping tour, wind down with some beach relaxation in Phu Quoc. This beautiful island is just under an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Expect to find golden sand beaches, tranquil fishing villages and authentic Vietnamese charm. Foodies will be in their element at La Veranda Resort Phú Quốc – Mgallery. Not only does this elegant French-style mansion feature one of the best fine dining restaurants in Vietnam, but there are cooking classes, street food fiestas and the highly-recommended Sea of Smoke experience. Enjoy live salsa music, sunset views and a buffet of barbecued meats, luscious salad (grown in their organic garden), and try the catch of the day – delivered fresh off the boat by local fishermen.
Shanghai and Tokyo
Split in two by the Huangpu River, Shanghai epitomises the cosmopolitan yet ancient nature of China. Head to the famed waterside walkway of the Bund to see 52 different architectural building styles from the Gothic to the Renaissance, visit Shanxi Nanlu for its authentic yet colourful shoe shops or take a stroll in the leafy French Concession taking in the quaint delis of Fuxung Road. But if temples are more your thing, there are plenty but we’d recommend a visit to the Longhua Temple, Jade Buddha Temple or City God Temple.
Swap one metropolis for another as you discover the land of the rising sun in the energetic city of Tokyo. Enjoy a local sumo wrestling tournament, visit an authentic sake brewery to find out how they create this infamous tipple or head to the Ginza area to pick up the latest tech, a fetching kimono or spend an afternoon in Art Space Tokyo. After all that adventuring, you’re going to need something to nibble – revel in Tokyo’s gastronomic delights from Fugu (poisonous blowfish) to traditional sushi styles, Maki and Sashimi. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without spotting Mount Fuji from the top of the Tokyo Skytree or the exquisite Sensoji Temple to receive your “omikuji” (fortune telling strip of paper).
This feature was updated on 28 May 2021. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing.