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 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…
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, dine on top of a skyscraper at the Rembrandt Hotel’s exceptional Indian restaurant, Rang Mahal 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 The Tongsai Bay. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, take the 10 minute journey to Lamai which offers beautiful beaches but also romantic moonlit dining – perfect for honeymooning. Nestled in a secluded bay, just a few minutes from Lamai, you’ll find Rocky’s Boutique Hotel – offering privacy, intimate pool areas to cool off and vibrant corals nearby if you’re a keen diver.
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 or The Andaman but if you still want a little adventure, take the cable car to Mat Cincang Peak and the Sky Bridge for outstanding photo opportunities.
Singapore and Seminyak
A perfect blend of European, Malay and Chinese cultures, explore the best of Singapore’s east meets west culture. Well-known for its incredible shopping experiences, either in the malls or the city’s street markets, you’ll definitely be able to find something that catches your eye. Singapore is also infamous for its selection of eateries; from high end dining establishments to hawker food stalls – you need to try 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.
Indulge in the beautiful beach resorts of Bali, otherwise known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, whilst surrounded by ancient temples and verdant rice terraces. Seminyak in the south of the island is the most popular area for travellers because of its powder-soft beaches and first-class resorts, ideal whether you’re travelling as part of a family or as a couple. We recommend a stay at The Legian Bali for its little touches, like daily afternoon tea, free use of the on-site bicycles to explore the local area and daily yoga classes but most of all; we love it for its colourful sunsets.
Hong Kong and the Philippines
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 t-ai 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 what Hong Kong has to offer, head to the Philippines’ archipelago of over 7000 islands. Fly into bustling Manila, the capital, with its Spanish influences and 16th-century architecture before heading to the white-sand beaches of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa or the trendy, exclusive island of Palawan. If you’d like to try out your snorkelling or diving skills discovering local shipwrecks, or just want to relax in barefoot luxury on the beach or in the glass-bottomed spa, you’ll be more than satisfied at Huma Island Resort & Spa.
Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City
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 Sunway, Phnom Penh opposite 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 mear, mayonnaise, pickles, cucumber and pate – a meat lover’s dream come true. Stay at the nearby Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel, complete with rooftop pool and its own cinema!
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 before enjoying a well-deserved rest on popular Nanjing Road at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.
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 have receive your “omikuji” (fortune telling strip of paper).
If you want to make the most of your trip to Asia but aren’t sure which countries are available to you, take a look at our hand-picked selection, as chosen by our Far East Travel Experts.