Sassy Girls live for weekends, but we especially love long weekends because they offer a perfect excuse to jet off to explore new and exciting locations across Asia. We’ve hunted down secret spots in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Japan that offer real bang for your buck so you can easily have a decadent weekend for less than 5,000 bucks, including flights and accommodation! You can get to all of them easily from Hong Kong so you’ll spend less time travelling and more time exploring. Don’t forget to book a month and a half before you fly to get the best value for money too! If you fancy checking out more places too, feel free to explore here!
Wellness escape to Guilin
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, try a weekend break to Guilin in China. A non-stop flight takes less than one-and-a-half hours from Hong Kong and you can enjoy a two-night break from just $4,607.
The scenery in Guilin will not let you down, with crystal clear waters surrounded by magnificent rock formations. The must-do for this trip is to visit the 180 million-year-old Reed Flute Caves. Once you venture in, be prepared for the enchanting limestone rocks, illuminated with different colours. After working up an appetite, head to one of the local restaurants and try the famous and delicious Yangshuo Beer Fish, made with fresh Li River carp.
Beach retreat in Sandakan
If you’re looking for a beach getaway but have already checked off Boracay, Bali, and Koh Samui, then head to Malaysia to enjoy the stunning beaches of Sandakan. Book a three-night break with flights and accommodation for $4,956. Once you see the fabulous clear waters and exquisite sandy beaches, you’ll want to keep this paradise your little secret.
As well as having perfect beaches to relax on, Sandakan is also home to the endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles. Take a short boat trip to the Turtle Islands Park for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to find out more about these precious animals and the conservation programme.
Culture vultures in Mandalay
Ladies, set your sights on the cultural experiences of Mandalay in Myanmar. You can book a two-night break for an average of $4,698. Hike to the top of the 240-metre Mandalay Hill and take in the panoramic view of the city as the sun sets. This is also a local hotspot, so make sure you get there early to grab a good place. Take a tour and admire the architecture at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Within the grounds, you’ll see the world’s largest book, featuring an amazing 1,460 pages made out of stone!
Extreme thrills in Dalat
Hong Kongers are certainly not shy of trying their hands at new experiences, and Dalat in Southern Vietnam is the destination for adventure seekers. Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ due to its mild climate, Dalat is also the perfect place in Southeast Asia to escape the stifling heat and humidity in Hong Kong.
A four-night break in Dalat including flights and accommodation can cost $4,685. Try your hand at canoeing or trekking through the Vietnamese jungle. One of the major highlights of this area is the Datanla Waterfalls for a full-day rappel tour. This is a trip for adrenaline junkies; the faint-of-heart need not apply!
Big freeze in Asahikawa
A cool trip to Asahikawa in Japan is a great way to escape the heat. Enjoy a two-night break with flights and accommodation for $4,729. Visit the famous Asahiyama Zoo and take part in the daily penguin walk or visit the orangutan trapeze.
Keep warm by enjoying a bowl of the famous Asahikawa ramen. This tasty noodle soup is made with broth and soy sauce topped with meat and vegetables.
5 destinations for under $5,000 – what more could a girl want? Happy holidays!