From its gorgeous mountains, to secluded beaches and bustling streets, there’s always something going on in HK. But one of our favourite things about living in this magical city has got to be its close proximity to so many other incredible destinations.
Coupled with the generous number of public holidays per year, we’re no strangers to a long weekend break. As long as you plan ahead, cheap flights should be available, saving on cost and on the number annual leave days! Need inspiration? We’re fishing out our passports and looking to our favourite beach getaways that are quick and easy to get to from HK.
A mere one-hour, fifty-minute flight to Danang, Vietnam is one of the quickest destinations to get to from Hong Kong. Danang offers up beautiful beaches and fab resorts such as The Intercontinental Danang, but for a little more buzz, head to Hoi An. Just a 40-minute drive from Danang airport, enjoy the best of both worlds, by exploring the ancient town, staying in a cute boutique hotel, or a budget-friendly guesthouse and chilling at An Bang beach (with a coconut in hand!).
Be sure to try a cooking class, get some shoes made or clothes tailored, and most definitely eat as much food as you can! I highly recommend the banh mi from Banh Mi Phuong, it’ll change your view on the humble sandwich forever. I promise.
Fly To: Danang International Airport
Flight Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Best For: More than just a beach trip
Sassy Tip: Eat all the banh mi at Banh Mi Phuong and get gorgeous custom leather shoes made at Laughing Cow
Read more: Sassy’s Guide to Central Vietnam
With quick and direct flights (that are great value for money!), Okinawa is perfect for a short break that’s provides more than just a beach getaway. Sure, its white sand beaches and shimmering ocean are more than tempting, but Okinawa also offers up incredible cultural experiences that ensure you get the most from your long weekend!
Navigate the Miyara River by starlight, trek to the top of Pinaisara Waterfall, Snorkel off the Coast of Barasu Island, or check out beautiful views of the Pacific from the Unesco heritage site of Nakagusuku Castle. You’ll feel like you’re worlds away from the busy streets of Hong Kong.
Fly To: New Ishigaki Airport
Flight Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Best For: Beach lovers who enjoy adventure
Sassy Tip: Make sure to seek out Champuru, a stir fry of tofu, eggs, bitter melon and pork, along with Okinawa’s famous soba noodles. Different to other Japanese soba, these noodles are thicker and more like udon, served in a bowl of delicious broth and a number of toppings
Read more: Off-The-Beaten-Path: 5 Unexpected Adventures in Okinawa
A bucket list destination for many, we don’t need to tell you the draws of heading to the Philippines. Though many of the islands can take longer to get to (and often with multiple flights and boat rides), you can fly directly to Cebu if you’re in desperate need of a little R&R. If you’re a diving fan, the waters off the coast are going to be a major attraction, along with the idyllic beaches and plethora of luxe resorts.
Fly To: Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Flight Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Best For: Total R&R and diving
Sassy Tip: Food lovers be sure to try some Lechon (roast pig) which is popular across Cebu and available from street stalls and restaurants
The picturesque island of Jeju lies off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and is known for its beautiful beach resorts and volcanic landscape.
With many Unesco world heritage sites there are plenty of walks and hikes to keep you busy (the dormant volcano of Hallaan is the highest mountain in South Korea and can be hiked in a day!), along with beautiful beaches to unwind on. Boasting many breath-taking waterfalls, make sure to explore Cheonjeyeon Waterfall (also known as the Pond of God), whilst in Jeju.
Fly To: Jeju International Airport
Flight Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Best For: Surfers should head to Jungmun beach, which is known for its huge waves!
Sassy Tip: We all know that South Korea is famous for its Korean Barbecue, but in Jeju you’ve got to try the Black Pork, along with plenty of super fresh seafood.
Just a two and half hour drive from Thailand’s capital, Hua Hin is a breath of seaside air compared to the flashier spots in Thailand. Take a tour through the town’s gorgeous vineyard, sample the culture at one of the many scenic temples, face the waves with kiteboarding or simply relax at any of the seaside spas or restaurants. With a wide range of things to taste, see and do – this is the ideal spot for either a peaceful weekend getaway or even something longer.
Fly To: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Flight Time: 2 hours 50 minutes, plus a 2 hour, 44 minute drive
Best For: Some much needed R&R! The Thai Royal Family’s summer palace here maintains this as a moderately more “respectful” and peaceful holiday destination, perfect for beach bums and foodies alike.
Sassy Tip: Check out the weekend Cicada Market – a contemporary artsy take on the traditional Thai street market. The Cicada Market features local live performances, creative workshops, handmade decorative items, and of course the most amazing local and international food – all showcased under luminous lanterns.
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