Filmart: Making a Quick Getaway After the Market
A few days of frenetic negotiations will leave you needing some rest and relaxation, so here’s ﬁve destinations close to Hong Kong that will take your mind oﬀ work in no time.
Four days of intense dealmaking at Filmart can take it out of the best of us, so what's a better way to unwind after the market than a quick trip somewhere to recharge the batteries? We’ve picked five very different places to suit all tastes to lose yourself for a few days. And best of all, they are all only a few short hours on a plane from Hong Kong.
Where? Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Why? Situated in a sandy bay overlooked by mountains, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay resort is a feast for the eyes, but also a place to explore. Hop on a bicycle and visit the interior with its lush paddy fields, gorgeous scenery and delicious local food.
How? Vietnam Airlines flies the five-hour route to Nha Trang via Ho Chi Minh City daily.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Where? Mandarin Oriental Sanya, China
Why? A trip to the Mainland might seem counterintuitive after the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, but Sanya is an island paradise a million miles away (figuratively) from the hectic China of popular imagination. The Mandarin Oriental has created a resort that’s sole focus is making you feel complete relaxed. There’s yoga, the beach and an award-winning spa that uses both traditional Chinese medicine and more modern techniques and treatments.
How? Less than a two-hour flight from Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines all fly to Sanya several times daily.
Where? Nezima Beach House, Boracay, Philippines
Why? This one is a no-brainer. Boracay is simply stunning with crystal-clear waters, sun and white sand aplenty. The Balinese architecture-inspired Nezima is located right on the beach, so you don’t even have to move too far, and it has all the other amenities and facilities you’d expect of a top-class resort.
How? Both Philippines Air and Cebu Pacific fly the five-hour trip to Boracay’s Caticlan airport via Manilla several times daily.
Nezima Beach House, Boracay
Where? Yangon, Myanmar
Why? A formerly closed country, Myanmar has begun to open itself to visitors looking to sample one of the most intriguing cultures in Asia. Yangon is a wonderful city to explore, steeped as it is in history and cultural influence from the British, the Chinese, the Indians and, of course, the Burmese. Yangon is also youthful and vibrant, too — make sure to check out art space TS1 and the incredibly hip Port Autonomy restaurant.
How? At just over five hours, Yangon is worth the extra time flying. Thai Airways flies via Bangkok once a day.
Port Autonomy, Yangon
Where? Bangkok, Thailand
Why? Up until recently, the Thai capital was better known for its rowdy nightlife and glittering array of Buddhist temples rather than world-class dining. Sure, the best Thai food anywhere is found in Bangkok, but now the city boasts the best restaurant in all of Asia, according to Restaurant magazine, and tenth-best in the world. Gaggan, a contemporary Indian restaurant, is simply a must for anyone who takes food tourism seriously. Other gems include Nahm, Issaya Siamese Club and Eat Me.
How? Despite its outwardly chaotic nature, Bangkok is one of the most accessible big cities in Asia with excellent air links. Several airlines fly the three-hour route daily from Hong Kong, including Cathay Pacific, Thai and Bangkok Airways.
Bangkok at night (Getty Images)