Why Can Tho should be on your travel radar
Tourism is booming in Vietnam. In 2018, more than 15 million travellers paid Vietnam a visit. Unfortunately, such a massive influx of foreign arrivals has led to some areas becoming ‘over-touristed’, with Nha Trang and Phu Quoc being prime examples. By contrast, the city of Can Tho retains – for now – the authentic charm of a small town, even if it’s the fourth-largest city in Vietnam. Founded in 1739, Can Tho has evolved from sovereign state to colonial outpost to what it is today: the de facto capital of the Mekong Delta, the vast, fertile floodplains of southern Vietnam where the Mekong River splits into a maze of smaller rivers before emptying into the South China Sea. That location gives Can Tho an edge over other destinations in Vietnam. It has the vibrancy of a metropolis, but just outside the city limits the setting is lazy-river tranquil – all peaceful canals, jade green rice paddies and pastoral villages. Here are five reasons to pack your bags now and visit quaint Can Tho, the gateway to greater journeys in beautiful Mekong Delta. By Bruce Scott RECOMMENDED: If you only have 24 hours to burn, check out one of the best day trips from Hong Kong.
Five ways Cathay Pacific “Move Beyond” for customers
Last week, Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific announced that it was rebranding under the spanking new slogan “Move Beyond”. To give you an idea of what to expect the next time you fly CX, we’ve broken down what “Move Beyond” will bring to customers.
The best things to do in Pai, Thailand
Back in the ’80s, Pai was a small village populated only by a cluster of locals and visited by a few backpackers who were in the know. But secrets can’t be kept for long. In recent years, Pai has transformed into one of the most visited destinations in Thailand – with numerous tourist spots (and traps), guesthouses and restaurants sprouting up along its dusty streets. Thankfully, Pai is far from losing its charm. Despite now catering to more tourists than ever, the village is still a beautiful and peaceful place that everyone can and should fall in love with.
The best hotels in Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel
A seven-minute walk from Hong Kong Station, this luxury hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour is also an eight-minute walk from Central Ferry Pier 7 for services to Tsim Sha Tsui, and 5km from Victoria Peak.Elegant rooms with harbour or Peak views come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines. Upgraded rooms add lounge access with complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks. Suites provide living areas and game consoles, and some offer steam rooms. Kids age under 18 stay free in their parents' room. Room service is available.There are two restaurants, two bars, a brasserie and a pool terrace, as well as a spa and a gym.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Directly connected to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and a five-minute walk from Wan Chai MTR Station and Star Ferry Pier, the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hong Kong offers a 50m-long heated outdoor pool and a spa. Its elegant rooms overlook Victoria Harbour from floor-to-ceiling windows. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the entire property. Modern rooms are equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Marble bathrooms offer a separate bathtub for a relaxing soak. All guest rooms feature free handy smartphone device with 4G internet, unlimited local calls and international calls to USA, UK, Australia, Singapore and mainland China. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is less than 1km from Pacific Place shopping mall, Times Square, Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo. It is a 40-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport. The well-equipped health club includes tennis and racquetball courts and a 24-hour fitness studio. The tour desk provides sightseeing arrangements and car rentals. One Harbour Road features Cantonese cuisine while Grissini serves Italian dishes. International and Japanese dishes are served at the hotel’s other restaurants. Drinks and nightly live entertainment are available at Tiffin and Champagne Bar.
The Upper House
Another hotel built atop Pacific Place is this design-driven, one-of-a-kind luxury property. The Upper House, designed by renowned architect Andre Fu, is full of chic, modern appeal with stunning suites looking out onto Hong Kong’s stunning skyline. Take a break at beautiful all-day eatery Café Gray or rent a bike from one of hotel’s in-house fleet and cruise through the city in style.
W Hong Kong
Sitting high inside West Kowloons’s ICC building, the W Hong Kong is one of the coolest spots in town. Just steps away from luxury shopping mall Elements and the Airport Express rail line, you’re only minutes away from some of the best sights in the city. The world-class Bliss Spa and outdoor pool are perched high above the city, so, along with the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, you’re in for some of the best urban views anywhere in the world. With amazing dining options from traditional Cantonese to the trendy Woo Bar, your trip is set.
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Off the eaten path: The best restaurants in Macao outside the casinos
Whether comparing Michelin stars or the cities’ food scenes in general, Macao often comes across as the poor relation compared to Hong Kong. But the truth is, our sister SAR is full of great eateries – you just have to know where to find them. We sidestep the entertainment complexes and present the best places to eat like a local in Macao.
The best coffee shops in Macau
Much has been written about Hong Kong’s booming coffee culture. But what of our sister SAR? Surely Macau is just entertainment complexes and drinking holes, without a cracking coffee house in sight, right? Wrong – there’s a café scene over there that most certainly rivals our own. From artisanal gems to resort-based coffee giants that tout some of the most expensive blends in the world, Macau is fast becoming an Asian leader on the caffeine front. We’ve brewed up our eight favourites for you to check out on your next trip over.