We’ve all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
Planning a getaway from life sometimes is the crucial ingredient to help you recharge, and keep you sane, while ticking off a few destinations from your must-travel list.
So whether you’re on a long break from work, or are looking to discover a new city with your loved ones, here are six places in the world that offer plenty to see, eat, and do.
The third biggest city after Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taichung offers travellers a variety of activities ranging from shopping, food, and sightseeing.
Head to the Rainbow Village to view the remarkable wall paintings and drawings of Mr. Huang, who decided to liven up his village starting from his own house. Another thing that you can find all over Taichung and Taiwan is themed cafes, such as the Carton King restaurant, where everything except your food is made out of cardboard.
While you’re here, don’t forget to head to the Feng Chia night market which holds over a thousand stalls for you to eat, drink, and shop for trinkets.
Jeju Island, Korea
If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, Jeju Island will be more of your thing. Located on the Korean Straits and being the largest island off the Korean Peninsular, Jeju is filled with natural wonders and serene parks that offer a peek into the history of the island.
Head to Hailim Park where you can find scenic gardens and caves, soak up some sun at the many beaches on the island, or kayak into the beautiful clear waters of Soesokkak Estuary where river and sea waters meet.
A must-see here are their quirky-themed parks, such as the glass-art park or the Love park featuring the “birds and the bees”.
Talk about travelling to Japan and most would think of the cultural city of Kyoto or the pop-culture hub of Tokyo. But did you know that Japan is also home to tropical climate beaches?
The island of Okinawa is frequented by travellers seeking for sunshine and clear blue seas, although the tropical climate doesn’t stop the sakuras from blooming in this part of the country during spring.
Okinawa is also home to some of the tastiest seafood. You may want to head to the Awase Fishing Port, where you can enjoy some of the freshest catches of the day, or indulge in some local dishes at the Kokusai Dori Yatai-mura eatery.
If you can’t get enough of the crystal clear waters here, head to Ishikagi Island, where you can snorkel in the clear, emerald seas and discover underwater life.
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco offers many a famous landmark to visit, such as the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and so on. Being the setting for many well-known Hollywood movies, San Francisco offers many familiar sights for movie and pop culture buffs.
Don’t miss the chance to hop on the iconic tram lines down the steep hills of the city, or grab cocktails at one of the many bars on man-made Treasure Island, a historical landmark of California. Or plan your trip during the hotter months if you’re keen on fitting in outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking or even windsurfing.
Deriving its name from the abundance of fragrant olive trees in the region, Guilin is a picturesque prefecture that is home to unique landscapes that are unlike most parts of China.
The city is known for its Karst (eroded limestone) formations that make for a breathtaking scenery as you cruise down the Li River. Another feast for the eyes are the rice terraces of Longsheng, which are so vast in area that they form patterns along the hillsides – a magnificent view not to be missed.
Hong Kong may be known to be one of the world’s most fast-paced cities. But for travellers and tourists alike, Hong Kong offers a haven of food and shopping, and a few sights to behold for those who prefer a dose of the outdoors.
Head to The Landmark to shop exclusive designer brands that are rarely found in other parts of Asia, or to the Pacific Place mall to browse the 130 or so mid to high-end designer labels. If you’re looking for cheaper bargains and mementos, then head over to the Temple Street night market or Kowloon street.
Hong Kong is also famous for its food selection. Some of the must-eats here are dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, an affordable Michelin Star restaurant, hot egg tarts at Tai Cheong bakery with perfectly crumbling crusts, and the endless variety of street food that you can indulge in as you explore the various food stalls in Hong Kong.
If there’s one must-do activity in Hong Kong, it is to hop on the world’s steepest funicular railway, Peak Tram, and head all the way to the summit of Victoria Peak that offers breathtaking views both in the day and night.
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