Take my word for it, this city is so much more than busy streets and high-rise buildings – there is so much to see and do outdoors that you’ll completely forget you’re even in Hong Kong.
From a traditional Chinese fishing village to a laid-back multicultural community, Lamma’s blend of Western and Chinese island life creates an atmosphere that has proved irresistible for Hong Kong’s busy residents.
Get your camera ready because the stilt houses with lush green mountains in the background make for a great photo.
The rock columns that were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, they look akin to a ‘rock waterfall’ and were formed as a mixture of lava and rock cooled down.
Buddhist architecture; a long sandy beach; a mall of shopping outlets — Lantau Island has it all.
Aside from its Bun Festival, the island is well-known for its mango mochi, this quaint island is very laid-back and is home to a handful of small restaurants near the pier that serve a good mix of Cantonese food with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
Hiking to Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung is almost like a right of passage for any expat that moves to Hong Kong (and is one of the many reasons people fall in love with this city).
Beach-weather in Hong Kong lasts for about 8 months of the year, so it’s a good thing that there are plenty of beaches here to choose from.
The gardens, with an area of 5.6 hectares, are divided into eastern and western parts by Albany Road. These are connected by a pedestrian subway.
I found the cities to be intriguing, and appeased my senses as a history buff, but when I got out of the cities, I connected with a different Vietnam, or perhaps it’s more apt to say that I connected with many different Vietnams. When it comes to nature and the outdoors, Vietnam is one of the top picks for nature lovers around the globe.
Ha Long Bay, located in Quang Ninh Province, consists of an area of about fifteen hundred kilometres squared, but the most noticeable geographical feature of the region is the innumerable islands.
It’s an epic entrance into the cave as you descend about one hundred steps into the interior, and it feels like you’re arriving on another planet.
The island itself has roughly six different distinct communities, consisting of nearly fifteen thousand people, which makes it one of the most populated islands in Ha Long Bay.
Cát Bà National Park is roughly one hundred square kilometres in size and it’s a very popular tourist destination.
If you find caving really tickles your fancy, it’s worth noting that Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave is also in Vietnam.
The place to experience birds is in Tram Chim National Park, which is just under fifty kilometres north of Cao Lãnh.
During a gorgeous canoe tour you’ll paddle through the picturesque swamp and notice the thick canopy, but also military bunkers no longer in use, and cleared minefields of old.
So close to central Hoi An. If you need a break from the city altogether, then head to the lovely and reliable An Bang Beach.