The rise of affordable accommodation and low-cost carriers have made weekend hops more accessible than ever, opening up a world of adventures across Asia. But sometimes, a ‘quick’ getaway can be derailed by traffic, construction or unreliable trains to and from the airport. When you only have two or three days to spend in a destination, there’s no time to waste. To help time-strapped travellers maximise their next trip, here are the three best destinations in Asia for a weekend getaway and what to do while you’re there.
Siem Reap in Cambodia, 26 mins from airport to city
Siem Reap has become synonymous with ancient temples, excellent food and a lively nightlife scene. To explore the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex by tuk-tuk, check out the Angkor Temples Grand Circuit Private Tour. Travellers will wind through Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Eastern Mebon and Ta Som Temples, with the option to add either the Banteay Srei temple or Kbal Spean archaeological site to the itinerary. After a full day of temple tours, wind down at Origins Spa Siem Reap with a body scrub and a relaxing aromatherapy massage.
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, 30 mins from airport to city
Kuala Lumpur promises an ultra-efficient weekend getaway, thanks to a convenient metro system that will whisk you from one side of the city to the other. Get a feel of what KL’s all about with Klook’s Kuala Lumpur Culture and Heritage experience. The five-hour tour will immerse travellers in the city’s diverse cultures with visits to Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples, a browse through the Central Market, and a stop in Chinatown to try some tasty snacks. The popular Kuala Lumpur Suburbs and Batu Caves offer an opportunity to experience the countryside; visit Malay villages, see a traditional Batik factory and hike up to the famous Batu Caves.
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) in Thailand, 40 mins from airport to city
Bangkok is a popular weekend destination for good reason: there’s an immense array of food, bars, art, markets, spas, and cultural experiences to choose from. For something a little different, you can tap into your competitive side with Boxing King Muay Thai Classes. In these classes, you’ll learn everything about this popular sport from the best trainers in town. After you’ve worked up a sweat, soothe your sore muscles at one of Bangkok’s fantastic spas.