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Where in the Far East is for me?

Find your Far East

The Far East offers such a rich array of cultures, sights and experiences that choosing which to visit next can be tricky. That’s why we asked some of our favourite local experts to give us a flavour of their destinations.


Thailand holidays — Jiradech Panatuhk 

Thailand is ideal if you want a holiday that’s…

“Amazing and will open your mind to new experiences. Bangkok’s street food is a gourmet’s little heaven, and our hospitality and smiles make a difference. Thailand is undoubtedly among the best beach destinations in the world, too.”


New to Thailand and looking for unmissable, authentic experiences? You need to try…

“To be like a local. So don’t be too shy to speak and smile to Thai people. Try some basic Thai words such as “sa-was-dee” which means “hello” or “kob-khun” which means “thank you”.


My favourite thing about Thailand is…

“Thailand is like one big family — we even call each other ‘sister’ or ‘brother’ when we’re not actually relatives, so the people are very friendly. But the food is incredible too; Thai cuisine is famous for its unique ingredients and fantastic taste.”


If Thailand were a person it would be…

“A shy lady who has a warm heart. Thais are generally very shy around foreigners but we are easy to become friends with. We always smile and are easy-going people.”


Vietnam holidays — Paul Levrier 

Vietnam is ideal if you want a holiday that’s…

“Rich on culture, street life, fantastic food and engagement with a warm, open youthful race of people who embrace all aspects of life with vigour and a sense of fun.”


New to Vietnam and looking for not to missed, authentic experiences? You need to try…

“A bicycle ride around the West Lake in Hanoi, a wander through the old streets of Hoi An at dusk, a cruise along magnificent Halong Bay or a river boat ride through the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.”


My favourite thing about Vietnam is…

“The people. Chances are you will make more friends in a ten day stay than you would cultivate back home in ten years!”


If Vietnam were a person it would be…

“A young woman, full of grace, elegance and ready to take on the world.”



Hong Kong holidays — Jason Greenwood 

Hong Kong is ideal if you want a holiday that’s…

“Fast-paced, modern and vibrant, yet still very much connected to its cultural past. Whether it’s your first time to Asia or you’ve been many times before it’s the perfect place to start your holiday and experience the energy of Asia without too much of a cultural shock.”


New to Hong Kong and looking for unmissable, authentic experiences? You need to try…

“A walk through Sheung Wan, Prince Edward and Sham Shui Po Neighbourhoods. Here you can still see the Hong Kong of old, from local markets selling day-to-day items to an array of wonderful street food to try.”


My favourite thing about Hong Kong is…

“The ease with which you can fit so much into one day. With an unbelievably cheap and efficient transport system you can take a walk on an outlying island in the morning, visit markets and temples in Kowloon in the afternoon, and still have time for a worldclass meal and party on Hong Kong Island in the evening.”


If Hong Kong were a person it would be…

“Vivacious and eccentric, but dig a little deeper and there is an understated beauty.” 



Malaysia holidays — Hasdurawati Hassan 

Malaysia is ideal if you want a holiday that’s…

“Going to fulfil all your wildest, travel-related dreams. Add to that the great weather, and the fact that it’s super cheap, and you’ll see that Malaysia has got it all.”


New to Malaysia and looking for unmissable, authentic experiences? You need to try…

“Its amazing contrasts: towering skyscrapers that look down upon wooden houses built on stilts; five-star hotels sitting just metres from ancient reefs; rugged mountains reaching dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life; cool highland hideaways rolling down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.”


My favourite thing about Malaysia is…

“To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia — a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising.”


If Malaysia were a person it would be…

“Honest, courteous, and extremely polite and friendly.”


Bali holidays — Andreas Grosskinsky

Bali is ideal if you want a holiday that’s…

“Rich in diversity. The Island offers a huge variety of scenery from the highest volcano rising up to 3,000 metres above sea level to the central part of the island with its abundance of green rice fields to the wide sandy beaches on the west coast, and the small secluded coves along the very southern cliffs.”


New to Bali and looking for unmissable, authentic experiences? You need to try…

“Venturing away from the southern resorts and central Ubud area to explore the north, west and east, indulging in pure nature, remote beaches and the Bali’s origins before heading to the south to enjoy the high life or relax on beautiful beaches.”


My favourite thing about Bali is…

“Bali is neither shops and malls, nor endless lines of foreign fast food outlets, nor massive concrete hotels with steel and glass. Bali is temples, statues, carved stone; plants and rice fields and flowers, space and flowing water…”


If Bali were a person it would be…

“Able to adjust to everyone and provide fantastic times together in any kind of situation. The perfect host!”


The Far East is a melting poit of wonderful memories just waiting to happen. With so much to take in, and so many different places to explore, check out our Asia and Far East holidays to find out more about these beautiful destinations. 

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  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Bali
  • City and shopping breaks
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Beach
  • Travel tips
  • Through the eyes of a local
  • Asia and the Far East
10 Sep 2018 | Virgin Holidays


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