Chinese New Year festivities are already in full swing, with family, friends, love, blessings, fun, feasting, and most importantly, the much-coveted red envelope of good wishes, taking centre stage. Ang Baos hold a special place in our tradition, since they serve as symbols of good wishes for a successful and healthy year ahead, while simultaneously enhancing our financial freedom!
Have you thought about how you are going to spend your Ang Bao collection this year? Our pick would be travel, since there’s no better way to bring in the New Year with new experiences and memories. We have some suggestions on the places worth visiting in Asia.
This former British colony is vibrant, bustling, and a great break from the mundane. From good food, irresistible shopping to laidback hikes, Hong Kong has it all.
You can go to ‘The Peak’ for the best panoramic views of the city or go hiking on the Dragon’s back trail and spend the afternoon at Shek O beach. If you are traveling with little ones, Disneyland should probably feature high on the itinerary.
The Ladies Market which has over 100 stalls is a great place to get your dose of retail therapy and bargain your way to deals on clothes, accessories, artefacts, and so much more. And if you love dim sums, you’ve landed in dim sum heaven, so make time to enjoy the different flavours and combinations, at fairly affordable prices.
We suggest you stay in these HomeAways to make sure you aren’t too far away from all the action.
Modern Apartment in Hong Kong
Stay at this newly renovated HomeAway at North Point with easy access to everything you might need during your stay. You will also find a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood, so tick off commute from your list of concerns. The host kickstarts your holiday with a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. We love!
Kids in tow? Feel free to ask for toys, baby chairs, playpen or anything else you might need to make the little ones feel at home.
Average price per night/ person MYR 122
Luxury Apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui
This 1000 sqft luxury HomeAway in the buzzing nightlife district of Kowloon is perfect for a big group of friends or family. Done up in green, blue and yellow hues, this home with its two master bedrooms and a comfy bunk bed is the perfect home to come back to, after a day out in the city. There is also a washroom for children, and a baby cot and stroller are available on request.
With the mega shopping malls in the vicinity, all the retail therapy you need is just a short walk away.
Average price per night/ person MYR 398
Spacious & Modern Apartment in Kowloon
This is an ample-sized stylish luxury HomeAway in the heart of the city. Designed and decorated artistically, the home is fuss-free and welcoming. The kitchen is fully equipped, for you to whip up your meals. You can choose to lounge around and spend time with some PS3 action or head out into the city. Proximity to the MTR right outside, is a great advantage.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 350
Want to enjoy a stress-free break and not head out too far? Plan a holiday to Phuket!
Beaches, mountains, rainforests, and night markets – Thailand’s beach paradise has it all. You can go check out the Big Buddha or the temples at Wat Chalong. Spend your days at the white sand beaches, catch the picturesque sunset at Cape Promthep, and party the night away at Bangla Road. You can also plan day trips to Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island to see the stunning limestone cliffs.
Phuket has some great stay options. Here are our top picks:
Luxurious Hillside Villa in Phuket
Enjoy the panoramic views of lush green mountains and the Andaman Sea beyond, from the terrace pool of this luxurious villa. Work out at the private gym downstairs and then soak those muscles in your very own Jacuzzi, or break a sweat and detox in the sauna. You are also just a 5-minute drive away from the beach, shops, and restaurants.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 151
Oceanfront Pool Villa in Phuket
Stay in this classy& contemporary 3-bedroom pool villa on a hill, overlooking the Patong Bay. The glass décor across the home offers sweeping views of the ocean and the beach from all rooms. A stylish western structural design, sprinkled with Chinese-Thai décor and artefacts, the villa offers the comforts of poolside dining and a jacuzzi. With ample parking space, getting your own vehicle to explore Phuket is highly recommended.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 278
An ideal holiday destination is one that allows you the comfort of lounging around and the frenzy of partying till dawn. Bali is the answer to a holiday fanatic’s prayers. Whether you are looking for beaches, green fields, a dose of culture, incredible food, looking-into-the-sea party spots or some spa indulgence, Indonesia’s most famous city packs it all.
We recommend also making time to head to Ubud and cycle through green paddy fields. It is therapeutic! Also make time to visit the famous temple of Uluwatu. In the evenings, keep it easy breezy at the beach clubs at Seminyak.
Get the real flavour of Indonesia by ditching the hotels and staying at one of these HomeAways:
2-Bedroom Villa in Seminyak
De-stress and unwind with private yoga lessons and a relaxing Balinese massage right at your HomeAway in the heart of Seminyak. The rooms are spacious and designed with modern aesthetics. Chill out by the private pool or walk over to the beach for a magnificent sunset, stylish boutiques, and restaurants.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 170
Pool Villa in Bali
Experience Bali in this traditional meets modern Balinese style villa. It is indeed a tropical hideaway with thatched roofs and semi-outdoor bathrooms and peaked ceilings. Lounge by the private swimming pool surrounded by tropical greenery. The high walls keep you away from the hustle and bustle of busy Seminyak.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 143
Stunning Villa with Infinity Pool, Lombok
Book your tranquil paradise in Lombok, a few hours by boat from Kuta. This spacious luxury HomeAway is surrounded by a private garden and comes with its own infinity pool. The design is modern with traditional décors like the Buddha statue at the entrance and beautiful thatched roofs.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 335
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
You will never run out of things to see and do in Malaysia. All within budget, so your Ang Boa money will go a long way. Start off with a stay in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and enjoy its dazzling skyscrapers, museums, and colonial architectural landmarks. In KL, get that selfie with the Petronas and head to its deck for some great views. Don’t leave without having your fill of some Nasi Dagang.
Experience Malaysia, Truly Asia, at these beautiful HomeAways:
Modern Apartment with a View, Kuala Lumpur
The perfect apartment for up to 8 guests, this cozy and conveniently located HomeAway has the perfect views of all of KL’s iconic buildings from every window.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 125
Premium Suites with Stunning Views, Kuala Lumpur
Enjoy stunning views of the dazzling Kuala Lumpur skyline from this modern two bedroom apartment. You will be at a 5-10 minute walking distance from the city’s main attractions and shopping centres and get free access to the rooftop infinity pool, world-class gym, library, lounge, and park.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 112
Dial happiness and head to the Philippines. The country’s chilled out vibes welcome you to the land of laidback fun.
Start with Cebu. On your itinerary, make time to explore the landmarks from Cebu’s 16th century Spanish colonial past. Check out the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino church and triangular Fort San Pedro. For breath-taking views of the city, make your way to the observation deck on Mount Busay.
And of course, if you want to see the powdery white sand and turquoise blue waters that you see on your wallpaper for real, then Cebu island is where you should be spending your mornings.
Here’s our top HomeAway recommendation for Cebu:
1 Bedroom Penthouse, Cebu
This lovely HomeAway is a tourist’s delight, thanks to its proximity to the city’s landmarks like the Fuente Osmeña Circle, Capitol Building, and the Cebu City Library and Museum. That also means that you are close to the Uptown district where you can find lots of options for food and drinks. Cheers!
Average price per night/ person: MYR 95
Seoul is a modern glittering city on the outside, but the Seoul vibe, is still traditional. The Buddhist temples, old palaces and street markets offer an old-world charm and serve as a striking contrast to the skyscrapers, high-tech subways and all things Kpop. If you had to pick one thing to truly understand the beauty of the city, head to the five grand palaces, making time to explore the largest of them all, Gyeongbokgung.
The country with its plethora of unique shops and beauty streets, is a shopper’s delight. Pack your bag with small, tiny souvenirs and loads of cosmetics.
When is Seoul, pick the soulful choice (pun intended). Here are some great HomeAways:
Charming duplex in Hongdae
Are you a K-drama fan? If you are, you will find this place familiar since it is a popular filming location for Korean shows. With seven bedrooms and a big garden, this charming HomeAway is perfect for a big group to stay together.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 122
Traditional Korean home in Namsan
If you are looking for an authentic Korean experience, then your search ends here. This little wooden HomeAway is your doorway to the stuff that Korean folktales are made of. Right from the woodwork to the mattresses and the tea tables, this is a real piece of traditional Seoul.
Average price per night/ person: MYR 128
Brightly lit modern apartment in Gangnam
When in Seoul, how about going Gangnam style? Just 2 minutes from Gangnam station, this cosy studio HomeAway is perfect for two or the solo traveller. Fuss-free and tasteful, it has everything you might need for your stay and great connectivity by trains, bus, and taxi. Op, Op, Op!
Average price per night/ person: MYR 125