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There are no ghost months when it comes to traveling, so don’t be the one who gets left behind. Start planning that late summer getaway with these three destinations: Destination: Hong Kong Hong Kong is at its peak summer season in August and what better way to make good use of the long weekend or […]

  • November 13, 2019

There are no ghost months when it comes to traveling, so don’t be the one who gets left behind. Start planning that late summer getaway with these three destinations:

Destination: Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is at its peak summer season in August and what better way to make good use of the long weekend or a quick vacation leave than to rediscover this vibrant city.

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Bring your girl friends and catch the city’s most exciting sales and promos in the Hong Kong Shopping Festival, running until the end of the month. Expect great deals from luxury brands and department stores, the perfect excuse to do some early Christmas shopping. Another option is the Discovery Bay Sunday Market, where you can browse through unique and handmade products made by creative locals. Dining options are also available through different food stalls, accompanied by a picturesque seaside view.

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Looking for an event or festival as a vacation highlight? Foodies will enjoy the Hong Kong Food Expo, the city’s biggest culinary event held every summer. Aside from hosting homegrown brands like the famous Kee Wah Bakery, you can also look forward to sampling international cuisine and snacks from different countries. Rounding up the food expo are concurrent events for the rest of the gang: Hong Kong International Tea Fair, Home Delights Expo and the HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo.

When you’re done with the usual sights and sensations, you can also hit up the Big Wave Bay or Repulse Bay for some fun in the sun.

Destination: Amsterdam

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August in Amsterdam means laid-back days of appreciating art and culture, perfect for solo travelers hoping for an inspiring vacation. Film enthusiasts can look forward to full month of indoor and open-air screenings of international films, with the World Cinema Amsterdam held in various locations such as the De Balie, Rialto Cinema and Vondelpark’s Open Air Theatre. The latter also offers cabaret and dance shows, concerts, children’s theatre and stand-up comedy until the month of September – all for free of charge!

If can time your visit right, you might also want to be in town for the Grachtenfestival, a ten-day festival celebrating Amsterdam’s canals. Keep an eye out for classical and contemporary concerts happening by the canal belt, some of which are even held on water.

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For a relaxing wandering weekend, you can start your day partaking in one of the 12 daily markets in the city, such as the Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market unique to Amsterdam; Albert Cuyp Markt for street food and Waterlooplein Flea Market for vintage goodies.

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When you’re done shopping and snacking, you can spend a slow afternoon at the Amsterdamse Bos, a sprawling park home to a lush forest, charming cafes and restaurants, a camping ground and even outdoor facilities for kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding.

Destination: Siem Reap

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Sometimes a late summer getaway means a rainy option but Siem Reap makes for an excellent choice if you don’t mind dealing with the occasional afternoon showers. August is Siem Reap’s green season, and a visit during this period will reward you with blooming flowers and lush plants as a picturesque background to your temple photos.

Photography enthusiasts should keep an eye out for Angkor Wat’s dramatic reflection, an effect caused by the full moats in front of the temple. Other temples to take note of are the Bayon Temple and its towers of smiling faces; the Ta Prohm framed by a jungle of gigantic banyan and kapok trees; and the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of Women.

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When you’re done exploring, stop by a local market or two to fuel up with food and drinks. The most easily accessible one in downtown Siem Reap is the Old Market or the Phsar Cha, where you can sample of the local cuisine and if you’re interested in cooking, the local fresh produce. Shopaholics, on the other hand, will delight in the beautiful art, accessories, clothes and homeware available in the Made in Cambodia market, where you proceeds go direct to the artisans who created them. There’s also Angkor Artisans, a fair-trade project that gives local village people the opportunity to create and hone their craft.

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Plan your late summer getaway at inquiry@travelwithaccess.com or at 534-0116. Each booking entitles you to your own Access Passport and a sticker corresponding to your chosen destination.

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