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Six ideas for a summer getaway that'll make you forget the rain

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 May, 2015, 1:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 July, 2015, 11:08am

There’s nothing like a rainy spring day in Hong Kong to get you thinking about a summer holiday. We’ve dozens of ideas for trips on our Asia Travel page. We’ve picked out a few at random to whet your appetite. Click on headlines to open full stories.

Moonlight express - Hoi An, Vietnam

The only light … is from candles. Around the river … vendors sell lotus-shaped paper candles to be set afloat









The wheel deal - a cycling holiday in Myanmar

We take a boat out on Inle Lake … cruising through villages of stilted houses and floating gardens






Jeju Island offers hidden pleasures for travellers

A woman … pulls a squirming octopus from a bucket, hacks off the ink sack and puts it in a pot. She is 85 years old ... and has been diving since the age of 15 










10 things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia

You can take a dip in the frothy waters here, but be warned; reaching the top will require a considerable hike ... Along the way, you will probably spot a macaque monkey or a giant squirrel or two.














Nias, Indonesia, is a haven for surfers and nature lovers

If you're looking to embark on a genuine adventure … the long-isolated Indonesian island of Nias … fits the bill.










Island in the sun: Taketomi, Japan

At the heart of the resort is a long, sleek, dark pool. There's also a spa, though I don't find time to use it. Instead, I borrow a slightly rickety old bicycle and explore.












For more great ideas for holidays and weekend getaways, visit our Asia Travel page.