Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Discover the Best of Asia; Fine Food, Culture, Beaches, City, Relaxation, History and Nature

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Discover the Best of Asia; Fine Food, Culture, Beaches, City, Relaxation, History and Nature

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AUSTRALIAN travellers can't get enough of Asia.

It's a paradise overflowing with food and culture, home to pristine beaches and bustling cities, and it's the ideal destination for a relaxing escape or an action-packed adventure tour.

Australia's proximity to this vastly diverse continent means travellers can be walking on the white sandy beaches of the Philippines, devouring dim sum in Hong Kong or soaking up the culture of Japan after a relatively short flight and minimumal jet lag.

To celebrate this great region that continues to surprise and mesmerise even the most seasoned traveller, following feedback from travellers, Flight Centre has put together its pick of the Asian destinations that showcase the different sides to Asia.

BEST FOR FOOD: HONG KONG

Famous for its glittering high rises that flank the harbour and bustling city, Hong Kong is equally renowned as the food capital of Asia thanks to its stunning array of street food, Michelin-star restaurants and everything in-between. Speak to anyone who has visited Hong Kong and they will always mention the food first, whether it's the delicious array of dim sum, dumplings and the soupy xiao long bao, crispy roasted Peking duck or the city's ridiculously popular egg tarts. Though it's not just local cuisine and Chinese food that's on offer, Hong Kong is a city that overflows with culture and travellers can delight in cuisines from around the world, including Korean, Indian, French and Italian, as well as some of the best steakhouses in all of Asia.

BEST FOR CULTURE: JAPAN

Japan is a fascinating country and its culture is like that of another world. Different to other Asian cultures, Japanese culture has developed over thousands of years, is steeped in history and continues to evolve. Geisha, samurai, Zen gardens and Japanese tea ceremonies often spring to mind when it comes to Japanese culture, but it's much more dynamic and distinct. Even the most jaded traveller can be overcome by the beauty of the country and its distinct culture, from the traditional to the evolving and contemporary.

BEST FOR BEACHES: PHILIPPINES

With more than 7000 islands and more beaches than you could ever dream of relaxing on, the Philippines has a beach to suit every taste, and travellers who are craving pristine waters, white sand and tropical islands won't want to look any further than the Philippines. For those who crave the party island life and don't mind crowds of tourists, then Boracay is your bet. If you're keen to get back to nature and be one with the ocean and its creatures, head to Palawan for an encounter with the majestic whale sharks. If you're simply craving your own stretch of beach, Sipalay's Sugar Beach offers Robinson Crusoe-like isolation, while Pagudpud offers travellers the whitest sand and bluest water after an exceptionally scenic drive. …

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