5 best weekend getaways in Asia. Luxury stays in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, Siem Reap and Dubai
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A foodie’s paradise, Ho Chi Minh City is great for quick getaways, and two days is the perfect length of time to eat your way through the city without it taking too much of a toll on your waistline. Work up your appetite on a walking tour of the city’s colonial classics, visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, or zip through the city on a scooter – all the while stopping off for bowls of pho, freshly made banh mi, and those delicious freshly wrapped spring rolls that are conveniently sold on just about every street corner.
Where to stay: Villa Song Saigon
Housed in a beautifully renovated French-Vietnamese colonial mansion, Villa Song is perched right on the banks of the Saigon River. The boutique hotel features large airy rooms with high ceilings, canopied beds and old-fashioned bathtubs. The 30-metre pool is ideal for a morning swim before breakfast in the gardens as you watch the ships sail by. The hotel also has a private speedboat which can whiz you to the city centre for a night out on the town, or to the various restaurants that line the river.