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Top 5 city stopovers

Clive Wedderburn August 26, 2016

A stopover will add a fascinating layer to your journey and may even inspire your next holiday choice. Try out these exhilarating destinations.

Stopover at: Hong Kong and Macau 

As a gastronomic hothouse containing over 11,000 restaurants, Hong Kong is hard to beat. A trip up to Victoria Peak will provide the thrills, while Tsim Sha Tsui and Nathan Road will satisfy any shopaholic. For an insight into Portuguese and Chinese heritage take an hour ferry ride to Macau, one of the Far East’s fastest growing destinations famous for its casinos.

Where to next: Borneo for a stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, boasting its own orang-utan sanctuary and nature reserve.

Stopover at: Cape Town

Colourful and culturally fascinating, Cape Town is where you can quaff the finest wines and fine dine on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Enjoy a thrilling cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain or take a cultural tour to Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s favourite son, Nelson Mandela.

Where to next: Zambia and Botswana for Zambezi River expeditions and safaris.

Stopover at: Singapore

A sparkling sci-fi garden city blending past traditions with stunning architecture offset by botanical gardens, temples and fascinating districts such as Chinatown and Little India. Embark the cable car to Sentosa Island for a day at Universal Studios and the aquarium.

Where to next: Bali for blissful spas, beaches and picturesque paddy fields.

Stopover at: Rio de Janeiro

Play volleyball and football, stroll with locals or hang out at bars on Ipanema or Copacabana Beach. Trek up to Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Sassy, sunny and with a soul full of samba beats, Rio de Janeiro lives to party.

Where to next: Iguaçu Falls for two different spectacular views - visit both the Brazilian and the Argentinean side.

Stopover at: Manila

Manila combines old and new in a cool cosmopolitan megacity decorated with skyscrapers and dotted with craft markets. Explore the plazas and colonial houses of the old walled city of Intramuros, stroll to Chinatown on the Pasig River or enjoy shopping and dining in up-market Makati.

Where to next: The beaches of the Philippines for the powder soft sands of Boracay, Bohol and Cebu, or Palawan for snorkelling, diving and overwater villas.

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