4 Asian Getaways During Green Season
January 28, 2015
There's a deluge of fun travel options across the region even during the soggier months of the year. Try one of these four trips to keep the green season from raining on your parade. By Diana Hubbell.
Published on Jan 28, 2015
Casino-hop till you drop
You'll never notice a downpour amid the glitz and glitter of the Cotai Strip. Asia's answer to Vegas has been booming to the tune of US$45 billion a year and all that cash keeps cropping up in wilder ways. Never fear if the weather turns foul—you can stay warm and dry at the Banyan Tree Macau, where even the most affordable rooms offer sweeping views. banyantree.com.
Cabana pool bar at the Banyan Tree Macau. Courtesy of Banyan Tree Macau.
Embark on a spa journey
Falling raindrops melt into soothing background music as masseuses gently knead away your tension over the course of three days. At the spa at The Chedi Sakala, a resort in one of Bali's quietest havens, the products are organic and the surroundings are extra indulgent. Your retreat begins with a two-hour-plus combination of crystal body polish, bath ritual and facial, then continues on days two and three with Balinese, Himalayan stone and other muscle-melting massages. ghmhotels.com.
3. THE PHILIPPINES
Dive beneath the surface
What's a little extra water when you're already wearing a full wetsuit? Plunge into the Bohol Sea for an exploration of at least seven reef-fringed islands such as marine sanctuary Apo Island and dark-sand Dauin, teeming with skeleton shrimp. Everything from frogfish to whale sharks to pygmy seahorses call this biological hot spot home. And since it can only be reached by liveaboard boats—like the S/Y Philippine Siren, a luxury vessel hand-crafted from iron and teak—there's nary another tourist in sight. sirenfleet.com.
Go chasing waterfalls
"Green season" isn't a euphemism—during this time of year the jungles come alive in all possible shades of emerald. It's perfect for trekking, particularly when you march past mighty waterfalls that swell spectacularly with the extra rainfall. On this journey from Tiger Trails, an eco-friendly tour operator that supports local Lao communities, you'll climb along a series of increasingly impressive cascades, culminating in one spectacular 20-meter aquatic avalanche. Tiger Trails; laos-adventures.com.
Nong Khiaw 100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail, in Laos.