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Beat the winter blues with these top summer destinations nearby to home

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Winter is well and truly here, and if you aren’t already lapping up the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, then we’ve got you covered. You could be sitting on a beach, sipping on a cocktail in under 12 hours with these neighbouring summer escapes.

Book with Cathay Pacific and start your journey on the right foot. Relax in complete comfort with Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy, offering a personalised experience from the moment you board the flight. To book, visit www.cathaypacific.com.

Singapore 

Famous for its warmer climate year-round, Singapore is the perfect winter escape.

Top 3 things to do in Singapore:

  • Singapore Universal Studios is one of four Universal Studios in the world. With rides and attractions, the 50-acre park is home to movie-themed zones, including The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.
  • Featuring a diverse collection of over 1.5 million plants that hail from every continent in the world, Cloud Forest is a must visit. Bigger than the size of a regular football field, this unique, climate controlled, and greenhouse-like glass dome has spiralling walkways full of plants and one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls.
  • Restaurant Born is Singapore’s hottest new restaurant. Located in the iconic Jinrikisha Station, it is a mix of French fine dining and classic elements of Chinese cuisine. A unique dining experience for those that love art and food, the walls feature commissioned artworks to create a gallery vibe.

Thailand 

Enjoy postcard-perfect beaches along the coastline of Thailand. The ultimate in relaxation, enjoy lazing in the sun while overlooking white-sandy beaches and blue waters.

Top 3 things to do in Thailand:

  • Take a private longboat tour to Ko Phi Phi Le Island to avoid the crowds and enjoy sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling. Go north and visit Phi Phi Don, Laemthong Beach and Bamboo Island, or south to Pileh Lagoon and Maya Beach, where Lenandaro Decaprio famously filmed The Beach.
  • Take R&R to the next level. Choose from a number of resorts to lounge around overlooking Khao Sok Lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and picturesque views from the comfort of your private villa.
  • An experience like no other, safari the incredible and dense rainforests of Ko Samui with a quad bike tour. Local guides will take you to secret hidden gems, and as you pass through the rainforest spot coconut palms, fruit plantations and buffaloes grazing.

Indonesia 

With no shortage of beaches, bars and beach clubs to choose from it’s no wonder Bali is a popular winter destination.

Top 3 things to do in Indonesia:

  • If you’re an early riser, take a 45 minute hike to the top of Mount Bromo and watch a sunrise from 2,392 meters with views of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and active volcanic craters from below.
  • Be adventurous and book a four day Jungle Trek package at the Bukit Lawang EcoTravel Cottages right in the middle of the Gunung Leasue National Park.
  • Did somebody say Instagrammable photo op? Strike a pose on the famous Bali Swing in Ubud, followed by whitewater rafting down the Ayung River. The perfect day for adrenaline junkies!

Cathay Pacific Messaging:

  • Cathay Pacific is progressively updating its flight schedule from July onwards
  • Throughout June and July, Cathay Pacific offers flights weekly from Australia and New Zealand to locations including Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia via Hong Kong. Book now at cathaypacific.com
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