Exploring the world is easier than you think with long-haul flights available from Birmingham Airport to breath-taking countries in the East. Think India, China, Malaysia and Australia… do we need to continue?
There’s so much of the world to see, so why limit yourself to Europe? We appreciate that you might feel a little more planning needs to go into holidays further afield, but we’ve done the groundwork for you. Here’s our list to some of the hottest places to visit in the East this year, all just a hop, skip and jump away from Birmingham Airport.
Beijing – The ‘Forbidden City’ offers character by the bucket-load and an adventure on every corner. China’s historic capital boasts culture and style, UNESCO world heritage sites and a compelling story of progression and growth.
Shanghai – While Beijing holds the crown for being the political centre of China, don’t be fooled into thinking that all Shanghai has to offer is an incredible skyline. Master the art of eating with chopsticks when dining out on the social, culinary scene and stroll past the neoclassical and art deco buildings of The Bund.
Hong Kong – The ultimate cosmopolitan metropolis and self-proclaimed gateway to China fuses East and West culture perfectly. Ride the Star Ferry for incredible views across the coastline and at 8pm see the dazzling ‘Symphony of Lights’ show while aboard.
Delhi – Lose yourself in a city full of vibrancy and colour. Escape the hubbub of the tourist traps if you want to experience the real magic of Delhi. Eat chaat, ride a rickshaw through the streets of Chandni Chowk and relax in the tranquil Lodi Gardens.
Amritsar – Founded in 1577, Amritsar is home to the Golden Temple, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Set among a scattering of tiny streets, explore on foot to take in the incredible atmosphere of the bazaars and culture of this Sikh holy land.
Perth –Pairing sandy beaches with big-city attractions, this city is the epitome of laid-back cool. Experience a taste of aboriginal history in Kings Park, home to the stunning botanical garden.
Sydney – It doesn’t get much better than a summer spent in the Harbour City. With yachts framing the sails of the Opera House, embrace your ‘inner casualness’ and seek out a hidden bar showcasing a hip, new band.
Bangkok – Prepare to experience the madness of this phenomenal city – avoid the traffic jams and ride the BTS Skytrain; sample street food from as many of the Thai carts as your appetite allows and explore Bangkok’s canals aboard a long-tail boat.
Kuala Lumpur – A food-lover’s paradise, the streets of Kuala Lumpur offer an explosion of Asian flavours on every street corner. Curry laksa, homemade roti or nasi goreng, the cuisine is full of mouth-watering aromas. Malaysia’s capital has a lot more about it than just food though. Mosques and temples, shopping malls and skyscrapers, parks and caves – this place really is the whole package.
Paying tribute to the green-ness of this spectacular island, Singapore has been named the ‘City in a Garden’. The diverse range of ecosystems – from jungles to wetlands, hot springs to mudlands – provides the chance to discover new creatures.
Tokyo – Focused on innovation and renewal, Tokyo moves fast and doesn’t look back. This modern city is worth a visit, even if it’s just to ascend the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree, or dine in one of the Michelin star restaurants – Tokyo has more than any other city.
Birmingham Airport offers either direct or one-stop flights to each of these eastern countries. Airlines offering daily flights include Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air India, Lufthansa and Air France.