The Modern Face Of Beijing

In modern-day Beijing you can dine at concept restaurants in converted factories, roam trendy Arts Districts, and marvel at futuristic architecture. What’s more, with the announcement of the successful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the city is developing a transport network that’s a tourist’s dream. Contact Brightsun Travel about Beijing cheap flights offers and experience for yourself all that this fast-changing city has to offer this holiday.

Beijing futuristic architecture

Art

The 798 Art District is the beating heart of Beijing’s contemporary arts scene, with photography centres, art galleries and museums designed by famous local artists, including Ai Weiwei. In this industrial complex, you can stay at modern hotels in former factories, experience multimedia installations in old warehouses, pass huge open-air sculptures and shipping containers covered in street art.

Food

Modern-day Beijing is a treat for any restaurant lover. No longer is it about the search for the best roast duck or dim sum, Beijing now boasts an innovative new food landscape, with old factories housing new concept restaurants, cool speakeasies popping up all over traditional old Hutong neighbourhoods, and Michelin-starred and international restaurants in 400-year-old palaces and historic compounds.

Sport

2022 will be an exciting year to visit Beijing, when it will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Already in the city you can find world-class venues from the 2008 Olympics, and with an enormous $3.9 billion being pumped into the city in the lead up to 2022, there is set to be some big changes. Before the games begin, visit the town of Chongli and practice your skiing during a near 6 month snow season.

Architecture

Beijing is littered with impressive buildings like the CCTV building, or ‘Big Pants’, a glass tower shaped like a pair of trousers, and the Galaxy Soho dome-shaped building, resembling something off the set of a Star Wars movie. The city’s National Olympic Stadium is an architectural masterpiece, and an iconic piece of architecture designed by Beijing-born artist Ai Weiwei, in consultancy with Herzog & de Meuron.

Transport

With the announcement of Beijing’s successful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the city is ploughing huge investments into its transport network, and is upgrading railways, and building new airports. By 2022, you will be able travel 350 kilometres in just one hour by train, and with plans to open a $13 billion airport in 2019, the city is set become one of the most travelled to destinations on the planet.

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When you are ready to explore this modern hub in the heart of China, Brightsun Travel has year-round cheap flights to Beijing as well as tours across the country.

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A 3-Point Checklist To Cover The Far East’s Natural Attractions

The Far East boasts some of the world’s most picturesque beaches, used on the set of Hollywood blockbuster movies, ancient forests that have sustained life for centuries, and islands offering some of the world’s best diving spots. Brightsun Travel offers incredible cheap flights to Far East so you can explore its beaches, forests and islands this holiday.

1 Beaches

Butik Peninsula

Butik Peninsula, Bali

Head south from Denpasar Bali and you will discover beaches on the Butik Peninsula that are some of Bali’s most beautiful, so much so that they have featured in Hollywood blockbuster movies like ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi, Thailand

An hour’s flight from Bangkok is Krabi, set among limestone karsts and emerald seas. Ao Nang Beach provides rock-climbing adventures, and the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park is a marine heaven.

Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo, Malaysia

Set in the tropics, Malaysia’s two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (or Malaysian Borneo), house magnificent beaches, ancient rainforests and some of the best diving sites in the world.

2 Forests

Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park & Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia

Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu National Park on the island of Borneo in Malaysia are ancient rainforests with World Heritage status, full of waterfalls, caves and wildlife.

West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park, Bali

West Bali National Park, or Taman National Bali Barat, is a conservation area providing sanctuary to Bali’s native songbird, the Bali Starling, and contains lush jungles dotted with ancient temples.

Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife

Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve, Thailand

In Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife and Forest Reserve you’ll find protected virgin rainforest where you can spot a range of small wildlife, including wild boar, monkey and flying foxes.

3 Islands

Semporna Archipelago

Semporna Archipelago, Malaysia

Some argue that the Semporna Archipelago is one of the most stunning dive sites in the whole of Asia, boasting the world famous Sipadan Island, an oceanic island surrounded by a dazzling array of coral reef and tropical fish.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

The island of Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, well known for its beach holidays. Phuket also has a buzzing nightlife scene in Patong, contemporary art villages in Rawai and historical buildings to explore in Phuket City.

Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Lantau Island, Hong Kong

A trip to Lantau Island would take you to traditional fishing villages, as well as Hong Kong’s most incredible beaches. Here you could hike the Lantau Peak or take the Lantau Trail past remote bays, ancient temples and beautiful rivers.

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When you are ready, contact Brightsun Travel for exclusive cheap tickets to Far East from UK, and secure your ultimate beach holiday or eco-safari this holiday.

Get Back To Nature in Phuket

Phuket is the epitome of sun, sea, sand and a heavy dose of nightlife. But venture into the north of the island and you’ll discover a different side of the island, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Brightsun Travel has spectacular holiday packages to help you make the most of Phuket, plus discount airfares to Phuket to get you there on budget.

beautiful ocean landscape in Thailand

Sirinat National Park

Sirinat National Park covers over 20 square kilometres of land, plus almost 70 square kilometres of sea. In Phuket, this is the closest you can get to a deserted island, and the park has some spectacular beaches, like Mai Khao Beach, a white sandy beach set against glorious rainforest, and Hat Mai Khao, Phuket’s longest beach. On the shores of Hat Mai Khao and Hat Nai Yang you could spot sea turtles laying eggs. Go in land and discover small sections of mangrove forest and native bird species. In the marine section of the park you could take spectacular diving and snorkelling adventures past pristine coral reefs.

Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife

Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve

In Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife and Forest Reserve you’ll find protected virgin rainforest where, even though tigers and elephants have been wiped out, you can still find a range of small wildlife, including wild boar, monkey and flying foxes. Climb the Khao Phara for spectacular views of the forest, and take atmospheric treks past breathtaking waterfalls, including the Nam Tok Ton Sai waterfall and Nam Tok Bang Pae waterfall, best seen between June and November. Or, visit the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, an important project rehabilitating gibbons, and help out for the day.

Similan Islands National Park

Similan Islands National Park

About 100 kilometres northwest of Phuket is Similan Islands National Park, an archipelago of eleven small islands that is ranked among one of the top dive sites in the world. Here you can enjoy a wide diversity of marine life, including dramatic coral reefs, plus stunning beaches that are well worth the trip alone. The park is also well known for its huge granite boulders that line its shores, bordered by pristine crystal clear waters and lush forests. If you are lucky, you could spot Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in its waters and turtles nesting on its shores.

Getting there

Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap tickets to Phuket from UK, including exclusive deals with Thai Airways. Fly Economy class with Thai Airways and experience award-winning service and a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Or upgrade to Royal Silk Class and enjoy multi course menus, fully flat beds and exclusive lounge access.

 

Make The Most Of Malaysia’s Urban Centres

From its food-obsessed capital, Kuala Lumpur, to cultural George Town in the coastal state of Penang, Malaysia has a vibrant urban scene to explore. The city of Kuala Lumpur has plenty of attractions to tempt visitors, including a rich food culture, exotic architecture and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. But travel to Malaysia’s other urban landscapes and you will discover World Heritage cities, including George Town, and Malaysia’s oldest city, Malacca, with colourful colonial buildings and a laid back way of life. Brightsun Travel regularly runs exclusive Kuala Lumpur cheap flight deals so you can explore Malaysia’s diverse urban landscapes this holiday.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

In Kuala Lumpur you can sip cocktails from rooftop bars, whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, including the city’s amazing Petronas Twin Towers. On the ground, you could take a gastronomic tour of the city’s diverse culinary landscapes, visiting traditional coffee houses and famous hawker centres serving some of Malaysia’s tastiest dishes.

George Town

George Town

In the World Heritage city of George Town in the coastal state of Penang you can explore fascinating colonial architecture in its centre, and take day trips to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. George Town also has a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital, and exploring its street food scene is a highlight to a trip to Malaysia.

Melaka

Melaka (Malacca)

Not far from Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s oldest city, Malacca, with World Heritage status, boasting colourful colonial buildings and a slower pace of life. Here you can visit 17th century temples, 18th century mosques and bustling night markets. You could also take easy side trips to the state’s amazing beaches, forests and rural landscapes.

Corus Hotel

Hotels

Kuala Lumpur

Q Hotel – Central accommodation to suit a range of budgets
Dorsett Kuala Lumpur – An elegant hotel in the Golden Triangle
Corus Hotel – 5 minutes from the Petronas Towers
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa – A central resort with award-winning parks

Hotel Jen Penang

George Town

Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri La – A smart 4 star hotel in George Town

Flights

Fly into Kuala Lumpur and you can access all that Malaysia has to offer. Brightsun Travel has cheap tickets to Kuala Lumpur from UK, direct with Malaysian Airlines and British Airways. Fly Malaysian Airlines and enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment systems in Economy class, and exclusive lounge access, fully flat beds and a chef-on-call service in Business class.