Top 5 weekend getaways for Mums
With Mother's Day quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to book your Mum a surprise getaway and pamper her with a well-deserved break.
From spa days to great shopping to amazing food and relaxing beaches, Skyscanner brings you 5 great Mother's Day destinations guaranteed to help Mum relax, recharge and rejuvenate.
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is a perennial favourite for a good reason - even on a budget, as it's totally possible for you and Mum to eat your fill and shop till you drop.
Find something for everyone in the family at the giant MBK Centre, or revamp your entire wardrobe with wholesale fashion at Platinum Mall and local designers boutiques at Siam Square or Terminal 21.
On Saturday or Sunday mornings, hunt for great bargains at the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, before relaxing with a perfect Thai massage.
When hungry, be sure to snack on some unbeatable street food like Thailand's favourite Pad Thai and mango sticky rice. Yum!
End the day with a lovely cocktail at one of the famous scenic sky bars such as the Sirocco Sky Bar at Lebua, Red Sky at Centara Grand or Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Bangkok. A perfect treat for Mums!
2. Hong Kong
When in Hong Kong, do as the locals do and shop! Hongkongers take their retail therapy seriously; whether it's bargain-hunting at the Ladies' Market, or browsing through designer fashion stores, Mum is sure to enjoy the incredible variety of goods available.
The dining scene is equally excellent, running the range from luxurious fusion cuisine at Michelin-starred celebrity chef restaurants to perfectly-textured wonton noodles at the local cha chan teng.
Oh, and who can forget Hong Kong's fantastic dim sum? Check out Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel, the world's first 3-star Michelin dim sum restaurant, but be sure to make a reservation way in advance for celebrations on this special day.
3. Bandung, Indonesia
Vibrant, trendy and happening, Bandung is a city throbbing with life.
Well-known as a factory outlet paradise, Bandung has many international clothing brands at a fraction of the usual retail price.
Need a break from non-stop shopping? Take a tour of the beautifully-conserved art deco architecture, or go on an adventurous side trip to nearby hot springs and volcanoes. You can also go out onto the lake to take in the beautiful scenery or visit a local tea plantation.
End the day with some tasty Sundanese cuisine at the atmospheric, candlelit huts of Kampung Daun, or catch a panoramic view of the sunset at the Peak Restaurant.
4. Koh Samui, Thailand
Ah, a beach holiday. Help your Mum leave her stress and obligations behind with breakfast in bed, daily massages and gorgeous ocean views. Book a resort with private villas, wellness programs, yoga lessons, pampering spa treatments… and maybe even a personal butler!
Spend quality time with Mum at the lazy, quieter northern beaches, or head to Chaweng and Lamai beaches for their exciting nightlife. It's not all beaches though; active Mums can also enjoy elephant trekking or diving safaris. And as a bonus: outside of high season, there are some great hotel deals to be found.
5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For Mums with a taste for something different, Ho Chi Minh City offers an intoxicating mix of vitality and old-world charm.
Browse colourful wares at Ben Thanh Market and stylish boutiques along Dong Khoi Street, and eat fresh and delicious Vietnamese cuisine such as banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), roasted duck, rice paper rolls, and of course, steaming bowls of rich, flavourful pho.
Visit the many cultural attractions like the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace, pick up souvenirs at colourful Cho Lon, and enjoy a leisurely dinner cruise along the Saigon River. Check out our Travel Like Locals: Vietnam article for more tips to make the most of your trip.