Waterfallsandcaribous seems to be on a winning streak…while not too long ago we bought you the news of the fabulous gift basket we received from Baobae, we are now lucky enough to find ourselves in the position to be bragging yet again of an exciting win. Convinced that our break in Xi’an over the Chinese New Year was to be our last pre-baby escape, we had settled ourselves into the saving, being responsible(ish) and not doing too much mode. While we knew Easter was the last available time off we could have before the ‘no-fly’ part of the pregnancy, we just couldn’t justify the expenditure. Then from out of nowhere came that line that we just love to see at the start of an email,
“Congratulations, you have won a pair of complimentary round-trip tickets with HK Express.”
What the?! Free FLIGHTS?! Seriously?! This was almost too good to be true! We weighed up the merits of each of the destinations we could choose from (Taichung, Kunming, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Sabah, Penang, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka or Fukuoka) and in attempt not to bankrupt ourselves completely while on the ground (anywhere in food heaven Japan) and to make the most of an absolutely blissed out few days on a beach our tickets to Phuket were booked. Yes, our life can be really tough sometimes. Our last go on an LCC airline didn’t go so crash hot. Ironically, it was being asked about our most “memorable flight” that actually won us these tickets in the first place. We have to say though, HK Express delivered us from Hong Kong to Phuket with a minimum of fuss, no delays and no real worries. Arriving in Phuket at 3am Sunday morning, we had made the smart decision to get the resort to pick us up and whip us straight down to the bottom of the island, away from the gross party scene and hopefully to paradise. Finishing work on a Saturday evening, jumping on a plane and waking up ready to go near a Thai beach by first thing Sunday morning is DEFINITELY a recommended approach to travel. So what did we get up to in Phuket? Well, we went to Ya Nui Beach… Kata Noi Beach… Kata Beach… And our favourite, Nai Harn Beach. Some days we even alternated between a few of them. We swam in the pool. We ate Thai food and drank Thai drinks. We went to the beach some more and indulged in many a beautiful sunset. And for a spot of adventure, we played mini-golf on what is possibly the Best mini-golf course we’ve had the pleasure of encountering in Asia. Not that the competition for that title has been much so far! H-J won, of course. The perfect holiday must come to an end and without fail have a small disaster or two. Luckily, a mere two hour flight delay (albeit shifting our flights from a gross 3am to an even grosser 5am given that we already at the airport!) and the only food option open being Burger King – who had stopped serving BEEF (!!!) were the worst things to happen to us. The grey skies of Hong Kong welcomed us back with open arms and just like that, our little sojourn to paradise was but a memory. A huge thanks to HK Express (with particular gratitude to Julie Diamond, their awesome PR Manager) and also to HK Magazine who ran the competition. Keep the wins coming universe!!!