Sometimes planning ahead of time is what makes the difference between a holiday and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From touring by private hot balloon to a VIP journey of Mount Fuji, we’ve selected the best luxury travel experiences from Viator for your next weekend away.
A helicopter ride around Hong Kong
There’s no better way to see Hong Kong than on a helicopter ride. Hop aboard Heliservices’ MD902 Explorer, known for its comfort, steadiness and reliability, for a bird’s-eye tour of iconic landmarks such as Victoria Harbour, ICC, The Hong Kong Golf Club, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (what used to be the old airport), The Peak and more. Start off your day by enjoying The Peninsula’s famous afternoon tea before heading up to their rooftop for your flight.
An exclusive tour around Mount Fuji and Sengen Shrine, Japan
A trip to Japan would not be complete without a visit to Japan’s tallest peak and active volcano, Mount Fuji. Get the VIP experience with a private tour of the mountain. A car will take you up to the Sengen Shrine where a local priest will then take you on a personal walkthrough and share some of his personal anecdotes — an experience which is usually unavailable to the public. This is then followed by small hike up to Mount Fuji’s 5th station — one of the best vantage points from which to take photos and enjoy views of the mountain — and lunch in a traditional Japanese village.
Price: US$368.37 (inclusive of hotel transfers)
Hot ballooning with champagne in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is seriously underrated when compared to tourist spots such as Phuket and Koh Samui. Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is home to a rich and diverse culture, magnificent temples, rice paddies and jungles. How we’d take it in? With a hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast. The private one-hour experience for two starts just as the sun starts rises. Upon landing, you’ll be served with an picnic-style breakfast and a glass of bubbly.
Price: US$340.35 (inclusive of transfers and available from April to October depending on weather conditions)
Island hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi has been having quite a moment recently — especially since the opening of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. An archipelago of 99 islets, Langkawi is Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO World Geopark and boasts some of the world’s oldest naturally-formed gems, mountains, rainforests, glistening lakes, beaches and lush mangroves.
Explore the outlying islands on a luxury yacht and take in the natural wildlife, the white sandy beaches of Pulau Dayang, Bunting or Pulau Singa and explore one of the mangrove forests. You can then enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard the yacht with free-flow beer, cocktails, wine and soft drinks as you drift along the water.