Perfect Mother’s Day escapes

SPAS, beach holidays, good food, wildlife experiences… here are some perfect ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day around Asia.

Pic: Bangkok, Thailand. www.visitedplanet.com

Spa and health holiday
Asia is brimming with resorts with health treatments, massage, yoga and wholesome meals.
* Book her into an Ashram in India or a Buddhist retreat in Burma for some soul searching and contemplation
* For some serious indulgence she’ll love the spa treatments and massage in any number of Australian beach side or rainforest resorts
* Consider the Ayurvedic treatments for your mum in India’s south
* Combine her beach holiday in Phuket, Koh Samui or Phi Phi with the luxury of Thai massage and body treatments

Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia. www.visitedplanet.com

Diving / Snorkelling
If mum’s the active type she’ll love to get a few dives under her belt.
* Get her to hang with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
* Book her into world famous Sipadan in Malaysia so she can see turtles, parrotfish and hammerhead sharks
* Plunk her in the Andaman Sea’s rich waters near Phuket and the Phi Phi islands

Pic: Hikers on the Kepler Track, New Zealand. www.visitedplanet.com

Adventure
For mothers that love to really let loose there are plenty of adventure options around Asia too.
* Send her off trekking in Nepal in the high Himalaya – she might like a porter too
* Get a few screams out of her on a bungy jump in New Zealand
* Take her to the Asahan River in Sumatra, Indonesia for some stellar white water rafting
* Get her climbing Malaysia’s highest peak – Kota Kinnabalu
* Hit the famed trails of New Zealand like the Milford Track or Routeburn

Pic: Spices in an Indian market. www.visitedplanet.com

Food and wine tour
There are plenty of foodie escapes for those keen on the good stuff.
* Schedule a cooking class in the Vietnamese foodie capital of Hoi An so she can learn how to cook squid or make noodles
* A tour of Australia’s Apple Isle (Tasmania) might be just the thing visiting berry farms, buying fresh oysters, sampling fruit icecreams, specialty cheeses and fantastic local honey
* If she’s a foodie she could visit local markets in any Asian city like Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Delhi, Hanoi – these can be with organised tours that combine it with a cooking class
* Send her out on a hawker centre tour of South East Asia for some seriously good food – peppered crabs in Singapore, laksa in Penang (Malaysia), pho bo in Hanoi (Vietnam)…
* Encourage her to restock her cellar visiting Australia’s famed wine regions such as the Hunter Valley (NSW), the Clare and Barossa Valleys (SA) or Margaret River (WA)

Pic: Elephants bathing in Sri Lanka. www.visitedplanet.com

Wildlife extravaganza
* Get her to meet the orangutan’s in Borneo (Sabah/Sarawak) or Sumatra (Indonesia)
* Take her on a safari in an Indian game park to see such rare animals as the Asiatic Lion, wild ass, Indian elephant Himalayan Tahr
* Have her visit a wildlife park in Australia to cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo and marvel at a crocodile (from a distance!)
* Book mum into some elephant trekking in Thailand
* If she loves big animals there are plenty of elephant sanctuaries and orphanages in Asia such as the Pinnawala orphanage near Kandy, Sri Lanka