Travel Journal: ONA in Asia
If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you know how much we love seeing the cool places where ONA bags go with our awesome customers. And this month, we’re really excited to see the entries in our #WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest.
Our team also loves globetrotting with our own ONA bags: In July, ONA founder Tracy Foster took a two week trip to Asia with her husband–carrying her Chelsea, of course! While her time in Hong Kong, Beijing and Thailand was half work and half play, Tracy was 100 percent excited to document the experience. Here’s a peek at what she saw as she satisfied her summer wanderlust and joined the jet-set out of Manhattan.
Our first stop was Hong Kong, a city of dramatic contrasts that actually reminded me a lot of New York City. We stayed in Admiralty, and had stunning views of the business district and Victoria Harbour. I loved exploring the city’s open-air markets and visiting the Man Mo Temple. We also headed to Kowloon (best described as “like Brooklyn,” where Hong Kong Island is more “like Manhattan”) to visit its famous Bird and Flower Markets. Dim sum was a must, as was “silk stocking” milk tea.
In Beijing, we had a fantastic meeting with the distributor who represents ONA in China and Hong Kong. They held a lovely event that was attended by Chinese retailers and journalists exclusively for ONA, complete with models who dressed up for photo shoots with the bags. I must say, it was a bit surreal to see such a grand party thrown for ONA all the way across the world! The day after the meeting, we toured Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
And then, for five unforgettable days, we were dazzled by the Yao Nai Islands in Phuket, Thailand. Between the perfect sandy beaches, the turquoise waters, the limestone islands and the delicious fare, it was simply wonderful. When we weren’t motorbiking around the island or exploring Phang Nga Bay by boat, we relaxed on the beach, taking it all in and wishing that our trip didn’t have to end so soon.
Don’t forget to show us where your ONA goes this summer!
Wow, these are gorgeous photos and makes me want to pack my bags. Thailand has been calling my name for a while, but that first photo seals the deal! Looks like you had a lovely time!
Awesome photos, Tracy!
Wow! Phuket looks amazing! Great images!
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[…] Founder Tracy Foster traveled to Beijing for a meeting with the distributor who represents ONA in Hong Kong and China, and bookended her visit with time exploring Hong Kong and relaxing in Thailand. She shared her favorite photos of the trip in our inaugural Travel Journal feature. […]