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Brief side trip from Hong Kong in August. Destination suggestions?

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Cliff Notes: Wife and I are traveling to Hong Kong in August and want to take a 4-5 days to do a side trip somewhere relatively close and cheap, but more "exotic". Looking for advice.

Long Version: My wife and I are going to Hong Kong on business in August. We have about 3-4 days of work there, but we figured if we have to fly halfway across the globe we might as well take it all in. The way everything worked out with airline tickets (already purchased) and the other obligations we have while there we have about 10 "free days" in Hong Kong. (6 days before business and 4 days after). After we started doing some research we started to feel like 10 days in HK might be more than we need to see/do the things we really want to do.

So now we're thinking about using a portion of those 6 straight "free days" to take a side trip from HK. (probably only 4-5 days so that we give ourselves some travel buffer room) But to where?

Relevant info about us. We aren't really "city people". Prefer outdoors and other physical activities. Although we're exciting about visiting such an impressive city, we generally get more excited about taking a hike through an exotic forest or snorkeling above a reef than shopping, going to a club, or seeing the "city sights". After a few days in a big city we both start to get a little antsy.

At first we looked at Phuket and Phi Phi island. Because they seemed to offer what we're after. (Not too far, pretty cheap, and plenty of "exotic wonders") But after some more research we became concerned that it might just rain the entire time. We're from Florida, so heat and a few thunderstorms don't bother us, we just don't want to have a high probability that we'll experience rain during our entire side trip.

So where could we go for just a few days and see and experience something very unique without getting totally rained out, flying too far, or spending too much?

One recommendation that we're looking into and would appreciate personal experiences on is Nha Trang, Vietnam. Seems that the monsoon season hits a little later there.
Also heard that Taiwan has a lot of variety to offer.

Finally if you want to just throw in a few "off the beaten path" tips for HK or suggestions on this we could do outside of HK that might convince us to stay more local we'd love to hear that too!

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