With the end of the year fast approaching many of us would like to look outside of Singapore to spend our holidays but where can we go to make the most out of our budget?
Here are 3 curated destinations which are off the beaten track, featuring both city life and also a glimpse of the culture, which many Singaporeans can appreciate! We segmented them into getaways from 3, 4 and 5-day trips!
Penang, Malaysia – Total $276+ (3D2N)
A city abundant with street art and delicious food! Get your camera ready and spend your weekend visiting the different temples and museums located in historic Georgetown. Don’t forget to take some photos of the fascinating street art found all over the town.
Take a walk around the Clan Jetties, a rustic seaside town to experience how the locals used to live, for free. With RM20 be sure to visit the Penang Peranakan Museum showcasing the lifestyles of the Baba and Nyonya in a refurbished Peranakan mansion.
Travel around Penang by purchasing a “Tourist passport” valid for one week which allows you to board the local bus called Rapid Penang buses for RM20 or opt to rent a car for as low as RM 150. Finally, go on a food hunt for all the best dishes Penang has to offer!
Ha Noi, Vietnam – Total $382+ (4D3N)
Located beside the sea, Ha Noi is the best place to visit if you would like to enjoy a slower pace of life. Take a walk along the fishing village to enjoy fresh seafood or visit the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, the most popular water Theatre in Hanoi with entrance fees going between $6 and $10.
If you’re up for some shopping, visit the Old Quarter which is made up of 40 different streets selling all types of goods with each street named after the goods being sold in that area. End your day at BBQ Chicken Street, enjoying the rows of stalls selling barbeque chicken!
If you’re on a tight budget, check out the Vietnam Backpacker Hostel Original, one of the best hostels with clean rooms, free breakfast and walking city tours. Have some extra cash lying around? Try out the Hanoi Pearl Hotel, a 4-star hotel that has a rooftop bar that overlooks the city!
Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Total $460+ (5D4N)
A city in Java known for its cultural heritage and stunning views. With the attractions in the city costing approximately $25 per entry, be sure to check out Borobudur temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple or try out the Gondola rides at Timang Beach that takes you across stunning clear blue waters.
Looking to splurge on something exciting? Try caving at Jomblang Cave where you will rappel down 30 meters for $50 inclusive of insurance.
Wonder what to do at night? Take a walk around Jalan Malioboro, Yogayakarta’s night market where you’ll find street vendors selling food all night long, grab something to eat and take a seat on the footpath to enjoy the lights and the bustling nightlife.
With hostels going as low as $20 and food starting from at an affordable price of $2, you will be able to explore the sights Yogyakarta has to offer and still have cash to save.
Conclusion: Get out there and explore SEA!
South-East Asia is really beautiful, step out of your comfort zone and shell out a few days of leave to try out something new! Indeed, it gets quite interesting to learn more about both contrasting culture and city lives abroad the shores of Singapore.