It’s just a short flight from Singapore to lots of amazing vacation places where we can bring our families, loved ones and friends. Well, we can also be solo travellers to rediscover ourselves. In fact, there’s a lot of terrific countries nearby Singapore. With budget airlines like Air Asia and Tiger Airways, planning for a budget and short trip is easy.
Time to wind down and our top 10 places to visit in Southeast Asia.
Located in the heart of Java, Yogyakarta welcomes you with traditional music and vibrant puppet programs, batik fabrics. Few kilometres away from the city is the Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in Asia. On the opposite side is the active Mount Merapi Volcano.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is one of the most renowned islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Lovely stretches of white sand, magnificent beaches and elegant resorts makes it a great place to unwind. The island is also surrounded by 42 small islands with untouched lagoons and spectacular limestone cliffs.
Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea. Langkawi is the home of beautiful beaches surrounded by a mountainous landscape. Sunbathing and watersports are the best activities to do in Langkawi. If you are an eco-tourists, do check out the Geopark & Marine Park.
Bali has been one of the top vacation location for newlyweds. Transport yourself to this peaceful island paradise for an experience you’ll never forget. You can explore Bali’s beautiful beaches, colourful coral reefs, rice paddies and volcanic hillsides.
Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam
Phong Nha has actually now ended up as one of the most stunning places in Vietnam. Tourist in Phong Nha Ke Bang is booming and the choice of transportation, lodging, restaurants and tours have greatly improved. The Phong Nha Farmstay in 8km south of Phong Nha, deep in the Vietnamese countryside overlooking the rice paddies.
Travel from Singapore to Bangkok will take about 2.5 hours. Some must-visit shopping centers include Platinum, MBK, and Siam Paragon. Visit the Chatuchak Market, where you can find the least expensive stylish clothing and classic products. It’s all about shopping, eat and relax in Bangkok.
Batam is a great location for budget shopping and getting a body massage. By ferry, it took only 45 minutes from Singapore. Do check out Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall for the grocery store and choose from a selection of kueh lapis stalls. BCS shopping centre also has a large selection of clothing stalls where you can have fun shopping. If you are tired of shopping, do visit Well Asih in Batam Center for a relaxing massage to sooth your body aches.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is known to be the gorgeous locations in Asia. It is a popular holiday location for its lovely and secluded grottoes (natural or artificial cave used by humans), lagoons, semi-inhabited islands, and beaches.
Ban Nahin, Laos
With gracious and friendly people, Laos is a wonderful location that combines exceptional Buddhist temples, shrines and mysterious heritage sites. Be sure to make a stop at Tham Kong Lo Cave, the country’s most sensational highlight. Embark on a journey into this preternatural underworld with 7 kilometres of winding river, scaling little rapids as it goes through the transcendent limestone cave.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
A 9-hour bus ride is required to reach Cameron Highlands from Singapore. With strawberries and the juiciest corn, this location in Malaysia is an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. You can experience the coolest temperature levels without travelling too far. A jacket is advised as temperature levels can drop to 18 degrees, especially in the evening. Walking to Gunung Brinchang, which has an elevation of 6,666 feet, rewards you with a panoramic view from the top of the Titiwangsa Mountains.