Singapore make the perfect launch pad for short travel trip around the region and weekend getaways. Our recommended destinations can easily be reached in a few hours by flight, ferry, bus or train. With only two to 3 days, who wants to spend a large part of the trip hanging out at airports or ferry terminals for transits? We want to enjoy our holidays shopping, sunbathing on the beach, exploring local attractions and tasting exotic cuisines! Here’s our Top Weekend Getaways From Singapore for maximum enjoyment & minimal travelling. Have a blast!
Bangkok is indisputably Singaporeans’ favourite shopping paradise. Bangkok has perfected its shopping scene to thrill and delight even the most discerning of shoppers. I make it a point to visit the Thai capital at least twice a year to stock up on my work & leisure clothes, accessories and check out the latest lifestyle products from innovative Thai designers. But other than shopping, the Thai Capital is also famed for its dining offers which ranges from high end delicacies to yummy street food.
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In Bali, the landscapes offer an incredible delight for the senses. The lush green foliage and sweeping rice fields can keep visitors intrigued with its splendour for hours. The location is magical with its impressive volcanoes and beautiful beaches. There are so many places for which to photograph and capture the sun’s beautiful display of colours and beauty as it sets. Most people remark that Bali’s sunsets are some of the most romantic in the region. A true display of artistry occurs every evening in Bali.
3. Hong Kong
For me, Hong Kong is a modern high density city with a horribly fast pace in life which makes it really similar to Singapore. But my female friends and colleagues beg to differ, they adore the shopping and eating tai tai kind of lifestyle at this metropolitan city. Well, one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
4. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is commonly known is just a conveniently hop from Singapore either via air or roads. As the capital, Kuala Lumpur is the most modern and developed city within the country, with contemporary high-rises and world-class hotels, glitzy shopping malls as well as local and international cuisine. While the city’s past is still present in the age old colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka and the old fashion lamps of the Petaling Street Night Market, that past is everywhere met with insistent reminders of KL’s present and future. While you are there, remember to check where the locals go for their Bah Kut Teh & Yong Tau Foo.
For me personally, Penang is a charming fusion of both the East and West. The city creatively embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are well reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings which led to George Town being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recently. The street art in George Town is also a must see in the city. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines.
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Malacca is one of the historical states of Malaysia. The city is full of beautiful heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. It was here that colonial forces first made contact with Malaysia, which eventually shaped the country into its current economic and political system. Hence you can still see imprints of British, Dutch and Portuguese forces left behind in forts, museums, churches and towers. But I personally love the city for its rich peranakan culture and cuisines. Ditch the big hotels and stay at one of their boutique hotels to soak up the heritage.
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7. Port Dickson
Located 333 kilometers from Singapore in the state of Negeri Sembilan, a weekend road trip to Port Dickson is a popular option for many Singaporeans. Prided mainly as a beach destination, it is a perfect destination for a super chill out weekend with your family and loved ones. If you really must get out and do something, a morning or evening hike at Cape Rachado Lighthouse is one option in sleepy port town. READ MORE
Kukup is a small fishing village located about 40 kilometers southwest of Johor Bahru, in the district of Pontian, Johor. Famous for its open air seafood restaurants and old school chalet style accommodations built on stilts over the water, Kukup makes the perfect weekend getaway for large families or close group of friends who wish to reminisce Singapore in the good old kampung days.
Batam is one of the largest islands in the Riau archipelago, Indonesia. Conveniently located 45 minutes away from Singapore, it offers a quick and dirty option if you really must get out of our Little Red Dot over the weekends. Although Bintan and Batam offer similar experiences, Batam is a lot easier on the pocket. Why pay more? When you eventually get tired of lazing around your resort, hop onto a cab and make your way to Nagoya Hill for shopping, good food and end off with a soothing massage. READ MORE
10. Weekend Cruise
Cruises are by far the best way to take the exhausting travelling leg out of a weekend getaway. Yes, you are still heading off to a destination but you get to chill, relax and feast while the ship is moving.
Contrary to popular belief, a cruise is not just about eating, gambling and lazing around (although the gambling is quite a big thing for many Singaporeans). There are lots of activities and facilities going on at every hour for everyone in the family.
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