Are you already dreaming about your next holiday? If your next long holiday is still a distant dream, you can still indulge your wanderlust by taking a short weekend getaway!
If you love the idea but are already starting to think that it might be unaffordable, think again! We at GET.com have put together a list of 4 affordable getaway destinations that are super close to Singapore (to save on travel time) and that won't break the bank.
After checking out these cheap destinations, the only thing you'll have to worry about will be to remember to pack your sun hat and your selfie stick, enjoy!
In This Affordable Getaways Guide
1. Bali, Indonesia
Who doesn't love Bali? With flight time taking just 2.5 hours and a variety of different areas to suit various types of tourists, it is indeed one of the most popular travel destinations from Singapore.
Beach lovers can surf up the main Kuta Beach, or seek out the quieter Jimbaran Bay or Seminyak.
For those who prefer somewhere away from the crowd and are into nature, Ubud is the ultimate choice. Surrounded by lovely ricefields, hidden waterfalls and its thriving yoga and raw food culture, a weekend trip will do just nice to rejuvenate you for the new work week ahead!
Whenever I travel to Bali, I'll make sure to include some white-water rafting and bamboo "rafting" in my itinerary for the thrill that we can't get in Singapore. White-water rafting is certainly much cheaper in Bali compared to other countries like Australia or New Zealand!
Here you can compare the best hotel rates in Bali at Agoda.com.
Bangkok remains an old favourite and already all-too-familiar to Singaporean tourists. With so many budget flights flying there, Singaporeans never hesitate to go over for a short break simply just to enjoy the wonderful (and cheap!) street food, relaxing food massages and lots of shopping at the famous Chatuchak market.
Here you can compare the cheapest hotel rates in Bangkok at Agoda.com.
Yes we know Malaysia is huge, but other than getting across the causeway to Johor Bahru and visiting the capital Kuala Lumpur, our nearest neighbour has lots of other hidden gems to check out.
Penang is a short hop on the plane, and known for its yummy food and historical sites. Try out the Penang rendition of Char Kway Teow, Lok Lok and pack some salted-bean cookie back for relatives! Make sure to compare the best hotel rates in Penang at Agoda.com to save money on your stay.
For nature lovers, you will find lots to explore in the Malaysian part of Borneo. One of my favourite things to do is to stay in a rainforest lodge for a few nights and explore the surrounding rivers and and forest. Such lodge stays aren't expensive, considering they provide you with all 3 meals a day, and often include some activities in the price. Here you can find the best accommodation deals in Borneo at Agoda.com.
To be able to observe wild pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and a huge variety of colourful, exotic birds at close range without spending much at all, is truly a treat that rivals going on an African safari.
Here you can find the lowest hotel rates in Kuala Lumpur at Agoda.com.
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
This quaint town in northern Cambodia is today a major tourist destination, drawn by the eighth wonder of the world and home to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and ruins of the Khmer Empire.
Visitors sometimes take 2-3 days to admire the intricacies of the various temples, or simply spend a full day there starting with a sunrise photo of Angkor Wat in the background.
Other than that, Cambodia has a wonderful food culture with a mix of flavours and influence from other countries. Being a French colony for many years and having a large number of Chinese immigrants, the cuisine is naturally influenced by this legacy. The taste of neighbouring Thailand in the east and the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine are evident as well.
Here you can find the cheapest hotel rates in Siem Reap at Agoda.com, enjoy!