Looking for a cheap but exciting weekend getaway? You could find yourself snorkelling off Cebu, mountain climbing in Sabah or haggling over bargains in Hong Kong, all without breaking the bank.
Here, our friends at Skyscanner reveals the top destinations that you can fly to for under S$150:
#1 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has low room rates and cheap flights daily making this city one to go to for a budget weekend break. For those craving a little local food, you’ll definitely not go wrong with delicious street food along Jalan Alor, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the gorgeous night view from level 38 of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Get your flight tickets to Kuala Lumpur here.
#2 Bangkok, Thailand
Cliches generally happen for a reason, and Bangkok is the perfect example of that! Just because it is a favourite destination among most Singaporeans shouldn’t make this city any less attractive. From delicious street food, affordable shopping and a colourful nightlife, Bangkok has something for everyone. If you are a foodie, #1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 is Gaggan, which is located in Lumpini, Bangkok. A huge Instagrammer? Be sure to check out Thonglor for an increasing number of quality cafes and bars. Get your flight tickets to Bangkok here.
#3 Jakarta, Indonesia
Look beyond the infamous traffic congestions and you’ll find that Jakarta has a lot to offer for the weekend warrior. Take a break from your usual hawker fare in Singapore and savour Jakarta’s delicious local cuisine, with the likes of bebek goreng aka fried duck (shown above) and roti bakar (grilled bread). Head down to the Istiqlal Mosque for a glimpse of history and to be impressed by its grandeur. Adrenaline-seekers looking for a quick fix to the city’s heat should make their way down to Waterbom Jakarta – where there is a ride for everyone, no matter how brave or timid you are! Get your flight tickets to Jakarta here.
#4 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In Vietnam, look beyond the usual beef pho and banh mi and be adventurous with the food you choose to explore. Our recommendation? A plate of fresh sea snails cooked in butter, which arrive with safety pins to help you pry the flesh out of the shells. Once done with your food, immerse yourself in the rich history of Vietnam as you check out the War Remnants Museum and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Here, you’ll be able to take an obligatory tourist shot too. Get your flight tickets to HCMC here.
#5 Hong Kong
Grab a cheap flight to Hong Kong for a dynamic getaway to one of Asia’s most exciting cities. First of all, get your Cantonese cravings sorted with a trip to iconic Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant before zipping up the Peak on the Peak Tram to be awed by amazing city views. Head over to mountainous Lantau to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery and, if you have kids in tow, they will be forever grateful for a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. After dark, sharpen your bargaining skills with a trip to Temple Street Night Market to snap up bargains galore! Get your flight tickets to Hong Kong here.
#6 Manila, the Philippines
Manila might not be top of everyone’s travel hit list, but take a chance and you’ll be pleased that you picked up a deal to this pulsating and fun capital. Explore Fort Santiago in the beautifully restored Intramuros district and maybe take a walking tour to see this historic area at its best. Manila is a great city for mall rats, with some of Asia’s largest including Mall of Asia and Megamall. Foodies will want to head to the city’s Chinatown area, Binondo, packed with eateries it’s perfect for a food crawl. Get your flight tickets to Manila here.
#7 Bali, Indonesia
Bali offers something for everyone, from health freaks to adrenaline junkies. You can start your day with a dawn yoga session in the green hills around Ubud and be crashing through the waves around Kuta or wreck diving off Amed after lunch. Nusa Penida, a rugged offshore island, is becoming a big hit on the tourist scene and is ideal for those in search of empty beaches, windswept temples, dramatic coastlines and the crystal clear water. Get your flight tickets to Bali here.
#8 Phuket, Thailand
Grab a cheap flight to Phuket and find yourself in paradise. With stunning offshore karst islands perfect for exploring by kayak, wild nightlife and a thriving foodie scene in Phuket Town, you’re sure to be satisfied on your Phuket getaway. The Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is a must-visit in the morning when you can hear the gibbons singing their hearts out. Get your flight tickets to Phuket here.
#9 Hanoi, Vietnam
If you’re in Hanoi, you have to go local when it comes to food. The city is a foodie paradise, so start your explorations with a visit to Bun Cha 34, celebrated for its grilled pork noodles. Feel free to snack your way around the city as you do a circuit of Hoan Kiem Lake, take a tour of Hoa La Prison, known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the war, and pop into the beautiful Temple of Literature. After dark, catch some jazz with drinks at Binh Minh Jazz Club or listen to some traditional Vietnamese folk music at Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre. Get your flight tickets to Hanoi here.
#10 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
KK is most famous for being the jumping off point for the trek to summit of Gunung Kinabalu and the adrenaline pumping Via Ferrata that clings to the side of the mountain. However, you don’t need to tax yourself on a visit to Sabah’s state capital and can chill on a boat hopping trip around the Tunku Abdu Rahman National Park, learn about Sabah’s rich cultural diversity at Mari Mari Cultural Village and pick up indigenous goods and snacks from the Sunday Market on Jalan Gaya. Get your flight tickets to Kota Kinabalu here.
#11 Kalibo, the Philippines
Kalibo is the starting point for getaways to the postcard-perfect island of Boracay. Try and break your connection to the island with a visit to Manobo Grill, where you’ll sample delicious Filipino dishes such as bulalo. Once you are on Boracay, bliss out at White Beach on a deckchair and a chilled cocktail for sunset and if you can summon the energy for some activity, head to Bulabog Beach, where you can take part in every conceivable water sport imaginable. Get your flight tickets to Kalibo here.
#12 Kuching, Malaysia
Kuching is packed with raffish old world charm and has some top museums to keep your learning up to scratch. Most notable is the Ethnology Museum, richly filled with artefacts from Sarawak’s different ethnic groups. Cat fans will want to pop into the Cat Museum for an overview of all things feline. Be sure to pick up some of the colourful kueh lapis on sale in town before heading out to the Gunung Gading National Park to find some Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. Get your flight tickets to Kuching here.
#13 Cebu, Philippines
Be transported into paradise in less than four hours when you fly to Cebu – an island province of the Philippines. Enjoy a leisurely stroll by the beach and jump into the azure blue waters around the island. Check out one of many waterfalls located around Cebu (the most popular being Tumalog Falls) to get some relief from the tropical heat. For the adventurous, go shark diving or go trekking in the lush landscape that surrounds the heart of Cebu City. Get your flight tickets to Cebu here.
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