10 exotic holidays that you can get a cheaper equivalent right here in S.E Asia

TL;DR – No need to go to Turkey to take hot air balloon.

We are always dreaming of that bucket list vacay – you know, hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia and strolling the marketplaces of Tuscany. What if we told you that you can get all of that right here in Southeast Asia, and at a fraction of the price too?

1) Cappadocia, Turkey

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Alternative: Bagan, Myanmar

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How to get there: There are 6 flights daily from Singapore to Yangon International Airport.  From there, you can purchase a domestic flight on Air Bagan from Yangon to Bagan.

2) Grand Canyon, USA

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Alternative: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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How to get there: Both Tigerair and SilkAir fly directly from Singapore to Chiang Mai International Airport. The GPS coordinates you’ll need for the Grand Canyon Chiang Mai will be “18.697053, 98.893398“.

3) Sand dunes of Dubai

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Alternative: Mui Ne, Vietnam

How to get there: From Ho Chi Minh city (15+ flights daily from Singapore), you can take a bus from the Phoung Trang bus company (tel: 08.38.309.309) – about US$6 per pax for a 4.5 hours ride.

4) Maldives

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Alternative: Huma Island (Palawan), Philippines

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How to get there: An hour away from Manila by air, Busuanga, Palawan is accessible
daily via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights from Manila. There are 15+ flights daily from Singapore to Manila.

5) Cherry Blossoms in Japan

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Alternative: Chiang Mai, Thailand

OMG why is Chiang Mai so freaking amazing?!

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How to get there: Both Tigerair and SilkAir fly directly from Singapore to Chiang Mai International Airport. The blooming season is usually during the months of December and January.

6) Florence, Italy

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Alternative: Baguio, Philippines

How to get there: There are 15+ flights daily from Singapore to Manila. From Manila, Victory Liner‘s buses run on a 24-hour service and their buses leaves every hour bound for Baguio from their terminals in Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.

7) Knott’s Berry Farm (California), USA

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Alternative: Sky Ranch Theme Park (Tagaytay City), Philippines

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How to get there: First fly from Singapore to Manila (15+ flights daily) then from Manila Airport, you can take a bus to Tagaytay.

8) Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Alternative: Bukit Tinggi (Pahang), Malaysia

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How to get there: There are direct coaches (example) that take you from Singapore right to Colmar Tropicale/ Bukit Tinggi.

9) Little Wittenham, UK

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Alternative: Thames Valley (Khao Yai), Thailand

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How to get there: Fly from Singapore to Bangkok (31+ flights daily) and from either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport, you can then hire a taxi or rent a car – it’s about a 2 hour drive to Thames Valley.

10) Tuscany, Italy

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Alternative: Primo Piazza (Khao Yai), Thailand

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How to get there: Fly from Singapore to Bangkok (31+ flights daily) and from either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport, you can then hire a taxi or rent a car and drive 2 hours to Primo Piazza.

BONUS: Guilin, China

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Alternative: Little Guilin, Bukit Batok, Singapore

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How to get there: Take MRT to Bukit Gombak station and walk 5 minutes. Don’t even need to chop passport.



Author: Flora Lim

Instagram addict, military wife and chocoholic down with a serious case of wanderlust, Flora spends 97% of her time building her business and the other 3% on her blog floraisabelle.com


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