TL;DR – Unconventional, but rejuvenating.
Every once in a while, we dream of a short getaway to just get away from it all and escape the daily routines of work and school. Or maybe, just to escape life.
Besides the usual Bangkok and Bali, here are some other destinations you might want to consider!
1. Tioman, Malaysia
Malaysia will always remain a favourite getaway destination among Singaporeans for its proximity and Tioman is great if you’re up for some snorkeling or diving. The island is a popular spot for divers with its crystal clear waters and many reef sites but if you are looking forward to a weekend of nothingness, you can simply relax by the beach watching the waves go by or chill in your villa to enjoy the peace and quiet.
2. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
The cultural and commercial hub of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is always bustling with activities and full of charm. Discover their way of life as you start getting acquainted with the overwhelming number of motorbikes around, celebrate its incredible food and traditional Vietnamese coffee in a café or at a streetside stall while watching the world go by.
3. Lombok, Indonesia
Often overlooked by its popular cousin, Bali, not many know there are lots to do in Lombok. Lombok is part of the Gili Islands, which is a group of three islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno) and they each offer unique landscapes and beautiful beaches. From hiking up Mount Rinjani to marveling at beautiful waterfalls at its foot and chasing sunsets, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
4. Yangon, Myanmar
Myanmar has always been a very underrated destination, but visitors will definitely find Yangon exotic with its blend of culture, history and cuisine. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the greatest Pagoda in Myanmar, make day trips to fishing villages, marvel at the stunning lakes… there are a ton of things to do if you give this city a chance. Don’t forget the nightlife and their super cheap drinks!
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tourists flock to Angkor Wat for its incredible experience of catching magnificent sunrises and venturing around the old ancient temple ruins. Besides visiting this famous UNESCO World Heritage site, there are other things to do in this Khmer empire such as leisurely exploring the markets and fishing villages or finding out more about Khmer history at the museums. If you’re keen to buy some homeware and get interior shopping done, you can visit their local ceramic arts centre too.