There are about 5 more potential long weekends for you to utilise for the rest of 2018, for those looking to take weekend trips for every budget.
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If you plan your leaves properly, it looks like there are plenty of opportunities for you to take that long weekend trip you desperately need.
No matter what budget you have, you should always set aside a little money (and time) for a quick getaway to come back to work refreshed the next week.
Here are 5 weekend trips for every budget if you’re travelling from Singapore:
For the very budget-conscious (<S$550)
1. Malacca, Malaysia
Malacca is one of those destinations you can keep going back to over and over again no matter how many times you have been there. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or as a group of friends, Malacca is the perfect budget destination.
The UNESCO heritage town is a vibrant, exciting place to be during weekends. Jonker Street is closed off to cars, so you can roam about, take photos with wall murals, enjoy cafe hopping or even indulge in the sinful night market treats. Shopping fiends will also love the street which is lined with many quirky shops for you to find your next hipster item.
The food in Malacca is also to die-for. What’s a trip to Malacca without trying the coconut shake, the chicken rice balls, a gula Melaka ice kacang or some authentic Nyonya food. The best part is, it’s all friendly on the wallet!
Coach to Malacca: S$36 for a return ticket Two nights accommodation: S$100 for an Airbnb apartment ,S$200 for Jonker Boutique Hotel Daily expenditure: S$30 x 3 = S$90 Total: S$226 – S$326
2. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is one of the most exciting destinations for Southeast Asian travellers to flock to. It’s got so much cheap shopping, AMAZING food and not to mention, the entertainment scene there is one must-have experience.
It has been a city that has attracted more and more travellers over the years but it is still one of the cheapest destinations for Singaporeans to visit over the weekend. If you know how to manage your money very well, you could be looking at spending less than S$400 there for a 3D2N stay!
Flights: S$220 Two nights accommodation: S$20 for hostel, S$80 for Airbnb, S$180 for hotels Daily expenditure (excl. shopping): S$50 x 3 = S$150 Total: S$390 – S$550
For the mid-budget travellers (<S$1000)
3. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of the most popular destinations among Singaporeans. It’s easy to see why. Everything there is affordable. But more than that, the culture in Bali is so different compared to the rest of Indonesia. You could say that it is highly westernised.
The must-do’s while in Bali include things like hanging out at the world famous Potato Head Beach Club or visiting the rice terraces in Ubud or even diving up north in Tulamben. Or if you’re daring enough, stay on Nusa Penida island and swim with manta rays.
Waves in Bali can be pretty huge, so surfing is a big deal here too. If you’re a total foodie, then you will love the food scene in Bali. There are literally THOUSANDS of restaurants to try here and every single one will blow your mind.
Flights: S$250 Accommodation for 3 nights: S$550 at Montigo Resort, Seminyak Daily expenditure: S$50 x 4 = S$200 Total: S$1,000
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is one of those bucket-list places that can easily be ticked off during a long weekend. You don’t need more than a weekend to go on a temple run to see all the popular sites. See where Tomb Raider was shot, which is now known as the Angelina Jolie temple.
The temple was renamed after her after bringing so much tourism dollars for the country as well as through her movie First They Killed My Father, which highlights the Khmer Rouge movement in Cambodia in the 70s.
Cambodia is a country that you can enjoy on a budget but also get to splurge. You can splurge by visiting one of the best fine dining restaurants there – Embassy Restaurant. A 7-course dinner only costs less than S$50. Also, catch Phare, the Cambodian circus, where tickets can cost anywhere from S$24 to S$50.
Flights: S$440 Accommodation for 3 nights: S$320 at Mulberry Boutique Hotel Daily expenditure (incl. food, massage, transportation, alcohol): S$50 x 4 = S$200 Total: S$960
For the high roller (>S$1,200)
5. Tokyo, Japan
This destination should be saved for a longer getaway, of say, 5 days. Of course 5 days is not enough for Japan, but if you want to concentrate on getting to know Tokyo better, it is a great duration to do so.
Indulge in all kinds of delicious Japanese food from sushi to ramen to all the takoyaki you can possibly eat. Travelling to Japan has never been cheap, but if you’re looking for a place to splurge on yourself, this should be it.
Experience Tokyo Disneyland, go shopping to your heart’s content and enjoy a soak in an onsen to complete the ultimate Japanese experience.
Flights: S$585 Accommodation for 4 nights: S$550 at a mid-range hotel Daily expenditure: S$100 x 4 = S$400 Total: S$1,535
So there you have it! That’s our list of weekend trips for every budget. Which trip will you be taking? Comment below.
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