Short Trip Ideas from Singapore



Relocating to Singapore will not only give you the chance to fall in love with The Lion City, it is a great opportunity for you to explore more of Asia. The region is abundant with vastly different Asian cultures, which are only a short plane flight away. It’s so easy to plan short trips to destinations that are just hours – or less – away, and can be reached by car, bus, train, ferry or plane.

Bangkok, Thailand

This is a top destination for many Singaporeans. The Thai capital is full of attractions that will appeal to many types of tourists. Those looking to learn more about history and cultural interests will enjoy visiting the city’s temples, royal palaces and museums. If you are after some retail therapy, you will be spoilt for choice. There are excellent shopping centres, department stores and markets, including the iconic Taling Chan Floating Market, with vendors from nearby farms arriving by boat to sell their wares.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the perfect destination for expats in Singapore who wish to enjoy a romantic weekend away or a surfing getaway with your mates. You will immediately be enchanted by the scenery, which includes volcanoes and gorgeous beaches. The best part is you can find 5-star hotels and villas at a fraction of the price you’d pay for European luxury.

Hong Kong

This bustling city has a lot to offer. Its rich Colonial history is visible in every aspect of daily life. Similar to Singapore in that it has a densely populated urban centre, brimming with dazzling skyscrapers, and a busy port city and financial centre. Hong Kong is a glamorous city, with tantalising nightlife and exotic dining, Hong Kong also offers fantastic shopping whereby you’ll find all your favourite luxury brands right alongside the best bargains in town.

Koh Samui, Thailand

If you need a relaxing break with your family, then Koh Samui has everything you need – sandy white beaches, crystal aqua waters and breath-taking scenery. There’s plenty to do, with an abundance of water sports on tap, and you will be able to enjoy delicious seafood dishes overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Most direct flights to Koh Samui from Singapore take an hour and 45 minutes so it is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian capital of KL, as it is commonly known, is easy to reach by air or land. Dominating its glossy modern skyline is the stunning glass and steel-clad 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, with a public skybridge and observation deck. The mix of contemporary architecture and British colonial buildings will delight visitors, offering plenty of locations to explore.

Batam, Indonesia

This Indonesian island is one of the largest in the Riau Archipelago. A short 45-minute trip will take you to the perfect destination to enjoy relaxation and pampering at a local spa retreat. For some retail therapy, you can easily make your way into Nagoya Hill for great bargain shopping.

Bintan, Indonesia

A 60-minute catamaran ride will take you to this tropical beach destination, known as Negeri Segantang Lada, and also located in the Riau Islands Province. There are excellent resorts in this island, as well as golf courses and many other attractions. Plenty to do and see, you can choose a busy Bintan weekend away or some serious relaxation therapy.

Penang, Malaysia

This charming Malay city has retained its traditions by blending them seamlessly with contemporary living. Penang is known for its stunning coastline and delicious cuisine. George Town in the Straits of Malacca has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site so it’s one for your ‘bucket list’.

Moving to Singapore provides a great platform from which to explore you new exotic neighbourhood and get to know more about the South-East Asian region. Lucky you!


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