5 Short Getaways Less than 3 hours from Singapore
When life starts getting in the way and deadlines pile up, you would sometimes dream of going away for a break. Whether it’s running off to a deserted island far away from modern civilization or losing yourself in the hustle and bustle of another city, Singapore is strategically located to cater for any kind of getaway you might desire.
From hiking trails to crystalline beaches and gritty towns, pack your bags, have your travel app on standby and check out these 5 vacation ideas that will take you less than 3 hours to get to. #wanderlust
Sugi Island, Riau, Indonesia
If that island life is calling, answer it at one of the many resorts in Indonesia’s Sugi Island. Located just further south of Batam, think stretches of sandy white beaches with nary a soul in sight, lush mangrove swamps and over-water stilt bungalows built on a private cove that is begging to be shared on Instagram. Get a massage, marvel at skies free from light pollution, explore the swamps on kayak, bathe under a waterfall or train your core while paddle boarding – and all you have to do to get there is hop on a ferry.
Amed, Bali, Indonesia
If boisterous tourists, loud clubs and upscale resort-chic boutiques are not your thing, then escape the in-your-face tourism that plagues Kuta and Seminyak and head east to Amed instead. This coastal town is mostly visited by divers looking to explore the famed USS Liberty wreck and hikers looking to conquer Mount Agung, so rest assure the black sand beaches will mostly be yours to enjoy! Take a course in freediving (diving without tanks), practice some yoga or shop for gourmet Bali salt (an important industry in Amed) and revel in the simplicity of that kampong life, even if for just a weekend.
Sai Kung, Hong Kong
With towering skyscrapers, luxury retailers and fine dining establishments taking over mainland, it is getting harder to experience the traditional Hong Kong we know and love. If you are seeking for an authentic experience, head to Sai Kung instead. Located in the New Territories, this neighbourhood offers everything from fresh seafood, hiking trails and even a beach. It’s a good alternative if you want the best of both worlds, as Sai Kung is easily accessible by MTR.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Despite heavy tourism, this laidback city still holds on to its rich history, evident in its people, architecture and culture. Perfect for a short weekend trip, there’s plenty to do aside from visiting the famous Angkor Wat temples (which you really should, given it is the 7th wonder of the world). Visit the Old Market and shop for luscious silks while having a bite of local delicacies, or explore its alleyways of art galleries, craft stores and mum-and-pop restaurants. When the sun sets, amuse yourself at any of its bars, have a well-made cocktail and revel in the tales of backpackers and friendly locals.
Boracay, The Philippines
Often referred to as Asia’s most beautiful island, Boracay does indeed, boast miles of pure white sand, turquoise waters that meet the horizon painted in stunning sunsets and enough activities to keep you entertained for weeks. Sporty types can fuel their adrenaline with every water sport imaginable (including cliff jumping and underwater walking) and if you are seeking a little R&R, there are plenty of excellent beachfront restaurants, bars and nightclubs to party the night away – with a view.