Long Weekend Guide 2019: When And Where Should Your Next Vacation Be?

Long Weekend Guide 2019: When And Where Should Your Next Vacation Be?

Looking forward to all the long weekends in 2019? Use the handy guide below to find out the best times to take leave so you can maximise the public holidays!

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, take the quiz below to find the perfect destination based on your travel preferences and budget, or scroll down to browse our picks.

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For nature lovers

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Sail through hundreds of limestone columns and tiny islets on traditional-style boats, go spelunking at Hang Sung Sot Cave or swim through underwater caves.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$244
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$35

Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island is home to emerald-green paddy fields, hidden beaches and hot springs. Its star attractions are the crater lakes of the Kelimutu volcano, which sparkle in different hues.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$555
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$70

Darwin, Australia

Darwin is the only Australian state with a tropical climate, and offers exciting experiences for the intrepid traveller, such as sky-diving, crocodile dives and helicopter rides overlooking snaking rivers.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$627
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$S$100

For culture vultures

Hanoi, Vietnam

Culture buffs will want to explore the city’s many temples, as well as visit the museums and former prisons that serve as a reminder of Vietnam’s difficult past.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$S$240
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$40

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo’s rich colonial heritage and multi-ethnic mix mean that you’ll find churches, mosques and temples on the same streets. Head to its national museum for ancient art dating back to the 4th century BC.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$565
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$60

Granada, Spain

Once you’ve visited the magnificent Alhambra, check out the many other wonders Granada has to offer: beautiful chapels, plazas, colourful street murals and bohemian cafes.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$1,297
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$90

For shopaholics

Bangkok, Thailand

From towering shopping malls to sprawling street markets, Bangkok’s the place to be if you’re looking for cheap clothes and accessories.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$151
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$50 

Taipei, Taiwan

Shopping malls, bustling night markets and underground malls: Taipei has it all. You’ll find anything from clothes, books to novelty items that will suit a variety of budgets.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$332
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$70

Seoul, Korea

Seoul’s the place to go for high-end fashion, beauty products and cosmetics. Independent clothing stores and vintage shops also offer more reasonably priced apparel.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$695
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$70

For food fanatics

Penang, Malaysia

Regarded by some locals as the nation’s food capital, Penang has a multi-cultural heritage that lends to its eclectic mix of flavours. Hawker food is plentiful and cheap.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$76
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$50

Bangkok, Thailand

From pork skewers to fresh spring rolls to mango sticky rice, Bangkok has an inexhaustible range of street food you’ll want to explore.

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$151
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$50

Osaka, Japan

While Japanese cuisine is famed for its sushi, ramen and udon, at Osaka you’ll also find a wide range of street food that include skewered meats, Horumon (broiled innards), Okonomiyaki (a sort of meat and vegetable pancake) and Taiko-Manju (a baked confectionary with red bean filling).

Approximate cost of a return ticket: S$584
Approximate cost of lodging at a 3-star hotel (one night): S$100

Before you start packing your bags for a weekend getaway after reading our guide, spare some time to find local information on your destination like visa requirements, climate conditions and whether you need to bring your adapter or download a language app.

The flight and accommodation costs stated above are estimates only, and prices will vary according to season and booking period.

Now, with our guide in hand, you can plan ahead and take advantage of early bird promotions and fare discounts!

Get a card that rewards you for travelling

Planning to do a lot of travelling in 2019? Having a travel credit card can get you access to perks like free access to VIP lounges or upsized cash back on travel spending.

Best of all, a travel credit card helps you rack up miles on your spending – this means that even as you spend during your holidays, you’d be putting miles towards your next vacation!

American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card

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Redeem 1.1 KrisFlyer miles for every eligible S$1 you spend

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