4 Weekend Getaway Ideas Under S$200

4 Weekend Getaway Ideas Under S$200

Broke or out of annual leave days? Many vacation destinations will be out of your reach, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Here are some of the best budget destination ideas for the weekend that will cost under S$200!

1. Hop on a ferry or a coach

If you’re seeking an island paradise, you won’t have to look far – there are many island destinations reachable by ferry.

In the under-S$200 range, there’s Batam and Bintan, which many Singaporeans are probably familiar with. For something a bit less touristy in Indonesia, check out Karimun Island, where you can explore sandy beaches, gorge on fresh seafood and spend hours island hopping.

Alternatively, consider Malaysia’s Desaru or Tioman Island. Desaru makes a great destination for a family vacation, what with its crocodile farm, ostrich farm, fruit farms, adventure waterpark and waterfalls. In Tioman, try your hand at surfing, scuba diving and wilderness trekking – or, if you enjoy less exerting vacations – stroll along the beaches and indulge in seafood.

 How to get thereApproximate travel costs*Approximate cost of one night at a three-star hotel
BatamTake a ferry from HarbourFront to Batam Centre (45 min)S$49S$10 - S$50
BintanTake a ferry from Tanah Merah to Bandar Bentan Telani (1 hr)S$58S$20 - S$60
Karimun IslandTake a ferry from HarbourFront Centre to Tanjung Balai (1 hr 30 min)S$49S$20 - S$45
DesaruTake a ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungur Ferry Terminal (30 min), then drive to Desaru (30 min)S$43 (ferry) +  S$25 (Grab ride)S$20 - S$80
Tioman IslandTake a coach to Mersing Jetty (3 hr 30 min), then take a ferry to TiomanS$50 (coach) + S$24 (ferry)S$28 - S$180
*Costs listed are for round trips

2. Fly to Malaysia

Prefer flying to Malaysia? There are a couple of destinations that are reachable by flight for around S$100.

You already know Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s capital is a great destination for food and shopping – although a budget of S$200 will limit you from doing any proper shopping.

If you’re always on the hunt for the next great meal, try Penang. Penang’s multi-cultural heritage lends to an eclectic mix of flavours. Hawker food is plentiful and cheap.

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy Kuching or Miri, which are both cities in the state of Sarawak. In Kuching, stroll down its scenic waterfront, explore historical buildings, browse wares at traditional shop houses, or visit the various national parks. Head to Miri to watch the sun rise over limestone hills, relax on sandy shorelines or go adventure caving at national parks.

Otherwise, head to Langkawi for sandy white beaches, exhilarating water activities and affordable booze.

 Flight durationApproximate cost of a return flightApproximate cost of one night at a three-star hotel
Kuala Lumpur1 hr 5 minS$83S$20 – S$100
Penang1 hr 20 minS$72S$20 – S$100
Kuching1 hr 30 minS$104S$20 – S$55
Miri2 hrS$102S$20 – S$55
Langkawi1 hr 30 minS$100S$20 – S$80

3. Fly to Thailand

Looking for a weekend destination that’s slightly more exotic than Malaysia? S$200 can just about cover the costs of flights and accommodation for a weekend in Thailand.

Bangkok has a dazzling variety of food and opportunities for shopping to suit different types of budgets. Alternatively, beach bums can visit Phuket, where attractions include the Sirinat National Park, the Phuket FantaSea theme park and plenty of beaches to explore.

 Flight durationApproximate cost of a return flightApproximate cost of one night at a three-star hotel
Bangkok2 hr 25 mS$135S$20 – S$80
Phuket1 hr 45 mS$110S$20 – S$70

4. Have a staycation

Don’t scoff at the idea of a staycation just yet – sure, it doesn’t have the allure of an actual vacation, but it has its merits – there’s less planning, less waiting at long queues, less packing and less commuting. A great staycation can be as fun as a ‘real’ vacation, if you play your cards right.

Here are a few staycation venues to consider:

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KēSa House

Located in the heart of Chinatown, KēSa House is a heritage property that’s been transformed into a 60-room, flexible-living concept that houses six bars and restaurants. While its exterior is reminiscent of heritage shophouses of the past, step inside and you’ll find sleek, contemporary spaces and amenities.

Rooms start from S$153+ a night 


LLoyd’s Inn 

Just a few minutes’ walk from Somerset MRT, Lloyd’s Inn is a boutique hotel surrounded by lush greenery. This 34-boutique hotel offers tranquil, minimalist interiors and charming architectural touches, such as outdoor showers and bathtubs that open up into the sky. 

Rooms start from S$170+ a night 


M Social 

M Social is a boutique hotel located in Robertson Quay that offers an eclectic range of 293 rooms. Its snazzy, quirky interiors and loft-style living will appeal to trendy young travellers. While you’re there, check out Beast & Butterflies, M Social’s in-house restaurant that serves Asian fusion. 

Rooms start from S$168+ a night 


The Scarlet Singapore

Known as Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel, The Scarlet Singapore offers rooms that exude a bold, vintage decadence. You’ll also find private jacuzzis, a gym and three restaurants serving Northern Italian, Sicilian and Japanese fare – perfect for a weekend of indulging.

Rooms start from S$168+ a night 


Once you’ve zeroed down on a vacation destination, check out our long wekeend guide for the best dates to go on a break. Not that you have to, of course – the beauty of a weekend getaway means that it’s easy to pack your bags and explore on a whim, even if you only have a weekend to spare!

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