5 Year-end Holiday Destinations & How Much They Cost

5 Year-end Holiday Destinations & How Much They Cost

With year-end approaching, avid travelers are already on the lookout for their holiday getaway to end 2017 with a blast in fancy hotels, tours, and five-star meals.

Every traveller wants to travel longer, see and do more yet they plan a short vacation or see fewer places because they think it would be too expensive to travel longer and to go to all must-see places.

Various travelling resources, such as travel credit cards, if you use them right, travel can be done cheaply without sacrificing comfort.

Travel credit cards are crucial to reducing your travel costs and making life easier. These credit cards can get you free stuff, cheap flights, help you save on exchange rates, and avoid fees.

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Below are the top five holiday destinations Singaporeans searched for this year. With the right travel credit cards, travellers to these countries can get many rewards and freebies from them.

1. Bangkok, Thailand

This capital of The Land of Smiles is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

Cost of flightS$214
Cost of accommodation Three stars hotel from S$58/night
Cost of sightseeing, transportation, shopping and foodFrom S$110/day
Total estimated costS$828 for 4 days 3 nights

Most popular areas to stay in Bangkok

  • Khao San/ Banglamphu
  • Bangkok Riverside
  • Sukhumvit
  • Silom
  • Siam
  • Pratunam
  • Chinatown
  • The International Airport Suvarnabhumi

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Attractions in Bangkok

  • The Grand Palace
  • Amphawa Floating Market
  • Wat Pho
  • Jim Thompson House
  • Chatuchak Market
  • Maeklong Railway Market
  • Pratunam Market
  • Red Sky
  • Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge, Terminal 21
  • Erawan Shrine
  • Madame Tussauds (Siam Discovery Center)

Transportation in Bangkok

  • BTS
  • Skytrain
  • Taxi
  • Tuk Tuk

Food in Bangkok

  • Thai street foods at Thip Samai, Nai Mong Hoi Thod, Thanon Phadungdao Seafood Stalls, Foontalop and Jék Pûi
  • Fine Thai foods at Bo.lan; Nahm; Khua Kling + Pak Sod
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2. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan and it is a bustling metropolis with interesting things to do and places to see whether you are there for a quick 1-day stopover, or if you have a week to spend.

Cost of flightS$403
Cost of accommodation Three stars hotel from S$93/night
Cost of sightseeing, transportation, shopping and foodFrom S$119/day
Total estimated costS$1,158 for 4 days 3 nights

Most popular areas to stay in Taipei

  • Ximenting area
  • Taipei Main Station area
  • Shilin District
  • Wanhua District
  • Zhongshan District
  • Datong District
  • Songshan District
  • Zhongzheng District
Taipei 101

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Attractions in Taipei

  • Longshan Temple
  • National Museum of History
  • Maokong Gondola
  • Tianhou Temple
  • Shilin Night Market
  • Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
  • Zhongshan Hall
  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park
  • Taipei 101
  • National Palace Museum

Transportation in Taipei

  • MRT
  • bus
  • cycling
  • walking
  • car
  • scooter rental
  • taxi

Food in Taipei

  • Shilin Night Market
  • Din Tai Fung
  • Xiangyi Vegetarian Restaurant Heaven
  • James Kitchen
  • Beitou Squid
  • He Xiang Delicious Food
  • Celestial Restaurant
  • #21 Goose & Seafood
  • Wu Hua Ma Dumpling House

3. Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo, Japan’s fifth-largest city, and the picturesque capital of Hokkaido. It is a dynamic urban centre that offers everything you’d want from a Japanese city.

Cost of flightS$627
Cost of accommodation Three stars hotel from S$61/night
Cost of sightseeing, transportation, shopping and foodFrom S$138/day
Total estimated costS$1,362 for 4 days 3 nights

Most popular areas to stay in Sapporo

  • Naka-shibetsu
  • Shibetsu
  • Kiyosato
  • Teshikaga
  • Nemuro
  • Shari
  • Utoro
Sapporo Beer Museum

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Attractions in Sapporo

  • Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium
  • Sapporo Beer Museum
  • Odori-koen
  • Kaitaku-mura
  • Moerenuma-koen
  • Hokkaido Museum
  • Hokkaido Ainu Center
  • Sapporo TV Tower

Transportation in Sapporo

  • Subway
  • Tram
  • Bus (JR Hokkaido Bus, Hokkaido Chuo Bus, and Jotetsu Bus)

All these modes of public transportations provide Sapporo with an efficient network of public transportation. The Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, and Hokkaido Free Pass are valid on local buses operated by JR Hokkaido Bus.

Food in Sapporo

  • Menya Saimi for ramen
  • Sushi-no-uo-masa for sushi
  • Kani-honke for seafood
  • Daruma for barbecue
  • Ramen Yokocho for ramen
  • Milk Mura for Ice Cream
  • Kohihausu for Japanese curry
  • Saera for sandwiches
  • Yosora-no-Jingisukan for barbecue
  • Ni-jo Ichiba for market
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4. Hobart, Australia

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is the Australia’s southernmost state has always been known for the beauty of its well-conserved landscape.

Cost of flightS$869
Cost of accommodation Three stars hotel from S$113/night
Cost of sightseeing, transportation, shopping and foodFrom S$142/day
Total estimated costS$1,776 for 4 days 3 nights

Most popular areas to stay in Hobart

  • City centre area
  • Near airport
  • Near docks and piers

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Attractions in Hobart

Hobart’s city centre contains many shopping areas and restaurants. A right destination for souvenirs and gifts. Must-see attractions are nearby, like Sullivans Cove and Elizabeth Mall.

Other attractions:

  • Docks and Wharves
  • Cadbury Chocolate Factory
  • Sullivan’s Cove
  • Salamanca Market
  • Museum of Old and New Art
  • Mount Wellington
  • Zoodoo Wildlife Park

Getting around in Hobart

  • On foot
  • Hire a car
  • Bus

Food in Hobart

  • Enjoy Italian-influenced meal at Templo
  • Dunalley Fish Market for fish and chips
  • Farm Gate Market for freshly made Japanese treats
  • Agrarian Kitchen Eatery in New Norfolk for fresh local produce
  • Sweet Envy for pastries, ice-cream, and other treats

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, has established itself as a haven for food lovers. Taking advantage of its local seafood, meat, and game, the city is a prime destination for those wishing to sample New Nordic cuisine.

Cost of flightS$1,507
Cost of accommodation Three stars hotel from S$176/night
Cost of sightseeing, transportation, shopping and foodFrom S$432/day
Total estimated costS$3,763 for 4 days 3 nights

Most popular areas to stay in Reykjavik

  • Old Harbour
  • Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur
  • Old Reykjavik
  • Reykjavik

Getting around in Reykjavik

Travellers are advised to explore the city using local bus (called Strætó in Icelandic) service to experience Reykjavík city like a local. In addition to an economical and interesting experience as the city has an excellent bus system with regular services to and from all the city’s major towns and attractions.

Food in Reykjavik

  • DILL Restaurant for New Nordic fare
  • Fiskfelagid for Icelandic seafood and fish dishes from across the globe
  • Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, a harbourside hot dog stand
  • Skolabru for Icelandic cuisine with Mediterranean influences
  • Snaps Bistro for French brasserie-style dishes
  • MAR Restaurant features a menu inspired by South American and southern European cuisines

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By June Moh
June is an ex-journo specialises in covering local, general, community and political news. She is passionate about social welfare.
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