In case you haven’t heard, there are six long weekends this year. If you have cash to spare, why not utilise these long weekends for a vacation, so you don’t have to take too much out of your annual leave? Travel search engine KAYAK.sg did some number-crunching and here are five suggestions on where you should go during the long weekends, and – more importantly – when you should book the tickets for the cheapest fares possible.
Travel period: Good Friday weekend, Mar 25.
Cheap street food, vibrant night life, and countless shopping spots for bargain hunters – what’s not to love about the capital city of Bangkok? If you’re just there to chill out and relax, we suggest booking at room at Hotel Indigo Bangkok – a charming boutique hotel on Wireless Road, a quaint neighbourhood just a few BTS stops away from the city center.
Book your tickets in: January, with fares starting from $235.
Travel period: Labour Day weekend, May 2.
From the busy metropolis to scenic hikes in the countryside, Taipei has something to offer to all kinds of travelers. It’s also a pretty nice place to bring your parents for a holiday. If you do, don’t forget to drop by the Beitou public hot springs for a pampering soak.
Book your tickets in: January, with fares starting from $363.
Travel period: National Day weekend, Aug 9.
Need a respite from the tropical heat? Then jet off to Sydney, which experiences cool winter temperatures in August. You might not be able to get your surf on, but a walk along Bondi Beach is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Don’t miss the amazing bird show at Taronga Zoo (a 12-minute ferry ride away), which sees the trained birds performing against the spectacular Sydney Skyline. Truly breathtaking.
Book your tickets in: May, with fares starting from $457.
Travel period: Hari Raya Haji weekend, Sep 12.
We’ve watched enough Korean dramas to know that Korea is absolutely beautiful in autumn. Why not plan a romantic getaway with your man around this time? Go anyway even if you’re single – there’s a possibility (slim, but still a possibility) that you might bump into G-Dragon partying it up in the club. Who knows, he might even fall in love with your impression of Drake doing the Hotline Bling. Hey, a girl can dream!
Book your tickets in: June, with fares starting from $486.
- Hong Kong
Travel period: Christmas weekend, Dec 25.
Let’s face it, we tend to abandon all exercise and diet plans during the end-of-year festivities. And busting your calorie-count is perfectly justifiable in the face of delicious, Michelin star award-winning dim sum. For more on the delish food Hong Kong has to offer, read our recommendations on the 5 Places To Eat At In Hong Kong.
Book your tickets in: October, with fares starting from $530.
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Text: Sophie Hong