You totally deserve a break after a whole week of non-stop hustling. If you haven’t got a clue on where to go, fret not! We’ve listed 12 destinations for an amazing getaway to nearby countries before you head back to the daily grind!
1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KL is filled with things to do at every corner you go – visiting visually-pleasing cafes, learning at the Islamic Arts Museum, or getting that picturesque view of the city skyline at the Petronas Towers, we’re sure that you won’t get bored at the capital of Malaysia! You can find classic pasar malam finds at the Petaling Street, and have a go at their street food.
If you wish to venture deep into KL, tucked within the city is a retreat called Sekeping Serendah
to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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2. Bangkok, Thailand
A shopping heaven you can’t miss, Bangkok is where you can find almost anything you can possibly imagine – from cheap fashionable clothes, to their classic Thai milk tea, to vintage enamel cups and plates. You also can’t leave Bangkok without riding one of its tuk tuks. It’s definitely an experience that you won’t forget!
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3. Tioman, MalaysiaCredit: Jorge Cancela on Flickr
For a peaceful and relaxing retreat, a ferry or plane ride will take you to Tioman island in Malaysia. You can unwind by the beach or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, immerse yourself in water activities like snorkeling, diving and swimming at the waterfalls! Expect yourself to be among corals, colourful fishes and feeling at absolute ease at the end of your stay!
4. Krabi, ThailandKrabi
is located in southern Thailand that has easy access to halal food, massage parlours and scenic sunsets. At night, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in Krabi, be it the bustling night markets or the peaceful and relaxing walks by the beaches! Other activities include visiting the nearby islands, climbing 1,237 steps of the Tiger Cave Temple or even swimming in the clearest emerald pool.
5. Komodo Island, IndonesiaCredit: Jorge Láscar on Flickr
Take your mind off your work for a few days and trek up the Komodo island that’s located at East Nusa Tenggara. Dive into the island’s clear waters and discover its beautiful corals and vast species of fishes, stingrays and whales! The island is known for their komodo dragons so if you get to spot them, then you’re in luck as only a fraction of the island is open to public!
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6. Batam, IndonesiaCredit: toffeespin on Flickr
You can escape to Batam with just a short ferry ride from Harbourfront. You can choose to conquer one of the biggest shopping malls in Batam, pamper yourself with some good three-hour Balinese massage at the Batam Centre and perhaps even devour some fresh seafood while you’re at it. Don’t forget to check out the sunset as you go down the Barelang Bridge, it’s said to be quite a sight!
7. Lombok, Indonesia
Home to pristine waters and white sandy beaches, Lombok island has breathtaking views be it from atop the Mount Rinjani, or the many beaches that’s scattered across the land. You can hear the beautiful call to prayer almost everywhere, and enjoy cheap tasty Indonesian food! If you’re intending to spend some time snorkeling or scuba diving, Gili Islands are just a boat ride away from Lombok!
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is another great destination to discover! Take a day-trip to Halong Bay and be amazed at the beauty of the blue waters and limestone islands. If you’re into history, there are plenty of museums for you to learn and explore. Also known for their exquisite coffee brew, Vietnam is a must-visit for coffee lovers! Do watch out for the traffic here as it tends to get a little crazy!
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9. Penang, Malaysia
A trip to Penang would mean the feast of your life! Dive into the Peranakan cuisines and street food in Penang, and explore the popular street art splashed on the streets of George Town. The island is also known for its British colonial architectures, so you can brush up on your history and learn a thing or two on your trip!
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10. Siem Reap, CambodiaCredit: thousandwonders
For those feeling a little adventurous, be prepared to feast your eyes on the beautiful ruins of Angkor, and wander into the world’s most complex temples! Do make sure to get there early to catch the sunrise. The ancient ruins will leave you even more curious of the country. Stop by the Old Market of Siem Reap for some souvenirs and people-watching!
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11. Cameron highlands, Malaysia
If you’re looking for places with lower temperatures, then Cameron Highlands is your cup of tea. Spend your weekend trekking up the Cameron Highland trails and plucking big juicy strawberries at the strawberry farms (best to go earlier to get the good ones!). After you’re done, spend the afternoon drinking tea while overlooking the rich green plantation at the Boh Sungei Palas Tea Plantation!
12. Ipoh, MalaysiaCredit: JUJUlianar on Flickr
Visit this Old Town that’s transformed into a quirky vibrant town, yet so full of culture. The Ipoh Railway Station and heritage buildings are always camera-ready, standing tall before you! Have some of Ipoh’s famous white coffee brew, and taste the ever famous Nasi Ganja! The walls of this town are also painted with street art you’ll definitely want to get a picture with for your Instagram feed.
You can find the famous Nasi Ganja Yong Suan
at Jalan Yang Kalsom. The queue can get really long especially during peak hours, so come early!
Your worries are lifted when you get up in the morning in another city or island, even if it’s just momentarily. Start planning for your next weekend getaway, and you can look forward to feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!