It can get tiring, our daily grinds to earn enough dough to pay the mortgage, upgrade to a bigger place or a higher property class. Fortunately, if we need to get away for a weekend, Singapore is located within easy reach of fun and relaxing destinations.
More importantly, they are affordable and won’t require you to dip into the cash you’ve put aside for your upcoming renovation, or home emergency fund.
Here are five great weekend escapes where you can take a break without breaking the bank, via air flights or self-driving:
By air flights :
The capital city of the Land of a Thousand Smiles, Bangkok is another popular weekend destination for Singaporeans.
If you’re looking to ease those aches and pains from sitting and staring a computer screen for too long, go for one of Bangkok’s popular massages. For the fraction of the price one would pay in Singapore, you can enjoy a nice soothing massage to relax those tired muscles.
Bangkok’s amazing food culture draws tourists by the millions each year, with an incredible mix of authentic street food, fusion restaurant concepts and cool coffee joints. It is definitely not a place to watch your calories.
The perennially popular weekend market, Chatuchak, is easily accessible via Bangkok’s train system, and is a great place to score bargains on apparel, accessories, and household knick-knacks. Bring along your best haggling skills, because you’re going to need it here.
And after walking, shopping and eating the entire day, what better way to wind down than a foot massage to lull you into a peaceful sleep.
For those who prefer to go a little further from the madding crowd, Bali is a popular beach destination that is still within easy reach of Singapore.
One of the most popular weekend destinations for Singaporeans, Bali is dotted with resorts of varying price points along its beautiful beaches. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the sand with a good book, or a snooze. It’s also not uncommon to see Singaporean couples tie the knot on the beaches there as well.
Balinese massages are also known for their stimulating herbal oils, long strokes and deep pressure. For those with sore necks and backs, or just an overall sense of fatigue, there’s nothing quite like a traditional Balinese massage to rejuvenate oneself.
For those hunger pangs, there’s always delectable Balinese street food. Enjoy freshly grilled satay, or grab something a little more substantial with nasi campur.
There are many factors that make Penang such a popular weekend visit for so many Singaporeans: Delicious food, old school charm and a great shopping experience.
One of Penang’s most popular attractions, historic Georgetown is a World UNESCO site. Scroll through your social media feeds over any long weekend, and you are likely to see many of your friends taking photos of Georgetown’s iconic murals, drawn by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic.
In Georgetown, newly set up chic cafes and retails stores sit next to traditional businesses, a metaphor for Penang itself, a city that is trying to leapfrog into fast-paced modern development while maintaining its charm and character.
For Penang’s famous food, there’s Gurney Drive, where Penang Assam Laksa and Char Kway Teow are sold to hungry residents and tourists to the city. If you’re looking to bring something back for your colleagues, Penang’s authentic Beh Teh Soh (literally translated as “Horse Hoof Cookies”) are a popular snack.
Self-driving or Causeway Bus CW3 from Jurong East MRT station to Nusajaya
Approximately a four-hour coach ride away from Singapore, Malacca is a destination steeped in culture and of course, delicious food.
Once a Portuguese colony, it was handed over to the Dutch after a Portugese defeat, then to the British in 1824 , Malacca reflects its storied past its many historic buildings and museums that are available for tourists to visit. A popular site for many tourists is A’Famosa, the remains of a fort that the Portugese used to defend the city.
Malacca is also known for its rich Peranakan history, and tourists looking for traditional Peranakan clothing like kebayas can find them in many stores in Malacca. Great examples of Peranakan art and architecture can be found in the Baba-Nonya Heritage Museum as well.
With such a rich cultural context, it is almost inevitable that Malacca’s food is delicious. While enjoying the sites of the city, it is easy to snack on the various street food like satay, or authentic Nonya kuehs.
At night, head down to Jonker Street’s famous night market, for even more food, and great bargains on antiques, apparel and Perankan crafts.
5. ***** Iskandar Putri (Nusajaya) *****
From the 2nd link from Tuas Singapore, you can drive in and reach another world near home in 15 minutes after crossing the bridge from the West of Singapore.
Prided as the hottest spot of the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Transformation Project since 2007 to transform Southern Johor into a powerhouse equelled to KL and Singapore by 2025, the Iskandar Putri or the previous name Nusajaya, has slowly evolved in the last 8 years into a regional Travel destination by many people who seek Themed Park attractions as well a modern city closest to the Singapore via the 2nd link.
Please allow me to take you down an educational tour of the Cluster Developmental Strategies by Iskandar Investment Berhad for your valued investments at present into the Future that will be glorious and bright:
Iskandar Malaysia is the new regional growth centre in South Peninsular Malaysiaadjacent to Singapore. This special economic zone is planned to be a major regional economic hub. Its development is highly prioritized and encouraged via various incentives such as vast expansion capacity, world-class infrastructure and facilities, and an investment-friendly business environment.
Iskandar Malaysia through its key driver Nusajaya, complements Singapore’s growth strategy with an environment that provides an alternative relocation destination and a ‘quality of life’ that is not readily available in the Island City State. It’s proximity to Singapore allows the two Asian cities of Nusajaya and Singapore to complement each other with diverse and differing offerings.Iskandar Malaysia is the new regional growth centre in South Peninsular Malaysia adjacent to Singapore. This special economic zone is planned to be a major regional economic hub. Its development is highly prioritized and encouraged via various incentives such as vast expansion capacity, world-class infrastructure and facilities, and an investment-friendly business environment.
Iskandar Malaysia through its key driver Nusajaya, complements Singapore’s growth strategy with an environment that provides an alternative relocation destination and a ‘quality of life’ that is not readily available in the Island City State. It’s proximity to Singapore allows the two Asian cities of Nusajaya and Singapore to complement each other with diverse and differing offerings.
Iskandar Malaysia is located in the epicenter of this new Asia and is poised to play an important role in the Asian Century.
Nusajaya is the key driver of Iskandar Malaysia and the heart of this regional economic hub.
Located within a 6 hour flight radius of all the major Asian cities and markets, Nusajaya directly reaches more than 3 billion people in the emerging consumer markets of Asia.
Iskandar Putri or Nusajaya is Asia’s newest regional city. Key driver of Iskandar Malaysia, Nusajaya is strategically located at the south-western tip of Peninsular Malaysia adjacent to Singapore, It is also the largest fully integrated urban development in South East Asia and is poised to stake its claim as Asia’s foremost city offering significant investment, financial and business opportunities for local, regional and international entrepreneurs and investors.
Nusajaya’s 24,000 acres of contiguous freehold development-ready land will feature Node 1 and seven signature developments that are integral to Nusajaya’s vision to be ‘The World in One City’. These seven signature developments are the Puteri Harbour waterfront development, the Johor State New Administrative Center, International Destination Resort, Residential developments, EduCity, Medical Park and the managed, clean and green industrial park – SiLC Nusajaya.
Tourism & Leisure will play a vital role in igniting regional awareness of Medini and Iskandar Malaysia.
Catalytic projects such as LEGOLAND® Malaysia are projected to make regular visitors of Singaporeans and Malaysians as well as attracting tourists from around the world. Being in such close proximity to Singapore, we expect a noticeable overlap of the roughly 12 million tourists that visit the city-state each year.
LEGOLAND® Malaysia, which opened in Q4 2012, will be the first iconic Tourism & Leisure project in Iskandar Malaysia and the first international theme park in Malaysia. After detailed analysis, Legoland management identified Medini as the first site for a Legoland park in Asia because of its strategic position and the high visitor numbers it is projected to enjoy. Built over 76 acres, the park will feature more than 40 rides, shows and attractions.
The Water Themed Park in the Legoland was also opened to add the fun into its great destination for all families globally.
A hit for younger children will be provided by The Family Entertainment Centre (TFEC), an indoor theme park located near Puteri Harbour. This RM350 million attraction features rides and well known characters from TV shows such as Barney™, Thomas & Friends™, Bob The Builder™ and Pingu™. These two parks serve as a complement, rather than competition, to Universal Studios in Singapore. LEGOLAND®Malaysia and TFEC’s target audiences are younger children and families, rather than thrill seeking teens and twenty-something’s. This synergistic harmony will benefit visitors to the region and the parks themselves.
More lies in store for visitors. Iskandar Malaysia has been designed as a holistic tourism destination: there is something for everyone. Adjacent to LEGOLAND® Malaysia is a 2 million sq. ft. mall that house sa LEGOLAND theme hotel and scoresof retail stores, there are 17 golf courses in the region as well as spas and wellness attractions. Retail therapy can be found in abundance, led by Johor Premium Outlets, a shopping complex that boasts 80 designer and name-brand outlet stores.
For those interested in eco-tourism and nature, Johor’s mangrove forests and reserves will be a prime attraction. These tropical mangrove forests are highly diverse and are an important habitat for migratory and resident birds, fish, lizards and exotic species.
The surrounding eco-system developed to support the projected five million-tourists-per-year influx will create thousands of jobs and encourage other related businesses into Iskandar Malaysia. This virtuous circle is the basis of Iskandar Investment’s catalytic project strategy.
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