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6 quick easy getaways you don’t have to fly to
Want a long weekend break from Singapore that doesn’t involve breaking the bank or jumping on a plane? Here’s a roundup of our top picks for hassle-free getaways that are on the doorstep but make you feel like you’ve been transported a million miles away.
Ideas for short breaks on a budget
1. Johor Farmstay
Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm in Mersing. Back to basics in a kampong, no air-con, no water-heater. Sounds good right? This place has been getting great reviews for its laid back, picturesque charm with quaint, floating chalets on still waters. Activities include planting rice, cycling, kayaking, bamboo rafting and there’s even a flying fox. Great family fun that lets you forget the stresses and strains of city living in Singapore.
2. Loola Adventure Resort
For a real adventure check out this place in Bintan. The list of activities is as long as your arm and includes sailing, boat and boom-net trips, raft-building, tree climbing, kayak expeditions, and sea-flat marine walks. The staff here are great and will help keep the kids entertained for days. A truly special family holiday that you’ll be talking about over dinner for years to come.
Trendy and cheap, this historical coastal town is a good place to chill out for a couple of nights.
Around a four-hour drive from Singapore, Malacca is on the west coast of Malaysia. After its historic centre was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008, Malacca has become a hip place to hang out.
Sit back and relax and take the luxury coach from Singapore from around $50 for a return trip or if you drive check out how busy the border is by downloading an App or checking online before you travel.
We recommend The Rucksack Caratel Garden Wing and newly opened Jonker Wing with rooms costing from S$50 a night.
Don’t balk at Batam! Get back to basics with a couple of nights on a Kelong on the nearby island of Batam in Indonesia.
Fish, hang in a hammock or generally just chill. These are great places to really get away from it all and brush off the dust from the Lion City.
Many Kelongs are dotted around Batam, just a 45-minute ferry ride away from Harbour Front Centre Cruise. Transport from the ferry terminal at Batam can be arranged by your accommodation.
Kelong means an off-shore wooden platform and different places vary in what they offer in terms of accommodation, but all guarantee peace and tranquility!
5. Pulau Sibu
Sibu is a stunning island off the east coast of Malaysia. Most resorts will arrange private transfers from Singapore at a reasonable cost or you can drive up to Tanjung Leman jetty and leave your car safely.
The Sea Gypsy Village offers chalets virtually on the beach with prices starting from around $100 per night per person including all food.
Rimba Resort on the northern tip of Sibu also offers snorkelling, diving and chilling on a pretty beach. Rawa is also a pretty spot you should check out and popular among divers. The kids lap up this place. Best to email the resorts for a quote.
Forever popular as an easy getaway from Singapore, Bintan can still offer surprises.
Get back to nature and show the kids how their food is grown at the Eco Farm, spot monkeys, turtles and snakes on a Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour or do the trip at night when the fireflies are out.
Another undiscovered gem is Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, also known as 500 Lohan Temple. You’ll be greeted by more than 500 life-sized, human-like statues, all standing to attention.
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