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Get 9 long weekends in 2019. Here’s how.

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Get your calendars out and start planning for 2019.

Next year, of the 11 official public holidays, two fall on a Friday, while three fall on a Sunday.

The following are the official holidays that fall on a Friday or Sunday, granting you a long weekend.

  1. Good Friday
    19 April to 21 April
    (Friday to Sunday)

  2. National Day and Hari Raya Haji
    Aug 9 to Aug 12
    (Friday to Monday)

  3. Vesak Day
    May 18 to May 20
    (Saturday to Monday)

  4. Deepavali
    Oct 6 to Oct 8
    (Saturday to Monday)

You can extend your long weekends by taking Monday off for the holidays that fall on a Tuesday. Alternatively, you could take Monday and Tuesday off for the holidays that fall on a Wednesday.

There are two public holidays that fall on a Tuesday.

- New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
- Chinese New Year (Feb 5)

Three public holidays fall on a Wednesday.

- Labour Day (May 1)
- Hari Raya Puasa (June 5)
- Christmas Day (Dec 25)

That makes nine long weekends!

Ideas for short breaks on a budget


Kuching is a perfect holiday destination for the family. Go on a river safari where you’ll get to see dolphins and crocodiles, visit the Sarawak Cultural Village and trek in the Bako National Park.

Bako National Park 

2.Bukit Tinggi

Located in the Bentong district in Pahang, Bukit Tinggi is the newest highland destination in Malaysia. Here, you can enjoy cool weather and lush rainforest. Among its attractions are the French-styled Colmar Tropicale resort and a Zen-inspired Japanese garden.

Bukit Tinggi


Yogyakarta is home to the famous Borobudur temple. Wake up early for a sunrise tour of Borobudur, followed by a visit to Prambanan, a 9th century Hindu temple. Don’t forget to include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed water palace, Taman Sari.

Borobudur temple

For more ideas on where to go for long weekend getaways check out our article on Getaways you don’t have to fly to.

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