Travel to these countries for under SGD $500!
Yes you heard us right! Who says you can’t travel when you are on a budget? From UNESCOs World Heritage Sites to the beaches and more, KKday lists down 7 places you can visit under $500!
1. Lombok, Indonesia
Move over Bali! Lombok comes at a cheaper price tag with untouched yet similar offerings, and without the crowd. Just a three hour flight away from paradise, Lombok provides the best of both worlds – pristine beaches and mountains.
You can hike up to Mount Rinjani, one of Indonesia’s active volcanoes, while you are there or even snorkel in the sea. With so much to do in Lombok, you can’t miss out on this little gem!
2. Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has more than just ancient buildings. The quaint picture town has a strong French influence which is reflected in its architecture. While you are there, get yourself a custom made tailored suit; it is cheaper than getting on back home. If you are keen, an unforgettable traditional fishing experience with local farmers awaits you!
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you are sick of Bangkok, Chiang Mai has a lot to offer too. Just up North of Bangkok, it has plenty of activities that you can engage in, so fret not! Chiang Mai is a relatively affordable city which makes it a favourite destination among backpackers.
If you love Thai food, you can consider taking up a cooking class to learn and recreate the delightful dishes back home. You will also get a chance to visit a local market and organic farm as part of the package. Lastly, don’t miss out on the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary for an opportunity to hang out with the elephants in their natural habitat.
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
It’s a must to catch the sunrise or sunset at the Angkor Wat – another UNESCO World Heritage site – when you’re in Cambodia. Don’t leave Cambodia till you’ve seen that spectacular sight! Then join a Culture Tour to learn more about the five popular attractions like the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and more!
When dusk falls, head over to Pub Street for the night life. A draft of beer costs as low as $2 there. Oh and you may want to drop by Red Piano if you’re around the vicinity – it was Angelina Jolie’s favourite haunt when she was filming Tomb Raider!
5. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is just four hours away from Singapore, which is why it’s not surprising that it is one of the popular holiday destinations among Singaporeans. The land of Dim Sum is arguably one of the best representations of traditional meets modern.
Take the 25 minutes cable car ride up to Ngong Ping 360 to enjoy the panoramic view of the sea, greenery and mountains along the way. Stop by Tai O, one of the oldest fishing village on Lantau Island, and soak in the peaceful sleepy vibe.
6. Yangon, Myanmar
The best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February when it’s less dry and humid then with the cool to moderate rainfall. Do visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and take an interactive walking tour (Burmese breakfast and lunch included).
For a glimpse of the city, rarely seen by tourist, board the Circular Train and be greeted by the colourful sights and sounds along the way. Trains are common mode of transport for them and it is one of the best ways to see the local life. Do note that Singaporeans require a visa to visit Myanmar.
7. Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa is home to many ethnic groups, drawing culturally adventurous tourists. To get there, you have to take an 8-hour long train ride or a 6-hour long bus ride from Hanoi. It is best to visit from April to September when it isn’t the rainy season. Do note that the temperature during this period ranges from 15 – 25°C, so bring along warmer clothes.
Sapa offers a range of trekking spots with different difficulties, so do not worry if you are less athletic. Also, if homestay is your thing, do not miss out on this wonderful chance to learn and experience the lifestyle there!
There you have it – a round up of 7 places you can visit under SGD$500. Bon voyage!
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