15 Best nearby destinations for weekend getaways from Singapore.

Whether you live in Singapore, or wonder what to visit in Asia after Singapore, you will find here our Top 15 of the best destinations to explore from The Lion City. Hope you’ll enjoy reading it !

1.  Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok city
Bangkok – Credit to Trey Ratcliff

Capital of Thailand and touristic hub of Asia, Bangkok is rich in street food, markets and art. There is so much to see in Bangkok, and you might not have the time over a weekend to see everything.  For those tempted to sample a slice of the sin city and who want to relive the Hangover movie, we recommend you the Hangover Tour, as for the foodie’s, walking food tours are a must as Bangkok street food is so rich and diversified.

If you want to bring recipes back home and impress your loved one with delicious and authentic dishes cooked by yourself, learning Thai cooking with a twist will give you insight into Thai food and  further knowledge into the local culture.

After cooking, head to chatuchak’s weekend market, the biggest market of Asia, and definitely worths a visit if you are into shopping. Lastly, the best way to make the best of Bangkok is to go on a Tuk Tuk Tour by night when there’s no traffic and you can explore 5 to 6 sites in less than a few hours.

How to get there : With more than 20 flights a day at less than SGD 150 and flexible schedules from Singapore you have no reason to miss a weekend escape in Bangkok!

Book here unique things to do in Bangkok.

2.  Bali, Indonesia.

Surfers in Bali
Lembongan Surfing Safari in Bali Indonesia.

The Island of Gods will offer you a relaxing break with its varied landscape of  mountains, lush rices terraces & sandy beaches among the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Choices of destinations and activities in Bali are endless.

You can start your weekend with a Bath and Breakfast with protected elephants and follow it by a healing experience with one of the oldest master healers  in Ubud for a laid back break, or meet the locals and discover the Balinese daily life in Sidemen.

Undoubtedly one of the best things to do when traveling to Bali is to experience paragliding in Nusa Dua and explore the landscape from the sky.. And If you are coming with your loved one, after taking his/her breath away with the splendid views, why not stealing his/her heart, with a Private Romantic Cave diner on the beach also in Nusa Dua, it will be your ultimate romantic experience. Before leaving Bali, enjoy a SPA departure treatment located only 5min from the airport

Lastly, check out our 25 Bali must-do, must-see and must-eat  if you are still undecided.

How to go there: With more than 16 flights per day, Bali is about 3 hours away from Singapore. Return flights cost around SGD 200 if you plan it in advance.

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3.  Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Monk walking close to a temple in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai – Credit to Ashit Desai Flickr.

Get introduced to the wonders of North Thailand in Chiang Mai, the city is well known for its laid back way of life and a landscape pictured by hundreds of ancient temples. Chiang Mai attracts spiritual travellers joining Monks to understand the Buddhist way of life, and food travellers for its amazing culinary diversity with dishes from the North of Thailand, Burma, and Laos.

Chiang Mai is also the sanctuary of Elephants where travellers from all over the world come to feed them and to give them a bath. Bua Thong waterfalls abseiling is also a popular activity one of the most beautiful sceneries in the area.

For the early birds and the romantic ones, wake up early to enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon flight and witness Chiang Mai’s sunrise.

How to get there: From Singapore, return tickets are about SGD 200 to 250 and the duration of the trip is about 3 hours. One evening flight per day makes it a great weekend escape.

Discover here the unique things to do in Chiang Mai.

3.  Kuching, Borneo.

Orangutans in Kuching, Borneo.
Orangutans in Kuching, Borneo.

A weekend is perfect to explore the capital of Borneo, the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. This destination gives access to some fantastic natural experiences such as diving and offers the rare opportunity to witness the friendly orangutans in their wildlife habitat.

Downtown, the atmosphere is groovy with an interesting cultural mix from India, Malaysia and China, the place became a real heaven for food. Walk by the river and feel Kuching’s colonial vibe or why not go for a journey on the river in Borneo ?

How to get there : You can find a return ticket for about SGD 100, and 2 flights a day from Singapore, both with Air Asia and Silk Air.

Book here unique things to do in Kuching.

5. Krabi, Thailand.

Longtail in Krabi Island
Go local, Go longtail in Krabi.

Whether it be for a romantic escape or a family weekend trip, Krabi being quieter than its sister Phuket you’ll get immersed into a lush green jungle landscape surrounded by majestic limestones.

You’ll find a great deal of adventure and natural attractions to fill your days, from cycling, kayaking expedition , to longtail boat cruises in the islands. You can treat yourself away from the crowd by experiencing a Hot Spring Spa in a tropical jungle.

Krabi is also home to some thrilling rock climbing at the Railay beach.

How to get there : Two flights per day with Tigerair and Airasia leave for Krabi. It will take you only two hours to reach Krabi and the flights start from SGD 100.

Book here unique things to do in Krabi.

6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kuala Lampur Skyline
Kuala Lampur Skyline – Credit to Luke Ma

Needless to say that Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attraction is its unique food tours and culinary scene.

Other than this, the cosmopolitan city offers a landscape like no other, pictured by mosque and temples while fancy skyscrapers rise up towards the sky. The vibrant place is home to colourful streets and a fascinating mix of ethnicities that will amaze you.

Not far from the hustle and bustle of KL there is the countryside that can offer the opportunity to meet the locals and discover their way of life. Last but not least, viewing Kuala Lumpur’s essential landmarks from up in the air is another extraordinary city escape.

How to get there:  With more than 40 flights a day you can take off from Singapore every hour, from SGD 60.

Book here unique things to do in Kuala Lampur.

7.  Koh Samui, Thailand.

Coral Cove Beach in Koh Samui
Coral Cove Beach in Koh Samui – Credit to Fabio Achilli

Koh Samui is one of the most iconic island in the Gulf of Thailand. What is awaiting you there are fine stretches of white sand, turquoise water and divine beaches, luxurious villas and classy beach lounge clubs. All the ingredients for a chic weekend under the tropical sun of Thailand!

A day out in the sea is a MUST in Koh Samui and it is also one of the best Islands in Thailand where you can experience many water activities.

Koh Samui has a secret countryside that you can explore by ATV (a secluded waterfall at the end to refresh yourself).

To keep a memory of your stay in Koh Samui, you can enjoy a photography tour around the magnificent wonders of the Island.

How to get there : Four flights a day, two in the morning and two in the evening available with Singapore Airlines & Bangkok Airways.

Where to stay : Book here Villa Samui

Book here unique things to do in Koh Samui.

8.  Langkawi, Malaysia.

From the top of Langkawi. Malaysia, 2012.
From the top of Langkawi. Malaysia, 2012 – Credit to Jakub Michankow

This archipelago of 99 islands, also nicknamed the Jewel of Kedah for its clear waters is well known for being a duty free destination that attracts shoppers from Malaysia and around.

Sun bathing and watersports can be one of the things to do in Langkawi, and if you are a nature lover, eco activities such as a canopy adventure in the middle of the jungle really worths the way!

Langkawi is suitable for the taste of all, honeymooners, friends and party goers.

How to get there: Departs from Singapore to Langkawi are once a day. However if you go for a weekend, it might require you to leave early in the afternoon since there are no late flights to leave from Sgp 1hr30 flight. Good news is that you can find a return flight at SGD 100!

Book here unique things to do in Langkawi.

9. Phuket, Thailand

Day Trip To Tachai Island, from Phuket.
Day Trip To Tachai Island, from Phuket.

The Pearl of the Andaman, well known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise water is definitely a great weekend escape from Singapore. More touristy than cultural, Phuket will offer you everything you’ve been dreaming of for a short getaway.

High ends resorts and Spas, gorgeous villas, Golf, Beach clubbing, Sun tanning or why not a Kayak tour in the Phang Nga Bay?  You can also fly in a state-of-the-art helicopter to enjoy an incredible view of Phuket’s heavenly beaches.

Check out our 25 Phuket must-do, must-see and must-eat  that you can’t miss while visiting this piece of paradise.

And if you are still hesitating between Krabi and Phuket, we compared for you all the points you could think of before choosing your destination.

How to get there: Multiple flights take off every day from Singapore, and you’ll be in Phuket is about two hours. Prices start at SGD 120.

Where to stay Book here Villa Phuket

Book here unique things to do in Phuket.

10.  Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Sunrise near Borobudur, Yogyakarta
Sunrise near Borobudur, Yogyakarta – Marc- Credit to André Jung


Located in the heart of Java, Indonesia’s cultural and artistic Capital will welcome you with traditional music, colourful puppet shows, batik fabrics and some of the friendliest locals.

Few kilometers away from the city are Borobudur, the largest buddhist temple of Asia, while on the opposite side is situated the active Mount Merapi Volcano. Read here our Top 10 reasons to visit Yogyakarta.

How to get there: Morning or afternoon flights leave from Singapore once a day, and you can arrive to Yogyakarta in about 2 hours!

Return price tickets range from SGD 150 to SGD 200. Note that a visa on arrival costs USD 35 for 30 days stay.

Book here unique things to do in Yogikarta.

11. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat – Credit to Dennis Jarvis

A weekend will be perfect to visit Siem Reap and the Angkor ruins. With its high end resorts and spas, Siem Reap has became a chic city to go if we compare it to the rest of Cambodia.

Best way to visit the famous Angkor temples complex is by biking or ATV to feel the fresh air while witnessing face to face the ancient beauty of the temples and its luscious jungle, you can also enjoy the place from another point of view from above in a Hot Air Balloon or in an helicopter. Few kilometers away from Siem Reap lies the real Cambodia, although this will require you a bit more time in the area.

How to get there : With more than 13 flights per week, you can reach Siem Reap in 2 hours and 15 minutes from Singapore, flights prices start at SGD 250 for a return ticket.

Book here unique things to do in Siem Reap.

12. Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Woman on a bicycle in the Streets of Penang
Streets of Penang – Credit to drburtoni

Penang is known for being the food paradise of South East Asia, colourful stalls, streets and an unique colonial architecture makes you feel comfortable wandering in the streets of Georgetown. This cosmopolitan place gathers people from diverse cultures and offers a lot to explore. The majestic Kek Lok Si temple is the highlight of Penang, but you can also find a natural park and beaches few kilometers away from the city. This is an ideal destination for the weekend or to include into your Malaysian Itinerary.

How to get there : More than 10 flights a day and very low cost tickets (less than SGD 100) makes it an accessible and affordable destination from Singapore. Flight duration is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Book here unique things to do in Penang.

13. Surabaya and Mount Bromo, Indonesia.

Mountain Peak at Mount Bromo, from Surabaya
Mountain Peak at Mount Bromo, from Surabaya – Credit to Schristia.

Not the most exotic destination, Surabaya is a busy city of Indonesia that might not be welcoming for some at first sight. However, if you love Indonesia like us and want to learn more about its culture and history, Surabaya is an interesting place to visit.

Be fascinated by its exotic Arab quarter, bustling Chinatown, and flavourful food markets. However, our main reason to include Surabaya in this ranking is its proximity to the majestic and impressive Mount Bromo volcano, best time for the trekking and a splendid panorama would be the sunrise, ask us more about it!

How to get there: It is easy to reach Surabaya from Singapore, five flights a day can bring you there in 2 hours 30 minutes with prices from SGD 100. Note that a visa on arrival costs USD 35 for 30 days stay.
Book here unique things to do in Surabaya.

14.  Hong Kong.


Skyline and Victoria Harbour at dusk, view from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Skyline and Victoria Harbour at dusk, view from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

Mouthwatering food, vibrant cultural scene, chic outlets and shopping bazaars are awaiting you in Hong Kong. Well known for its skyline, the Pearl of the Orient is an appealing place for all kind of travellers and can accommodate all kind of budgets.

Make the most of its cultural scene by visiting the Cantonese opera, museums and witness the dragon boats and cultural traditions. Do not miss to take part to a Tai Chi Class, Tea appreciation or a feng shui introduction to get an insight on the ancient Chinese culture. If you have children, you don’t need to go to USA, France or Japan to enter DisneyLand, you can spend your day at DisneyLand HongKong, It’s worth going for a weekend!

How to get there: About 20 flights a day can bring you to this vibrant travel destination, and the good news is that low-cost airlines such as Scoot offers return tickets from SGD 150.

Book here unique things to do in Hong Kong.

15.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Panorama of Saifon Vietnam
Panorama of Saifon – Credit to Peace6x.

The “Paris of the Orient” offers a lively and vibrant atmosphere. Do wander around the grand boulevards of the District One while witnessing those grandiose colonial buildings. A Cu Chi Tunnel bicycle tour or a Guided Vespa Tour around the cultural and historical city are some the things that worth to be done while your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. Good choice of restaurants, markets, and shopping outlets will make you want to stay longer. Lastly, if you have more time, you can find some windsurf spots few kilometers away.

How to get there: More than 10 flights a day can bring you to HCMC in less than 2 hours for about SGD 100 a return ticket, do not miss it!

Book here unique things to do in Ho Chi Minh.


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. Do share your thoughts with us and do not hesitate to contact us shall you require any information to organise your trip to one of these destinations. We will be glad to help you find all the unique things to do everywhere you go in Asia.


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