Destinations for weekend getaways that are just under 4 hours to get to from Singapore
Looking for quick and off the beaten track weekend getaways? These 11 destinations are perfect for a quick weekend escape from the busy week and recharge!
1. Kuching (1hr 30min), Malaysia
Kuching is a fine choice for an enriching vacation that’s as packed with learning as it is leisure. Its many museums and impressive planetarium will enthrall even the tiniest travelers, and a quick climb to the top of the Kuching Civic Center will reward you with jaw-dropping 360-degree views. Grab a snack from a stall on the bustling waterfront, and don’t miss the absolutely massive Sunday market, which is an electric experience for shoppers, vendors, and observers. More on Kuching in TripAdvsor
2. Phnom Penh (2hr 10min), Cambodia
Budget-minded travelers will appreciate Phnom Penh’s reasonably priced hotel rooms. Explore the city’s temples, palaces, and the remnants of its French colonial history. Just outside the city, the The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) are a reminder of Cambodia’s tragic past– a somber contrast to the booming city of today. More on Phnom Penh in Tripadvisor
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3. Surabaya (2hr 20min), Indonesia
Surabaya is a vibrant, sprawling port city on the Indonesian island of Java. Stroll down the charming area of the Old City, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter. Surabaya mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past.
4. Siem Reap (2hr 35min), Cambodia
Also one of the Top 10 Destinations in TripAdvisor® 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Siem Reap is a fast-growing city with plenty of new hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. But chances are, you’re here not because of the city itself, but for what’s nearby: amazingly well-preserved ancient temples. Even if you have the worst jet lag ever, drag yourself out of bed to be at Angkor archaeological Park when it opens—sunrise over Angkor Wat is worth losing sleep over. More on Siem Reap in Tripadvisor
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5. Yogyakarta (2hr 40min), Indonesia
Yogyakarta boasts stunning architecture and a truly spiritual sensibility. Because of its proximity to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, Yogyakarta has become an important tourist destination in Indonesia. More on Yogyakarta in Tripadvisor
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6. Da Nang (2hr 45min), Vietnam
Culinary tours are a hugely popular way to experience literal local flavor. After you’ve stuffed yourself with bold noodle soups and savory street foods, walk it off by exploring the limestone caves and Buddhist grottos of the Marble Mountains. More on Da Nang in Tripadvisor
7. Vientiane (2hr 50min), Laos
Vientiane is the capital and largest city in Laos. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, it is a city steeped in legend and history. The city is the home of the massive gilded stupa, Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Laos. The streets are lined with trees, French colonial buildings, street markets, Buddhist temples, and noodle shops. Just outside the city is Buddha Park, a garden littered with over 200 cement sculptures depicting the gods and monsters of Buddhist and Hindu myth. More on Vientiane in TripAdvisor
8. Yangon (3hr), Myanmar
Formerly known as Rangoon. Yangon has experienced a huge increase in tourism recently. Book early, as hotel rooms are sometimes hard to find. While you’re in town, the Shwedagon Pagoda, an immense, ancient Buddhist shrine, is a must-see — TripAdvisor travelers recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset.
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9. Hanoi (3hr 15min), Vietnam
The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of Hanoi, which is easily explored by taxi. More on Hanoi in TripAdvisor
10. Kalibo (3hr 30min), Philippines
The provincial capital of the province of Aklan, Kalibo is an alternative port of entry to Boracay. It is also known for the Ati-Atihan festival and for the semi-urban and multi-awarded mangrove forest, the Bakhawan Eco-Park.
11. Mandalay (3hr 30min), Myanmar
Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit. At its foot, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses hundreds of Buddhist-scripture-inscribed marble slabs.
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