Best Destinations to Celebrate Singapore's National Day
Singapore’s National Day is fast approaching. Therefore, a lot of Singaporeans are looking to take advantage of the long weekend for a quick getaway. Four days is more than enough time to get away from the hustle and bustle of our city-state. Plan your trip ahead to get the best travel insurance promotions. Here are some short getaway suggestions for you to properly celebrate National Day 2016.
1. Osaka, Japan
Travelling to Japan is always a great idea. What’s not to love? Delectable cuisine, rich culture, and beautiful architecture, these are just some of the things you can expect in the country. There has been a rise in Singapore tourists visiting the country. According to the JBT Tourism Research & Consulting Co., there were about 272,566 Singaporean tourists in 2015 as opposed to 194,092 tourists in 2014.
Nicknamed the “nation’s kitchen”, Osaka is the perfect Japanese city for food and history lovers. Aside from the slower pace, there are a lot of other great reasons to choose Osaka over Tokyo. Food and accommodations are much more affordable compared to the country’s capital. Whether travelling with a group of friends or your family, you won’t run out of things to do and see in the modern city. Do make sure you get family travel insurance before your trip.
Must-See Sights: Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Dotombori, Shinsekai
Alternative Destination: If you are a history lover, you shouldn’t miss Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to many ancient castles and temples you shouldn’t miss in Japan.
2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vietnam is another popular destination for Singaporeans. As stated in Vietnam’s Ministry of Tourism website, there has been a 119.1% percent hike in Singaporean tourists travelling to the country. Formally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the very energetic city of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is the perfect blend of traditional and modern Vietnam. From sprawling boulevards to city streets lined with food stalls, it certainly is an eclectic city you wouldn’t want to miss. One thing is for certain, Ho Chi Minh City is never boring.
If you are looking for an affordable vacation, Ho Chi Minh should definitely be on your list. Ho Chi Minh City is ideal for young adults because of its very lively nightlife. Do purchase your group travel insurance to get the best deals.
Must-See Sights: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Mekong Delta, The Independence Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels
Alternative Destination: If Ho Chi Minh City isn’t your thing, why not check out Hanoi. It’s the capital of Vietnam and it has a lot of traditional and modern attractions travellers will surely love.
3. Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. According to Google Trends, it is the most searched destination of Singaporeans in the Philippines for 2015. With powder white sand and crystal clear waters, Boracay Island is the ideal beach destination. It is often cited as one of the best beaches in the world. It is home to affordable hostels and five star luxury hotel chains. It does have a reputation of being a party island so the nightlife in the island is fantastic.
Must-See Sights: Ariel’s Point, White Beach, Willy’s Rock, D’Mall
Alternative Destination: If you’d like to avoid crowds as much as possible, El Nido in Palawan Island is a good alternative. Families can enjoy island hopping and other great activities in the area.
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