Top 5 travel ideas for this Chinese new year | DirectAsia
Singaporeans love to travel, especially over Chinese New Year. In fact well-known flight comparison site skyscanner has seen a surge in travel during the Chinese New Year period from Singapore.
“This trend has been observed for the last three years with a growing number of families are choosing to spend the holidays with their family members and children away from Singapore.” skyscanner.com.sg
Here are the top 5 destinations that Singapore families love to visit over Chinese New Year. What better reason to get your travel insurance sorted and book that trip?
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realise why. This is a city of contrasts with action at every turn; marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants.
Flight time Just over two hours
2. Penang, Malaysia
A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang is a melting pot of cultures, religions and food. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town is a fusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races – from cuisine to architecture.
Take a leisurely walk at the Penang Botanic Gardens or simply hop on the mini-train instead. Otherwise, enjoy the zen at Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. At the end of the day, sample delicious food at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, one of Penang’s most famous eating districts.
Flight time 1.5 hours
3. Bali, Indonesia
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali has regularly been recognized as one of the world’s most fascinating islands.
Explore the beautiful gardens at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park or take a leisure walk around the rice fields in Ubud, especially at sunset. Learn to snorkel and explore the marine life in Bali’s famed waters or have a romantic dinner by the beach. Your children may enjoy Waterbom - Bali’s best waterslide park with over fifteen waterslides for all abilities.
Flight time 2.5 hours
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia is a modern cosmopolitan city that has not forgotten its heritage. Here you can see some of the world’s most breathtaking modern architecture including the world famous Petronas Twin Towers. Be inspired by the unique style of Malay architecture, along with elegant colonial buildings or enjoy retail therapy at KLCC and Pavilion.
Families craving excitement, can spend the day there at the water theme park or wildlife park at Sunway Lagoon. The Farm in the City offers the opportunity to get close to animals roaming free in their natural habitats.
Flight time Under one hour
5. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo’s modern city is built on old patterns. Antiquated wooden shanty bars, lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stalls and traditional festivals nestle in the shadows of the skyscrapers. Shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes in older neighbourhoods.
Japanese cuisine has been added to the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list and Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city. You can also find a bowl of noodles made from a recipe handed down through the generations.
Japanese pop culture is famous has around the world. Check out the trends in the backstreets of Harajuku or the hottest anime and manga in Akihabara.
“Walk around the compounds of Imperial Palace and Gardens to enjoy stunning views of the palace. For the adrenaline-junkies, head down to the amusement park at Tokyo Dome City. The National Museum of Nature and Science also offers great learning opportunities and kid-friendly exhibits.” skyscanner.org.sg
Flight time Seven hours
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