Who says going on holiday has to be expensive? Here are our picks of the best getaways in the region, where you can stay in hotels under $200 per night. We’ve picked out some amazing hotels in different settings to suit your travel style.
Beach Getaway in Krabi
You won’t believe your lucky stars but you can actually stay at a 4.5 star for under $200 at the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort. Located at the popular Thai beach getaway of Krabi, this resort offers spacious rooms with sea views and you even get the luxury of lounging by its private beach.
Beach Getaway in Bintan
For a destination that’s just a short ferry ride from Singapore, head to the Indonesian island of Bintan. The Bintan Lagoon Resort is a sprawling property spanning 300 hectares so you’ll be sure to find pockets of peace while on your trip. Golf lovers will also be pleased to know there are two golf courses where you can practice your swing; the Jack Nicklaus Sea View Course and the Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf Course.
Beach Resort Getaway in Desaru
Also just a short drive away Singapore is the Malaysian beach town of Desaru, where you can take advantage of the favourable exchange rate to score some unbeatable deals. The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa is a family-friendly hotel located on the beachfront so you can spend every waking hour frolicking in the lovely blue ocean waters.
Weekend Shopping Trip in Bangkok
From bustling markets with bargain buys to mega-malls filled with high street and luxury labels, as well as cool local labels to discover, Bangkok is undoubtedly the closest shopaholic’s paradise to Singapore.
On your cheap weekend getaway to Bangkok, stay at The Siam Heritage Boutique Suites right in the heart of the Silom entertainment district for easy access to the city’s shopping offerings. The rooms are also nice and spacious, just in case you need an extra suitcase – or two.
Weekend Shopping Trip in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is just close enough for you to squeeze in a cheap weekend trip if you time your flights well. Check out Butterfly on Prat in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui which is well connected via the city’s subway system to all the markets and malls you could wish to visit. This cheery hotel, with rooms painted in lime green and zesty orange, is a great place to recharge in between your shopping sprees.
Weekend Shopping Trip in Yangon
For ethnic handicrafts and interesting textiles and jewellery, Myanmar’s capital Yangon is an underrated destination. The Best Western Chinatown Hotel in Yangon is a no-frills, family hotel that even offers a free breakfast buffet so you can get out and about quickly. In the neighbourhood are art galleries to browse as well as the Bogyoke Market with hundreds of stalls selling art, fabrics, crafts and local souvenirs.Breakfast Buffet at Best Western Chinatown Hotel
Weekend Getaway in Penang
Penang’s thriving street food scene is a unique amalgamation of the city’s various cultures, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisine, making it a budget foodie’s idea of heaven. Base yourself in the capital Georgetown where many excellent hawker centres are within walking distance of each other. Spices Hotel is a chic bed and breakfast located within a heritage ‘shophouse’ and its comfortable yet stylish decor will make it your home away from home as you rest in between meals.
Weekend Getaway in Hanoi
Hanoi, ground zero of the world’s best Vietnamese food, offers a quintessential taste of hearty south-east Asian flavours that are liberally spiced with exotic herbs. The Hilton Hanoi Opera is a family friendly establishment right in the historic district for easy access to foodie destinations nearby. It also has a pool and 24-hour gym in case you need to burn off some excess calories before your next feast!
Weekend Getaway in Taipei
If you have a long weekend, Taipei has many options for days of non-stop eating. You’ll be spoilt for choice deciding whether to nosh on Taiwan’s distinct street food of dumplings, noodles and stinky bean curd (if you dare!) or excellent restaurants featuring Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Hotel Sunroute Taipei is a modern, fuss-free hotel that’s close to many attractions, as well as the famous Shilin Night Market when those late night munchies hit.
Island Getaway in Ubud
With lush rainforests, waterfalls and volcanoes to explore – and whitewater rafting to indulge in – Bali is more than a party and beach destination. Stay close to the natural wonders of the island at Ubud Green in Ubud so you don’t have to travel long distances for a jungle adventure. The villas come with kitchenettes, just in case you’re too tired from all that trekking to make it to town for your meals.
Historical Weekend Getaway in Siem Reap
To indulge in some Tomb Raider fantasies, travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia, which is home to the majestic Angkor Wat temple ruins. The Heritage Suites Hotel is a comfortable, elegantly furnished retreat to lay your head after your adventures. It also has an outdoor pool for you to cool down in when the tropical climate gets too much to bear.
Rainforest Getaway in Borneo
Or go to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo, where you can go on a wildlife adventure through its lush rainforest and maybe spot an orangutan or two. The Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai is right by the beach so you can snorkel, scuba dive or parasail before you wander into the jungle to get up close and personal with nature.
What is your favourite spot for a cheap weekend getaway?