With so many fun destinations to choose from, choose only the best. We have amassed September’s most spectacular locations for your next vacation.
Trip Planner: Where to travel and when’s the best time to go?
Here’s our top picks of where to go in September for enjoyable holidays. Go where the weather is great and fun events are happening in September. Read on to find out what makes these destinations the best places to travel this month.
Kid Around in Kuala Lumpur during the Lantern Festival
Great for: Family holidays, Festivals, Short trip from Singapore, Culture
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A weekend getaway in Kuala Lumpur offers even the most seasoned traveller new experiences. The city has a variety of activities on hand. Gaze up at the Petronas Twin Towers – once the tallest buildings in the world, they still dominate the city’s skyline.
Get your adrenaline buzz at Sunway Lagoon. It not only has an amusement and water park, but also an extreme park, scream park and petting zoo. For a quieter and more educational option, try the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Tropical birds fly freely around visitors as they snap photos. It’s also a nice nature walk after taking in the steely architectural sights.
Try to schedule your visit for late September, when the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place. It’s a historically Chinese celebration of the overthrow of Mongolian rulers. Legend has it that rebel leaders delivered thousands of moon cakes to people throughout the city, and each cake contained a message regarding the time and date of the uprising.
Tourists can munch on both traditional and new-flavoured moon cakes throughout the month, and children parade through the streets with beautiful, glowing paper lanterns on the night of the festival. A feast for both the eyes and your stomach!
Weather in KL
Weather in Kuala Lumpur in September
Average Temperature: 23°C-31°C
Season: September is the end of the dry season, with warm temperatures.
What to Pack: There’s a chance it could get a little damp, so quick-dry clothes for both showers and the amusement park.
How to Get There: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is reachable with Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, among others.
Average Flight Time: Just over one hour from Singapore.
Where to Stay
Tourism Festivities in Shanghai, China
Great for: Nightlife, Asian Culture, History, Festivals
China’s largest and most populated metropolis will offer no end of stimulation. It’s a city of extremes with modern skyscrapers and traditional temples, rambunctious city streets and relaxing tea houses. Boat tours on the Huangpu River give visitors the best views of the downtown zone called the Bund. Another option is Zhujiajiao Water Town, an easy excursion with more picturesque bridges and temples.
To help you take it all in, visit in September during the Shanghai Tourism Festival, which offers an overview of Chinese culture. The celebration opens with a parade of floats and cultural performances from around the world. Competition is the name of the game, with winners in areas ranging from photography and hip-hop performance to the production of typical steamed buns.
Try your hand at traditional folk games in the Jiuzi Folk Game Competition. The end of the month closes the festivities with the unique International Music Fireworks Festival. The combination of fireworks displays set to music is stunning.
Weather in Shanghai
The Weather in Shanghai in September
Average Temperature: 21°C-27°C
What to Pack: It can get wet, so bring along some gumboots.
How to Get There: Singapore Airlines and China Eastern have direct flights to Shanghai (PVG), while Cathay Pacific offers single stopover flights via Hong Kong.
Average Flight Time: Five and a half hours for direct flights from Singapore.
Where to Stay
Enjoy the Indian Summer in Minneapolis, USA
Great for: Outdoor Enthusiasts, History Buffs, Active travel, Food
Imagine the autumnal colours: gold, burnt orange and deep scarlet. Crunch through leaves as you enjoy a hot apple cider in one of the Twin Cities’ lakeside parks. This Midwestern city has been ranked as one of the most active American cities. With its miles of bike paths and hundreds of lakes, it’s easy to understand why. If two-wheels aren’t your thing, how about some paddling? Rent a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard at Lake Calhoun.
Many museums offer a history of the area, such as the experiential Fort Snelling StatePark. Visitors can see how both blacksmiths and doctors worked on the frontier. Native American history is addressed as you walk through the prairies. There’s also the Mill City Museum near the scenic Stone Arch Bridge, which provides visitors with an understanding of America’s development of the west.
More studious types could enjoy a trek across the University of Minnesota campus. The architectural mastermind Frank Gehry designed one of the museums there. A run through the quad and along the mighty Mississippi will work up your appetite for the delicious fare. The city is known for its mix of both ethnic and local cuisine.
Weather in Minneapolis
Weather in Minneapolis in September
Average Temperature: 11°C-22°C
What to Pack: It’s the end of swimsuit season and the beginning of sweater weather.
How to Get There: Flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) from Singapore with Delta.
Average Flight Time: It’ll take a full day as you cross many different time zones, so try to get some shut-eye.
Where to Stay
Cool Romance in Christchurch, New Zealand
Great for: Romantic Getaways, Nature, Mountainous Landscapes, Cool Weather
This cosy city in the South Island of New Zealand is a lovely spot for romantic wanderings. Start in the gorgeous Botanic Gardens, where the cherry blossoms will be in bloom in September. If it’s warm enough, arrange for punting on the Avon River with your sweetheart. Too cold? Warm up with a glass of wine from the Pegasus Bay region.
Nature lovers can explore further afield in one of the many charming towns. Swimming with wild dolphins in the sea is a possibility in Akaroa, which is packed with good eateries. The goofy, paddling yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin are sure to give you a giggle. Make sure to bring your camera!
Weather in Christchurch
The Weather in Christchurch in September
Average Temperature: 5°C-15°C
Season: Early spring
What to Pack: A warm coat to snuggle up from the chilly temperatures
How to Get There: From Singapore to Christchurch International Airport (CHC), fly direct with Air New Zealand or Singapore Airlines.
Average Flight Time: Under 10 hours
Where to Stay
Experience the Melting Pot that is Jakarta, Indonesia
Great for: City breaks, Themeparks, Shopping, Short trip from Singapore
Jakarta Tourism & Culture Office
Plan a getaway for Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Start your touring in Central Jakarta, or Jakarta Pusat, where you will find the symbol of the city: the 132-metre Monas. The National Monument sculpture was erected in 1975 to celebrate Indonesian independence. Climb to the top to see views over the largest city square in the world, Lapangan Merdeka, and the cosmopolitan cityscape. Back down on ground-level, stop at Bundaran HI to do some shopping for luxury goods.
Ready for fun? Ancol Dreamland has you covered. This resort area boasts a global-themed amusement park, a water park, an oceanarium, a golf course and an art market. Be sure to try the unique 4D theatre, which shows 3D images accompanied by cool breezes and water sprays.
If you want a quiet moment after all the stimulation of the city, then head out of town to Thousand Islands. With fish, birds and sandy beaches, you’ll reconnect with nature. Perfect temperatures and mostly dry weather make September the ideal time to enjoy the seaside in Jakarta.
Weather in Jakarta
Weather in Jakarta in September
Average Temperature: 26°C-32°C
Season: September doesn’t see much rain as it’s the end of the dry season, but it can get hot
What to Pack: Light breezy clothing. Throw in some sunscreen.
How to Get There: Several airlines fly directly into Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), including Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia and Tigerair Singapore.
Average Flight Time: Approximately two hours.
Where to Stay
Centrally-located Pullman Jakarta Indonesia makes getting around the city easy.