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Postby J.Mathews » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:17 am

7 long weekends in 2017 spells plenty of opportunities to chalk up adventures without taking up too much precious leave or burning a hole in your pocket. See all the long weekends this year and suggestions of when to take leave to maximise travel opportunities.

Skip the usual been-there-done-that spots like Bali and Bangkok and switch it up for these places. If you haven’t started making your 2017 resolutions, here’s a suggestion: Explore new destinations! This is one resolution that shouldn’t be too hard to keep. Here are some nearby destinations perfect for short trips from Singapore, great to enjoy the upcoming long weekends.

Here’s our picks of where to go over each of the remaining long weekends thanks to the Singapore Public Holidays in 2017.

23 – 26 June // Fri – Mon // Hari Raya Puasa

Lombok - Indonesia

Batu-Bolong-Temple-Lombok If you’re already a big fan of Bali, Lombok might just appeal even more. Thanks to a much slower pace of development than Bali, visitors to Lombok can easily enjoy stretches of untouched coastlines and appreciate the rich biodiversity of the Senggigi Reef. While there’s lots to see underwater, staying on land isn’t too shabby either. There is the option of climbing Gunung Rinjani, a still-active volcano or if you’re not a lava of heights, go on jungle expeditions instead.

But of course, doing absolutely nothing on white sandy beaches is a very good idea too.

There are direct flights to Lombok, taking about 3 hours, perfect for a trip over a long weekend.

9 Aug // Wednesday // National Day

Bandung - Indonesia

Another excuse to take 2 days and enjoy 5 whole days away on holiday, as the National Day 2017 public holiday falls midweek.

If all you associate with Indonesia is Jakarta and Bali, it’s time to take notice of Bandung. The former Dutch colony was nicknamed the Paris of Java, imagine that. The allures of Bandung are much more current now, we’re talking about outlet shopping galore, quirky themed restaurants, tea plantations and lots of mountains to scale. Especially Instagram-worthy is Kawah Putih, an otherworldly crater lake with milky blue waters.

The city is full of accommodation options, you’ll be hard-pressed to make up your mind!

Flights to Bandung only taking about 2 hours.

1 – 3 Sept // Fri to Sun // Hari Raya Haji

Siem Reap - Cambodia

As year end looms, September is a good time to make a quick escape. With the Hari Raya public holiday in 2017 falling nicely on a Friday, go for a calming weekend getaway to marvel at the ancient ruins of Cambodia.

Siem Reap hardly needs an introduction. Most famous for the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer empire, you should go for the temples but stay for the galleries, cafes, restaurants and spas. That’s not all Siem Reap has to offer though. Take a leisurely cruise down the Tonle Sap, visit outlying villages or tour a silk farm.

From backpacker joints to boutique hotels, Siem Reap has it all.

Flights to Siem Reap takes about 2 hours 15 minutes.

18 Oct // Wed // Deepavali

Taipei - Taiwan

The quirky capital of Taiwan, Taipei is one of those cities great for a fun long weekend trip. Enjoy the cool weather towards the year end as you go cafe-hopping in the day and get lost in the labyrinthine night markets for dinner. Taipei isn’t only about eating and shopping though. Burn off the calories with an easy hike in Yangmingshan National Park or sit back and relax in one of Beitou’s many natural hot spring resorts.

Taipei is chock a block with hotels!

Flights to Taipei takes about 5 hours.

23 – 25 Dec // Sat – Mon // Christmas

Bagan - Yangon

As the last of Singapore public holidays in 2017 roll in, those who haven’t got enough leave to run off to the Christmas markets in Europe or snowy slopes of Hokkaido, can still take a quick break with a short trip nearby for a different kind of magic.

Bagan may not register on the radar of many tourists yet but the ancient city with more than 2,000 temples is very much worth a visit. The most spectacular way to take in the temples is to splurge on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. After which you can select a few main temples to explore on foot. Ananda Temple, Shwezigon Temple are popular and you can end your day at Shwesandaw Temple where sunset views are said to be amazing.

Situate yourself in Nyaung U for food, accommodation and transportation options.

Fly direct to Yangon, taking about 3 hours. From Yangon, take a one-hour Myanmar National Airlines flight to Bagan.

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