Singapore makes for an excellent location from which to take short trips around Asia, offering plenty of flight options, cheap eats and a variety of choice for different itineraries based on activities and budget. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend trip with the family, easy travel options for bonding with the extended family or fun with the kids, we’ve got some wonderful destinations for family trips listed here for you.
Of course we needed to put Bangkok on the list, even if you’ve been there once at least every year. Despite the capital of Thailand being one of the most-loved destinations for Singaporeans to “shop & eat” over a weekend, there are, in fact, many other lovely things to do. How about a visit to the floating market, make a holy trip to admire the magnificent Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho or experience the old-world charm of Ayutthaya?
Flight time: 2h 25 min
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
World-renowned for the phenomenal Angkor Wat, many Singaporeans may have missed out on this historical treasure while being tempted by the many travel options near Singapore. Siem Reap makes for an excellent family trip for some cultural exploration, affordable luxury hotel stays, delicious cuisine and clean markets.
Flight time: 2h 15 min
3. Malacca, Malaysia
If you’re looking for a budget road trip from Singapore, look no further than the pretty, historic town of Malacca. Great for a weekend trip, Malacca has something for the entire family – fabulous food, white sand dunes, a water theme park, beautiful Peranakan architecture and of course, the not-to-be-missed Jonker Street.
Travel time: 3h 30 min
4. Osaka, Japan
Japan used to be one of the more expensive countries to visit in Asia (and still is!), but thanks to budget airlines, Singaporeans can now visit the beautiful country without breaking the bank. Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is becoming more and more popular due to its travel-friendliness and being a little less crowded than the capital, Tokyo. It contains all the attractions you’d expect from a Japanese city – traditional castles (Osaka Castle), theme parks (Universal Studios Osaka), awesome street food and of course, lovely Japanese gardens (Tennoji-park).
If you have more time on hand, the trip can always be easily extended to include the beautiful and peaceful Kyoto, as well as a day-trip to Nara Park where the deers run free.
Flight time: 6h 35 mins
5. Hong Kong
Looking for a fuss-free trip to enjoy the hotel stay, good food, great night scene and some shopping? Travelling can’t get any easier than Hong Kong. Prefer a more luxurious holiday on your 3-night stay in Hong Kong? Then look for options over at Hong Kong Island where most of the 5-star hotels are situated. You’ll also have easy access to the usual tourist spots like Victoria Peak and the famous party spot Lan Kwai Fong. If you rather plough through the markets, eat some local dim sum and shop at bargain malls, staying near Tsim Sha Tsui would be a better option.
Flight time: 3h 55 min
6. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
We probably all know that Bali always makes an easy trip for anyone looking to escape to the beaches for a few days. But there’s much more to Indonesia than Bali; in fact, there are many other interesting little cities and towns to explore which are easy to get to as well. Yogyakarta is one of them. Offering not just the iconic Borobudur Temple, the city offers a number of surprises like the Goa Jomblang caves, Kalibiru National Park, beautiful beaches and waterfalls.
Flight time: 2h 10 min
7. Taipei, Taiwan
Another foodie paradise, Taipei is another family-friendly destination which has a huge variety of attractions for the young and old. A visit (or a few!) to the numerous night markets for cheap shopping and food is a fail-proof activity the entire family will enjoy. Prefer to indulge in nature? Hire a private driver or book a tour to bring you up to the iconic Yangmingshan for a half day trip, take time for some tea appreciation in the many tea houses available or have your cuppa at the tallest Starbucks outlet in the world at Taipei 101.
Flight time: 4h 45 min
8. Melbourne, Australia
A road trip down the Great Ocean Road might be one of the most popular things for Singaporeans to do in Melbourne, but there are so many other wonderful activities that are child-friendly as well! Discover lots of playgrounds, adventure parks, farms and parks that will not only keep the kids entertained, adults will enjoy close-ups with rare animals, and of course, the numerous coffeehouses for breaks in between!
Flight time: 7h 20 min
9. Hoi-An, Vietnam
Put off by the noisy traffic in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi? That’s no reason to take Vietnam off your list of countries to travel to because you always have Hoi-An. Whether you just want to chill out by the beach, shop till you drop or dance all night, Hoi An has a never-ending list of activities to keep boredom at bay. What’s more, it’s a nice and charming historic town which provides a breather from its noisier cousins. Quaint town + quiet countryside + beach… that’s the only formula you need for a short holiday with the family.
Flight time: 2h 45 min
Now, you’ve got your options ready for the rest of 2018! Before you fly, stay safe and get yourself a peace of mind by ensuring you’ve got you and your family covered with our family travel insurance plans. Our family plans not only cover up to 2 kids for free, you are now covered for travel cancellations due to haze or terrorist attacks. Get a quote here for a 40% discount off annual family travel plans now!