It can be difficult to allocate your vacation days. Though even short vacations can provide the same benefits as more extended vacations (reduced stress, for example), being able to disconnect from work and daily responsibilities for two weeks may be just what the doctor ordered. Visiting Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia during that time can be even more rewarding. If you want to take it a step further, you could hire a private charter flight to transport you. Here are the top three things to do at each destination to get your vacation started.
Gardens By the Bay – This is a popular tourist attraction in Singapore, and for a good reason. The variety of plants and the inventive ways they are displayed are breathtaking. The Cloud Forest replicates the cool-moist ecology of the tropical highlands in one section of the conservatory. It has a treetop walk and an indoor 114-foot waterfall that is frequently photographed.
Haji Lane – A narrow lane in the Bras Basah-Bugis neighbourhood lined with indie shops, hole-in-the-wall cafes, hip bars, and graffiti art. Haji Lane is the city’s original hipster hangout. It’s lined with vibrant shophouses occupied by independent boutiques selling one-of-a-kind items not found anywhere else in Singapore. Haji Lane, home to a slew of charming cafes and watering holes, comes alive in the evenings with people heading down to grab some grub and a drink, or two, for a laid-back night out with friends.
Marina Bay Waterfront – The Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, as the name suggests, is a 3.5-kilometre walkway along the bay that connects many attractions at Marina Centre, Collyer Quay, and the Bayfront. The promenade is intended to be an environmentally friendly recreation area. There are mist sprays to cool visitors off in the sweltering Singapore heat and breeze shelters with motion sensor fans to provide a cool break from a tour walking around the bay.
Petronas Towers – The PETRONAS Towers, also known as the PETRONAS Twin Towers because they come in a pair, are the tallest twin towers in the world and are located in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The architecture is postmodern in style and incorporates motifs from Islamic art to represent Malaysia’s Muslim majority.
Cameron Highlands – These elevations range from 1300m to 1829m and offer many hikes, strawberry plantations, and souvenir stalls. Sipping a bronze-hued cup of tea while gazing out at the rippling carpet of tea plantations is the quintessential Cameron experience.
Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – It’s not every day that you can get up close and personal with an orangutan or see these creatures in their natural habitat, so seize the moment. Yet, in Malaysian Borneo, you can do just that at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah. Visit it to see rescued and orphaned orangutans that are now safe from poachers. The rehabilitation centre provides this endangered species with a safe and healthy environment.
Kuta Beach – Visit the famous Kuta beach in the south of Bali. The sea is protected by a sand bar and has gentle rolling waves that are ideal for beginners learning to surf. Surfing lessons are available by the hour, or visitors can rent a sponge board and ride the waves.
Borobudur – This ancient temple is a well-known and culturally significant landmark in Indonesia. Borobudur was built in the shape of a traditional Buddhist mandala in the eighth century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s most important Buddhist sites. The massive temple was forgotten for centuries after it is believed that much of the population relocated to eastern Java due to volcanic eruptions. However, it was rediscovered in the 1800s and is now one of Java’s main attractions.
Komodo National Park – The Unesco-protected Komodo National Park is the domain of Indonesia’s apex super-predators, the living dragons. Rinca Island (just east of Komodo) is one of the most exciting predator territories to visit, being smaller but more densely populated with particularly aggressive dragons. Only the Amazon has more natural diversity than Indonesia, and it is possible to combine dragons and orangutans in a single tour taking in some of the natural icons of the world’s second richest wildlife zones.
Colorful Asia ticks all the boxes for a top holiday destination, with some of the world’s oldest cultures, fascinating architecture, beautiful natural landscapes, delicious foods, and friendly locals. Asia is full of adventure, from fast-paced cities to breathtaking beaches. Each region is distinct, with cuisine, culture, and history as varied as the next.
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