Chinese New Year is approaching and this means that a long weekend will be here soon! As many of us get pumped up to celebrate Chinese New Year, there are some who may be planning a quick getaway to rest and relax during the long weekend break. For those who could not/do not celebrate Chinese New Year, or are planning to have a short getaway during this festive holiday season, here is a list of underrated places for short getaways that you can go to!
1. Bandung, Indonesia
Bandung is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province and it is well known for its history, arts and culture. Reconnect with nature by exploring its volcanoes and remember to take Instagram-worthy photos of coral rocks at Pawon Caves and Stone Garden of Padalarang. If you are feeling adventurous, you can visit The Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park and have some fun too!
2. Khao Lak, Thailand
About Khao Lak
Khao Lak was unfortunately destroyed in December 2004 after being hit by a tsunami. However, it has been restored and the tourism scene is reviving too. There are tsunami memorials and museums for you to visit, as well as sporting activities for you to try there too. If you do not wish to simply stay in Khao Lak for the entire duration of your trip, you can book day trips and head out to other nearby areas. Otherwise, you can rest and relax by soaking in the sun rays and chilling at one of its many beaches!
3. Tawi Tawi, Philippines
About Tawi Tawi
Tawi Tawi is one of the many islands that the Philippines has. When you head to Tawi Tawi, you must visit the iconic Bongao Peak! Bud Bongao is known as the revered mountain of Tawi Tawi and is the province’s highest peak. Soak in the peaceful calming environment around you as you explore the Tawi Tawi province. With houses on stilts and greenery everywhere, it will be your short escape away from the bustling city environment. You can also go island hopping to nearby islands and snorkeling too (if you are feeling adventurous)!
4. Yangon, Myanmar
Do not miss the Bogyoke Aung San Market when you are at Yangon as it houses over 2000 shops and has a wide collection of authentic handicrafts and souvenirs for you to bring back home! Visit the Thein Byu Indoor Stadium and enjoy a spetactular kickboxing match if you are up for a thrill. Common sights to visit include the Buddhist temples Botataung Paya, Chaukhtatgyi Paya and Shwedagon Paya. So do remember to include them in your sightseeing checklist. If you are up for a modernised twist, you can visit the LGBT-friendly bar, Fahrenheit too!
5. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
About Phnom Penh
Instead of Siam Reap, why not visit Phnom Penh? Phnom Penh (pronounced as per-nom pen) is the capital of Cambodia and it houses beautiful colonial buildings and museums for you to explore. The Royal Palace is a sightseeing spot not to be missed, as well as the Silver Pagoda located south of the Royal Palace. Remember to take Instagram-worthy shots of Phnom Penh’s riverside and you can also shop at Night Markets that are open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings along the riverside. For a bit of history, visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which was the actual site of a security prison during the Khmer Rouge regime which started in 1975 to its fall in 1979.
What are other places that you are planning to go to for a quick short getaway during the upcoming long weekend? Do let us know in the comments below!
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