Long weekends of 2015
Chinese New Year: Thu 19th Feb, Fri 20th Feb + Weekends
Good Friday: Fri 3rd Apr + Weekends
Labour Day: Fri 1st May + Weekends
Vesak Day: Weekends + Mon 1st June
Hari Raya Puasa: Fri 17th July + Weekends
National Day: Sun 9th Aug, Mon holiday in lieu
Hari Raya Haji: Thu 24th Sept + take leave on Fri + weekends
Deepavali: Weekends + take leave on Mon + Tue 10th Nov
Christmas: Fri 25th Dec + Weekends
How to maximise your holidays
1. Red eye flight
These flights leave after 9pm and arrive before 5am; and are often cheaper and fly below capacity – which means one seat might turn into three seats. Also, taking a red-eye flight means you don’t have to take another day off just to fly.
2. Apply for leave earlier
If you are only going to apply for leave the week before the public holiday, chances are your colleagues have already taken them. Sit down with your travelling partners and make plans for the year ahead.
3. Plan your locations wisely
Though some destinations are relatively near to us, we will still need connecting flights to get to, translating to more travelling time than the actual fun. Make sure you go to places with direct flights.
4. Take single off days to fill working gaps
Some public holidays fall two days before or after the weekends. To maximise your holidays, take leave on the odd working day.
Where to go
2 to 4 days
1. Hong Kong
No doubt a concrete jungle like Singapore, Hong Kong has its own charm with multiples personalities – Cantonese Chinese and British influences. Hong Kong caters to all types of travellers, from Avenue of Stars, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland to Ladies’ Market. Of course, completing the trip with one of the world’s best dim sums and roasted-meat dishes.
2. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, is where you can experience both the past and present in one place. Be in awe with the skyscrapers standing amidst the gridlock of endless motorbikes and learn about their history and culture at Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong River tour, and even Reunification Palace.
As you try to get used to the bustling crowds weaving through the city centre, don’t forget to stop for a cup of Vietnamese coffee and a piping hot bowl of Pho.
An island of Indonesia that needs no further introduction, Bali, is hailed as one of the favourite travel destinations for both short and long getaways.
Surrounded by Java Sea and Indian Ocean, it is home to a diverse marine life and premium surfing spot. From rice terraces, waterfalls, water activities, party scenes, to Hindu temples, Bali is an ideal destination for varying budgets.
Watch the dramatic sunsets on the white-sand beaches or the comfort of your luxurious resorts.
4. Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the cultural heart of Cambodia, being the only gateway to millennium old ruins of Angkor Archaeological Park. A World Heritage Site now, the Angkor complex encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Ta Phrom, and majestic Angkor Wat.
Apart from the Angkor Archaeological Park, visitors can also experience traditional Cambodia life with ‘Apsara’ dance performances, road tours through rice paddies or boat trips to Tonle Sap Lake and bird sanctuary.
5 to 7 days
The geography of Taiwan has endowed her with more than just the iconic Taipei 101, making it an ideal location for travellers to immerse in the beauty of Mother Nature – surf-beaches in the South, waterfalls and mountains in the East and North. It is also relatively cheaper compared to neighbours Japan and Korea.
Like how Singaporeans’ lives revolve around food and shopping, Taiwan is renowned for its bustling night markets with mouth-watering small bites!
In Seoul, you can experience a rapidly modernising city against its history that dates back to 14th century.
With four distinct seasons, you can either catch the blooming of colourful flowers in spring, or a romantic snow-capped city in winter.
There are so many things to do in Seoul, around the clock. From temple hopping, palace visiting, street-food feasting, to midnight shopping and indulging in street tent bars that open till dawn. Or simply, partying downtown
Perth is often overshadowed by Sydney’s Opera House, Gold Coast’s endless stretch of beaches, or even Melbourne’s partying scene. Though laidback, Perth has much to be explored.
Perth offers an appealing lifestyle with its lovely weather, friendly folks, and beautiful sceneries. You can either have a drink against the setting sun on Cottesloe Beach or cruise down the Swan River. You can also have road trips from north or south of Perth City.
If you want to revisit 1000 years of Chinese history, Beijing is the place to go, with Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and one of the world’s wonders, Great Wall of China.
Apart from the some of the most ancient architecture that draw tourists annually, Beijing also features modern structures like Beijing Olympic Stadium and Galaxy Soho.