Silly season is upon us once more, and with it comes social engagements, family dinners, gift swapping, and more. The holidays can become quickly become quite stressful, so planning a getaway may be just what you need to escape, or to reward yourself for making it through the holidays.
Southeast Asia is a great area to explore since it is right on our doorstep and offers a vast array of cultures, landscapes, and activities to choose from. Better yet, many South East Asian destinations are very economical, making a holiday getaway affordable during the wallet-emptying silly season.
Phuket is popular with tourists and for good reason. It is a tropical paradise in which you can enjoy pure relaxation. Due to its extreme affordability, it is the perfect destination to enjoy a spa holiday, and be pampered with some of the world’s best treatments; the Thai are famous for massage techniques, and other popular treatments include manicures, pedicures, and having your hair styled.
You’ll return home looking your best and refreshed. Best of all is that December through March is the best time to visit due to decreased humidity, little rainfall, and cool breezes.
Also offering the utmost in relaxation, this insanely beautiful island in the Philippines has accumulated numerous “Best Islands of the World” awards in recent years. Beaches like White Beach, offer vibrant blue and smooth as glass waters.
Take part in numerous outdoor activities like scuba diving and parasailing, or simply rip into one of the most delicious mangoes you will ever find. Lounge away the day on the beautiful white sand beaches; there’s no better way to enjoy paradise!
With direct flights from nearly every Australian Capital city, Singapore makes an easy and quick getaway that offers an enormous amount of excitement. Five star accommodation, some of the finest restaurants, world class shopping, and numerous amusement parks are all at your disposal.
The city’s Mass Rapid Transit system makes seeing all of Singapore’s attractions a cinch and the city is one of the safest and cleanest of all South East Asia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Home to what many consider a candidate for the 8th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. The “City of Temples” offers an experience of incredibly well preserved ruins held with such importance that the monument made it onto Cambodia’s national flag.
Although Angkor Wat is by far the main draw-card for Siem Reap, the city also offers much more. Pay a visit to one of Siem Reap’s floating villages or spend a day shopping in Psah Chas, the Old Market, which will cover everyone on your Christmas gift buying list. The city also offers many places where you can take cooking classes, which will have you preparing something new for your family during the holidays.
Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
Relax in the postcard perfect paradise of Hạ Long Bay where a seemingly endless amount of islands and limestone karsts await to be explored. Take a beautiful Chinese sailing vessel known ironically as a junk ship out on the emerald waters of this World Heritage Site to truly escape from it all.
Enjoy a barbecue on the beach or dine in a cave along with visiting fishing villages, kayaking, and trying your hand at squid fishing.
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