The borders are open after two long years and with the return in full swing, you’re ready to start planning your vacation (if you haven’t already).

You already know the drill, long weekends are prime time for travel. If you claim your days off, you want to take advantage of long weekends to maximize my days off and extend your vacation as long as you can.

We’ve done the work for you so you don’t have to.

Public holidays in Singapore in 2022 (long weekends)










Holiday 2022 Travel period
Good Friday April 15 to 17, 2022 (Friday to Sunday)
Labor Day and Hari Raya Puasa April 29 to May 3, 2022 (Friday to Tuesday)
Vesak Day May 13 to 16, 2022 (Friday to Monday)
Hari Raya Haji July 8 to 11 (Friday to Monday)
Deepavali October 21 to 24 (Friday to Monday)
the day of Christmas December 23 to 26 (Friday to Monday)

As you can see, there are actually six long weekend holidays. You’re in luck – you have plenty of opportunities for a quick escape!

11 Cheap Travel Destinations Under $450

In general, you can score very cheap flights to most nearby destinations in Malaysia and Indonesia for less than $200 all year round. And since they’re so close, you don’t really need a long weekend to get there.

As such, I’ve excluded them and included the most popular destinations you can fly to for a bargain (under $450).

Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia — from $150 to $250

Ho Chi Minh City

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Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is just a two-hour drive from Singapore.

You will find an interesting mix of urban skyscrapers, ancient temples, as well as French colonial buildings.

The city’s top attractions include the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as the Cu Chi Tunnel from the city’s dark past.

Hanoi

Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi is a great place to base yourself as you embark on your adventures through the city. Whether you’re a cultural history buff, party animal or nature lover, there’s something for everyone in Hanoi.

If you’re traveling in a large group, you can count on Hanoi to appeal to all types of travellers. Tickets to Hanoi usually cost around $200, but they might drop slightly if you book your trip months in advance.

bali

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Flights to Bali typically cost around $250, making it a relatively affordable travel destination to consider.

Be sure to try the famous Babi Guling at Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen, it’s only $5 for a set of assorted pork and rice dishes. For fancy sunset drinks, visit the Potato Head Beach Club.

Is the weather getting too hot? Go for a dip at the award-winning water park, WaterBom. If you’re up for it, you can also venture out of the main Seminyak area and visit Ubud, Uluwatu, and even the Gili Islands.

bangkok

A favorite among Singaporeans, Bangkok is great for cheap food and shopping, with the hugely popular Platinum Mall and night markets like Artbox and Talad Rot Fai.

If you’re more of a culture buff, you can also head to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya for a crash course in Thailand’s colorful history.

Tickets usually cost around $200 if you book in advance. However, if you plan your trip at the last minute, it could be more expensive.

Hong Kong and Cambodia — from $250 to $350

hong kong

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Yet another hit with locals, Hong Kong is an “easy destination”. It’s easy to get around the city via the metro, and most streets have signs in English.

Remember the good old days when flights to Hong Kong were easily under $200? Well, not anymore.

Although it is more expensive than before, it is still under $350, which is quite reasonable considering the rise in airfares lately. You can hike around the famous Dragon’s Back or eat your way around town – don’t miss the OG dimsum at Tim Ho Wan!

Hong Kong is also a great place to shop for luxury goods… which you can afford because you saved on airfare, right?

Phnom Penh

Get off the beaten track and visit the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penhm.

There’s a dark charm to this intriguing city: you’ll find jaw-dropping Buddhist wats and palaces, but much of the tourism industry is centered on its dark wartime past.

Many travel here to see the Killing Fields and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. For less than $300, visiting Phnom Penhm promises an eye-opening and wallet-friendly experience.

Taipei, China* & Australia — from $350 to $450

taipei

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Taipei is further out, so maybe save it for an extra four-day long weekend. Some say Taipei has a “mini Japan” culture, so if you can’t afford $800 tickets to Tokyo or Osaka, head to Taipei.

Flights are usually around $350 during off-peak months. Immerse yourself in the Taiwanese way of life as you hang out at night markets and venture to Jiufen and Shifen.

Canton

Shanghai and Beijing are the most popular cities in China, but the tickets there are quite high. For a cheaper alternative, consider Guangzhou.

Home of Cantonese cuisine, foodies who love their soups and noodles can head to Guangzhou for a short foodie adventure. Popular landmarks include Canton Tower and Sun Yat-sen Memorial.

Shenzhen

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Another affordable Chinese city to visit is Shenzhen. Tickets are about the same price as Guangzhou.

If you like hiking, you can visit the 943m Wutong Mountain, which is the second highest in the region, only losing Tai Mo Mountain in Hong Kong.

For a panoramic view of the cityscape, visit the observatory decks at Ping An IFC and KK100.

Perth

For some reason, Perth is one of Australia’s cheapest destinations. Tickets to Perth are cheaper than those to popular cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

For the most chiok weather, head to Perth in late winter when it’s around 18 degrees Celsius, which is about “air-conditioned” temperature.

During the day, visit the iconic Bell Tower or stroll along the famous Cottesloe Beach. When the sun goes down, relax and have a few drinks in one of the downtown bars. You can certainly score your Perth tickets at around $500.

Golden Coast

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Like Perth, the Gold Coast is often overshadowed by Australia’s most famous cities, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting. Especially since plane tickets are around $350.

If you miss the Bali coastline, Gold Coast is basically a tropical paradise but with better weather. Not to mention the cafe and nightlife options it also offers.

*Note that at the time of this writing, the borders with China are still closed.

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This article first appeared in MoneySmart.