Hari Raya Puasa falls on 5 June 2019, a Wednesday. That means that if you go on leave for two days, you can enjoy a 5-day holiday.
So, where you should go for a 5-day-4-night getaway? Here are some ideas.
Phuket is one of Singapore’s favorite holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is it less than 2 hours away by plane, but it’s also relatively cheap to visit and offers great beaches, partying and sightseeing all year round.
There are lots to see and do in Phuket, whether you’d like to laze on the beach, snorkel, ride a jet ski, shop at the shopping malls in Phuket Town, explore some of the islands off Phuket or just party on the infamous tourist stretch on Thanon Bangla.
If it’s your first time in Phuket, you’ll want to check out the Weekend Market (Wirat Hon York Road) for souvenirs, T-shirts, and the huge food court. The most popular shopping mall is Jungceylon Shopping Mall, where you’ll find everything from restaurants to a supermarket.
Due to earthquakes in 2018, you’ll have to avoid the North of Lombok and Mount Rinjani at the moment. However, the other areas of Lombok are still ready to welcome travelers. And of course, don’t forget to protect yourself with travel insurance before you leave Singapore.
Senggigi is the main tourist area in Lombok, and home to Senggigi Beach, where you’ll find street hawkers and surfboard rental facilities. However, if you are looking for something a little more scenic, head to the Gili Islands just off Lombok, where you can snorkel and dive in crystal clear waters.
Penang is one of Malaysia’s most beautiful and most cultural cities. The city center of capital George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with lots of well-preserved shophouses, temples and street art.
There are many historic buildings and places of worship that should not be missed, including the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, City Hall and Wisma Kastam.
Penang is also a major food lovers’ destination, so don’t miss out on the chance to try the best chendol in town at the two stalls at Jalan Penang, and sample dishes at hawker centres such as New Lane Hawker Centre and Presgrave Street Hawker Centre.
Kota Kinabalu is one of Sabah, Malaysia’s most popular holiday destinations as it offers easy access to beaches, rainforest and, for avid climbers, Mount Kinabalu.
From Kota Kinabalu, you can go snorkeling and scuba diving or just laze around on the beach at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Layang Layang Island is another popular destination for divers.
If your main goal is to climb Mount Kinabalu, book yourself a spot on a guided climb well in advance as places are likely to fill up over the Hari Raya Puasa long weekend. While the climb can be done in four hours, most people do it over two days, spending the night at Laban Rata on the mountain and then catching the sunrise at the summit. And of course, don’t forget to buy a travel insurance policy that will protect you when you are climbing.
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