By: Emily Cornelius
Chinese New Year is the busiest travel season all year round, so if you are yet to book a holiday, you have procrastinated at quite literally the worst time possible (nice one, lads). But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top five picks for last-minute trips.
Mountain Biking in Batam: If you’re looking for something fun but on the extreme side, why not stretch your legs at DRAK mountain bike park? The 65km-long trail accommodates anyone from biking experts to beginners, and takes about six hours to complete. Guides will help you through a series of obstacles including river streams, fallen trees, and dirt jumps. By far the cheapest option, Batam Island can be accessed from Singapore via ferry for as little as $10.
Hong Kong Fireworks : Every Lunar New Year Hong Kong puts on a spectacular fireworks display at the iconic Victoria Harbour. Join the bustling crowds for a truly energetic evening of festivities in one of the world’s best party destinations. If you fancy enjoying the event from the water, there are a number of river cruises available from $35 a head. The show is scheduled for 8pm on the 11th of February, and admission is free. Air Asia and Tiger Airways fly daily to Hong Kong from Singapore.
Extreme Park Malaysia: Who said theme parks were for just for kids? Malaysia’s Extreme Park provides a variety of sporting activities to get your adrenalin rushing. With specialized tracks for quad bikes, motor bikes, doom buggies, and go-carts, as well as activities like paintball, archery, bungee jumping, rock-climbing and Asia’s highest slingshot ride, this theme park is every adventure-junkies dream. Located at Sunway Lagoon Resort in Kuala Lumpur, the resort also offers a variety of other theme parks for a jam-packed holiday. Flights leave from Singapore to KL daily, or try the express bus for a cheaper option.
Road Tripping in the Northern Territory: Set off for the Australian Outback with a car, a map and the long dirt road ahead of you. En route take in natural wonders such as Ayers Rock, the Kings Canyon, Katherine Gorge, Devils Marbles and Kakadu National Park. The beauty of this kind of holiday is that you get to sit behind the wheel and take control of your own journey. Check out Travellers Auto Barn for discounted vans and utes, and Scoot Airlines can get you from Singapore to Australia at a minimum cost.
Camping on Pulua Hantu: There is an assortment of islands that lie just off our coast, which remain relatively untouched but provide the perfect getaway to unwind from the daily bustle of Singapore, especially during CNY. However there is one catch…you have to rough it. If you are up for a spot of camping then take a trip to Pulau Hantu, a set of islets just off the south coast of Singapore. Enjoy exploring the islands many lagoons and reefs, go on a bush walk, or simply relax on the beach. Pulau Untu can be accessed via private boat charter from West Coast Pier. Be warned, a camping permit is required, and there are no outlets or electricity ports on the island so bring everything. To get a free camping permit email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you’d like to stay, the number of people and your mobile number.