If you are looking for a year-end vacation that will not burn a hole in your pocket (yes, it is possible), toss those fancy tourist brochures aside and take a look at these five destinations that are real value for money. We also give you a peek of the latest travel-specific credit card offers to ensure that you do not miss out on any sweet deals.
From massive malls and hip lounges in Jakarta to calm beaches and serene temples in Bali, this culturally-rich country will impress you with its diversity. Indonesia is a dream for any budget traveler. The country’s natural beauty combined with its cheap currency ensures a luxurious stay without breaking the bank. If you love branded clothes and want a new wardrobe, without eating into your savings, hit the factory outlets in Jalan Riau, Bandung where you will find top global brands at jaw-dropping discounts. However, watch out for the counterfeit ones!
Make the most of your vacation budget by using a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card as every S$1 spent on selected online travel bookings earns you up to 10 Citi Miles. For every S$1 spent overseas, you earn 2 Citi Miles. Choose from over 60 airlines and 8,000 hotels around the world to redeem your miles.
A Thailand vacation is synonymous with a value-for-money trip. Pocket-friendly plush resorts, scrumptious and cheap street food; you name it and they have it! When you are done calculating how to make the most of your hard-earned cash for the basics in Thailand, think about the soothing spas, incredible wildlife, unspoiled beaches and bouncy nightlife. And when in Thailand, bargain shopping can’t be a distant thought. While you may have heard about Chatuchak, our recommendation is to ditch the crowds there and head to Pratunam wholesale market for irresistible deals on fashion accessories, clothes and shoes. Also, for some quick meals try the 7/11 stores which offer quite a variety at great prices, and allow you to continue your packed itinerary without long meal breaks. To make this irresistible holiday better, you can apply for the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card to get S$100 Uber Credits (for comfortable rides) and 35,000 or 25,000 miles.
Historically-rich Vietnam boasts of numerous natural beauties – the countless limestone islands of Ha Long Bay, the never-ending lush green rice fields of Sapa, unspoiled beaches of Phu Quoc, panoramic sand dunes close to Mui Ne, astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels around Ho Chi Minh City, among many others. If a happy vacation means delicious food to you, Vietnam is the right place to be. The bustling streets of this country have some of the most scrumptious and freshest food ever! And even the smallest low cost joints offer the tastiest meals. Remember, Barrack Obama’s meal with Anthony Bourdain at Hương Liên in Hanoi where they ate bún chả?
If you are after something even more unique, book a table at Noir – dining in the dark. Enter a pitch-black dining room where you will be guided and served by visually impaired staff who have been specially trained to assist you. Before visiting Vietnam, sign up for an OCBC Voyage Card and you will be offered 15,000 Voyage miles as a bonus.
Cambodia is so much more than just Angkor Wat. Known to be one of the cheapest countries to visit in Asia, Cambodia will leave you pleasantly surprised with its fascinating history. Visit the country’s lesser-known temples, lively markets, jungle waterfalls and beautiful islands. Welcome the New Year in style at an affordable five-star luxury hotel or while finding Zen in a shrine or on a beach for free! Book a superior room with the fabulous Le Méridien Angkor for as low as S$160 per night.
In Malaysia, your kids will love Legoland, the Sanrio Hello Kitty town and of course, the Petronas Towers. You can island hop in Langkawi or shop in swanky malls or night markets in Kuala Lumpur. There is something for everyone! To avail the best discounts on shopping, we suggest you visit Malaysia between June and August during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. When you are planning this fantastic vacation, remember that on your UOB PRVI Miles VISA Card, for every S$1 spent on partner airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Thai Air, Cathay Pacific, SilkAir,etc., you earn 6 miles. The bookings must be done through Expedia or UOB travel.