5 Nearby Countries Every Singaporean on a Budget Should Visit

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5 Nearby Countries Every Singaporean on a Budget Should Visit

It’s your last chance to squeeze in another holiday. If you are looking for a year-end vacation that will not burn a hole in your pocket (yes, it is possible), it’s time to stop drooling over Instagram photos and take a look at these five nearby destinations that are real value for money. Near doesn’t mean it’s no good!

We also give you a peek of the best travel-specific credit card offers to ensure that you do not miss out on any sweet deals.

5 neighbouring countries you should consider for a quick getaway before the year ends

1. Indonesia

Image of sunset at a beach in Indonesia

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 traveller.

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 DBS Altitude Credit Card as every S$1 spent on online travel bookings earns you 3 miles. If you’re shopping for new clothes in Bandung, make sure to get the Citi Rewards Card to earn 4 miles for every dollar spent.

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2. Thailand

Image of a boat food stall in Thailand

A Thailand vacation is synonymous to 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 Bangkok, bargain shopping can’t be a distant thought. While you may have heard about Chatuchak, make sure to visit the Pratunam wholesale market for irresistible deals on fashion accessories, clothes and shoes or one of the many night markets for quirky fashion finds!

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.

Bangkok offers a myriad of really fancy boutique hotels as well as brand name hotels at a fraction of prices elsewhere, so take your pick and try something new!

To make this irresistible holiday better, book your tickets with the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card to get 7% cashback!

3. Vietnam

Halong Bay in Vietnam

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.

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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.

Start building up your miles collection for even more trips. Sign up for an American Express KrisFlyer Card and you will be offered up to 12,500 miles as a bonus.

4. Cambodia

Siem Reap at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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.

Watch out for credit card deals on Agoda and stack the savings with additional miles or cashback!

5. Malaysia



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. Or how about 8 meals a day in hawker food paradise, Penang? There is something for everyone!

If you’re thinking being even closer to Singapore, there’s loads to do in Johor Bahru as well. Go-karting, water adventure parks, cafe-hopping and factory outlet shopping make a Johor Bahru the perfect mini getaway.

When you are planning this fantastic trip, remember that on your HSBC Revolution Card, every S$1 spent on dining, online transactions and entertainment gives you 5 points or 2 miles!

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