72 hours: Best weekend getaways to recharge your mind

24 May 2019

Taking time to have some family fun or relaxation is essential to recharge your mind and avoid burn out.

With Singapore's strategic location in South-East Asia, there are many islands and cities just within a short flight ride away by plane.

If you are looking for a weekend getaway, here are some suggestions for a 72-hour holiday that you can book at the last minute.

Bangkok, Thailand

The capital city of Thailand is a destination you can revisit time and time again.

It boasts affordable shopping, low to high-end dining, and tourist attractions that are fun for solo travellers or the whole family.

Other than the popular Chatuchak Weekend market, Talad Rod Fai is a night market for vintage hunts and retro wares.

Street food is always readily available and new cafes are there for you to indulge in the latest food trends. For a more serious activity, you can consider going on a cycling or sight-seeing walking tour around the city.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Known for its pristine emerald waters, Halong Bay is a cinematic experience of limestone cliffs and isles.

The UNESCO World Heritage site is said to be Vietnam's most visited attraction and highly recommended by tourists globally.

Fans of sea sports can enjoy kayaking in Cap Lan and Tran San islands, or explore the lagoons of Cong Dam and Sung Sot Cave.

If you are looking for a low-intensity holiday or travelling with elderly, the bay is also best experienced with a cruise.

You can enjoy the scenic views from the comforts of the cruiser and hop on down to visit the rustic fishing villages for some shopping and local fares.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Another famed UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is a city in North Central Laos boasting French colonial influences from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The charming town has beautifully preserved cultural landmarks and natural wonders.

You can visit the city's oldest temple, Wat Wisunarat, or marvel at the detailed and intricate carvings at Wat Long Khoung.

Overlooking the Mekong River, Pak Ou caves is another tourist attraction not to be missed. They house many Buddha images and sculptures, including some carved in wood.

To beat the heat, you can take a dip in the photo-worthy Kuang Si Waterfall.

These destinations are can fulfill any tourist's desire - be it shopping, eating or educational. Take the opportunity to get some rest and relaxation.

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