On a budget, but need a getaway before the year ends? Here are 5 affordable holiday destinations you can visit; plus, you can get there by flight under 6 hours!
Beitou Thermal Valley, Taipei
Taipei is known for its street food, convenient public transport and stunning skyscrapers. After exploring the city filled with food, sightseeing and shopping, find some peace amidst lush greenery by visiting the Beitou Thermal Valley, a volcanic crater filled with steaming natural sulphuric hot spring water. Visit the free Beitou Hot Spring Museum to learn more about the history of the hot springs and cultures in Xinbeitou.
Feeling creative? Head to the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The park gets its name from a wine brewery that opened in 1914, which lasted throughout the 1920s. It was transformed into a culture and creative arts centre in 2007, filled with shops selling creative item, street food and musical. Huashan 1914 connects our modern-day life with Taiwan’s rich cultural history.
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Tanah Lot, Bali
Bali boasts gorgeous beaches and affordable dining, making it an ideal destination for a well-deserved rest and relaxation after a hectic year. It is also famous for its numerous religious sites and massive volcanic mountains.
Apart from the usual temples on the cliff, Tanah Lot is one of the island’s most iconic seaside temple. This temple is perched atop a huge rock, and surrounded by the sea. Visit the temple at around sunset, where the golden red skies frame the temple, allowing you to capture that postcard-like photo.
If you are feeling adventurous, hike Mount Batur, one of the active volcanoes, which offers stunning views from the peak. There is a sunrise trekking tour to the summit, which takes around two hours. Once you reach the top, you can find a spot to relax, have breakfast and enjoy the sunrise. To make sure that your food remains fresh, store them in a Thermos® Food Jar, which helps insulate them for at least six hours.
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Hong Kong, China
Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is known for its culinary delights, vibrant cultural scene, expansive skyscrapers and deep natural harbour. This city promises lively excursions, with mountains to hike, skyscrapers to admire and theme parks to explore.
Embark on a hike to Dragon’s Back Trail – a must-visit destination for avid hikers and nature lovers. The trail culminates at Shek O Peak, which at 284m, provides a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s coastal scenery like you’ve never seen before. Descend through pathways before reaching Big Wave Bay, where you can enjoy a swim or relax by the beach.
Off the beaten path and hidden in the quiet suburbs of Lok Fu, Kowloon Walled City Park is an oasis of idyllic calm in a busy city. It is an incredibly picturesque park with beautiful pavilions, lush greenery and a scenic waterfall, making it the perfect place for taking gorgeous photos. There are also exhibitions and photo galleries detailing the history of the Walled City.
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Wat Saket (The Golden Mount), Bangkok
Bangkok seems to have it all. From affordable shopping, amazing street food, good massage and exquisitely decorated temples, it’s no surprise why the Land of Smiles is a favourite destination among travellers.
Wat Saket, or The Golden Mount, is one of the temples you have to visit. It’s one of the tallest structures in Bangkok with 344 steps of spiral staircase to the top, it allows for some of the most stunning panoramic views of the city, that is hard to see elsewhere.
Bangkok has some of the biggest night markets in the world. Pay a visit to Talad Rod Fai (Train Market) a huge vintage market outside the city centre. This night market offers a unique shopping experience with its vibrant atmosphere, cool cocktail bars and street food. Amidst all that shopping and walking, keep your drinks hot/cold for at least six hours with the Thermos® Tumbler to quench your thirst whenever you need to.
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Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
The Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, has cultural influences from the French and Chinese while retaining local Vietnamese ways. The city is also famous for its colonial architecture, stunning temples, numerous museums and numerous street food stalls.
Explore the city’s French colonial architecture at Hanoi’s French Quarter. Located on south-eastern end of the popular Hoan Kiem Lake, the area is lined with grand boulevards and houses many of Hanoi’s iconic examples of colonial architecture such as the Opera House, Vietnam History Museum and The Metropole Hotel.
A visit to Hanoi would be incomplete without wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake, located at the centre of Hanoi. The lake is peaceful and quiet, a perfect getaway from the noise of the city. Sitting in the centre of the lake on a small island is the Ngoc Son Temple. The temple can be accessed by the iconic The Huc bridge or Rising Sun Bridge, a scarlet-painted wooden bridge of classical Vietnamese design.
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