Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Chinese New Year 2016

Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Chinese New Year 2016

It's not too late for an island escape this Chinese New Year 2016!

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and everyone around you seems to be gearing up for the festive event – buying new clothes, buying new brooms… the works! Yearning to just get away from it all and have a relaxing long weekend without the never-ending visiting and ceaseless questions? Well, take it from us: It’s not too late for a Chinese New Year getaway! And where better to kick back and relax than at a beach? Here’s 8 beach-y places where you can escape, unwind, put your feet up and simply relax.

Also read: 10 Beach Getaways Near Singapore You Probably Didn’t Know About

1. Palawan, Philippines

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Palawan has enjoyed the reputation of being the “most beautiful island in the world”, and rightly so. Framed against the dramatic backdrop of rugged cliff faces, the water here is crystal clear. Pay a visit to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s best natural wonders.

Palawan is just over an hour from Manila or Cebu, making it extremely easy to get to! Alternatively, for a fuss-free experience, check out Focal Travel’s 3D2N Free & Easy Package from SGD498, inclusive of return flights, airport transfers as well as 2 nights accommodation with daily breakfast!

2. Cebu, Philippines

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Think powdery white sand, swaying palm trees, sparkling turquoise waters – Cebu’s got it all. For those looking for something different, go for a swim with gigantic whale sharks. Don’t worry, they won’t bite!

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For a 2-in-1 holiday, look at Focal Travel’s 4D3N Cebu & Bohol Island Delights from SGD568, inclusive of return airfare and 3N hotel stay with daily breakfast!

3. Langkawi, Malaysia

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Langkawi is a sanctuary from the crowds, and isn’t too infested with tourists (at least, not yet). Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi quietly lures visitors into its grasp, dangling the promise of bliss and tranquility as its prize.

Why not do something unconventional this Chinese New Year and take in a cruise? Planet Travel’s 4D3N Chinese New Year Penang – Langkawi Cruise sails on 7th February, and is currently having an in-house promo! The fare for the 1st and 2nd person goes from SGD 792, but the 3rd and 4th person enjoys a discounted rate of SGD 440. Seize this amazing deal now!

4. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Other than being home to the popular Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu also promises pristine beaches, gorgeous esplanades, as well as fiery sunsets that are simply too beautiful to be true.

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Green Holidays Tours & Travel is having a special Chinese New Year departure on 6th February for its 4D3N Land Below the Wind Tour. From SGD800, delight in a visit to Sapi and Manukan Island, as well as try your hand at Klulu River Rafting. Sun, sea, sand and adventure? Yes please!

5. Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Frolick along the 6km long golden beach, and sip a coconut (or two) whilst lounging on a comfortable recliner. You’ll enjoy yourselves here at this beautiful part of Vietnam, that’s pho sure!

Fully experience the sheer beauty of Vietnam with Contiki’s 10D Vietnam Highlights tour. From less than SGD2000, explore Nha Trang together with Ho Chi Minh, Halong Bay and more! Contiki specialises in tours for 18-35 year olds, so grab a few friends, score some last-minute leave, and be on your way!

6. Phu Quoc, Vietnam

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Phu Quoc = Island paradise; there’s nothing more to it! Most of Phu Quoc is blissfully untouched by the tourist hordes, rendering its beaches remote and untouched. Is there anything better?

Unwind at Phu Quoc’s Long Beach Resort with Transtar Travel’s 4D3N package from SGD578, complete with snorkelling and fishing or other land tours!

7. Lombok, Indonesia

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Lombok calls to those looking for a delicate balance between serenity and adventure. Get a healthy dosage of both at Lombok, home to lovely beaches and Mount Rinjani. Feast your eyes on an unbelievable view of a crater lake from the summit of Mount Rinjani – wow!

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If you like your privacy, you might want to check out aTIS Global’s 4D3N Lombok Private Package. From just SGD279, you’ll be able to tour in comfort in your own private air-conditioned coach!

8. Maldives


Maldives is just about as exotic as beach destinations get. If you’re looking for the ultimate beach getaway, then Maldives is the place for you. Take your pick from 80 island tourist resorts – no matter which island you pick, it’s definitely going to be b e a u t i f u l.

Enjoy an early bird discount with Jetabout Holidays’ 4D3N Angsana Velavaru Maldives Promotion! From SGD1745, you get a choice of 3N accommodation with daily buffet breakfast, return airport transfers by Seaplane, and an option to extend your stay! Paradise, here we come!

Chinese New Year is just a couple of days away – get down to booking some of these great deals for a last-minute island getaway! It’s not too late – time to get cracking!

Also read: Changi Airport Top Spots For You To Indulge in Gourmet Delights This Chinese New Year

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E-lyn Tham
E-lyn Tham

Having a strong conviction that getting lost is just another adventure in itself, E-lyn takes particular delight in wandering stranger lands, inhibitions and fears thrown asunder. There’s so much left in the world to see, and there’s nothing she would like better than to spend her days dreaming whimsical, thinking adventure, and laughing curious.


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