Short getaways for a Chinese New Year holiday from Singapore

Chinese New Year Getaways
Put the Chinese New Year public holiday to good use by planning your next easy getaway with the kids...

Chinese New Year here in Singapore is not only an explosion of colour and fun, but also the chance to nip away for a quick vacay with the kids in tow! We’ve already noted the public holidays for 2018 and the international school holiday dates, so now we’re lining up plenty of ideas for quick getaways with the family to put that extra time off work and school to good use. Here’s our picks for a hop, skip and a jump over to easy destinations for your Chinese New Year holiday…

A day trip around the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh makes for a great adventure

Ho Chi Minh
We recently braved the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh for a weekend away where we spent three fun-packed nights and four days exploring the city and the surrounding areas. It’s easy to get to, packed with charm, culture, history, great food and friendly people plus makes a pretty good destination for teaching kids the art of safely crossing the road… There are millions of motorbikes to dodge!

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Rawa Island: Bliss lives here. Photography: Georgina Hockley

Bypass the airport, pack the kids and your beachwear finest into the car and then hop on a boat to Rawa for a little slice of paradise just a few hours from home. The kids won’t need much persuading: water slides into the sea. Say no more.

If you’re looking for somewhere close by, family-friendly and cheap as chips, then a no-thrills kinda holiday across the water in Desaru could be the mini-break for you. The area is set to expand massively later this year, and with all the big name resorts moving in on the action we say get there quick while it’s still so easy on the wallet!

Swap the skyline of Singapore for the skyline of Bangkok for a hectic (but fun) weekend away in a city that never sleeps (a bit like our kids). There’s SO much to see and do, but a long weekend is still enough time to cross off plenty of must-sees (and to eat the odd scorpion on a stick if you are the brave culinary type!). Use our guide to Bangkok with kids to help you plan the perfect itinerary.

A junk boat cruise around Ha Long Bay was one of our all-time family holiday winners. Photography: Indochina Junk

Hanoi and Ha Long Bay
Back to the ‘Nam for this pick: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay might be slightly further afield than Ho Chi Minh for a short Vietnamese break, but the extra journey is definitely worthwhile. We aced vibrant Hanoi with the kids and rewarded ourselves with a two-night junk boat cruise around Ha Long Bay: bliss. Would we do it again? Absolutely – this patch of the world is one of our favourites.

Bintan proves that you don’t have to schlep far from home to find yourself a quick and fantastic family escape. Book up quick though, folks: it’s popular for good reason and the best resorts in Bintan sell out fast for a Chinese New Year holiday!

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Enjoy the laid-back Aussie lifestyle in Margaret River. Did someone say winery?

At around five hours flight time (and still within the same time zone as Singapore), Perth is often overlooked as a long weekend destination. We say take an overnight flight to maximise your trip, and soak up the sun, beaches, scenery and vino for a speedy taster of beautiful Australia.

Siem Reap
Release your inner Tomb Raider and head to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an adventure that’s one big, exciting history lesson. We conquered Angkor Wat a few years ago with a bubba in an Ergo, and yes we’re a little bit smug.

Langkawi never lets us down for an easy, fun holiday with kids

Lovely Langkawi always features on our quick getaway lists: the easy journey, powdery, clean beaches, delish food (beef rendang: mmmm), kid-friendliness and fantastic family hotel choices make it a winner all round. Every single time.

Perennial fave Bali ticks all the boxes when it comes to a vacay for families. Whether you want to go full on luxe, or prefer the rustic charm of a boutique villa, whatever style holiday you plump for is sure to be top notch on this sunny island. Our kids are at their happiest boogie boarding in the surf surrounding Bali (especially when we get to sit on the beach with a cocktail to watch).

Colourful, rich in culture and so close to Singapore, Malacca is a fantastic destination for a quick trip with the kids!

Colourful, rich in culture and close to Singapore, Malacca is a fantastic destination for a quick trip with the kids!

If you fancy escaping Singapore for the weekend but are not feeling the dramas of jetting away with kids, drive across the border to culturally rich old town of Malacca. We did! And we loved it.

Bon voyage!

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