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Check out these 7 stunning natural attractions just hours away from Singapore that you can visit even on a tight budget.
Singapore’s regional neighbours have some of the best beaches and diving spots in the world.
Entire articles could be written about the various dive spots in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, but for the sake of brevity we’ll only mention one of the best, the Perhentian Islands off the northern section of the Malaysian peninsula, north of the more convenient Pulau Tioman.
Even if you don’t dive, you can lounge around on the beach and admire the tropical scenery.
How to get there: Take a coach to Jerteh en route to Kota Bahru, catch a taxi to the jetty and then a ferry to the islands.
NEXT: Mount Bromo, Indonesia →
Climb up the sides of a volcano belching smoke for an otherworldly, if tiring, experience.
Most people hire a guide to take them to the Bromo-Tengger-Semuru National Park and look after them as they attempt to ascend. Otherwise, just watch out for eruptive activity as there is a risk of that happening.
There are actually two volcanos in the area, Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo.
How to get there: Fly to Surabaya and then take a bus to Probolinggo where you can arrange for a guide to take you to the park.
NEXT: Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia →
Instead of going all the way to China to see the soaring limestone cliffs featured in the movie, head to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which is home to famous limestone pinnacles needling their way up and out of the jungle.
How to get there: Fly to Miri, then fly to Gunung Mulu.
NEXT: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia →
So maybe hiking through the jungle isn’t your cup of tea.
Much rather sip tea in an English-style cottage overlooking rolling tea plantations and pick strawberries while enjoying the cool mountain air? Cameron Highlands offers the cool weather of Genting Highlands, just without the casino.
How to get there: Take an overnight coach.
NEXT: Halong Bay, Vietnam →
One of Southeast Asia’s most typical experiences is taking a cruise down Halong Bay, gawking at the karst limestone formations rising out of the sea.
To make things easy for yourself, book a tour from Hanoi. You’ll then be transported to Halong Bay via minivan, where you’ll board a boat for your cruise.
How to get there: Fly to Hanoi and then take a minibus, bus or shuttle bus to Halong.
NEXT: Bali, Indonesia →
So almost every Singaporean has been to Bali, but many have never ventured out of the cushy confines of Seminyak, Ku De Ta, Rock Bar and Potato Head.
Which is a pity as Ubud in Bali contains a forest full of monkeys and eye-opening rice fields; Lovina in the north is home to black sand beaches and in the east there’s the volcano Mount Agung.
How to get there: Fly to Denpasar in Bali.
NEXT: Inle Lake, Myanmar →
The eerily peaceful Inle Lake gives you a chance to observe the stilted dwellings of Burmese tribes and local fishermen in action.
Think of it as a more beautiful and more exotic kelong (offshore fishing compounds).
How to get there: Fly to Yangon and then take a bus.
NEXT: Perhentian Islands, Malaysia →
By Joanne Poh, MoneySmart, April 2016 / Updated by Melodi Ghui, July 2019
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