TICK OFF THOSE DREAM DESTINATIONS WITH THIS ULTIMATE, TRAVEL BUCKET LIST
Current mood: sandy toes, the scent of coconut sunblock, and a beverage with a little paper umbrella. Even in the land of eternal summer, our thoughts seem to turn to beachy holidays more often in the month of August.
With so many options in the region at hand, deciding which sandy retreat to visit can be the most difficult part when planning a holiday. Travel search engine KAYAK.sg has found the top beach getaways and crunched the numbers to reveal the best beach escapes this summer from Singapore for under S$800 per person.
1. Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan, Malaysia
The best bargain beaches are just an hour’s flight from Singapore, located on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. There are several beaches in the state of Pahang, where travellers can plant an umbrella in the sand and relax for a while. At Teluk Cempedak, the white sand and shade-supplying palms invite weary workaholics to disconnect from daily life. For those looking for a bit more action, boating and kayaking are available. Watch out for small monkeys that sometimes sneak onto the beach looking for food. A bit further north, Balok Beach, with its strong breezes and long unbroken coastline is a favourite of wind surfers.
2. Rai Leh Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Avoid the throngs of tourists on Ao Nang by taking a long-tail boat around the limestone cliffs to the more scenic beach haven of Rai Leh. The short journey adds a touch of adventure to your weekend as you maneuver yourself and your luggage from the boat across the beach’s shallow waters to the shore. Rai Leh and its neighbouring beaches offer plenty of active diversions like sea kayaking, rock climbing, and scuba diving. Of course, reading, taking a little snooze in the shade and watching the sun set on the beach are also on offer if lounging is more your speed.
3. Anda Beach, Bohol, Philippines
This oval-shaped island has plenty of idyllic white sand beaches to choose from. Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach are closest to the airport but if you don’t mind a scenic two-hour drive along the island’s southern coast, Anda in the east is much more secluded. This side of the island is made up of little fishing villages and Anda’s long, soft beach feels far from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.
4. Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Divers go crazy for the gloriously untouched marine vistas of these remote islands. The so-called “Four Kings”, Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, are in a group of over 1,500 small islands near New Guinea. The area encompasses the largest marine national park in Indonesia, and one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. If you want to spend some time above water, try kayaking, waterfall trekking, and checking out the ancient rock paintings on Misool.
5. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia
For sun worshippers, a visit to the Gold Coast with its iconic surf spots, amusement parks, and good old Aussie hospitality is a must. When the crowds head north to Surfers Paradise, go south to Burleigh Heads beach for a more laidback experience and beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline.
Top tip: Explore is an easy way to find the price of flights available to several destinations from the nearest airport. At a glance you can identify the best flight deals within your budget and decide where to go.
*Data provided by KAYAK.sg in July 2015. Average prices are per person and based on flight and hotel searches made on KAYAK.sg in 2015.