7 (possibly 10) long weekends in 2017, we tell you where to go

By April 5, 2016Travel

TL;DR – Because Bangkok so mainstream.

The Ministry of Manpower has released a list of 11 public holidays for 2017 with a grand total of 7 (or possibly 10 – read on to find out how!) long weekends for us Singaporeans to leave the country lol.

Let us tell you when and where to go!



Dates: 31 December (Sat) to 2 Jan (Mon)

Where: Hong Kong

Beat the heat in Singapore and escape to Hong Kong where weather’s an exceptional 14 °C to 19 °C and count down to the New Year to fireworks at Disneyland.

We can't think of a more magical way to start 2017.

We can’t think of a more magical way to start 2017.

LATE JANUARY – BALI (Chinese New Year)


Dates: 28 Jan (Sat) to 30 Jan (Mon)

Where: Bali, Indonesia

Escape your relatives’ invasive questions (“Girl ah, when you getting married ah?”) and seek your own Eat, Pray, Love adventure in Bali. Who knows – you might end up finding your one true love on the pristine white beaches while catching a gorgeous sunset… just in time for Valentine’s Day.

APRIL – MALACCA (Good Friday)


Dates: 14 Apr (Fri) to 16 Apr (Sun)

Where: Malacca, Malaysia

Take a drive up North and enjoy a weekend of feasting! Malacca is my go-to food mecca where chendol, nyonya food and satay lok lok awaits!



Dates: 29 Apr (Sat) to 1 May (Mon)

Where: Penang, Malaysia

Can’t get enough of Malaysian street food? Then head up further to Penang to more gastronomy delights, street art and culture  – in fact, this city was recently named the 2nd best place in the world to retire by Conde Naste.

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MID MAY – PERTH (Vesak Day)


Dates: 6 May (Sat) to 10 May (Wed) – to take MC/ Leave on 8,9 May

Where: Perth, Australia

Take 2 days of MC (or leave if you’re more ethical lol) and you can head down to Western Australia for 5 days for a much needed mid-year rejuvenation. Sip fine wine at the vineyards of Margaret River, hunt down the best fish & chips at Frementle, drink all the beer you can at Little Creatures (or coffee at the many charming indie cafes if that’s what you prefer) – life can’t sound any better.

JUNE – LANGKAWI (Hari Raya Puasa)


Dates: 24 Jun (Sat) to 26 Jun (Mon)

Where: Langkawi, Malaysia

Once a popular beach destination, Langkawi has been kinda forgotten about in recent years as Singaporeans head to the more glitzy Phuket, Krabi, Boracay and the likes. If you’re in need for a more relaxing (and less intense) beach holiday, I’ll suggest you head to this island on the shores Andaman Sea and surrounded by rainforests for the best me-time you can get.

AUGUST – DA NANG / HOI AN (National Day)


Dates: 5 Aug (Sat) to 9 Aug (Wed) – to take MC/ Leave on 7,8 Aug

Where: Da Nang & Hoi An, Vietnam


Classic Room with Private Terrace Overlooking the Ocean at InterContinental Danang

With a 5-day holiday, we suggest you start with 2 days at the InterContinental Danang which was recently awarded World’s Leading Luxury Resort for the second year in a row before making your way to the ancient town of Hoi An where Chinese shophouses, French colonial buildings and quaint cafes await.

Streets of Hoi An city

Streets of Hoi An city

SEPTEMBER – MACAU (Hari Raya Haji)


Dates: 1 Sep (Fri) to 3 Sep (Sun)

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Where: Macau, China

Oh, I love how underrated Macau is! (It’s not just about the casinos guys). I love the energy and vibes of the city (it’s like a mini Vegas!), the food (pork chop buns!) and the history and Portuguese influence uniquely blended with Chinese culture.

OCTOBER – TOKYO (Deepavali)


Dates: 14 Oct (Sat) to 18 Oct (Wed) – to take MC/ Leave on 16,17 Oct

Where: Tokyo, Japan

Because ramen, yakiniku, teppanyaki, sashimi, sushi, unagi, shabu-shabu and yakitori.



Dates: 23 Dec (Fri) to 25 Dec (Sun)

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is probably one of the best places in SE Asia for partying imo – rooftop bars with pretty sick views, whisky bars with some of the best selections of single-malt whiskys and endless nightlife options, I can’t think of a better way to end the year!


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