This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.
Skyscanner has seen a surge in travel during the Chinese New Year period from Singapore. This trend has been observed for the last three years with most families travelling out to nearby destinations. With the first day of Chinese New Year happening on 19 February 2015 (Thursday), families will be able to enjoy a 4-day long weekend - ideal for a short vacation with your loved ones!
The statistics have shown that a growing number of families are choosing to spend the holidays with their family members and children away from Singapore. This year, Skyscanner reveals the top 10 destinations that Singapore families are travelling to during the Chinese New Year 2015 period.
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok has remained as the top destination to go to during the Chinese New Year period. Famed for cheap shopping and delicious food, it is no wonder that Bangkok tops this year's chart as well with two of Singaporean's favourite national pastime.
Bangkok is also slightly over 2 hours away which makes it relatively bearable for families travelling with children. Go face to face with fascinating underwater creatures at the Siam Ocean World, fly a Boeing 737 or rub shoulders with your kids' favourite celebrities at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Siam, Bangkok is definitely the place to go for the family to enjoy!
2. Penang, Malaysia
Located just 90-minutes away by plane, Penang is a culturally-rich city and the fourth largest island in Malaysia. Immerse yourself in the heritage of this city (and not to mention good food) while you get in touch with nature as you explore the beautiful gardens of Penang.
Georgetown is the place to go to soak in the energy and dynamism of this city. If you are travellling with children, stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and watch as your children have fun with the water slides. Take in the sights from the Penang Botanic Gardens with a leisurely walk or simply hop on the mini-train that will take you around instead. Otherwise, enjoy the zen and peace at Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Reward yourself with delicious food at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre at the end of the day at one of Penang's most famous eating district.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Famed as the Island of the Gods, Bali is just a short flight away from Singapore. Enjoy endless sunshine, tranquil waters, delicious food and the famous Balinese hospitality with your loved ones this holiday.
With a huge range of accommodation options to choose from, families travelling to Bali can be assured that they will find the perfect accommodation here. Ranging from luxury hotels to traditional villas with private pools, this is a great retreat for the family to bond.
If you are worried about getting around, hire a local guide (for a nominal fee) who will take you around the beautiful island. Take your children to Waterbom, Bali's best waterslide park with over fifteen waterslides that cater to different risk appetites. Explore the beautiful gardens at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park or take a leisure walk around the rice fields in Ubud (don't forget the sunset!). Learn to snorkel and explore the marine life in tamed waters or have a romantic dinner by the beach; Bali is the place to go for the whole family to enjoy.
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The federal capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is well-known to most Singaporeans.
Marvel at the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers or enjoy shopping at KLCC and Pavilion, there's something to do for everyone in Kuala Lumpur. Families travelling with children can check out the Aquaria KLCC. For those craving more excitement, head down to Sunway Lagoon and spend the whole day there at the water theme park or wildlife park. If you do not wish to travel too far out, the Farm in the City offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with free roaming animals.
5. Tokyo, Japan
Known for beautiful packing, intricate delicacies and orderliness, Tokyo is no stranger to the travellers at heart. February is a great time to visit Tokyo as the weather starts to warm up from winter.
Bring your child (or your inner-child) out at Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea (for those with older children). Walk around the compounds of Imperial Palace and Gardens to enjoy stunning views of the palace. For the adrenaline-junkies, head down to the amusement park at Tokyo Dome City. The National Museum of Nature and Science also offers great learning opportunities and kid-friendly exhibits.