Last-minute Raya getaway ideas

Last-minute Raya getaway ideas
PHOTO: The Straits Times

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With so many Singapore public holidays coming up in 2016, it's never too early to start planning for the long weekends. But where should you go? Whether you're a beach lover, a foodie or a shopping enthusiast, Skyscanner has picked out the 5 perfect destinations to suit every traveller.

1. For city lovers: Shanghai

Shanghai is a fascinating mix of the old and the new. Photo: The Straits Times.

Blending its futuristic skyline with irresistible Old World charm, Shanghai is a fascinating place to visit. Glamorous rooftop bars, hip art galleries and trendy eateries all jostle for space in this adrenaline-fuelled city, often dubbed "the New York of Asia". Shanghai is best discovered on foot - whether you're strolling along the Bund's historic waterfront, or exploring the French Concession's tree-lined avenues and Art Deco buildings.

Channel your inner hipster at M50, Shanghai's contemporary art hub; or indulge in a tipple at VUE bar, which boasts panoramic views and an outdoor Jacuzzi! Don't leave without trying the city's world-famous xiao long bao: those scrumptious soup dumplings hit the spot every time.

2. For outdoor types: Sydney

Whether you're a surfer dude or a culture fiend, you'll love Sydney. Photo: AFP.

Blessed with gorgeous beaches, iconic landmarks and a vibrant arts scene, Sydney truly has it all. Avid surfers will find their bliss at Bondi Beach and Manly, while culture vultures can catch a show at the Sydney Opera House. Plan a family trip to Taronga Zoo, where kids (and grown-ups) can go gaga over cuddly koalas and kangaroos.

If you're a shopaholic, head to the Rocks' colourful weekend market for vintage fashion and local crafts. After an epic day of sightseeing, unwind with a scenic stroll along Darling Harbour, or feast on fish and chips at one of Sydney's many excellent seafood spots. One thing's for sure: you'll never be bored!

3. For beach bums: Krabi

Welcome to paradise! Photo: tabla!

With its pristine beaches and laid-back charm, Krabi is the perfect spot to just unwind and soak up the sun. Spend a lazy day at Railay Beach, which is famous for its turquoise waters and spectacular limestone cliffs. Hop on a longtail boat and explore the idyllic islands off Krabi's coast, where you can snorkel or kayak to your heart's content.

If you're feeling adventurous, climb the 1,237 steps leading up to Tiger Cave Temple. Yes, you'll break into a serious sweat - but the stunning views from this mountaintop shrine will make it all worth it.

4. For serious foodies: Osaka

Discover Osaka's vibrant street food scene. Photo: City of Osaka.

Osaka is a real foodie paradise, so come prepared to eat your way through the city. Head to the lively district of Dotonburi, where you can gorge on luscious street snacks like takoyaki (octopus dumplings), kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes). With so many craft beer bars popping up in the city, it's also worth sampling an Imperial Stout or IPA from the award-winning Minoh Brewery.

If you need a break from all the feasting, visit Osaka Castle Park, which is especially magnificent during cherry blossom season. When the sun sets, make your way to Namba district for a taste of Osaka's raucous nightlife. Just don't be surprised if you end up partying till dawn!

5. For shopaholics: Kuala Lumpur

Come to KL for the Petronas Towers, shopping and food galore. Photo: Geoffrey Pereira.

If you want to shop till you drop and feast on glorious hawker food, then Kuala Lumpur is your ideal destination. Explore KL's buzzing night markets, where you can load up on laksa, satay, and roti canai, as well as every knick-knack you can think of. For more upscale shopping, check out Suria KLCC, Pavilion, or Mid Valley Megamall.

Kids will love the indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square, which features a thrilling rollercoaster ride and even a haunted house! For a glamorous end to your day, grab a cocktail or two at SkyBar. With stunning views of the Petronas Towers and a swimming pool right in the middle of the bar, what more could you ask for?

2016 Public Holidays

Source: Ministry of Manpower

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