Long weekend getaways for the second half of the year

Long weekend getaways for the second half of the year
May 03 14:51 2017 Print This Article

Planning your trips for the next half of the year? Here’s where to go during the upcoming long weekends!

June: Organic treks in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Hari Raya Puasa holiday

It’s almost halfway through the year and you need a well-deserved adventure. What better way to treat yourself than escaping the cool heat in gorgeous Cameron Highlands. This Malaysian paradise offers rolling hills of green and organic cultural escapades.

Nature treks and picnics abound, you’ll experience a fairytale mist that covers most of the valley, the tea plantations and the thick jungle forests that the British explorers discovered.

After touring the strawberry farms, relax to a three-course meal after watching a cooking demonstration. Then learn more about organic farming methods, particularly the famous hydroponic systems that use just water to grow vegetables. Explore the Trails to Pos Rantau, where you will witness the oldest Semai Tribal village in Cameron Highlands. After trekking the Jim Thomson’s Mystery Trail, you’ll also get to shop and go strawberry picking. Nothing better than fresh fruit off the tree!

We’ve planned out a full 3 day itinerary here!

Aug/Sept: Checking out the historical terra cotta army in Xi’an, China

Hari Raya Haji holiday

xianAnd now it’s your chance to explore the history of an ancient empire. Located in central-northwest China, Xian is often referred to as the birthplace of Chinese civilization and is a city full of allure, history, and charm. Xian is most famous for the Terracotta Army, built to protect the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in his afterlife.

If you’re brave enough, you’ll also head over to Mt. Huashan which is known to have the World’s Deadliest Trail. But not to fear if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea. Mt. Huashan has five peaks, each of which can be reached from various paths. So even if you are not an up-and-coming Indiana Jones, there is a hike for you, something truly unforgettable.

Between the rich history and the thrilling attractions around, Xian has a little bit of something for everyone. From art to adventure and everything in between, this long weekend getaway to Xian is a great excuse to explore an ancient and thriving civilization.

We’ve planned out a full 3 day itinerary here!

Dec: Christmas at Siem Reap, Cambodia

Christmas Day holiday

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Image: cambodia (image credit: SGnB)

Best known for being the home to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, there’s much more to explore in the culturally-rich country of Cambodia. Spend your long weekend in Siem Reap, and take a deep dive into their food and heritage.

Want to take a less touristy route? Skip the usual shopping destinations of the Old Market and Night Market. Instead, visit the Made in Cambodia Market, which was specially created to support local artisans and organisations. Shop for your souvenirs there and get a feel of local culture at the same time.

Aside from the city’s famed temples (where you can get a beautiful sunset shot), a lesser-known attraction is the Cambodian circus. Phare is an internationally acclaimed circus based in Siem Reap, with productions that tell historical and modern Cambodian stories through theater, music, circus techniques and more.

We’ve planned out a full 3 day itinerary here!

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