It's official—weekend trips are back. We explore the top destinations just a short flight from Singapore, from beautiful beaches to bustling cities

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

Flight Time from Singapore to Langkawi: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Less than a two hour flight away, Langkawi offers a lush respite from the busy streets and soaring skyscrapers of Singapore. From palm-fringed, white sand beaches to ancient rainforests, and crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling and diving—there's a reason Unesco named Langkawi one of its Global Geoparks.

To stay, we love The Datai Langkawi, often hailed as one of of the world’s most stunning resorts for its mesmerising natural surroundings, visionary architecture and understated elegance. Also noteworthy is Four Seasons Langkawi, which stretches across 48 acres of land (including a mile-long beach) which can br explored on bicycle. 

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BANGKOK, THAILAND

Flight Time from Singapore to Bangkok: 2 hours, 25 minutes

We love a weekend in Bangkok. It's a city of dualities—from quintessential luxury to a burgeoning creative scene, some of Asia's most coveted fine dining experiences to smokey street markets.  

Nightlife in Bangkok is also hard to beat. From upscale cocktail lounges like The Loft at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and the secretive Ku Bar, to a sophisticated dive bar revival with hot spots like Teens of Thailand and Smalls. Long story short, you really can't go wrong in the Thai capital. 

Our picks for five-star hotels in Bangkok include The Sukhothai, Rosewood Bangkok, and The Siam—a spectacular riverside hotel designed by Bill Bensley

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM 

Flight Time from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Ho Chi Minh City—still called Saigon by many locals and tourists—is vibrant, dynamic and chaotic in the best of ways.

The food alone is reason enough to visit, whether that's a nourishing bowl of pho from Benh Thanh Market or exploring Saigon's exciting restaurant scene. Don't skip modern Vietnamese restaurant Anan helmed by chef Peter Cuong Franklin, and chic Mediterranean hotspot, Quince

As for where to stay, Mia Saigon, Hôtel des Arts, The Myst Dong Khoi and of course, the unapologetically extravagant The Reverie Saigon

BALI, INDONESIA 

Flight Time from Singapore to Bali: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Each pocket of Bali offers something unique. Those looking for laidback luxury should head to the serene beaches and clifftops of Uluwatu. Not only is it home to great surf and fabulous beach clubs like Ulu Cliffhouse and El Kabron, Uluwatu is also home to some of Bali's most stunning hotels and villas. We personally love Alila Villas Uluwatu, Uluwatu Surf Villas and Six Senses Uluwatu.

For the more adventurous, escape to the wild jungles and valleys of Ubud. Stay at Amandari for a luxe take on traditional Balinese architecture, or Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, which has seriously breathtaking views. If you can't get a booking there, at least pay a visit to Jati Bar, which looks straight out of a James Bond film. 

Those seeking more of a "scene" in Bali will love the buzzing restaurants and bars of Canggu. Be sure to check out our personal favourite, Mason, which serves seriously delicious wood-fired dishes, and for modern Indonesian done exceptionally well, head to Ulekan. Spend a sunset or two at beachside hangouts like The Lawn and La Brisa

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SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA 

Flight Time from Singapore to Siem Reap: 2 hours, 10 minutes

A visit to Siem Reap isn't just a holiday, but a humbling lesson in history and resilience. Despite its painful and complicated past, Siem Reap today is a proud and vibrant city that holds fast to its storied past—be sure to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, and learn about the perils that Cambodia faced during Pol Pot's brutal regime at the Siem Reap War Museum.

Siem Reap straddles past and present by way of beautiful colonial architecture, chic boutique hotels, lively restaurants that celebrate Khmer cuisine and an exciting art scene—we recommend visiting the Mirage Contemporary Art Space.

Some must-try restaurants in Siem Reap include Marum, an authentic Khmer restaurant in a two-storey wooden house, Malis for "living Cambodian cuisine", as well as Sugar Palm and Viroth's

To stay, our picks for luxury in hotels in Siem Reap are the retro-chic Aman property, Amansara, and the monochrome masterpiece that is Shinta Mani Angkor

GALLE, SRI LANKA 

Flight Time from Singapore to Galle: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Galle in Sri Lanka is arguably one of the most underrated beach destinations in Asia. There's the beautiful rock pools at Thalpe, and the seductive shores of Dalawella and Unawatuna.

With stunning beaches and sleepy streets lined with Unesco-listed buildings shrouded by towering palm trees, there's something truly lovely about Galle that instantly puts your mind at ease. 

We also love Galle's historic hotels, including Amangalla, The Galle Fort Hotel and Bilin Tree House.

Update: Travellers are currently advised to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka, due to the ongoing security situation, until further notice. Find out more from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore here.

THE MALDIVES 

Flight Time from Singapore to Male: 4 hours, 35 minutes

If you're looking to really get away—like far, far away—few places can guarantee the level of privacy and seclusion that The Maldives can. 

Most resorts are on their own private island, designed to make you feel worlds away from your day-to-day. Given the incredible natural surroundings and vulnerable ecosystems that surround The Maldives, we recommend seeking out resorts that make sustainability and conservation a priority. 

Some of the best and most sustainable resorts in The Maldives include Soneva Jani, Soneva Fushi, Patina Maldives Fari Islands and One & Only Reethi Rah

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