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8 Exotic Holiday Destinations Where Your Dollar Goes the Farthest

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Jeff Cuellar

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When was the last time you went on holiday? If you honestly can’t remember the last time you put on sunscreen, sat on a beach that wasn’t marred by the sight of cargo ships (yes, I’m talking about you Sentosa!), or spent less than $300 a night for a hotel room – it’s time to start planning!

After all, National Day is only a few weeks away!

So unless you plan on spending National Day weekend at the Marina Bay Floating Platform so you can watch the National Day Parade (NDP) festivities while singing the “Fun Pack Song,” plan your holiday getaway NOW!

If you’re not sure where to go, here are 8 exotic (and mostly close) holiday destinations where you can be damn sure your tourism dollars will go the farthest.

 

#1 Thailand

 

You know your tourism dollars will go farther in Thailand (minus Phuket!)
You know your tourism dollars will go farther in Thailand (minus Phuket!)

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 25.90 Thai Baht (THB)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $25-$75+ per night (Bangkok)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $120+

 

 

#2 South Africa

 

Would you rather sip a beer to this sunset or pay $20 for a pint of Guinness with a view of oil refineries and cargo ships?
Would you rather sip a beer to this sunset or pay $20 for a pint of Guinness with a view of oil refineries and cargo ships?

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 8.65 South African Rand (ZAR)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $50-$100+ per night (Cape Town)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $1,100+

 

 

#3 Cambodia

 

A perfect holiday for your culture junkies who enjoy temple viewing and peaceful excursions.
A perfect holiday for your culture junkies who enjoy temple viewing and peaceful excursions.

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 3,242 Cambodian Riel (KHR)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $40-$75+ per night (Phnom Penh)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $130+

 

 

#4 Maldives

 

You can actually book a place like this for less than the cost of a night at MBS!
You can actually book a place like this for less than the cost of a night at MBS!

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 12.39 Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $50-$150+ per night

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $370+

 

 

#5 Laos

 

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Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 6,492 Laotian Kip (LAK)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $40-$75+ per night (Vientiane)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $400+

 

 

#6 Indonesia

 

Few places are as gorgeous, peaceful, and budget friendly as Indonesia.
Few places are as gorgeous, peaceful, and budget friendly as Indonesia.

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 9,400 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $40-$150+ per night (Bali)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $200+ depending on location

 

 

#7 Vietnam

 

A historically rich and affordable holiday destination that's becoming more modern each year.
A historically rich and affordable holiday destination that’s becoming more modern each year.

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 17,161 Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $40-$90+ per night (Ho Chi Minh City)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $130+

 

 

#8 The Philippines

 

Wouldn't you rather be doing this in Boracay instead of Sentosa? At least the boats are prettier here!
Wouldn’t you rather be doing this in Boracay instead of Sentosa? At least the boats are prettier here!

Currency Exchange Rate (as of 14 July 2014): 1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 35.10 Philippine Pesos (PHP)

Average Cost of a 3-Star Hotel: $40-$100+ per night (Boracay)

Average Cost of a Two-Way Ticket: $200+ depending on location

                                                                                                                                               

 

Note on data: Flight ticket prices collected from Skyscanner.com.sg and Zuji.com.sg. Lodging costs collected from Agoda.com based on a 1-week holiday from 6 August to 13 August (during National Day weekend).  Currency exchange data was taken from xe.com.

Final Note:  If you’ve read about our editor’s trip to Tokyo, you’ll find that even the “safest” destinations can put you in bad situations – so pick up travel insurance before you fly off!

If you’re not a huge believe in the benefits of travel insurance or don’t know much about it, do yourself a favor and read this. Also, it’s a good idea to not to load up too much on cash when traveling. So keep a credit card handy during your travels (or you can just apply for a credit card that offer FREE travel insurance).

 

 

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Jeff Cuellar

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  • jane

    hi why the disclaimer on phuket? had the impression its pretty cheap place for a holiday too. and is it safe to travel to BKK now?

    • CuellarJ

      Jane, Phuket isn’t the cheap holiday destination it used to be. I was just there about two months ago – the outdoor markets are actually more expensive than the mall is! Plus, the cab rates have become even more crazy expensive. Market probably spoiled by the influx of rich tourists from a certain country that begins with “R.” BKK is actually a lot safer now, although last I heard, the curfew there was lifted as well.

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