The race isn’t the only reason to visit Singapore. While you are here, consider visiting one of these other regional destinations, a short hop away.
The capital of Sabah, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is a favoured tourist destination because of its bustling city life, proximity to tropical islands and their sandy beaches, untouched coral reefs, rainforests and the famous Mount Kinabalu. First-rate golf courses, posh resorts and hotels as well as a wide range of accommodations for different budgets are available in the city.
Sitting on the Southwestern coast of Sulawesi Island, Makassar – formerly named Ujung Pandang – is historically known as an important trading port due to its proximity to the famed Spice Islands. Once colonised by the Dutch, and home to Indonesia’s ethnic groups including the Bugis, this bustling seaside city taps its rich heritage, offering travellers historical gems, natural attractions as well as a variety of sightseeing opportunities within the city and beyond its coast.
Nicknamed “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai boasts stunning scenery, cool climate year-round, more than 300 temples, a distinct cuisine and a thriving handicrafts industry. Its proximity to the Ping River has made it an important hub for Northern Thailand, making it a major centre for traditional handcrafted goods, woodcarvings and silver jewellery.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. The city is home to several attractions, ranging from historical sites such as the Reunification Centre and Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee to religious sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Quan Am Pagoda to markets such as Ben Thanh Market.Book Now
In 1010, Vietnam’s Emperor Ly Thai To founded his capital on the banks of the Red River. One millennium later, Hanoi is still Vietnam’s political and cultural centre and one of Asia’s most captivating cities: a hub where ancient temples, Chinese merchant townhouses and landscaped lakes steeped in legend rub shoulders with contemporary fine-dining restaurants, upscale bars, modern art galleries and eclectic designer boutiques. Whilst there, don’t forget to visit the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the heart of this bustling city.Book Now
The second largest city in Myanmar and the last royal capital of Burma, Mandalay is the centre of culture and religion. The city is home to the magnificent royal palace as well as many other attractions built during the Konbuang Dynasty. The Ancient City of Bagan, long considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, is accessible through Mandalay.Book Now
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and once served as the country’s capital before the government transferred to Naypyidaw. Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon today serves as Myanmar’s economic centre. Its rich past has given rise to numerous colonial buildings – arguably the most in the region – that gives Yangon an Old World appeal.Book Now
The fourth largest city in Indonesia, Medan presents a beautiful balance of the Old and New Worlds, Indonesian culture and colonial influences. Sprawling greens and houses influenced by the Dutch contrast well with rustic shophouses. Medan’s diverse ethnic groups gave the city’s cuisine its own distinct flavour. Medan is also the gateway to Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world.Book Now