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It’s official – travel is back, and it’s back in a big way. According to Milieu Insights’ recent survey of over 4,000 respondents across Southeast Asia, 68% of Singaporeans said they are ready to travel in 2023.
With virtually no more pandemic-related restrictions and the return of hot travel deals, there’s no better than time than now to explore a new place. You don’t have to look far for a great holiday either – these seven destinations on the Singapore Airlines network promise fun, adventure and some new attractions, too.
Seoul, South Korea
The capital city of South Korea is a study in juxtaposition – with old-world architecture sidling up against gleaming skyscrapers, and modern watering holes packed into storied backstreets. With borders reopened to international tourists since June 2022, visitors can now look forward to exploring trendy new neighbourhoods such as Seongsu-dong. This former industrial district is today a buzzing hub of bars, restaurants, and boutiques, including a unique pop-up concept from international fashion house Dior.
Where to stay: Art aficionados, check in to the stylish Ramada Hotel and Suites Seoul Namdaemun, conveniently located close to cultural attractions such as the HOAM Art Hall and the National Museum of Korea. Back in your comfortable hotel room, enjoy a wide selection of free movies or head to the on-site restaurant for a tasty Korean spread.
The former French colonial port encapsulates all the natural wonders, heritage detours and culinary delights that make Vietnam such an exciting destination. Take a day trip to the Unesco-cited Hoi An, hike around the caves of Marble Mountain, sunbathe on My Khe beach and eat your way through Han Market. For something new, visit the newly minted mural zone on Son Tra peninsula, where 40 new murals across 400m of wall space depict the local fishing community’s heritage and offers great photo-ops for Instagram.
Where to stay: Check in to the modern Wyndham Danang Golden Bay, a brand new 949-room property located just a five-kilometre free shuttle ride away from My Khe Beach, and eight-kilometres from Danang Airport. Not only is it home to a rooftop lounge and Danang’s first halal eatery, it also boasts stunning views from the Golden Infinity Pool on the 29th floor, covered in – you guessed it – 24K gold tiles.
Hua Hin, Thailand
Located just 2.5 hours away from Bangkok by car, the beachside town of Hua Hin beckons with its laidback vibe and sun-drenched beaches. In February 2023, look out for the first-ever Amazing Muay Thai Festival, which features local and international competitions as well as training sessions with renowned boxers. Don’t miss the festival highlight, the wai khru ceremony – a traditional ritual where students pay respects to their teachers – which will be performed by 5,000 Muay Thai boxers in a bid to set a Guinness World Record.
Where to stay: Just past Hua Hin, surrounded by eight hectares of lush greenery and overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Wyndham Hua Hin Pranburi Resort & Villas offers the best of tropical living. This family-friendly property offers a Kids’ Club and babysitting service alongside a surf-themed skateboard park.
Like many popular tourist destinations, Bali knows the secret to its success lies in its constant reinvention. The new year promises travellers plenty of novel experiences – from popular waterpark Waterbom Bali expanding its playground by 1.3 hectares to tantalising new bars like Club Soda, set up by craft cocktail expert Raka Ambarawan (formerly of Locavore’s now-closed Night Rooster).
Where to stay: Located a short walk from the heart of Seminyak, Ramada Encore by Wyndham Seminyak Bali is the perfect base for your stay on the Island of the Gods. Enjoy luxe facilities such as the 2,200 square meter swimming pool and a spa offering traditional Balinese therapies.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
If you’re seeking some much-needed retail therapy, make a beeline for the Malaysian capital, home to over 190 shopping malls, three of which opened in the last year alone. IOI City Mall recently completed the second phase of its expansion and is now officially the largest mall in Malaysia, with a wide variety of shops spread across the sprawling 2.5 million square-foot space.
Where to stay: With its ideal location just a 10-minute drive from the buzzy Bukit Bintang, Days Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL is a popular bolthole for visitors to the Malaysian capital. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with all the mod-cons you need for a comfortable stay.
Boracay, The Philippines
If you haven’t been back to Boracay since its six-month rehabilitation in 2018, now is as good a time as any to visit the island. The beaches are once again clean and litter-free, and the gin-clear waters, warm and inviting. Be sure to check out the newly opened New Coast, a 150-hectare integrated tourism development that includes a clutch of new restaurants and boutiques overlooking the Sibuyan Sea.
Where to stay: Microtel by Wyndham Boracay is a beautiful oceanfront resort located on the powdery white sands of Diniwid Beach. Featuring clean, comfortable rooms with chiropractor-approved beds, this 51-room hotel is a great choice whether you’re travelling as a couple or with young children in tow.
With Japan finally reopening to tourists in October 2022, the new year is the perfect time to visit. As the capital city of the mountainous island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is a popular wintertime destination, with plenty of snow activities to keep both young and old entertained. Don’t miss the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival – taking place from 4 to 11 February, it showcases over a hundred snow and ice sculptures alongside live music events and street food stalls.
Where to stay: For those looking to hit the slopes, the well-appointed Wyndham Garden Sapporo Odori is conveniently located close to Sapporo Teine and Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resorts. After a day of skiing, cosy up in your stylishly decorated room or unwind with a cocktail at the hotel bar.
Wherever you choose to go in the new year, stay with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and get rewarded. Book direct and earn 3,000 Wyndham Rewards Points, which you can use to redeem free night stays or earn discounted stays at participating hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals. You can now enjoy 20% off when you stay for two consecutive nights or more at participating Hotels by Wyndham in Asia Pacific*.
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