The coming Easter weekend gives travellers an opportunity to get away for a mini-break around the region. But forget the usual spots of Bangkok or Bali, those done-anddusted
locations that will likely be overrun for the long weekend.
We suggest heading to the Indochina region, for instance, which sees a dip in European
visitorship around March and April, making it a less crowded experience for the Singaporean traveller. Yet it’s the best time to go, as the weather is at its mildest and driest. Likewise, Bhutan is a great place to see during this time thanks to the spring weather. Jacada Travel’s itineraries ensure you make the most of your time off, and show you the best of the country in the time you have to spare.
UNEXPECTED COASTAL GETAWAYS: CAMBODIA
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME: 2 HOURS
See the fragile beauty of Angkor Wat and its surrounding ancient temples with fresh eyes as Jacada Travel’s guides take you to secluded spots for an intimate tour of the ruins, avoiding the crowds by visiting at select times. Or, visit Cambodia’s lesser-known islands, which offer stunning white-sand shores, turquoise seas and unparalleled service. The south of Cambodia also has its own beautiful coastline well worth exploring. You’ll find pristine rainforests, white sandy beaches and sleepy fishing villages that make for a wonderfully relaxing getaway that’s a world away from city life.
FOR THE WILDLIFE EXPLORER: BORNEO
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME FROM SINGAPORE: 3 HOURS
Part Indonesia and part Malaysia, a compound of virgin rainforest, untouched beaches and mountain ranges, Borneo remains an off-the-beaten-track adventure that can last just two days, or 10. The island is famed as the home of many incredible, but endangered species. Go on guided tours through the Kinabatangan Rainforest and Danum Valley, where you may chance across orangutans, pygmy elephants, Malayan sunbears, proboscis monkeys and Borneo rhinos. For the perfect add-on to your jungle expedition, you can hop over to Borneo’s collection of idyllic, palm-fringed islands, such as Lankayan or Mataking, where the wildlife experience continues with a wealth of aquatic life, such as sea turtles and whale sharks.
FOR THE FAMILY: VIETNAM
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME: 2 HOURS
For adventurous families, Vietnam is a rewarding destination full of intrigue. Explore the
great outdoors of Vietnam’s natural wonders and famous waterways. Our excellent portfolio of luxury vessels, including smaller ones perfect for private family charters, allows you to cruise along the Mekong, taking in the local culture, visiting floating markets and fish farms before travelling up to Ha Long Bay for a few days spent diving and exploring the cave systems there. Further down south in Nha Trang, an immaculate collection of first class resorts cater brilliantly for families, with private villas and a broad range of activities including snorkelling and sailing
SAFARIS IN STYLE: SRI LANKA
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME: 4 HOURS
As Sri Lanka grows in popularity, more new adventures are to be had. This land is known for the Sri Lankan cultural triangle that encompasses Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. But those looking to delve into its natural wonders would seek out leopard and elephant safaris, the national parks and the breathtaking sandy beaches. Monsoon season is from April to October, making this a great time to go before the rains come down, particularly in the Southwest part of the country.
SMALL-COUNTRY CHARM: LAOS
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME: 5 HOURS
Laos is compact enough for a short trip, but its wealth of natural habitats, rich wildlife,
history and small-country charm make it an easy adventure for anyone from the solo traveller to the whole family. Go off the beaten track and create some amazing experiences as you ride gentle elephants through jungles and swim in secret waterfalls. Or if it’s a cultural insight you’re after, spend afternoons with rice farmers and visit the rural hill tribes in the rugged countryside.
THE HAPPY PLACE: BHUTAN
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIME: 6 HOURS
Jacada Travel can bring this deeply Buddhist land to life in anything from two to 9 days and beyond. Start in the capital of Thimphu, where Jacada can take you on privately guided tour that unlocks many cultural secrets. Choose to pay a visit to the ancient dzongs, temples and museums and take part in a local village festival to experience the alluring way of Bhutanese life. Head to Punakha for stunning hikes to find hidden villages, farmhouses and monasteries set in pastoral scenes. The idyllic walks continue into Paro Valley where you marvel at striking temples, before ending on a high with a hike up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which is famous for some of the world’s most splendid monuments and monasteries.
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