Valentine’s Day is just round the corner. Doesn’t matter even a part of you believes merchants are just out to squeeze you dry on this overly commercialised day. It’s true anyway. Though it might hurt your wallet for one night but when you look back at those beautiful memories, you would realise that this money was well spent.
Whether it’s your first or fifth time you with your special someone this year, you can definitely make it extra special this time. 14th February falls on a Thursday this year, why not make it an extended Valentine’s celebration? Take a Friday off and fly somewhere for a short vacation! Here are some excellent choices for a two to three night holiday.
If you love culture and history:
Visit Vietnam’s cultural and political centre and be immersed in the beautifully chaotic post-communist city. The streets always crowded with hawkers, cafes and vendors while crossing the road will be no easy feat with the sheer number of motorists on the road! Visit the Vietnam Women’s Museum, The Old Quarters, Hoa Lo Prisons and eat lots of beef pho. If you have time, book a trip to Halong Bay!
If you love the sun, water and sand:
Not only known for being the only overwhelmingly Catholic country in Asia, the Philippines is also famous for their friendly locals, colourful festivals and possessions, and pristine white beaches all over the country. The beaches are all very beautiful but if you have to pick better ones, they would be El Nido, Palawan; Borocay, Aklan and Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley. Go diving in the turquoise blue water and be mesmerised by the rich marine life. Eat lots of good food and take part in adventure sports. You should take time to explore nearby volcanic rocks, marble cliffs and caves too. They say the view WILL kill.
If you want to shop and eat, eat and shop
Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore
Shopaholics go absolutely crazy in these 3 modern cities as they are the best places to shop for high-end luxury and local designer goods. Transportation is convenient so getting around with your shopping bags will be quite easy. When your legs start to ache from all that walking, you don’t have to worry, as there will definitely be a café or eatery round the corner. If you go to Singapore, you CANNOT miss the Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Ba Kuh Teh. In Taipei, you MUST go to the night market. Don’t miss the Oyster Mee Sua, Fried Chicken and Da chang bao xiao chang (a Taiwanese sausage sandwiched in sticky rice bun). In fact, each night market has it’s own character and the types of food you can find varies. A trip to Hong Kong will not be complete without going to their Cha Chan Teng! An egg tart, bo luo bao (pineapple bun) and a cup of milk tea will make a very satisfying afternoon tea.
Other favourite holiday destinations for couples include Bali, Phuket and Bangkok. Do check on the availability of cheap budget airfares and accommodation as soon as possible! If you and your partner are unable to head out this Valentine’s weekend, why not take the opportunity to plan for your next trip?
LoveByte Cupid <3