In desperate need of a short getaway soon? The National Day holidays will be your chance! As we celebrate Hari Merdeka on 31 August and Hari Raya Haji on 1 September, all you need to do is to add on the weekend and you’ll enjoy a 4-day vacation. Read on for budget destinations you can escape to over the upcoming long weekend.


Under RM 500

Taman Negara, Pahang, Malaysia

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What better way to celebrate the nation’s birthday than to bask in the glory of what Mother Nature has gifted us with? Marvel at the beauty of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. No matter what kind of activities you’re looking for, Taman Negara has got you covered. If you’re craving for a water adventure, sign up for a river cruises; if you’re more of a land animal, go on a jungle trek to truly immerse yourself in the grandeur of this mighty work of nature. Experience new heights with the canopy walk – the one activity that cannot be missed here.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 200

Pulau Rahsia, Johor, Malaysia

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Enjoy a private beach tour away from the hustle of any other beach getaway. Spend a night at the beach and snorkel in its beautiful waters as you enjoy the sunset. Be sure to grab your crowd of friends, since this tour requires at least 10 members.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 320

Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu, Malaysia

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This island’s name means “eagle resting on the middle island” when translated from Malay. If that sounds majestic, that’s because it’s true. The tranquil turquoise waters here are perfect for diving – whether you are a novice who is just starting out or a seasoned enthusiast. You can also explore all 8 of the pristine beaches on this island by foot!

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 450

Sasaran Beach, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia

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Behold the famous salt lake that has exploded all over social media. This truly breathtaking sight only shows itself for a few days every month. There is nothing much else on this island, but the fun pictures you can take here will be worth the trip down. Be sure to check if boat tours are available during this period!

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 100

Under RM 1000

Bangkok, Thailand

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If retail therapy is your drug, take a trip down to Bangkok this holidays. Grab plenty of stylish clothes, accessories and interesting knick-knacks at affordable prices. Wind down and explore the vibrant café scene here too! Bangkok takes its cafes seriously, just check out Warm Wood Café and D’ark Café to find out that thick toast with outrageous toppings is more than just a passing hype.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 730

Singapore

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You’ll never run out of things to do in Singapore. Have some fun in the sun at Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore, or spend the day walking around Orchard Road and drinking in all the luxurious storefront displays. Or, go on a food trail to try some of Singapore’s best dishes – be it traditional favourites, restaurants with Michelin Stars or trendy Insta-worthy desserts, they’ve got them all.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 820

Krabi, Thailand

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Krabi is one of the most popular destinations for tourists because not only does it have absolutely beautiful beaches, it has plenty of things to offer as well. There’s cliff-climbing for the adventurous, seafood restaurants for the foodies, and Thai massages for all!

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 950

Under RM 1500

Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand

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Don’t let Kamal fool you into thinking it’s just another overcrowded beach. FantaSea, the most spectacular Vegas-style show in the region, has been named one of the top attractions in Thailand for years in a row. Treat yourself to a visual feast while also learning more about Thai culture! Go snorkeling, visit a beer market, try surfing – you name it, Kamala probably has it.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 1040

Patong Beach

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Patong is known for its thriving nightlife, what with its night markets, bars and night shows. There are so many works of nature that are worth a visit: Paradise Beach (which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket), Kathu Waterfall and Freedom Beach. If you’re up for more unique experience, zip through the jungle on the Flying Hanuman and admire nature’s beauty from a different point of view, or let your inner Mario Kart-fan loose on the Go-Kart track.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 1100

Perth

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If you’re determined to go as far away as you possibly can this break, why not head down under? Whether you’re a history buff, beach freak or shopaholic, Perth has got it all. Visit the many farmer markets and bring home some unique trinkets as a souvenir. If you’re bringing children, a trip to Penguin Island will certainly delight the young ones.

Price for Flight + Hotel: RM 1215


You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to go on a vacation! Travel prices surge during the peak season, and the best plan is to take advantage of the long weekend as August comes to an end. Wait no longer – you deserve this break. Book your flight and accommodation on Expedia. Remember to make use of Expedia coupons to get discounts!