Ding ding merrily on high (altitude). The festive spirit has clearly rubbed off on Singapore Airlines, which is running a New Year Getaways sale: you could fly to Asia and back for as little as £470 from London Heathrow, or take advantage of return flights to America from Manchester, from just £375.
The Singapore Airlines New Year Getaways sale will run from 19 December 2016 until 31 January 2017, with generously reduced flights available for trips to Southeast Asia between 1 February and 6 July 2017, or the South West Pacific between 18 January–6 July 2017. Pick from 29 destinations from London Heathrow, or 21 destinations from Manchester.
Wherever you opt for, make the most of your trip by adding on a Singapore Stopover Holiday, too. We’ve picked our top 10 places participating in the global sale – all you need to do is dig out your passport (sunnies and swimwear won’t go amiss, either).
Have it all in Cebu, an island province in Central Philippines, where you can switch from diving with whale sharks and lazing on white-sand beaches to shopping, wining and dining in the country’s oldest city. Comprising Cebu City and around 150 smaller islands, Cebu sits in the Central Visayas region.
Why go? The ‘Queen City of the South’ hosts Sinulog Festival – a fun-loving, week-long celebration of the Holy Child – on the third Sunday of January. The country’s most popular party includes Mardi Gras-style parades, parties, concerts, beauty pageants and flash sales. Cebu’s beaches aren’t half bad, either…
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Cebu: from just £545.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is famed for its colonial-style architecture, stunning stupas and delicious, varied cuisine. Myanmar has a rich and unique history: though Yangon is developing and modernising fast (as evidenced by the new restaurants, bars and boutiques mushrooming up within the city’s tangle of streets), its pace remains deliciously relaxed.
Why go? Don’t miss the city’s mighty monument and golden child, Shwedagon Paya: a majestic gilded Buddhist stupa that’s also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda.
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Yangon: from just £535.
Cairns and Darwin, Australia
Have a dual-destination adventure in beachy Queensland and the rugged Northern Territory. Cairns is the gateway to one of the world’s most eye-poppingly beautiful liquid lures: the Great Barrier Reef, where 90 tropical islands – and their finned, fishy locals – await. The natural highs continue in Darwin, Top End’s multicultural capital, home to World Heritage-listed parks (and crocs a-go-go).
Why go? Skip the UK’s dreary new year and enjoy a sun-soaked Australian summer instead. Remember to pack your thongs (spare the blushes – that’s Aussie slang for ‘flip-flops’).
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Brisbane: from just £675; from London Heathrow to Cairns: from just £675; from Manchester to Brisbane: from just £680.
Wellington, New Zealand
Lonely Planet recently dubbed Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’; it’s not hard to see why. Located at the south-western tip of the North Island, the world’s southernmost capital city (of a sovereign state) may be small but it’s got a big reputation. Effortlessly combining the status of a capital city with a relaxed bohemian vibe, Wellington has so much to see and do, you won’t know where to start.
Why go? Wellington gets 2,000 hours of sunshine – go ahead and soak them up.
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Wellington: from just £765.
If you’re planning on heading to Fiji – and why wouldn’t you, considering the country’s incredible beaches, aquatic adventures and island hospitality – it’s very likely that you’ll touch down in Nadi, a lively city on Viti Levu, the main island. Beyond Nadi, Fiji has more than 320 Instagram-worthy islands to explore.
Why go? Discover incredible diving, surfing and trekking on Viti Levu, then go off-radar and seek out high-end tropical resorts and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. If you’re a shark enthusiast, pay a trip to Shark Reef, where you can swim with bull sharks (with help from shark experts).
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Nadi: from just £1,060.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
This is an exciting, vibrant city of extremes, from opulent hotels and guesthouses, world-class dining and street food as well as designer boutiques to markets. Given the city’s vibrant fashion scene, varied dining, swish rooftop bars and characterful boutique hotels, it’s hard to believe that Ho Chi Minh started life as a humble fishing village.
Why go? Don’t miss the eye-widening pagodas of Cholon or the delicious street food and bargains at Ben Thanh Market. If you want to set a slower pace, soak up local life on a leisurely boat trip down Saigon River.
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Saigon: from just £500.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is carving out a new identity for itself – in the years post-Pol Pot, the region originally famed for its cinematic temples and troubled political past has been generating a whole new buzz around its exciting new dining scene, blissful spas and positive, sociable energy.
Why go? The world-famous Angkor Wat is an undeniable must-see, as is Tonié Sap, a fishing village on stilts, where you can learn about cricket catching, rice harvesting and smoking fish.
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Siem Reap: from just £505.
Relax in riverside Vientiane, Laos’ largest city – but still one of its prettiest. Watch the sun set over the Mekong River, admire Buddhist and French architecture rubbing shoulders, gad around on a song-teow and explore the surrounding countryside and its tranquil rice paddies.
Why go? Some like it hot – if you’re one of them, try laap: a spicy minced-meat salad. French influence continues to shine through in the fantastic patisseries found throughout the region, along with some seriously good coffee shops.
New Year Getaways sale price Return flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok: from just £505; from Manchester to Bangkok: from just £540.
With modern megamalls, hotels and conferencing facilities just minutes from golden-spired temples and bustling markets, Bangkok is a place that wears its contradictions proudly. Just two hours and 25 minutes by air from Singapore, the city boasts a dizzying array of shops, restaurants, hotels and experiences – many of which offer outstanding value.
Why go? Chinese New Year is extravagantly celebrated by Bangkok’s Thai-Chinese population and Chinatown is awash with festive colour.
New Year Getaways sale price: Return flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok: from just £470; from Manchester to Bangkok: from just £505.