South-East Asian spots just 4 hours from Singapore

Aletha Wilkinson

Singapore, with its food, shopping and nightlife options, is an incredible destination in itself – but it's also the gateway to an array of stunning tropical locations.

Indonesia is just a hop, skip and a jump away! Photo: Instagram

Bandung, Indonesia
Set amongst picture-perfect tea plantations, the West Javan capital, an hour and 45 minutes from Singapore, is also known as "The Paris of Java" thanks to this former Dutch colony's delightful colonial and art deco architecture. Surrounded by volcanic terrain, its high altitude means travellers from Singapore can take a break from the heat. Oh, and fair warning to shopaholics: if you didn't get enough shopping done in Singapore, there are lots of factory outlets here. Spoil yourself by booking in at a five-star luxury hotel such as the InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar, and set up by the infinity pool.

There are plenty of tea estates in the district of Pangalengan, south of Bandung. Photo: Instagram

Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui, also an hour and 45 minutes from Singapore, offers a little bit of everything, making it a destination for every kind of traveller. Stunning scenery and world-class water recreation, natural waterfalls, sunny beaches and jaw-dropping temples.

You can visit Thailand's famous Koh Samui. Photo: Instagram

Hua Hin, Thailand
This one's a little more complicated to get to, but trust us: it's worth it. You'll spend two hours and 25 minutes on a flight to Bangkok, followed by another short 40-minute flight from Bangkok. Once you arrive, Hua Hin's pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters make it pretty obvious why the Thai Royal Family is partial to this beach destination.

The cave temple in Hua Hin is nothing short of magical. Photo: Instagram

They say everything's better under the sea, and we're inclined to agree. If diving and snorkelling are your thing, Krabi, just an hour and 50 minutes' flight from Singapore, is the place for you. With its coral-fringed islands and majestic limestone formations, it's truly heaven on Earth. Perfect for families, there are all kinds of activities for everyone – from jungle trekking to island hopping. Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach offers "kids stay and eat free" deals.

Krabi is a photographer's dream. Photo: Instagram

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