With Jakarta’s infamous traffic and our hectic lifestyles, the upcoming Lebaran holiday is the perfect time to relax and recharge our minds, bodies and souls. With this in mind, we’ve narrowed down three perfect destinations for you: a tropical island, a cosmopolitan city and a little bit of both, all within close range of Indonesia. So choose a destination, pack your bags and begin your much-needed escape!
Redang Island (Malaysia)
Located some 45km off the coast of Terengganu state in Malaysia, Redang Island is tucked away in the Redang archipelago. Known for its crystal-clear water and sandy beaches, the island boasts beautiful marine life such as tropical fish and coral reefs, which makes it the perfect destination for snorkelling and diving. There are also several upscale resorts that offer up comfort and luxury amenities. Visitors can fly to Terengganu, an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur, and continue their journey by boat for about 45 minutes.
For travellers seeking a different side to the usual Asian cosmopolitan city, Taipei might just be the answer. The capital city of Taiwan not only provides sanctuary for modern travellers with its tall skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife, but it also offers rich heritage. Visitors have plenty of options, ranging from learning about the country’s history at the National Palace Museum to exploring hiking trails at Yangmingshan National Park or indulging in a little retail therapy at the city’s supertall Taipei 101. Tip: don’t forget to visit Taipei 101’s observation deck on the 89th floor and its gorgeous outdoor terrace area on the 91st floor.
Gold Coast (Australia)
Widely known as Australia’s coastal city destination, Gold Coast is our pick for travellers who crave a beach break but don’t want to completely lose sight of the city. With more than 30 beaches to its name, Surfers Paradise is the most popular, while Burleigh Heads is less crowded. For those who travel with families, don’t forget to check out the city’s theme parks: Warner Bros Movie World, Dreamworld or Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, which is the largest water park in Australia. No visit is complete without indulging in Gold Coast’s myriad dining experiences. Find the best seafood restaurant in town at The Fish House or head over to Bumbles Café for warm breakfast and delicious pastries.
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