10 Solo Travel Ideas Near Singapore For A Free & Easy Holiday

Solo travel destinations near Singapore


Maybe you’re a seasoned solo traveller planning for your next getaway. Or perhaps you’re just out here trying to eat, pray, love for the first time ever. Whatever the situation is, there are a few important things you might want to know –  like where the safe and easy places to vacay alone are.

In the interest of making your 1st or 10th lone vacation easier, we’ve rounded up 10 solo travel destinations near Singapore. From Vietnam to Thailand, here’s where you should go to enjoy some “me-time”. 


1. Bali, Indonesia


It only takes one look at the amount of single backpackers bargaining for a taxi ride at the airport to know that Bali is popular among solo travellers. The blissful beaches, majestic sunsets and laid-back vibes are 3 of many reasons why the island of Gods makes a great holiday destination.

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 What to do: Those who have the stamina can consider trekking up Mount Batur to catch the sunrise and meet other fitspos who think hiking up a steep mountain at 2am is a good idea. Dedicated yogis, however, should head to Ubud for a wholesome week of practising their yoga poses while taking in the breathtaking views of the rice paddies. 

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Other popular activities for solo travellers in Bali include surfing the big waves in Canggu, scuba diving in Seminyak and swiping your day away on a dating app in an attempt to score a soulmate. Even if you fail to find love, you might still make instant besties and even meet the local tour guides who can show you all the nooks and crannies of the island.

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Where to stay: Since you’re riding solo, you might consider staying in the heart of the action for convenience. Hotels like Ramada Encore by Wyndham Seminyak Bali and Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali are located right on the beach and a stone’s throw away from restaurants, bars and shops. 

Flights from Singapore: 2 hours 40 minutes


2. Boracay, Philippines


If you weren’t already craving a beachy holiday, then pictures of turquoise water and white sands in Boracay might just push you over the edge. Besides the surreal landscapes, the wild parties and a myriad of cheap watersports are what keep solo travellers coming back for more.

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What to do: Island hopping via a sailboat is a popular activity that likely sits high on everyone’s bucket list. Then there’s paddleboarding, jet skiing and kite surfing which can feel like a mini workout depending on how fit you are. But if all you want to do is lounge on the beach, we’re not going to stop you.

Where to stay: For such a small island, Boracay sure offers visitors a plethora of options when it comes to accommodation. Among these, the Microtel by Wyndham Boracay ticks all of our boxes in terms of affordability and comfort. 

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Given the hotel’s beachfront location, you might be able to score yourself a room with an unblocked view of the ocean. Each room comes with a fridge and microwave in case you crave some late night munchies. Other than that, expect to get free breakfast every morning.

Flights from Singapore: 3 hours 25 minutes


3. Baguio, Philippines


For a dose of culture and cool climates, come right this way towards Baguio City. Sitting within the tropical pine forests region, this urban city is filled to the brim with historical landmarks and catered to travellers who are looking for something more than just chilling on the beach.

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The cluster of vibrant coloured houses resemble those in Italy.
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What to do: Take a stroll around Camp John Hay and spot a Butterfly Garden, a hiking path and the Lost Cemetery of Negativism – where people come to bury their burdens and bad vibes. Then, swing by the colourful houses on Stobosa hill for some IG-worthy snaps. 

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Where to stay: Check yourself into the Microtel by Wyndham Baguio that’s located near all the major attractions such as Public Market, Wright Park and Baguio Cathedral. The buzzing Session Road that’s jam-packed with restaurants is also right at your doorstep so you won’t have to travel far for food.

Flights from Singapore: 3 hours 45 minutes


4. Hanoi, Vietnam


Rambling, crowded and bursting with life are a few words we’d use to describe Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Here, the street food scene is buzzing, the coffee is strong and the locals are friendly.

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What to do: Night markets at the Old Quarter, where quirky knick-knacks and tasty grub are, are the principal must-do. Talking about street food – don’t be shy to try them all, be it pho noodles, bun cha or banh mi. Remember, calories on vacation don’t count.

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To get around for cheap, consider renting a motorbike. The torrent of scooters on the roads might seem scary at first, but once you get past the initial concern, you’ll be in for a breezy ride. Go on and explore all the war sites, historic buildings and winding alleys of Hanoi.

Where to stay: The Old Quarter is without doubt touristy. But if you’re flying solo, staying here means you can easily meet other travellers and be within reach of attractions, shops and local food joints. 

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The Wyndham Garden Hanoi, for example, is surrounded by museums, temples and restaurants. There’s also a massive silk village that’s less than 1km away for those who’d like to stock up on handmade silk clothes and accessories.

Flights from Singapore: 3 hours 30 minutes


5. Nha Trang, Vietnam


Hanoi might be hectic, but that’s okay because zen coastal towns like Nha Trang exist to give you a change of scenery and a chance to swim and nap by the beach. Tuck into sumptuous seafood spreads and dip your toes in the powdery white sands too while you’re at it.

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What to do: Eat, sleep and repeat sit high on most travellers’ to-do list when they arrive in Nha Trang. Other than that, there’s the occasional pub crawl, beach hopping and scooter driving up and down the coast.

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Where to stay: Opt for some lux for less at the Wyndham Grand KN Paradise Cam Ranh. Located steps away from the beach, the resort has modern facilities, free shuttle service, 4 restaurants, a beach club and a golf course onsite. Talk about next-level convenience.

Flights from Singapore: 2 hours 20 minutes


6. Johor Bahru, Malaysia


With a direct bus route that takes less than an hour from Singapore, JB needs no introduction. Budget solo travellers will find their happy place at the various hip boutique stores, cheap seafood restaurants, and even cheaper massage parlours.

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What to do: We’ll admit, if we ever cross the causeway to JB, it’s most likely to shop and eat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do other things, like biking through dirt trails at Tristan Park and conquering a 51-obstacle course at Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park.

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Where to stay: With the rave reviews from discerning TripAdvisor users, it’s safe to say that the Ramada Meridian by Wyndham Johor Bahru is worth checking out. It has everything you need to have a comfortable solo retreat: spacious rooms, a big breakfast buffet, gym, pool and yoga decks. 

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Not to mention, you’ll be just minutes away from the Johor Premium Outlets, malls and restaurants – all with purse-pleasing prices.

Bus from Singapore: 49 minutes


7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Thanks to the efficient public transport system and easy-to-navigate streets, Kuala Lumpur is one of those destinations that attracts busloads of solo travellers every day. Besides the drool-worthy food, this megacity is bursting at the seams with artsy attractions, glitzy skyscrapers and vintage boutiques.

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What to do: 2 words: Batu Caves. The 272 steps up a steep limestone hill might leave you breathless. But if they don’t, then the massive gold-plated statue and the series of caves most likely will.

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Once you’ve conquered these caves, go and see the rest of the hotspots like the Petronas Twin Towers, Brickfields and Petaling Street. Then, refuel with a sedap selection of Malay cuisines. A few restaurants that come to our minds include Air Itam Asam Laksa, Foong Foong Yong Tau Foo and Village Park Nasi Lemak.

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Where to stay: Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park Kuala Lumpur is centrally located in the city centre so you can get to places like Bukit Bintang and KLCC Park in a jiffy.

The hotel offers a wide range of room types, ranging from double rooms to studio suites. Within the property, expect to find 2 restaurants, a grab-and-go deli and a modern gym.  

Flights from Singapore: 1 hour 5 minutes


8. Langkawi, Malaysia


The 99 tropical islands surrounded by crystal clear water that make up Langkawi are the stuff of a fairytale. It’s accessible, ringed by vibrant coral reefs and less than 2 hours away from Singapore – perfect for a solo mini getaway.

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What to do: Watching searing sunsets from the white sandy beaches in Langkawi with a drink in hand might be one of the solo travellers’ fave things to do. But if you’re craving some action, go on a snorkelling tour at Pulau Payar Marine Park, hop on a helicopter ride over Lake Guillemard and visit the crocodiles from above.

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Where to stay: Put the Ramada By Wyndham Langkawi Marina on your radar ASAP if you’d like to be near the iconic Eagle Square, Langkawi Shopping Mall and the Kuah Jetty – where most of the sunset cruises and island tours depart from.

Flights from Singapore: 1 hour 30 minutes


9. Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok has long been known for its adulterous vibe, thanks to the series The Hangover. But the neon-lit bars, thumping clubs and tattoo shops are not the only things this capital is known for. There are also the serene temples squished between skyscrapers, street foods that are as good as the Michelin-starred, and trippy megamalls like Iconsiam.

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What to do: Do a temple run along the river and see the big-hitters like the Temple of The Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Then, hit up Khao San Road to meet fellow solo backpackers and drink cheap beer. Some local drinking holes to get your buzz on include The Oasis Soi Cowboy, Beer Garden Sukhumvit Soi 7 and Tep Bar.

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The local food here is incredible anywhere that has a crowd. So buckle up and risk the line at places like Jodd Fair night market. Here’s where you’ll find anything from food to fashion. Get ready to stuff your face with Mala skewers, prawn cakes and drunken noodles so spicy it’ll clear your tear ducts.

Where to stay: Balance out the hustle and bustle with some quality R&R when you check yourself into the Wyndham Garden Bangkok Sukhumvit 42. It’s close to all the essentials such as shopping, dining and nightlife so you won’t have any FOMO

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Other facilities to help you recharge your batteries and zen out include an outdoor infinity pool, a sauna and a rooftop garden. The hotel’s restaurant Kei Izakaya dishes up both local cuisine like grilled pork skewers, as well as Japanese omakase so you can order up a storm should laziness come knocking on your door.

Flights from Singapore: 2 hours 30 minutes


10. Phuket, Thailand


Cheap beer, food and a whole lot of beautiful sights and scenes in Phuket will make you run out of IG hashtags. The destination is indeed home to some of the most picturesque stretches of white sands and blue waters. But if we’re being honest, travellers come to Phuket for the rambunctious parties.

What to do: During the day, soak up some sun but lather a lot of sunscreen to avoid being burnt to a crisp. Island hopping to the surrounding beaches of Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay is also a must-do. And so is a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

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Visit the Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket.

At night, hit up the notorious Bang La Road for the live music joints, heart-pumping clubs and go-go bars. Grab a bucket of cocktails at Aussie Bar that’s known for its cheap and strong drinks. Then, hit up New York Live Music Bar to catch a performance before layering your stomach with some more pad thai or mango sticky rice. 

You might end up with a raging hangover the next day, but it’s okay because you know you’ve done Phuket right.

Where to stay: If you’re after a beachfront resort that delivers 5-star services without charging 5-star fees, head over to the Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Resort Phuket

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Expect to find 10 different swimming pools, 5 restaurants, a spa and a gym here. The rooms here are spacious and come with perks like a private balcony, high-speed WiFi and a daily breakfast buffet.

Flights from Singapore: 1 hour 45 minutes


Embark on a solo trip around Asia Pacific


Solo travel offers so much more than just a post-breakup resolution. It teaches you how to be independent, manage your time and enjoy your own company. Going on a solo vacation also means that you’re free to pick a destination, make plans and change them however you see fit.

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If you’ve been riding solo often, then you’ve probably covered most of the grounds of Southeast Asia. But if you haven’t, then neighbouring countries are a good place to start. Not only are they less than 4 hours away by plane, they’re also affordable and full of things to do.

Once you’ve ticked off the above locations, venture out and explore the rest of the nearby regions like New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. There’s a whole lot to do and see at these destinations.

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As for accommodation, the Ramada Newmarket Auckland or the Wyndham Garden Christchurch Kilmore Street are great options if you find yourself in New Zealand. Both are located near the city centre and surrounded by heaps of restaurants and shops.

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Those who might want to visit Australia can have a look at the Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise in the bustling Gold Coast. You’ll have the beach, the malls and the bars right at your doorstep. 

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But if your mind is set on Fiji, the Ramada Suites By Wyndham Wailoaloa Beach Fiji is within walking distance of temples, mud pools and hot springs. Not to mention, you’ll be waking up to endless ocean views.

When you book your stay directly with one of the hotels by Wyndham, you can score members’ perks, accumulate points and turn them into a free stay. All hotels are thoroughly disinfected daily with Wyndham’s Count On Us initiative so you can rest assured your trip is going to be a safe and sound one. Check out the full list of Wyndham hotels

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When it comes to solo travels, there are usually 2 types: the first is where you rough it out in a backpacker hostel, the other option is more relaxing where you can slump into a king-sized bed and have a good night’s sleep. If the latter sounds more like you, then the above hotels are where you can kick back and relax.

 

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