Singapore Public Holidays 2017 – The Ultimate Guide
Singapore Public Holidays 2017 guide will show you where to visit next year! There’s 11 gazetted public holidays in 2017, with 7 of them falling on a Friday, Sunday or Monday. There’s absolutely no reason not to go on a holiday in 2017 now with 7 long weekends (that’s one more than in 2016). What’s more, by taking a few days of leave off work you get to add 4 more long weekends to the existing 7!
We work hard in Singapore, we ought to play hard too! Singapore public holidays 2017 are the perfect time to get away from the stressful city-state of Singapore. You might have run out of places to visit in Singapore and crave a holiday overseas. You could do a short weekend trip to Malacca, a holiday to faraway Scandinavia to see the northern lights, or even both. Use your public holidays for your overseas trips, or lose them! After all, public holidays are the only instances that you’ll be paid for being on holiday.
Singapore Public Holidays 2017 – The Ultimate Guide
Here’s Singapore public holidays 2017 calendar to help you plan your holiday. There’ll never be a boring month!
A Year of Travel Inspiration for 2017 Public Holidays
Let me take you on a journey through some amazing destinations, that you can visit over Singapore public holidays 2017.
Tromso, Norway in January
Tromso is a modern city in the Arctic where you can view the northern lights. It’s home to nature as well as culture and museums. The northern lights season in Tromso is from September to March. It would be difficult to time your trip perfectly well to see the northern lights. After all, the northern lights are a phenomenon that’s dependent on mother nature and unpredictable. You may need to take a number of days off work to make your visit to see the northern lights in Tromso worthwhile. Also, be sure to check our Singaporean Guide to the Northern lights with tips on how to increase your chances of viewing the northern lights. If you’d like to make use of the public holidays over Christmas – on top of the holidays over New Year’s, you could visit the last week of December through January. Christmas is the perfect time to visit as Tromso is lit with enchanting lights, very fairy-tale-like. You can visit Christmas markets and enjoy the festivities.
Kyoto, Japan in April
Kyoto, the old capital of Japan is a beautiful city. Visit Kyoto’s many palaces, temples, shrines and machiya, the traditional townhouses in Kyoto. There’s 7 UNESCO historic sites known as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Kyoto is also possibly the best place in Japan to view cherry blossoms. Visit in April and you’ll be treated to the spectacular view of thousands of cherry flowers in full bloom. You’ll have to visit Arashiyama, Daigoji and Ninnaji, these are some of the best spots for viewing the cherry blossoms in Kyoto. Be sure to take a look at our Japan blogpost, perhaps the Tokyo and Kyoto itinerary will be useful.
Hoi An, Vietnam in May
Hoi An, once known as Faifo, is a beautiful ancient town in central Vietnam that’s well-preserved. It used to be a trading port in the 15th to the 19th century, hence the prominent Chinese and Japanese influence in Hoi An. This little town is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Hoi An is absent of concrete buildings, and traffic isn’t allowed in the old town during certain times of the day. The Old Town with its charming lanes and shop-houses is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the sun goes down. There’s no concrete buildings or trashy karaoke bars. It’s the dry season in Hoi An from February to May, so the temperature is moderate with low humidity and rain. Vesak Day public holiday on 10 May coincides with the lantern festival that happens in Hoi An during full moon every month. Find out what happens during the Hoi An lantern festival here. Hoi An is also the perfect place to pig out and try food specialties unique to this part of Vietnam.
Okavango Delta, Botswana in June
The Okavango Delta is another UNESCO world heritage site on the list. It’s an inland Delta in Botswana, a country located just right above South Africa. It’s home to hippos, giraffes, zebras and even lions. Go animal tracking on foot at the Okavango Delta, a safari on a mokoro and more. It’s where you can be one with wildlife and nature. If you’re feeling rich you could splash out on a nice lodge and go on a plane ride above the delta. July is the best time to visit the Okavango delta as it’s winter in the southern hemisphere. It’s dry and temperatures are moderate. Wildlife viewing is fantastic in the dry season as vegetation is sparse, that means you can spot animals more clearly. The Okavango Delta will be flooded too in July, so you can canoe and get around easily. While you’re in Botswana, check out Chobe National Park too, it has the world’s largest concentration of African elephants. Read more about African safari and top destinations in Botswana here.
Malacca, Malaysia in August
Malacca is seeped in history and culture. It’s home to shop-houses set-up by Chinese trades, churches left by the Europeans and an old palace from a century ago. The shophouses in particular feature beautiful details such as intricate porcelain tiles and painted plaster reliefs. Visit the Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, it might be the best museum to visit in Malacca. It’s a Peranakan town house on Tun Cheng Lock Street. It costs just SGD$5 for the entrance fee, so it wouldn’t break the bank. What’s more, Malacca is home to cheap and delicious food. Visit Jonker 88 for the best assam laksa in town and the best tandoori chicken in Malaysia at Puk Putra for less than SGD$5. Feast your eyes on amazing food in Malacca that you ought to try!
Chefchaouen, Morocco in September
Chefchaouenis a little town situated in northern Morocco. This town is quite close to Spain and you can see the Spanish influence. What’s so special about this town is that it’s painted in a pretty shade of blue. It’s probably the most instagram-worthy town in Morocco. Visit the shops in this little town and shop for leather goods. Or visit a restaurant and enjoy some tagine. It’s a chilled out town and there’s never a rush to get anywhere. September is a fantastic time to visit Chefchaouen, autumn temperatures are cool just as summer fades away. While you’re in Morocco, you should definitely visit other destinations such as Marrakech and Fez, find out more about these destinations in our Morocco on a budget article.
Hunter Valley, Australia in October
The Hunter region is situated close to Newcastle and less than 3 hours drive from Sydney. It’s home to fertile plains, vineyards and national parks like Barrington Tops. It’s New South Wale’s premier wine region, be sure to go on a winery tour to sample some great wine, and visit the many charming towns and villages. Barrington Tops National Park is for outdoor lovers. It has subtropical rain forests, as well as waterfalls and streams. Go bush-walking, hiking or even camping. While you’re in the area, you should most definitely visit Port Stephen and Nelson Bay. The view there is spectacular and not to be missed! October is spring in the Hunter Valley, the lush pastures are green and flowers are in full bloom. The weather is cool and nice, perfect for sunny days out. Get a local’s perspective on the best places to visit in the Hunter Valley to make the most out of your holiday.
Yangon, Myanmar in December
Yangon used to be Myanmar’s official capital. It’s now still the largest city in Myanmar and it’s the economical powerhouse of the county. It’s a city that’s quite grimly, with slums and shanty houses. You would have to work a bit harder to find it’s gems. Shwedagon Paya is definitely the main attraction in Yangon. It’s a stunning Buddhist temple and the most important one in all of Myanmar. Visit in December to avoid the monsoon season in Myanmar, where roads can become difficult to pass. Temperatures in December are more manageable, not too hot – in summer temperatures can soar to 40°C. While you’re in Myanmar, you must visit Bagan, the ancient lost city that’s almost fairy-tale like. Check out the star destinations in Myanmar here, and if you’re on a budget read our Burma budget guide – holiday for just $500.
Livingstone, Zambia in January 2018
Livingstone is home to Victoria Falls, one of earth’s natural wonders and the most spectacular waterfalls on the African continent. It’s also the adventure capital of Africa with tons of adrenaline-filled activities to choose from. Victoria Falls straddles the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The best vantage point to see Victoria Falls in its entirety would be from the Zimbabwean side. However, you must see the falls from Livingstone Island in Zambia via the Zambezi river too. You get to stand on top of the falls, a completely different perspective to the views you get from the path. The Devil’s Pool is a natural pool that was formed at the lip of the falls with a rock ledge that’s a natural barrier. So you can jump into the pool and not get swept over the edge of the waterfall. It’s only accessible in September until end of January, so be sure to visit then. It’s a thrilling experience, here’s 10 reasons why you should visit Zambia and southern Africa if you’re still not convinced to go!
Make the most of your Public Holidays in 2017
So there’s destinations from Asia to Africa that you can visit during 11 Singapore public holidays 2017. Seven of them are long weekends so make the most out of it! Start planning for your holiday in 2017 now for the best prices. Air tickets and hotel prices skyrocket if you’re booking a trip over the public holidays. So make the most of your Singapore public holidays 2017 before its too late! Didn’t plan in advance for 2016 and can’t afford a trip over the public holidays as flights are too expensive now? In our next post we’ll teach you how to organise a last minute trip over the public holidays without paying too much for airfare.
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