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How far can your 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year ang bao take you?

Have you started counting your ang pow hauls for 2019? How better to spend the money from these red packets than to take a well-deserved trip of your choice? Let Skyscanner shows you how far your haul this year will get you!

Moderate Ang Bao haul

$: Moderate ang pow haul

Something is better than nothing; take a short getaway to various parts of Malaysia, or venture out of the country to Singapore for some rest and relax with your Lunar New Year ang pow haul this year.

1. Langkawi

An archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast, Langkawi is the perfect vacation spot if you want to rest and relax under the sun, right beside the magnificent turquoise sea. Langkawi Sky Bridge gives you a breath-taking panorama view of the Telaja Tujuh waterfalls and several islets surrounding Langkawi.

Meanwhile, Kuah Town is where you can go for your shopping, especially the imported goods, sold at a huge discounted price. Some of Malaysia’s best beaches are found in Langkawi; Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Datai Bay, and Tanjung Rhu, are must-visits for the diverse sea activities available or simply to flop on the beautiful white sand beaches for selfies.

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2. Kota Bharu

History buffs, pay attention now! Check out the Muzium Negeri Kelanta in Kota Bharu where you can soak in the rich culture and history of Kelantan, a World War II memorial at the Memorial Peperangan Dunia Ke II, Muzium Islam where you can trace the roots of Islam in Kelantan, and Muzium Diraja Istana Batu (The Royal Museum) where you can learn about the history of royals in Kelantan and experience the royal life. Do not forget to check out the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum before you leave and get some Kelantanese crafts and products.

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3. Singapore

The lucky people at Johor Bahru could drive across the causeway, but flying is the way to go for everyone in Kuala Lumpur when it comes to visiting Singapore. From picturesque spots such as the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park and up the Singapore Flyer to exciting theme parks like Universal Studios Singapore, Wild Wild Wet, and Sentosa Skyline Luge & Skyride, there are just so much to see and do in the small country so get your cameras and swimsuits ready for this getaway!

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4. Johor Bahru

Similar to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru is a major commercial, entertainment, and shopping hub to both Malaysians and tourists. Spend a fun day at Legoland Malaysia, the first Legoland in Asia, which is also home to over 70 different rides and attractions. Head to the Istana Besar and visit The Abu Bakar Royal Museum where you can marvel over the collection of royal heirloom and rare artifacts that records the state’s royals’ lives. Feast at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee where you can embark on a Chinese food trail, packed full of familiar Malaysian cuisine.

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Good enough ang bao haul

$$: Good enough ang pow haul

Indulge in seafood at Kota Kinabalu, explore the busy Ho Chi Minh City, or get away from the city life at Kuching. Take your pick on your next destination with your not-too-shabby ang bao haul.

5. Penang

Fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, you know no trip to Penang is complete without embarking on a food trail to try out the diverse range of cuisines and desserts available in the city. Try out Penang’s best chendol (RM2.10) at Penang Road’s Famous Teochew Chendu in Georgetown, along with its delicious Assam Laksa (RM3.70) and Penang Rojak (RM5). You should also pay a visit to Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, a Thai temple built in 1845, which houses the world’s third largest reclining Buddha.

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6. Kuching

The perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, Kuching reminds travelers of the quieter, less explored cities, away from pollution, skyscrapers, and clogged traffic. Learn more about the Borneo rainforest and local flora at Sarawak Museum, shop local crafts and souvenirs at the Main Bazaar or even kayak down the Sarawak River for a unique view of the city. Make sure that you time your travel and head to the Waterfront or Santubong Peninsular in time for picture-perfect sunsets.

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7. Kota Kinabalu

Aptly known as a cultural melting pot, Kota Kinabalu is where Chinese meets Malays, Javanese, Filipinos, and European, especially in terms of cuisine. Look out for kedai kopi, where you can try out a multitude of food, often in a buffet form, or try out one of the many affordable seafood restaurants around Jalan Asia City. Burn off those calories with scuba diving and snorkeling in crystal clear waters or go on exciting deep sea fishing where boats depart next to the Kota Kinabalu Central Market.

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8. Jakarta

It might take you a while to be familiar with Jakarta but the vibrant shopping areas and colorful nightlife await you once you are up for an adventure. Be ready to shop till you drop at Mangga Dua Complex, go café hopping at Kemang where hipster cafes, bars, and restaurants lined.

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9. Ho Chi Minh City

A getaway in Ho Chi Minh City can be best described as a chaotic vibrant whirl; the bustling streets, complex history and culture, and clogged traffic of motorbikes will all be part of your unforgettable vacation in the dynamic city. Grab a cup of ca-phe vot, strong Vietnamese coffee loved by locals at any roadside coffee shops or head to Cafe EON, located on the 50th floor of Bitexco, the city’s tallest building, for the mind-blowing skyline of HCMC, coupled with a nice brew. Explore Ð Le Cong Kieu, home to the artsy side of HCMC where galleries and antique shops linger. Finish up the day with a meal at Com Nieu Sai Gon in District 3, where a wide range of value-for-money Vietnamese dishes are served.

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Generous Ang Bao haul

$$$: Generous Ang Bao haul

Fly further from home thanks to the generous ang bao haul you received over last weekend. Indulge in shopping at Bangkok, enjoy sea sports at Bali, feast on Dim Sum in Hong Kong, or even head off to the peaceful Perth for your next getaway.

10. Bangkok

If you want a sampling of everything, Bangkok is the answer for you. The gorgeous temples, mouth-watering street foods, wallet-friendly shopping heaven, and unique activities in the capital will make your vacation an unforgettable one. Visit the country’s holiest shrine in the Grand Palace, shop at the vibrant and budget-friendly night markets such as the Chatuchak Weekend Market and Rot Fai Market Ratchada, and complete your trip with a day of training at Muay Thai camps around the capital. If you are there on a Wednesday, head to the MBK shopping mall at night for the exciting Muay Thai MBK Fight Night.

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11. Bali

In recent years, many gave up on the more expensive Hawaii for an equally gorgeous escape to Bali. The lovely island is home to numerous stunning beaches such as Amed and Balian Beach, offering exciting and affordable sea sports such as surfing, rafting, parasailing, and jet skiing. Be sure to dress appropriately when paying a visit to the island’s breath-taking temples such as Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple and the Besakih Temple. If partying is your thing, there are plenty of bars and clubs that open until the wee mornings, especially in Kuta.

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12. Hong Kong

Hong Kong seems to be a typical busy city, but underneath it is a whole myriad of history, culture, and excitement. Hike up the Dragon’s Back where beautiful coastal scenery and the bird’s eye view of Shek O and Tai Long Wan greets you, or time your visit to enjoy a stunning night view of Hong Kong Island on Victoria Peak. Embark on a food trail by tasting Tai Cheong Bakery’s famous egg tarts, queue for the delicious breakfast toasts at Sei Yik, or indulge in City Hall Maxim’s Palace’s Dim Sum where both locals and tourists flock to every day.

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13. Taipei

First time to Taipei? Feast your way through Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market, bask in the vibrant youth culture in Ximending, shop for clothes at Wufenpu and Xinyi District, and learn the complex history that made up the Taipei today at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Give Huashan 1914 Creative Park a chance for its art galleries and youthful art space for the city’s resident artists.

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14. Perth

Indulge in the best of both worlds at Perth; big-city attractions such as high-end shopping in Perth City, checking out funky fashions and Aboriginal art at Fremantle, enjoying delicious street food at Twilight Hawker Market, or natural appeals such as snorkeling off Cottlesloe Beach, a cruise down the Swan River, and even rock lobster catching along Rottnest Island’s secluded bays. While in Rottnest, where quokkas roam the island freely, remember to join the many others on Instagram in #quokkaselfies, but do not feed them human food as it is harmful to these cuties!

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Massive Ang Bao haul

$$$$: A month’s salary worth of ang bao haul. Amazing!

With a month’s salary worth of ang bao, you can really be free in choosing the best destination for your vacation! Ride the Korean Wave, indulge in the dazzling Tokyo, or even a trip to the Big Ben, let us give you a hand in deciding the next air ticket to get!

15. Seoul

Ride the Korean wave with a visit to the capital, Seoul, where trendy fashion and cutting-edge technology come coupled with deep traditional roots and vibrant culture. Be surrounded by Korean history and experience royal life with hanbok wearing at Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, take home some of Korea’s best fashion pieces at Gangnam, Myeongdong, and Garosu-gil, indulge in tteokbokki and bibimbap at Gwangjang Market, or enjoy a bit of everything at Dongdaemun and Namdaemun Market. Pssst, remember to get your cosmetics at Myungdong for better deals and more free gifts!

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16. Tokyo

Tokyo today offers an unlimited choice in shopping, food, entertainment and culture; from fashionable pick-me-ups at Shibuya 109, cosplay-fashion watching at Harajuku, to an insight to Edo-Japan with a visit to Meiji Temple and Asakusa, Sumo wrestling at Ryogoku district, to freshest seafood and unique tuna auctioning at Tsukiji Market, and last but not least, high-end shopping at Ginza, there is definitely something for everybody! Pssst, even the Daiso is cheaper in Tokyo than back home in Malaysia!

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17. Melbourne

Rise and shine early in Melbourne as you definitely will not want to miss out a morning at Queen Victoria Market with its 700 stalls, selling everything from jewelry to clothes to breakfast foods and freshest produce. The city also has a love for covert; the best street arts are hidden in Hosier Lane and Union Lane, the most stylish boutiques are in Flinders Lane, the best rooftop bar is in Meyers Place’s Loop Roof, the contemporary men’s place of style is in Somerset Place, and perhaps the most Instagram-ed laneway is in Centre Place, so keep these places on your to-go list!

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18. London

London is a great city, huge, and undeniably overwhelming if you are there for the first time. Visit the South Kensington museums, a trio of outstanding museums – Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum – in close proximity and are of the free entrance, or visit the Queen and the royal history at the Kensington Palace. The London Eye, Tower of London, Big Ben, and London Bridge are attractions that make good picturesque memories. Planning to be a wizard? Remember to book yourself a Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, where you can see the actual sets, props, and costumes!

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O (Kosong!): Not the best year for ang pao but don’t let that stop you!

Just because you didn’t score a winning haul this year, don’t let that dampen your passion for travel! With gorgeous destinations close by such as Kota Tinggi and Cameron Highlands, you don’t need to jump on a plane for beautiful beaches, underwater adventure and rest and relaxation!


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