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Picking the right time to visit a beach paradise could mean the difference between basking in the sun for the entire trip or spending the entire vacation surfing the internet in your hotel room. Many of the major beach destinations in Asia experience monsoon rains and gloomy weather during several months of the year. If you are planning a seaside holiday trip anytime soon, it pays to do a little research before you buy your flight tickets. Here is a list of stating the dry and rainy seasons of some of the top beach destinations in Asia.

Thailand

Phuket
Dry Season: November – April
Rainy Season: May – October

Koh Samui
Dry Season: December – August
Rainy Season: September – November

Indonesia

Bali
Dry Season: April – October
Rainy Season: October – March

Malaysia

Langkawi
Dry Season: Late November – March
Rainy Season: April – September

Perhentian
Dry Season: March – October
Rainy Season: November – February

Sipadan
Dry Season: March – November
Rainy Season: December – March

Philippines

Boracay
Dry Season: November – May
Rainy Season: June – October

Maldives

Maldives
Dry Season: November – April
Rainy Season: May – November

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By Air

Thanks to the variety of budget airlines that serves this route, taking a flight has become the best way to travel between these two cities. There are three major budget airlines serving this route, namely Air Asia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar. There are also lots of other full service airlines that serve this route. Due to the large amount of competition, it is relatively easy to get your hands on a bargain fair. You can book as late as just one week before your travel date and still get a fare that matches a regular premium bus ticket. The flight to Singapore takes just 45 minutes.

By Bus

There are also lots of busses serving these two cities, with busses leaving every hour or so. The busses run throughout the day starting from as early as 6.30am. The last bus leaves at around 11pm arriving in Singapore in the wee hours of morning. Like with many Malaysian bus routes, most companies provide online ticketing services where you can purchase your tickets only.

There are also a lot of different types of busses to choose from. There are the regular air-conditioned busses, and then there are also ultra-vip busses that come with personal TV sets for each seat, meals on board, drinking water, an onboard steward/stewardess to serve you and on board wi-fi. These premium busses usually cost twice the price of regular busses. The journey takes anywhere around 5 – 6 hours depending on the type of bus you take. The premium busses are usually a little faster as they take a more expensive (higher toll rates), but faster route. An average one-way economy bus ticket cost around RM50 per person.

By Train

The price of a train ticket for this route is about the same as a bus trip, but the journey is much longer taking up to 8 hours on average to reach Singapore. Because of this, many people shy away from taking the train for this route.

Nevertheless, for those who are not in a grand hurry, taking a day train down to Singapore is a great way to see the Malaysia countryside. Some people may even find taking the train more comfortable as there are on board toilets and restaurant carts for you to hang out in if you want to catch a quick bite.

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A couple of years back, scientists have declared Raja Ampat as the number one, most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet. That’s right, you heard right. This area contains the most species of corals, fishes and other marine life compared to any other place on earth. Since this news, hardcore divers worldwide have been steadily flocking to the area to experience this natural wonder. It has since then, made its way to many lists as one of the best diving destinations in the world.

Unlike many other world-class diving spots, you do not have to dive deep here to experience the underwater marvels. The marine life that can be viewed just a few meters below water surface here is pretty astounding, steadily spreading the reputation of Raja Ampat as also being one of the top snorkeling destinations in the world. In fact, it is stated that you often never have to go really far from where you are staying to have an amazing snorkeling experience. Most of the homestays, hotels and resorts in the area have pristine house reefs for you to explore.

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© StayRajaAmpat.com

While rising sea temperatures around the world have caused many corals reef to bleach, scientists were surprised on how the coral reefs in Raja Ampat have not only survived, but thrive in relative warm sea temperatures just a couple of meters below the water surface, making it extremely conducive for us to enjoy the rich marine life without any diving equipment. One of the highlights in the area includes snorkeling among mangrove roots on Gam Island. Usually, it is not possible to snorkel in mangrove areas as the water is usually muddy with near zero visibility. The water in the mangroves of Gam Island is very clear, making possible to explore the marine life amongst the sea grass and mangrove roots. In some areas you can even find corals growing on mangrove roots! Other highlight for snorkelers would be Manta Point, where it is possible for us to swim amongst these gentle giants as they feed near the water surface.

Thanks to the remoteness of this place, which is located on the far east of Indonesia, west of Papua New Guinea, it doesn’t look like mass tourism will be reaching Raja Ampat anytime too soon. If you are always on a lookout to explore pristine marine and natural environments, now is the perfect time to visit this place. In the past couple of years, the tourist infrastructures have developed to a point where it has become relatively ‘easy’ to get there (with fixed plane and ferry schedules). With that said, the remoteness of its location have also made it one of the more expensive places to visit in Indonesia.

For a comprehensive guide to visiting and snorkeling in Raja Ampat do visit www.StayRajaAmpat.com. It is an amazing website with lots of up-to-date details and guides to visiting this marine wonderland. Also, do enjoy the photo captures and the snorkeling videos below (all taken during snorkeling excursions in the Raja Ampat).


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Yes, it might be one of the more expensive tourist attractions in Singapore, but really, it is hard not to have fun at Universal Studios. Regardless of your age and preferences, Universal Studios is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon with your friends or loved ones. I would recommend spending an entire day here if possible and go for all the rides! My favorite show/ride at the park was Transformers!

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Zoos are always on my list of must-go places whenever I visit someplace new. The Singapore Zoo is one of the best in the region and is definitely worth for anyone who would like to take some time off from the bustling city.

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The Singapore Flyer is definitely something that you would want to add into your itinerary if you are into gorgeous views. Here are some photos of it during our visit.

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