Whether you are an energetic youth constantly seeking thrilling experiences, a parent yearning for a laid-back yet child-friendly trip, or simply just want the best of thrills and chills, ZUJI Singapore has put together a list of places for everyone to visit this coming holidays.
To quench your wanderlust, whether it is for Insta-worthy backdrops or the love of our beautiful planet, we’ve got you covered. From waking up to sunrises at Mount Pulag in the Philippines, to learning the rich history and heritage of Finland, there is indeed a whole world out there to explore!
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For the young (and young at heart): The Northern Lights is one of the most sought-after activities to do of late, and it’s easy to see why. Head to the faraway Lofoten Islands in Norway – being so close to the Arctic Circle, catching the special auroras during the winter is your best shot with its long dark nights.
While you reserve your nights for the Northern Lights, spend the days in exhilaration with base jumping and thrilling hikes at The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), Lysefjorden. Feel the adrenaline as you jump 604 metres off the cliff with your parachute—don’t forget to snap the whole experience to show your loved ones how you survived that fall.
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For the old (soul): Step back into time as you explore historical sites such as the Oslo Cathedral, boasting original baroque interior and elegant structures and paintings. Wander behind the cathedral and you’ll find the Basarhallene, a stretch of bazaar halls that used to be butcher shops. Dating back to the 1840s, it is now home to cafes, restaurants, and craft shops. Complete your day at The Viking Museum for the gigantic 9th century Viking ships and artefacts from Viking tombs. A wow factor: the ships were manually hand-crafted back then! Too bad they are not for sailing now, but don’t worry; you can still hop on a ferry and cruise through Geiranger Fjord for sights of endless clear blue waters and greenery.
2. South Korea
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For the young (and young at heart): South Korea is famous for its contemporary fashion and music. You’ll spy hipsters decked in high fashion on the streets, with bustling bars and nightclubs. One of the hottest clubs in Seoul is Octagon, which has hosted renowned international DJs like Laidback Luke and Dash Berlin. After all the hard partying, escape the metropolis to chill at Seoraksan National Park and Gongryong Ridge. Don’t forget to take some ‘insta-worthy’ pictures of the oriental temples, with their vibrant colours and monumental Buddha statues.
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For the old (soul): Take calming strolls while learning more about Korea’s culture in Insadong. It is also a great place to get souvenirs for your loved ones and maybe surprise them in your new Hanbok. But if you’re after an outdoor experience, you can visit Jeju island, where many popular romantic scenes of various Korean TV dramas such as ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and ‘Secret Garden’ were filmed. Don’t forget the Jeju Olle-gil walking trails that stretch over 400km, allowing trekkers to witness the humble life of farmers, and beautiful temples – a tranquil escape from the city life. After the trails, treat your feet and relax in fresh seawater saunas at Yongduam Haesu Spa Land and admire the natural views amidst the uniquely-shaped Yongduam Rocks.
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For the young (and young at heart): Get your Go-Pros ready, and prepare for some high-flying experiences while paragliding in Luve Gaotai. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, treat yourself to a kayak ride along Qingshui Cliff (One of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan) or mountain bike along the off-road trails of Beitou. Whichever you choose to do, you’re in for a wild ride.
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For the old (soul): Bask in the romantic views of the snow-peaked mountains at Wuling Farm, or enjoy cherry blossoms in all its glory in Spring. Another feast for the eyes is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – erected in memorial of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. The magnificent white-flushed structures and statues make for aesthetically-pleasing pictures. Walk further down memory lane to Longshan Temple. Built in 1738 by Fujian settlers, the temple has been through historical events such as the World War II air raids. With so many sights to see, Taiwan is a dream for photography enthusiasts.
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For the young (and young at heart): The closest you can probably get to a rainbow is through the Iguazu Falls … if you’re lucky enough. At 82 metres, the roar of white water may be intimidating, but once you get used to it, it becomes a serene and peaceful calm. While rainbows are real, unicorns aren’t, but at least there are llamas! Llama trekking in Tilcara can be a fun way to embrace the ancestral activities of the land – explore the rugged terrain of old ruins and salt deposits all over the area as you ride this alpaca lookalike.
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For the old (soul): Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! Sit back and relax at local vineyards in Mendoza. The region produces nearly two-thirds of the country’s wine, so head down, swish some wine in your glass, and find out why it makes up Argentina’s majority wine production. Sip on some good Argentine wine before heading to Punta Tombo National Reserve for some cute little penguin action! However, when your inhibitions start evaporating away with the alcohol, that’s the cue to start dancing your way to the Cosquin Festival to enjoy folk music performances. From ballets to bonfires by the river, to even an art exhibit, it’s time to get artsy dance-y!
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For the young (and young at heart): Pitching tents and camping are common activities, but what about waking up to sunrises while doing so? Camp at Mount Pulag or Mount Napulawan and watch the sunrise. Step it up a little after by trekking along the UNESCO-recognised rice terraces around Banaue. Did you know that if all the terraces were lined up end-to-end, they would equal to half of Earth’s circumference?
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For the old (soul): If all you’re after is a slow and relaxing time, Philippines has got you covered. Palawan is renowned for its gorgeous sandy beaches and is no stranger to the usual sea activities. Dive and explore the beautiful reefs and marine life, or sit back by the beach and enjoy the crystal waters and soft white sand. With little islands dotting the horizon, it’s truly a feast for the senses. After all, that sun, seek some shelter at the San Augustin Church inside the walled city of Intramuros, where you can learn the history and admire its baroque interior dating back to the Spanish colonial period.
Whether you are young or old, it’s never too early or late to go on an adventure of a lifetime. Such journeys help create new, unforgettable experiences and in turn, effect change on your world view. After all, life is but an endless journey filled with plenty of unexplored facets waiting to be discovered. What are you waiting for? Book with ZUJI Singapore today!
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