A three-day, two-night vacation can recharge you enough to refresh you for what's to come next year-and you won't even have to blow all your savings to go abroad. Low-cost airlines offer affordable airfares, and a quick Google search can lead to a number of cheap hotels and hostels. Here's a round-up of travel spots in Asia you can explore for P10,000 or less:
1. Shenzhen (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P5,739)
If you're a lover of design and want to be culturally immersed in another city's art scene, take a trip to China. A first-time visitor might be pleasantly surprised to find that Shenzhen is on the UNESCO list of Creative Cities of Design, but it makes sense with its wide tree-lined boulevards, big open public spaces, chic breweries and bars, and sleek museums and galleries that anchor a thriving art and design scene.
For an art hop like no other, check out the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal. The compound brings together gallery spaces, outdoor sculptural installations, and a library with hard-to-find resources about contemporary Asian art.
2. Kaohsiung (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P6,633)
The port city has Taiwan's biggest outdoor night market, unique temples, one of the coolest train stations in the world and, like the rest of Taiwan, mouth-watering food waiting to be discovered.
You can admire the spectacular Dome of Light glass mural at the Formosa Boulevard train station; rent a bike and pedal past the temples and pagodas at Lotus Pond, and browse through Pier 2 Art Centre, a collection of revamped tobacco warehouses that now house art installations, trendy eateries, and boutiques.
3. Taipei (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P7,114)
Taipei may be small, but it certainly packs a big punch when it comes to food. No one goes hungry in the capital of Taiwan-it's full of lively night markets, coffee shops hawking braised pork rice and traditional desserts, cute kiosks selling mango shaved ice and bubble tea, and sit-down restaurants serving the city's famed xiaolongbao.
When you're not shoveling food into your mouth, you can shop for cheap beauty products, see a bird's eye view of the city at Taipei 101 Tower, visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, or rent a car to visit the nearby Yehliu Geopark.
4. Bali (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P8,249)
More than beaches, the island has cultural and historic sites, serene temples, an abundance of nature and, come sundown, some serious partying prospects. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the beaches of Seminyak or Legian, or if you're eager to explore, visit Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, a Hindu temple sitting precariously atop cliffs on the southern coast of the island.
5. Ho Chi Minh (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P9,857)
The city's vibrancy can be seen in its many markets, the food carts plying its streets, and its hip rooftop restaurants. There are many things to do as a tourist aside from gawking at locals as they go about their daily lives. History buffs can visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, or take a drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels-all reminders of the country's war-riddled history; avid shoppers can take on the maze-like Ben Thanh for local fabric, dried goods, and souvenirs; and everyone can indulge in Vietnam's amazing food-a feast of herb-sprinkled pho, spring rolls, pancakes, and banh mi.
6. Seoul (Round Trip + 3D/2N Stay = P9,900)
This fascinating metropolis is filled with a contrasting mix of modern infrastructure, high-tech skyscrapers, ancient palaces, and historic buildings. To get a peek of what old Seoul looked like, head to the iconic village of Bukchon, where you'll find traditional Korean wooden houses wedged along narrow alleyways.
For a taste of Seoul's retail offerings, start in Dongdaemun Market, a complex of 20 shopping malls with over 30,000 stores peddling everything under the sun. Myeongdong is another shopping experience with international boutiques, large department stores, and beauty shops selling a dizzying array of K-beauty skincare and cosmetics.
There's never been an easier time to head out, especially with AirAsia's packages of affordable flights. Book now for insanely low fares, including an introductory all-in one-way fare of P1,599 from Manila to Shenzhen for BIG members, and P4,490 one-way for Seoul. Travel now until May 31, 2019.