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Bintan
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Bintan

Instead of saving up for a flight ticket to your next holiday destination, why not pack your bags for a weekend getaway at Bintan? Less than an hour ride away from Singapore by ferry, the Indonesian island's sandy white beaches, grand golf courses and gorgeous resorts make it the perfect beach vacation sans the obnoxious crowds of Bali or Phuket. Even if you're not one to soak up a tan or relax with a spa session, the island is loaded with a range of heart-pumping land and water activities as well as idyllic nature trails. Alternatively, you can learn more about Bintan by embarking on a cultural and heritage trail. Ready for an adventure? Here's our guide on where to stay, eat and do at Bintan. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Singapore's offshore islands and the best short day trips from Singapore  

Family-friendly activities in Johor Bahru
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Family-friendly activities in Johor Bahru

JB's not just for cheap petrol and even cheaper food. Will Chin explores five kid-friendly attractions that's perfect for a weekend getaway

Seminyak and Petitenget
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Seminyak and Petitenget

What to do and where to go on the Island of the Gods

Penang
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Penang

An escapade to the Pearl of the Orient? Skip the dusty travel guide and let Su Aziz and Cheng Sim take you around Penang for 48 hours

Phuket
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Phuket

The biggest island in Thailand is stocked with adventure, cheap food, and – of course – panoramas that’ll make all your friends jealous. But it’s also home to the creature comforts that some of us (including yours truly) look for in a beach getaway. Here’s how to kick back without slumming it out completely.

Hong Kong
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Hong Kong

Your 48-hour guide to the best things to do in Hong Kong

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Bangkok
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Bangkok

As Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle here in Singapore prove, swanky restaurants aren’t the only ones deserving of a Michelin star. In the Michelin Guide’s inaugural edition in Bangkok, it awarded Raan Jay Fai with the same honour. But we think there are plenty of other cheap street eats in the Thai city that deserve a shout – here’s what the inspectors (and you) should check out.

Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka

The best sands and surf in the island nation

Taipei
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Taipei

Soak in the good vibes of the teeming metropolis

Jakarta
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Jakarta

Discover the cultural and culinary goldmine

Shanghai
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Shanghai

Ever-changing and developing at a breakneck speed, this heaving metropolis in China always offers something new. Here’s your one-stop-shop guide to making the most of Shanghai in just 24 hours. 8am–11am: Stuff yourself with street eats Set yourself up for the day with a stomach-stretching three-hour breakfast on Untour’s walking street food tour ($98). The trip leads you through favourite local breakfast spots in the former French Concession. Xiao long bao 11am–noon: Snag a genuine propaganda poster Continue your journey through the former French Concession towards the Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Hidden in the basement of a faceless housing complex, it’s not the easiest place to find but totally worth the hunt for the large collection of genuine Communist propaganda posters – some of which you can buy for as little as $40. Noon–2.30pm: Tour the Jewish Refugees Museum Tucked up in Hongkou district, the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and surrounding area are well worth a few hours. Housed in the Ohel Moshe Synagogue complex, the museum gives an insightful look – via original artefacts, historical photos and personal recollections – into the decades during which the neighbourhood was home to Jewish refugees who fled the Nazi regime in Europe. 2.30pm–4.30pm: Explore the M50 The M50 Art District is home to a number of modern and contemporary art galleries. While smaller than its Beijing equivalent, 798, it is still one of the best places to see modern art in the city

Hoi An
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Hoi An

Hoi An radiates old-world charm. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh may grab the headlines but this small town on the eastern coast of central Vietnam has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999. The city’s history as a trading port remains a focal point of its modern identity – and old Vietnamese, Chinese, French and Japanese architecture abound – but to say Hoi An survives off its former glories would be a grave injustice. This town is alive and kicking. Things to do Acquainting yourself with the Old Town should be high on your agenda. Although it doesn’t span a vast territory, the narrow alleyways and their hidden wonders lie on both sides of the Thu Bon River. Popular sites include the 16th century Japanese Bridge and the area’s historical houses. Tickets from the tourist information centre allow you to enter and leave the sites at your leisure – a luxury given the spike in the number of visitors that appear later in the day. Evening boat rides along the river are the best way to see the lights and lanterns that dot the glistening waterfront. The historic My Son temple Two hours inland lies My Son, formerly the heartland of the Viet Cong army that fought United States’ forces during the Vietnam War. A day trip to the My Son Hindu temple ruins highlights the damage done to the region during the conflict: many of the 14th century Cham dynasty buildings were destroyed during air bombings and bomb craters remain visible to this day. Where to eat Local delicacies from the regi

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New South Wales
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New South Wales

Sleep in a safari tent, slurp fresh oysters and sail alongside dolphins as you take a road trip up the coast of New South Wales

Barcelona
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Barcelona

It can be a challenge to absorb everything a culturally vibrant city like Barcelona has to offer but we’ve pared it all down to seven of the musts. From Gaudí and Picasso to tapas and pintxos here’s what you can’t miss in Catalonia’s capital. Discover the city on foot Spend a day away from the metro and the tourist bus and stroll around the city instead. Visit some of its most impressive buildings and parks like the Parc de la Ciutadella, Parc de Joan Miró and the Montjuïc castle. Go off the beaten path and head up to Horta, the charming Sant Andreu district or the lesser-known side of Eixample. Explore Gaudí and modernisme Admire the city’s modernista architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí in particular. The most famous are the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Pedrera but don’t miss other Gaudí buildings such as Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, Torre Bellesguard, Casa Vicens and – if you have time to venture outside Barcelona – the crypt of Colònia Güell in Santa Coloma de Cervelló. Els 4 Gats Picture the city of Picasso’s youth Picasso’s Barcelona, where he spent his early years, was beautiful and vibrant. Follow in the footsteps of the artistic genius as you visit the landmarks that shaped his youth. Walk down C/Reina Cristina and then cross over to number three on C/Mercè to see where his family lived – though the actual building has been destroyed. Make like a bohemian at Els 4 Gats, a café where artists, including Picasso and Salvador Dali, gathered to ea

Mauritius
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Mauritius

The island nation offers stunning sceneries, but there’s much more to do than merely lounging on the sands, discovers Jake Newby

Queenstown
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Queenstown

The beginning of autumn in New Zealand means you get to soak in the gorgeous outdoors – and the adventures that come along with it – without the sun’s scorching rays burning a hole through the back of your head. We round up activities on lake, land and sky to check off your dauntless bucket list. But be warned, (most of) these are not for the faint of heart. 

Paris
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Paris

Few cities can compare with the cultural attractions, world-class restaurants and restless nightlife that Paris has to offer. But with just two days in the city, it can be tricky figuring out where to start to take in the absolute best. So we’ve pulled together the definitive guide to getting the most out of Paris in 48 hours. Read on for an itinerary and list of things to do in the capital put together by Time Out’s expert writers and editors. 

São Paulo
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São Paulo

At once the biggest city in Brazil and even in South America, São Paulo is all about superlatives. The city’s traffic might be the worst and its commuters may have reached critical mass years ago, but the delicious abundance of restaurants, the cultural diversity of the population and the hedonistic intensity of its nightlife remain unsurpassed on the continent. São Paulo is the engine driving Brazil’s ongoing economic transformation, and the evidence is everywhere – from ramshackle communities of jobseekers on the outskirts to swanky penthouses, new art galleries and plush play spaces. All the conflicting energies of the place can be summed up in one word: exhilarating. Singapore Airlines flies direct to São Paolo from $3,675 return.