Out of Singapore on a shoestring budget

Don’t miss out on these promotions for budget airlines and low-cost carriers.

Kota Kinabalu – Mount Kinabalu

From $72, Air Asia. Promotion ends when sold out.

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Challenge yourself by climbling Mount Kinabalu – the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The hike is intense (spans over a day to two), but rewarding. Ascending the peak requires no specilized mountain climbing skills but hey, it always pays to be fit.

Chiang Mai – Night Bazaars

From $129, Tiger Air. Promotion ends when sold out.

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Nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaars. Popular Night Bazaars there also include the Kalare Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets. Find a variety of brand name designer goods (both real and fake), local Thai goods and local handicrafts at really low prices. Remember to bargain for your purchases – it is almost expected of shoppers to do so and the locals are always ready to fight back and haggle. Just so you know, bargaining is almost a national sport in Thailand.

Macau – Macau Tower Bungee Jump

From $140, Tigerair. Promotion ends when sold out.

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What’s the fastest way to descend 233m? By leaping off it, of course. Fear knows no bounds here. The AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungee Jump is 233m/764ft high, holding the record for the Highest Commercial Bungee Jump in the world. Any higher you’ll have to be parachuting off a helicopter. Come plunge a free fall at a speed of up to 200km/h for the ultimate extreme journey. If it comforts you at all, it’ll all end in about 5 seconds.

Jinan – Thousand Buddha Mountain

From $155, Tigerair. Promotion ends when sold out.

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What goes up, must come down. The Thousand Buddha Mountain is almost your typical Chinese mountain, with a temple situated right on top, with trails of Chinese architecture and stairs eventually leading to a huge statue of Buddha.

But here comes the fun part – there is a slide to use on your way down. I have always thought that the slides at our own playgrounds end to soon. This – is a 600m long slide. I appreciate the help in the descend back on ground level.

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