Year End Holidays: Top city getaways from Malaysia

‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ is the country’s tourism tagline, and this couldn’t be closer to the truth. The country truly does symbolise the best that Asia has to offer. But even the nicest of places sometimes need a bit of escaping from, especially when you’ve been living and working there for the most part of your life. So as you begin chalking out the list of your getaways for the year-end holidays, do consider our handpicked recommendations.


When trying to plan an itinerary for Bangkok, you’re unsure where to begin, and where – or rather – when to end. The capital city of Thailand simply has that much to keep you occupied.  From floating markets and glitzy shopping malls to magnificent temples and serene monasteries, it’s the perfect blend of materialism and spirituality.

Among the many places to visit, the unmissable ones include Temple of the Reclining Buddha and The Grand Palace. All that sightseeing and shopping will wear you out and you need to come back to the comfort of a home away from home. Here are our top picks:

Apartment in Central Bangkok

This luxury, 1-bedroom apartment right in the heart of Bangkok offers the facilities of a 5-star resort within the complex that it’s housed in, but with the comfort and feel of a home. There is a massive swimming pool, billiards table, tennis court, huge play zone for kids, and even table tennis and air hockey tables to keep you entertained. Can’t really go wrong with this one.

Average price per night: SGD 84

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2-Bedroom Apartment on Soi 21 Bangkok

Located 500 yards from the sky train and underground stations, this lovely, beautifully designed HomeAway makes your sightseeing trips super convenient. The balcony of this apartment provides a magnificent view of Bangkok’s skyline, and the sauna and steam room within the complex serve as perfect relaxation aids after a tiring day out.

Average price per night: SGD 103

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High-Rise Apartment close to MRT

A gourmet kitchen, warm bathtub, swimming pool, and a well-equipped gym – this 2-bedroom HomeAway has it all. Oh, and if you’re feeling super indulgent, the owner offers a limousine pick up service from the airport – for a fee of course! He’s also sweet enough to mention that he won’t charge you for ‘any small thing you might break by mistake.’ But we recommend you’d be careful anyway.

Average price per night: SGD 84

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Japan’s capital blends tradition and modernity like no other city. Little wonder that this city attracts tourists from all over the world in massive numbers. It’s also a testimony to the power of resistance – no matter what adversities may come its way, the country bounces back and rebuilds in a way only Japanese ingenuity can accomplish.

Tokyo can’t be seen in a day so we suggest you plan a trip here when time isn’t of the essence. Popular spots include Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Senso-ji Temple and Meiji Jingu Shrine but don’t miss the spectacular view of the city from the Tokyo City View Observation Deck!

Stay at one of these fabulous HomeAways to complete your trip:

Stunning Home in Central Tokyo

Make your stay in Tokyo unforgettable at surely one of the best homes available in the city. Five stories of stunning light-filled modern accommodation, located in a tranquil setting just minutes away from the charming Azabu Juban area.

This designer home has 4 bedrooms and comfortably accommodates up to 8 people.

Average price per night: SGD 734

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Natural Ellipse House

Located in the most vibrant shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo, this HomeAway acknowledges the conflict between the desire for privacy and the need to connect with the lively surrounding neighbourhood. The result is a mostly introverted structure with a few carefully placed openings to the outside, allowing the privacy necessary for domestic life.

Average price per night: SGD 857

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Traditional European Style Penthouse

This spacious HomeAway is perfect for large groups or families as it is able to accommodate 13 people. Although located amidst one of the most active shopping streets in Tokyo, quietness is guaranteed.

Additionally, many of Tokyo’s best restaurants and cafes are walking distance from this apartment, so you need not venture too far for that morning cuppa.

Average price per night: SGD 346

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Stunning architecture, historical landmarks, and sumptuous street food are the first three things that come to mind when describing Osaka, Japan.

The Osaka Castle, built in the 16th century, is the city’s main and most cherished historical landmark. Several restorations have gone into making this structure what it is today and the effort shows! But of course, there’s lots more to the city than its history, such as its vibrant nightlife, many Must-Visit locations and beautiful nature parks.

After a day of sightseeing, come home to these super cool HomeAways:

New, 3-Story House

This recently constructed HomeAway is perfect for large groups. With 4 bedrooms and 8 beds, it easily accommodates up to 15 guests. Additionally, it comes with all the amenities that you’ve come to expect from a modern HomeAway.

Average price per night: SGD 265

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Artsy 1-Bedroom Apartment near Shinsaibashi

While this ultra-cute HomeAway comes with one bedroom, the utilisation of space is fantastic and is able to fit a family or group of up to 6!

Average price per night: SGD 183

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Colourful SpongeBob Cosy Room

If you’re travelling with kids, they’re in for a treat. This adorable 1-bedroom HomeAway is themed around the popular animated character SpongeBob SquarePants. The bedroom features a double bed, while the sofa bed in the living area is able to accommodate 2 more guests.

Average price per night: SGD 71

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Seoul has always been ranked among the best cities in Asia for good reasons. You’ll see what we’re talking about as soon as you land at the Incheon International airport – considered among the best airports not just in Asia but the world.

Begin your Seoul tour with the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall that boasts of curving architecture and a walkable park on its roof. Other notable places of interest include The War Memorial of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Korea, Bukhansan National Park, Myeongdong Shopping Street, Bukchon Hanok Village, and N Seoul Tower.

The following HomeAways in Seoul will make your stay comfortable and hassle-free:

English Sweet House in Gangnam

This tastefully designed HomeAway is right at the heart of Gangnam so we’ll forgive you if you want to break into that famous step in the spacious living room. Or perhaps out in the street if you’re adventurous enough. The 2-bedroom apartment features fancy furniture and super bright, premium lighting – truly Gangnam style!

Average price per night: SGD 296

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Classy Apartment close to Gangnam Station

Comfort is key at this HomeAway and the pictures certainly seem to do justice to that statement. There’s also a mention of famous plastic surgery centres that are walking distance from this apartment. Nose job, anyone? Note: we don’t recommend it!

Average price per night: SGD 98

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K-pop Terrace House in Cheongdam

This white and blue coloured HomeAway is chic, cosy, and comfortable. There’s a neatly done up office area within the bedroom itself for you to quickly check your emails or catch up on any urgent work. As the name suggests, there’s a private terrace to soak in some great views early morning or late in the night when the city is all lit up.

Average price per night: SGD 105

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‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ is the famous campaign that originated in Australia which refers to Slip on a shirt, Slop on the sunscreen, and Slap on a hat. It was later extended to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide. The last two meaning Seek shade and Slide on some sunglasses. You’d do well to remember these tips since December, January, and February are the hottest months in Australia. So ensure that you’re well protected because while everyone loves the sun, no one likes a sunburn!

There’s plenty to do in Melbourne and the only problem is where to begin! We recommend to kick off your travels with a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens where over 10,000 plant species greet you in all their myriad colours, textures, and splendour. If you’re a cricket lover, do visit the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Continue exploring other popular attractions such as Shrine of Remembrance, Port Campbell National Park, Melbourne Musuem, National Gallery of Victoria. ArtVo, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne Zoo, and Queen Market.

These HomeAways will keep you cool after a hot day out in the blazing sun:

Deluxe Apartment with a terrific view

Situated right in the middle of Melbourne is this beautiful 1-bedroom HomeAway that enables access to the perfect view of the city. The well-equipped gym will delight fitness enthusiasts and the indoor swimming pool and sauna room are perfect for those who’d simply like to relax. The lovely, subtle white interiors exude a sense of peace and serenity.

Average price per night: SGD 114

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Modern Executive Apartment in Melbourne CBD

This 2-bedroom, well-designed apartment is ideal for a family of 4 or a small group. But the extra beds placed in and around the bedrooms mean that even 7 can squeeze in rather comfortably. But we warn you that you’re likely to fight for who gets to crash on the uber comfortable couch that just sinks you in as you lie back after a long day.

Average price per night: SGD 227

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Wyndham Harbour Villa – Beachfront

Australia is famous for its beaches in all cities and this luxurious HomeAway has one right in front of it. When you’re done beach bumming, get a taste of the country life and converse with the local community in the area – who love sharing their passion for fresh produce. This villa is also close to popular tourist spots such as Werribee Park and Mansion, Open Bridge Zoo and Shadowfax Winery.

Average price per night: SGD 310

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1-Bedroom Apartment at 315 La Trobe Street

The owner is really proud of this admittedly well-situated HomeAway. “Location! Location! Location! Stay at my fantastically located (315 La Trobe Street) apartment, and enjoy being at the very heart of Melbourne – giving you the easiest access to Melbourne Central and all the major museums. Also you can enjoy great food and coffee at the nearby Hardware Lane.” We’ll take his word for it.

Average price per night: SGD 136

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Sydney’s gorgeous sail-like design sets it apart from other cities in terms of aesthetics. You can see this shape as you’re landing at the Sydney Airport, which also happens to be one of the busiest airports in the country, with millions of tourists coming in every year.  The city also finds its place amongst the top 15 most visited cities in the world, and there’s little wonder why. It’s just that beautiful.

Here’s an interesting fact about the city: over 250 languages are spoken in the city and 40% of the residents speak another language in addition to English at home. This is due to the large influx of migrants from across the world – and for good reason. After all, it is consistently ranked as among the most liveable cities in the world. When you find yourself in this part of Australia, don’t miss out on visiting the Sydney Harbour, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the numerous beaches and wildlife tours. Also, a trip to Sydney isn’t complete without hopping on to the famous Sydney Ferries.

As for places to stay, these great HomeAways will sort that out:

Harbour Fringe Vibrant Apartment

Here’s a tongue twister for you:  Woolloomooloo. Before you think we’ve misplaced our marbles, that’s the name of the suburb where this lovely, spacious 2-bedroom HomeAway is situated. Situated on the third floor, it offers views of the Botanical Gardens, Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the terrace balcony. An interesting sight is at dusk, when the flying foxes leave their nests in search of food.

Average price per night: SGD 272

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Alpine Place Villa

This super stylish villa is one among the 12 identical villas that dot the streets of Horningsea Park. Equipped with 4 bedrooms and accommodating up to 14 guests, even large groups won’t find space to be a concern here. If you’re part of an even larger group, simply book the villa right next to it as well! The well-stocked kitchen, replete with every possible appliance makes cooking your own meals a breeze.

Average price per night: SGD 266

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Artistic 2-Bedroom Terrace with Harbour Views

An eclectic but elegantly designed terrace HomeAway suitable for a small families, a couple or friends. Despite looking quaint from the outside, the home has three levels including two large master bedrooms, a small garden, two tiled courtyards, a luxurious master bathroom, a gallery kitchen and a cosy living space with accompanying dining room.

Average price per night: SGD 196

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Bright 3-Bedroom Home close to Bondi Beach

One of the best highlights of this stylishly designed HomeAway is its proximity to Sydney’s most famous beach – Bondi. The master bedroom extends into a tree-canopy shaded balcony, while the bathrooms offer a luxurious bath and waterfall shower. To top it off, the large lawn outside along with a quaint side garden is where you can spend your evenings.

Average price per night: SGD 272

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