Last Minute Beach Getaways on a Budget

Too busy with your Final Year Project? Burnt the midnight oil cramming for those final exams? Need a break before entering the “real world”? We got your back. Here is a list of 4 affordable beach locations to escape it all.

Krabi, Thailand

Kickstarting the list is Krabi, host to several beaches that you can consider for your beach getaway. There is bustling Ao Nang, an increasingly popular resort town which boasts international dining and a range of accommodation to pick from. If that sounds a bit too intense, you can head over to its sister-beach Nopparat Thara for a quieter, more relaxed experience with a greater local feel. In addition, there’s Krabi Town. Here you have a choice of guesthouses to stay and access to Krabi’s inland attractions, both natural and man-made.

If you book your flight and accommodation together on, you can enjoy a comfortable, week-long stay in a nice hotel for as low as $320.

Boracay Island, The Philippines

There are a multitude of exciting things to experience in Boracay Island. There is a 15m jump into the ocean (don’t worry, lifeguards are on hand) and a zipline that allows you to fly head first like Superman! No capes though.

If you enjoy diving, you can rent gear and take a boat out for about $50; if you want to just check out the cute fish, you can rent snorkeling equipment from $18. Boracay Island is also a treasure trove of local delicacies, seafood and street food. Forget about the fancy restaurants and take a walk to experience the local food.

If you book your flight and hotels together, you can easily get your flights and a week’s stay for $450.

Bali, Indonesia

This beautiful island is surrounded by coral reefs that you can dive down and visit, and you can go suntanning on their unique black sand beaches. Bali is also a popular surfing destination. Even beginners can try their hand at the sport with private lessons beginning from $90/hr.

You can take your pick of hostels, dormitories or even home stays for as low as $12 a night. Return flights range from $230 to about $280 depending on how far ahead you book.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Officially named Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is actually a collection of islands. And yes, you can visit some of the islands by boat. Some tours will take it slow and give you time to explore, others will bring you around on a speedboat so you get to see more islands.

Return flights from Singapore start from about $68. Accommodations start as low as $10 per night for dormitories and hostels, but if you’d like to spend your getaway in greater comfort, you can try AirBnB or any of the many hotels available on the main island.