Here’s how you can get 58 days of holidays with just 6 leave days, and the best places to visit are recommended based on seasonality so that you get to visit each country at the best times possible!
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1. The Long Weekends: 25 vacation days possible with 0 leave taken!
>>> 31 December-2 January (3 days)
>>> 14-16 April (3 days)
>>> 22-24 April (3 days)
>>> 29 April-1 May (3 days)
>>> 1-3 September 2017 (3 days)
>>> 1-3 December 2017 (3 days)
>>> 23-26 December 2017 (4 days)
>>> 30 December-1 January (3 days)
2. From Mid-Week Breaks to 4-Day Getaways: Together with the long weekends, 49 vacation days in a year are possible with 6 leave days only! 6 leave day is needed for each break below.
>>> 25-28 March 2017
>>> 11-14 May 2017
>>> 25-28 May 2017
>>> 1-4 June 2017
>>> 17-20 August 2017
>>> 21-24 September 2017
3. 9-Day “Cuti Bersama” (Mass Leave) Vacation: That brings you up to 58 vacation days with just 6 leave days!
>>> 24 June-2 July 2017
The Long Weekends
31 December–2 January
There’s no better time to visit Dubai (UAE) than this year.
Not only that it hosts one of the world’s largest firework displays, Dubai’s usually harsh desert climate hit its lowest temperature in January. As 2017’s official public holiday falls on 2nd January, this is THE YEAR you can party hard without having to worry about the dreadful 7-hour return flight after a sleepless night.
14–16 April, 22–24 April & 29 April–1 May
This is the time to hit the coastal area of Indochina and the Philippines, where the tropical sun is shining at its full glory but raining season has yet to kick in.
Some of the best beaches can be found in Krabi (Thailand), Phuket (Thailand), Koh Samui (Thailand), Boracay (Philippines), Cebu (Philippines), Phu Quoc (Vietnam), Nha Trang (Vietnam).
For 14-16 April, it’s a good time to visit Thailand as well, as the whole country will be celebrating Songkran for a momentous water fight!
Maldives also enjoy plenty of sunshine. The peak season is already over so you might get a better price to stay at one of the resorts. Rain may start to shower in nearer to the end of the month, so this is more suitable for mid-April.
The rain has fully stopped in Indonesia.
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Plenty of options are available in Indonesia, from cultural (Borobudur and Prambanan temples) to adventure (Mount Bromo) to relaxing getaways (Bandung, Lake Toba, Berastagi Highlands). And of course, there’s the evergreen Bali.
1–3 December, 23–26 December & 30 December–1 January
The Western side of Malaysia are now getting all the sunshine. Langkawi and Pangkor Laut are excellent islands getaway during this time, as are the great street food cities of Penang and Malacca which turn vibrant during Christmas as well.
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With cool and dry weather, the entire Indochina region is ideal for a short Chinese New Year getaway. Indochina is brimming with culture, with the majestic Angkor (Cambodia), the vibrant Bangkok (Thailand), the laid-back Chiang Mai (Thailand), and the charming Luang Prabang (Laos) being the most famous.
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This is also a good time to visit Vietnam. Northern Vietnam is no longer as cold and plants are blossoming, making it an ideal time to trek Sapa or cruise Halong Bay. For a more cultural experience, places like Hoi An and Hue will surely impress.
11–14 May, 25–28 May & 1–4 June
Labuan Bajo (Indonesia) is an excellent choice. Weather has stabilized and the green landscape is particularly picturesque during May. Wild animals, including the famous komodo dragons, are active.
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In similar fashion, Coron and Palawan (Philippines) offers moderate temperature, minimum rain and lush, tropical panoramas.
China offers beautiful spring weather during this period. The following destinations are exceptionally good:
– Beijing: Flowers are blooming and many shows/performances are concentrated on May. This is before peak travel season so it’s relatively quieter than usual. While rain has began in some parts of China, Beijing side is still dry.
– Hangzhou: Weather has warmed up, with occasional rains. However, with peach blossom, snow-like petals and green leaves, this is the prettiest time to admire the painting-like landscape of Hangzhou.
The Northern part of Australia is exceptionally beautiful during this period. This is the coolest period for Kakadu National Park, while the Great Barrier Reef has milder weather, gentler current and clearer visibility which is ideal for snorkeling.
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In the tribal land of Tana Toraja (Indonesia), where life revolves around death, you can find some of its most elaborate funerals in August. Lombok (Indonesia) is sunny with blue sky, which is ideal for beach times or trekking up to Mount Rinjani.
East Malaysia and the Eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia sees the long rainy days finally come to a halt. You can observe orang utans at Kuching, engage in soft adventure at Kota Kinabalu, or bask at one of the famed beaches (Redang, Tioman, Perhentian Islands).
24 June–2 July
Naturally, this is the Hajj period so you should definitely head to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) if you hadn’t in previous year.
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While you’re at it, Middle East is a decent place to visit during this period. While the weather gradually gets warmer as it enters summer, these are dry heat rather than humid, so it’s not unbearable yet. Highlights include Turkey (especially Cappadocia which will be bursting with wildflower colours), Jordan or Egypt (both places come at much cheaper price during the low season!). Note: Some places may be closed during the first 2-3 days of Eid.
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If you’d like to escape the heat, then head to South Africa which is going through a mild winter (again, discounted price!). Animal spotting is easier than usual with low vegetation and wildlife gathering at whatever few remaining water sources. Combine this with a visit to Hermanus area as June is a whale-sighting season!
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Summer is perfect for Norway and Iceland, as lush green fields begin to hug the spectacular landscape. This is also the season of midnight sun, a must-see natural phenomena!
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Where are you planning to go this year?