Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scoot to two destinations on one budget holiday

With Singapore-based low-cost long-haul airline Scoot operating budget flights to Tokyo and Taipei you can combine these two destinations into one itinerary without digging deep into your pockets. Even better, the savings you can make from flying to Tokyo and Taipei with a low cost carrier like Scoot lets you stretch your budget further.

Tokyo on Budget
You can head to Gotemba Premium Outlets to score great buys. It has 210 shops offering high-end designer and branded goods at 25 to 65 percent off. It's located at the foot of Mt Fuji, so you can squeeze in some sight while shopping.

What about Tokyo night life on a budget? Yes, with the Tokyo Yokocho Week. Despite its name Tokyo Yokocho Week is a two-month event from January 15th and it lets non-Japanese to enjoy discounts on drinks and cheap bur delicious dishes on a pub crawl. You can get your Yokoso Discount Passport at participating bars.

For basic and clean hotel stay in Tokyo, try Hotel Nikko Narita. Just 10 minutes from Narita International Airport, it offers free WiFi and free shuttle buses to the airport. It costs only ¥6,500 (S$86) for a single room and ¥11,000 for a twin room.

For accommodation that places you right next to Tokyo Tower, check into Tokyo Prince Hotel or Shinjuku Prince Hotel. A single room starts from ¥10,500.

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower
Taiwan on Budget
You cannot go to Taiwan and not visit the night market. Affordable but tasty treats such as oyster omelette, rice tube pudding and braised porr rice are the main draws. Besides the famous Shilin Night Market, visit Keelung Night Market for its pot-edged pancake soup and Taiwanese prawn balls, and Raohe Street Night Market for the herb-steamed spareribs.

Explore Taiwan's natural beauty with a bed-and-breakfast or minsu. You read right. Seaforest, for instance, can take you to Taroko National Park for its famed marble-walled gorge and scenery. Walk on the mountain trails, bathe in hot mineral pools and soak up the aboriginal culture. A double room goes for NTD$1,750 (S$73).

Country View is another minsu to try. It can customize itineraries to popular destinations like Farglory Ocean Park and East Coast National Scenic Area. A double room costs NTD$1,900.

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