With several long-weekends and summer holiday fast approaching, you might have started to plan on your next destination to explore. Although going to faraway places to see the beauty of the world is always rewarding, sometimes you just don't have the time and means to travel so far. Don't worry! We've put down a list of places you can visit with relatively short flights from Jakarta (all under-five-hours) for your long weekends and short escapes, and trust us--these places offers just as much excitement as places far away!
Our closest neighbour, Singapore is an ultra-modern city just 1,5 hours away from Jakarta. This island nation offers a plethora of things to do; from shopping at the famous Orchard Road, marvelling on the majestic Super Tree Grove of Gardens by The Bay, re-creating 'that' wedding scene from the hit movie 'Crazy Rich Asians' at CHJIMES near Bugis area, to feasting on uniquely delicious local dishes in famous hawker centres such as Lau Pa Sat or Newton Food Centre--there's always something new to explore in this ever-developing garden city!
A less-travelled holiday destination for many Indonesians, Ho Chi Minh City's popularity as a destination has grown prominently lately. Also known as Saigon, this city has a unique property of evoking feeling of that of exotic lands and also the charms of old world, with its' many French colonial-style architecture. Don't forget to visit the famous Ben Thanh Market to get your souvenirs and take great photos at the 19th Century Central Post Office building and the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral (built with materials entirely imported from France). Also, you can not afford to miss the delicious Vietnamese coffee and street foods!
Arguably South East Asia's go-to shoppers-and-foodie paradise, Bangkok is an extremely popular destination for many Indonesians. Spoil yourself with millions of things to shop and do at Bangkok's many shopping destinations such as Pratunam Market, Platinum Shopping Mall, Siam Paragon, MBK Centre, and Central World, ride a boat to visit the famous Floating Market, or go hop on a Tuk-Tuk to go to Bangkok's many street food sanctuaries (which are practically everywhere in the city), and sample some of Thai's most delightful dishes such as Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao, Som Tam, and a gazillion others! Beyond the hustle and bustle of the shopping and foodie scene, find balance in visiting famous temples around the city such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Benchamabophit.
Staying in Thailand--For a more tranquil and relaxed escape destination, Phuket is the place to go. A rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, Phuket has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the Western shore. This southern-Thailand island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants, where you can kick back and relax while enjoying good food, sea breeze and pure white sand. Phuket is also the place to go if you want to try diving, snorkling, wind surfing or sailing.
For a non-Asian feel and a majorly different culture, why not visit Australia? Perth is the closest Australian city to Jakarta with only 1 hour time difference, and it is not less amazing compared to its' famous neighbours to the southeast, Sydney and Melbourne. Perth's modern skyline is complemented by the naturally beautiful Swan River where you can walk, ride, or skate around it. Don't forget to snap great photos at the iconic Blue Boathouse, pet some Koala and Kangaroo in the Wildlife Zoo, visit Fremantle Market to experience local market culture and talents, or do sand-skiing at the unique Lancelin Sand Dune!
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Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!
You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.
As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.
Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!
Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!
By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!
Wherever and whomever you want to take your graduation photos with, let SweetEscape capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere by connecting you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!