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Hop on a Jetplane! Overseas Destinations You Can Reach with Short Flights From Jakarta
26 Mar 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

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!

1. Singapore

Flight Time from JKT: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

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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!

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Flight Time from JKT: 3 Hours and 15 Minutes

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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!

3. Bangkok, Thailand

Flight Time from JKT: 3 Hours and 35 Minutes

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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.

4. Phuket, Thailand

Flight Time from JKT: 4 Hours and 45 Minutes

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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.

5. Perth, Australia

Flight Time from JKT: 4 Hours and 40 Minutes

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by Michelle for SweetEscape in Perth

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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At SweetEscape, we believe that no matter how short distanced, holiday moments are always worth capturing. Whenever you want to go, make it memorable with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Still Can't Get Over Summer? Here are 6 Great Summer Flicks To Binge On
20 Jun 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

What happens in the summertime... may come again next summer! We know, for you summer lovers, summer always seems to be over with a blink of an eye. It's completely relatable, and it feels that way because we enjoy it (way too much, sometimes).

by Alexandra for SweetEscape in London

So little time, so much to do. For those of you who just can't seem to get over summer just yet, here are 5 top flicks we highly recommend for you to binge on to keep that summer spirit going. A long day at work? Come home to one of these great movies to boost your mood!

1. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

SANTORINI, GREECE and BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

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Don't talk to me, I'm tired and grumpy and i'll probably make fun of you. Remember that line? If you do... then this is the throwback summer movie for you! Since you're probably feeling bummed that the summer break is over, watching this flick will surely relive your summer days as if they had never left. For those of you who aren't familiar with this movie, don't worry! We'll give you a little preview. The movie centers around the lives of four bestfriends who are separated for the summer. One of of the exotic locations the movie was shot in is the village of Oia in Santorini, Greece.

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by Dimitris for SweetEscape in Santorini

But wait.. It doesn't stop there! The movie was also shot in Baja California in Mexico, where the summer vibe gets even more intense as the story follows actress Blake Lively's character on her own summer vacation in the movie. The place, atmosphere, and landscape will definitely make you feel that summertime feeling all over again.

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by Kristina for SweetEscape in Cancun

2. 500 Days Of Summer (2009)

LOS ANGELES, USA

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You know what they say. One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. If you're feeling a little blue and mellow, but also in the mood for some comedy and summertime fun, then we highly suggest for you to re-watch 500 Days of Summer. Shot in the city of Los Angeles, the movie will really give you those summer vibes in addition to an addicting lovestory of a young couple. Starring the beautiful and quirky Zooey Deschanel, you will even forget your post-summer blues and get caught up in this romantic summer-y flick.

by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

3. The Parent Trap (1998)

NAPA VALLEY, USA & LONDON, UK

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If you were born in the early 90's, then we assume you would be familiar with the all-time famous childhood actor, Lindsay Lohan. Known as one her best movie debuts, the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. The movie tells a story about two long-lost twins accidentally reunited at a summercamp located in California. Lohan, who portrayed both twins (we know what you're thinking... "How was that possible?", that's a story for next time!) lived in Napa Valley of California and London of the United Kingdom. Watching their summercamp adventures will relive that childhood side of yours, of those summer activities that you would do... and sometimes, reliving those memories in your head is actually enough to get by! Not to mention, the soundtrack of the whole entire movie is going to give you such a cozy warm feeling to drive those holiday blues away.

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4. Grease (1978)

VENICE BEACH, USA

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This one-hit-wonder movie starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, surely deserves to be on our list of binge-worthy movies. Set in the famous Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, we can all agree that it doesn't get more summer-y than that. From the boardwalk fun, to the endless fresh ocean breeze, Venice beach can truly give off the perfect idea of a summer getaway. If you happen to be saving for you next summer vacation, this retro flick will motivate you to the max so that you'll get the fullest out of your next holiday.

by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

5. My Girl (1991)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA

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I got sunshine, on a cloudy day... and with that said, this 90's movie starring Julia Roberts will surely turn your cloudy day to a day full of sunshine. The movie will keep your mind preoccupied by its sad storyline, leaving you with a mixture of different emotions... but mostly good ones! Moral of the story: there's a a rainbow at the end of every rain. If you're not feeling so great now, we totally understand. You're probably dreading another day of work, or maybe school. But at the end of the day, you'll be rewarded again with another vacation awaiting you.

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by Elle for SweetEscape in Orlando

6. The Sound of Music (1965)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Climb every mountain, ford every stream... We know, this movie goes even way back than you had expected. Despite the title of the movie, this movie is a must watch for you escapists who prefer a more European style of summer. As you watch the movie, the main actress, Julie Andrews (who is now of course much, much older), brings you in a semi sing-a-long journey throughout the whole movie making you feel like part of the movie (for real!). You'll be taken to beautiful, green Austrian hills and down to canals for the many adventures in the movie.

by Ana for SweetEscape in Vienna
by Ana for SweetEscape in Vienna

The best part of the movie is that you will see the difference in the generation back then; what summer break was like, what activities were done, and you'll be surprised at how different it is to the present day. After watching this movie, a part of you will appreciate your summers so much more.

by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

For your next vacation, be it winter, summer, autumn or spring, let SweetEscape make your trip memorable and long lasting in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's) #MakeLifeMemorable!

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