Top 4 Last-Minute Travel Ideas for Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

She probably wouldn’t mind a new handbag or going for a fancy dinner, but we think Mummy would much prefer the gift of some quality time. No matter what her interestscity girl and fitness junkie alikehere are our top four last-minute travel ideas for this Mother’s Day weekend.

#1 Hiking in Hong Kong For the Nature Enthusiasts

Singapore to Hong Kong 3h 55m

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Lantau Peak is famous for the stunning unobstructed sunrise views it offers, and is thus perfect for the early risers! (Image credit: alfred5138 via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA)

If Mummy enjoys lush greenery, colourful skies, and a good hike to test her limits, Hong Kong is the place to be. Well known for its walking culture, the country offers some of the best hiking trails in Asia. The most famous route is undoubtedly the Maclehose Trail (stage 7 and 8). It goes from Shing Mun to Tai Mo Shan, which is the tallest peak in Hong Kong (957m). The next tallest peak is Lantau Peak (934m), which is another great mountain to hike. Do note that both trails are considered challenging and hence, may be difficult for beginners.


RELATED: Lantau Peak Sunrise Climb, Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls Hike

#2 Water Sports in Bali, Indonesia For the Sporty Mum

Singapore to Bali 2h 40m

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The Telaga Waja River has rapids from level 2 to 4, which is suitable for beginner to advanced rafters respectively.

Bali is Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination, and it’s more than just for romantic honeymoons. Couple-up with your sun-loving mum and go on a wild adventure to conquer the stunning waters of the island! There are three rivers suitable for white water rafting (Telaga Waja River, Ayung River Ubud, and Melangit River). The 16km Telaga Waja River is the most popular one, because it is long, and offers a variety of rapids that are suitable for various skill levels.


RELATED: White Water Rafting Tour (with Lunch), South Bali Tour with Water Sports (optional), and ATV Ride through Rice Fields and The Countryside.

#3 Relaxing Retreat in Thailand For the Overworked Mum

Singapore to Bangkok 2h 25m

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Opt for the usual hot oil massages, or if you’re game, try Thai massages: The traditional practice uses acupuncture and assisted yoga poses to promote healing and rejuvenation.

Even superwomen need a break once in a while! Aside from offering to take over the household chores, pamper her with a relaxing vacation. It’s spa and massage galore in Thailand, which is the must-go destination for stress relief. There are many spa establishments for you to choose from, and massages can go for as cheap as S$10 per hour! For a truly heavenly experience, we recommend Oasis Spa (Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai) and Orientala Spa (Phuket). Want something a little different? Then try out the Thaisolate Floating Spa, where you can unwind in a floating pod of special Epsom salt!


RELATED: Oasis Spa Pattaya, Orientala Spa, and Thaisolate Floating Spa.

#4 Night Market-Hopping in Taiwan For the City Mum

Singapore to Taiwan 4h 25m

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Love the Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks chain in Singapore? Just wait until you try the authentic XXL crispy chicken from Taiwan! (Image credit: (WT-en) Ash rex via Wikimedia Commons)

Prefer the neon lights and buzzing city life? Then take your mum with you to explore the bustling night markets of Taiwan! The best known one is Shilin Night Market, as you may already know. Other popular options include the Rao He Night Market and Tong Hua Night Market. To make this truly a trip to remember, add a meaningful spin to it by releasing a Sky Lantern in Shifen (approximately 45 minutes from Taipei).


RELATED: Jiufen Shuttle Bus Day TourYehliu Geopark Shuttle Bus Day Tour,  and Taipei 101 Observatory.

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