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Should You Travel Luxuriously or Save Money? Here's How You Can Have Both!

Updated 29 Nov 2018 – By Loanstreet


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When planning for your travels, do you find that you’re cutting a few corners in order to maximise your budget as much as possible? If you’re a proud UnionPay cardholder, you can now have a luxurious vacation, while saving money at the same time! Its presence can be felt in over 170 countries and regions, so you can enjoy exclusive offers at more than 10,000 retailers and catering merchant locations.

We decided to bring our readers on a journey to some of the culturally-rich countries in Southeast Asia, and show you how you can still indulge but be cost-effective with a UnionPay card!
 

1) Singapore – The Lion City

Our neighbour to the south is home to an amazing array of things to see and do. From feasting and shopping, to exploring treetop jungle bridges and more, you can be sure there’s something for everyone! Getting about is also easy – with one of the world’s most efficient and extensive public transportation systems, everything is mere minutes away.

Dining: 


Enjoy a 10% discount on your very own private Stardust Cabin and cosy up to savour a delectable 4-course meal, as you take in the lights and splendour of Singapore’s cityscape.

Shopping: 


Shop at one of the most fashionable addresses in Asia – Club 21, where an eclectic blend of Asian and Western labels meet – with a 10% discount on regular-priced items.

Experience: 


A 15% discount on the Cable Car Sky Pass will allow you to get onboard the Cable Car Sky Network, a fun way to get from Faber Peak Singapore, to over 20 attractions in Sentosa.
 

2) Thailand – The Land of Smiles

Here is where the people – warm, friendly and fun-loving – welcome you to a country that seems to radiate a golden hue throughout. The deliciously refreshing cuisine is the main draw, but that’s not the only reason to visit. Gleaming ancient temples and the promise of a tropical getaway await those who seek to discover new experiences.

Dining: 


Renowned for its authentic Thai dishes using traditional recipes that have been adapted into a modern context, delight in the 10% discount on all food items at Nara Thai Cuisine.

Shopping: 

 
Get THB200 off with a minimum spend of THB1,500 on high-quality handmade products in Naraya, ranging from bags and accessories to home decorations and children’s gifts.

Experience: 


Be captivated by one of the largest stage productions in the world showcasing a breathtaking spectacle of history and culture – now with a 15% discount on the show tickets, only at Siam Niramit.
 

3) Indonesia – The Land of Many Lands

As the world’s largest archipelago (more than 17,000 islands), prepare to be amazed by what you find on this diverse land. Offering up some of the last great adventures on Earth, you’ll understand why this country is such a popular tourist destination: come explore cultures, customs, sights, wildlife, artworks, food, people and landscapes. 

Dining: 


The Duck King Group is considered to be one of the most famous chain of Chinese restaurants in the country. Cardholders can now feast on delectable meals that come with a 15% discount.

Shopping: 


Beachwalk Shopping Centre is the place to be for all your retail needs – over 170 merchant outlets in one address, and a IDR250,000 shopping voucher for every IDR1,250,000 spent.

Hotel: 


Luxuriate in Komaneka, a hidden paradise located against a dramatic backdrop of the sacred volcano Mt Batukaru, with a 15% discount on best available rates for all room categories.

4) Vietnam – Land of the Ascending Dragon 

Those who seek to learn as they travel will enjoy what this country has to offer: a history lesson reflected in the nation’s teeming districts that still bear the marks of centuries-old mercantile influences. Marvel at the limestone islands on the back of a moped, as you head for an incredible lunch, while stopping over at the grand state buildings for a photograph or two.

Dining: 


Tucked away in one of the labyrinthine districts is this unassuming eatery called Oh Vang Restaurant. It offers gourmet food paired with New World wines, all of which can be enjoyed at 20% off for cardholders.

Spa: 


After a day of exploring, what better way to unwind than at Vẻ Đep Hoàn Hảo Spa under the hands of skilled experts, made even more pleasant with the 20% discount on skin care services.

Health: 


For those who wish to ensure that their skin’s health is kept in the best conditions, head on over to this professional beauty clinic for a 20% discount on skin treatment and healthcare services.
 

5) Myanmar – Quite Unlike Any Land You Know About

Beautiful and mysterious, Rudyard Kipling even wrote of this extraordinary country – which has managed to surprise even the most jaded of travellers. Tradition meets modernity seamlessly, where you can still see the gentle, inquisitive locals dressed in their longyi or covered in thanakha drinking tea (a British colonial custom) in the big cities and towns.

Dining: 


Relax and reconnect with family and friends in a comfortable ambience that dishes up food inspired by traditional Chinese kitchens, all with a 10% discount on the total bill.

Unwind: 


After a long day of discovering stupas and Irrawaddy river, why not relax and unwind with a cup of java with a 10% discount on the total bills.

Shopping: 


Before you fly out of this wondrous country, take this chance to shop at the Yangon International Airport Duty-Free shops with a 10% discount on a minimum purchase of USD240.


Whichever Southeast Asian gem is your next destination, you can be sure that you’ll come back home with new memories and hopefully, fantastic stories to tell. Don’t forget to bring along your UnionPay cards so that you don’t have to miss out on these experiences while still saving money!

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