8 World Destinations to Travel With BIG Points
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8 World Destinations to Travel With BIG Points

Start collecting BIG Points and plan your trips ahead!

Let us inspire you with eight amazing destinations waiting to be explored.

1. Taipei

The National Concert Hall
Image: AirAsia

The capital city of Taiwan will not disappoint. Head to the Taipei 101 for breathtaking views of the city below and once you’re all tower-ed out, find some noms at the many night markets across the city. Sample Taiwanese sausages, barbecued meat, bubble tea and if you’re up for a challenge, stinky tofu! For culture vultures, visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall to learn about the city’s history then stroll around the vast gardens and drop by the National Concert Hall for a performance or two. This vibrant and exciting city is sure to excite one and all!

Return flight: 49,448 BIG Points

2. Gold Coast

Gold Coast is a destination of choice for surfers.
Image: AirAsia

This Australian city is best known for its long stretch of white sandy beaches, where surfers from all over the world flock to ride its massive waves. Thrillseekers will be spoilt for choice with the adrenaline-pumping rides at Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. Wind down after your adventurous day with gastronomic fares from all over the world that’ll satisfy even the most discerning diner.

Return flight: 54,057 BIG Points

3. Busan

Haedong Yonggungsa
Image: AirAsia

This South Korean port city affords visitors unparalleled mountain views, sacred temples, gleaming skyscrapers and of course, an abundance of fresh seafood. Don’t miss the Haedong Yonggungsa, an ancient temple built in 1376 during the Goryeo Dynasty. Overlooking the sea, it is said to be the most beautiful temple in South Korea. When hunger pangs strike, head to the country’s biggest fish market Jagalchi Fish Market that offers food lovers a cornucopia of delights from squiggly octopus tentacles to deliciously briny oysters.

Return flight: 56,368 BIG Points

4. Sydney

Taronga Zoo colourfully illuminated during Vivid Sydney.
Image: Destination NSW

Australia’s most popular city has plenty to offer visitors. Head to the iconic Opera House for the obligatory tourist shot and then dine at the many eateries around The Rocks. For the kids, a visit to Taronga Zoo is a must. Don’t miss the Wild Australia section and see the natives including adorable koalas, peculiar platypuses and the famous kangaroos! A good time to visit the city is during the Vivid Sydney light festival when famous landmarks across the central business district are illuminated with spectacular light shows.

Return flight: 57,282 BIG Points

5. Sapporo

In February, Sapporo transforms into a winter wonderland.
Image: AirAsia

Adventure-seekers can try their hand at skiing at the many ski resorts that dot the city. And once you’re done, head to the onsens (hot springs) to soothe your achy muscles. When it comes to food, Sapporo has an abundant of offerings from its world-famous snow crabs to Sapporo’s signature miso ramen, all best washed down with a glass of refreshing Sapporo Beer. A visit in February is the best when Sapporo transforms into a winter wonderland complete with gigantic ice sculptures.

Return flight: 79,311 BIG Points

6. Shanghai

The Bund
Image: AirAsia

This global financial hub has plenty to offer visitors. First, head to The Bund, a waterfront boulevard with rows of heritage buildings reminiscent of the city’s glorious past. For a more traditional feel of Shanghai, head to Tianzifang, where you’ll find shops selling tea, clothing and even vintage photographs. Sightseeing done, take a break at the many restaurants and cafes in the vicinity. Perhaps the best way to see Shanghai is on a cruise along the Huangpu River at night. Enjoy the gentle breeze as you marvel at the city’s buildings and skyscrapers all beautifully illuminated.

Return flight: 53,642 BIG Points

7. Seoul

Myeongdong Shopping District
Image: AirAsia

The capital of South Korea is a buzzing metropolis with modern skyscrapers, bustling shopping districts and ancient temples. Shopaholics must not miss Myeongdong, renowned for its luxury departmental stores, designer branded goods and cosmetics stores. To experience a bit of culture, head to the Bukchon Hanok Village, where you can stay at a traditional Hanok Guesthouse on top of the hill and be afforded with spectacular views of the city skyline. The Changdeokgung Palace is a destination not to be missed in Seoul. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1405 and boasts a beautiful garden complete with a lotus pond and trees that date back 300 years!

Return flight: 56,001 BIG Points

8. Jaipur

Panna Meena Ka Kund
Image: AirAsia

Also known as The Pink City because of its many salmon-coloured buildings, your first stop in Jaipur should be the iconic Hawa Mahal. This palace, built to resemble the crown of the Hindu god Krishna, was constructed of red and pink sandstone and has 953 windows on just its outside wall! Another place not to be missed is the Panna Meena Ka Kund, a well that was constructed in the 16th century. What’s amazing about this well is its zig zag geometric staircases. It’s truly an architectural wonder and if you want more Likes for your Instagram photos, these unique step wells are not to be missed. When it’s time to shop, the Johri Bazaar is the place to go. From semi-precious stones and gems to handmade jewellery and embroidered sarees, this market has it all.

Return flight: 40,658 BIG Points

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to all these destinations. Book your tickets now at airasia.com.

Greg takes joy in writing press releases and has an almost unhealthy obsession with Sydney and nasi lemak.

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