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Getaway ideas for independent singles this Valentine’s Day

Don’t want to spend Valentine’s Day surrounded by lovey dovey couples? Why not treat yourself to a solo adventure where you can indulge and make the day all about you? In case you are still deciding where to go, Agoda (http://www.agoda.com/?site_id=1811392), one of the world’s fastest growing online travel agents (OTA), has got your back with a list of travel hotspots to reward yourself with some quality me-time.

Uninterrupted Eating at Osaka

Are you a foodie? The great thing about traveling solo is not needing to compromise on food options because of someone else’s dietary restrictions! Look no further than the streets of Shinsekai, right by Tsutenkaku Tower, for unique, scrumptious local specialties and snacks. There are stalls that will prepare, cook, and serve their food to you fresh on the spot, making it an excellent venue for strolling and sampling foods like takoyaki (little octopus pancake balls), grilled seafood, okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), pork onigiri (pork-wrapped rice balls), and of course, a variety of sushi plus sashimi.

Hotel Vertex Osaka (https://www.agoda.com/hotel-vertex-osaka_5/hotel/osaka-jp.html?site=id1811392), situated just minutes away from the Tsutenkaku Tower, has cozy rooms with free WiFi and air purifiers with humidifiers.

Watch a symphony of lights at Singapore

If public art is your cup of tea, a visit to ‘i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition’ is well worth the visit. This annual sustainable light art festival features various art installations created by artists from 15 countries. Bask in kaleidoscopic lighting, enjoy light projections set to music, immerse yourself in interactive artwork, and snap a selfie with holographic art installation set in conjunction with other art displays and upcycling programs across the island. This year’s festival runs until February 24, 2019.

Within the main festival area is Marina Bay Sands (https://www.agoda.com/marina-bay-sands/hotel/singapore-sg.html?site=id1811392). The hotel complex features spacious rooms that combine luxury with style and is close to a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Splash Out in Bangkok

Show yourself some love and pampering by indulging in a shopping spree. There is no doubt that Bangkok is packed with various shopping destinations. If you are a fan of all things vintage, Srinakarin Train Market is not to miss. You can even find a pristine Cadillac next to French chandeliers from the 1900s at this authentic open-air vintage heaven. Not to mention the cool restaurants, bars, and food stalls where you can go to rejuvenate and refuel before heading back to get that vintage jacket you have been eyeing.

Olive Bangkok Hotel (https://www.agoda.com/olive-bangkok-hotel/hotel/bangkok-th.html?site=id1811392) is in close proximity to this famous night market and offers clean, modern rooms and an on-site coffee shop to restore your energy after a shopping marathon.

Find Your Inner Self at Chiang Mai

Practice your four bases of mindfulness and take all the time in the world to contemplate life at Doi Suthep Vipassana Meditation Center. Situated on a lush mountain peak, the center offers donation-based meditation courses based on the great Mahasi Sayadaw’s teachings. Get up early in the morning, participate in spiritual Dhamma talks and chanting sessions, before meeting your advisor for personalized instructions. Ranging from four days to three weeks, the courses are available at various levels from beginners to advanced.

After the peaceful mind practice, stay at The Velvet Orchid (https://www.agoda.com/the-velvet-orchid/hotel/chiang-mai-th.html?site=id1811392), a photogenic Thai colonial–themed hotel located near the famous Wat Chedi Luang in the city, a 30-minute drive from the center.

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