A return air ticket to Bali over Chinese New Year starts at $400 on budget airlines, more than double its usual weekday fare that starts from $144. Meanwhile, ferry ticket prices to Bintan and Batam hardly increase over this peak period — 8Days.sg did a quick check and found that a return Bintan ferry ticket from Feb 5 to 6 costs just $70, which is a slight increase from the usual weekday fares of $58. And at $49, the return ferry ride to Batam over CNY is exactly what it would cost during non-peak season.

The point we’re trying to make is this: the most obvious way to avoid exorbitant CNY airfares is, well, not to fly at all. May we suggest exploring Bintan and Batam over Chinese New Year instead. Before you turn your high SES nose up at the idea of this nearby escape, know that these resorts aren’t your run-of-the-mill Bintan or Batam hideouts.

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