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Stir-crazy Singaporeans find respite on island-hopping staycations

Local yacht charters and 'cruises to nowhere' promise a welcome escape from city streets

Advertising agency owner Leonard Lim took his family of four on a one-night chartered trip in waters near Singapore. (Photo courtesy of the Lim family)

SINGAPORE -- With international travel still restricted by the coronavirus pandemic, Singaporeans are chartering yachts and small vessels for local getaways to beat the urban doldrums.

Here, going on vacation often meant leaving the tiny city-state for an international destination picked out from among the many low-cost but attractive resorts in nearby Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere.

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