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Vacations & Holidays! Something we all yearn for and no matter how many times we take them, no matter the number of destinations we visit, they are seldom ever enough! Moreover, there are often times when we are really looking forward to a vacation but do not know where to go.
Where to go? When to go? What to do? These questions have bothered us time and time again. Today, we attempt to answer these questions by bringing you 5 holiday destinations that you can visit at any time of the year.
There was a time when Singapore was dismissed by many travel enthusiasts as a sterile stopover. Not anymore! This island country has so many things to offer that it will put a full-fledged tourist country to shame when it comes to holiday destinations. A famous travel writer, Christian Bonetto, once said, “What I love most about Singapore are the sharp and constant contrasts: One minute I’m in the ‘Hong Kong’ wet markets and malls of Chinatown, the next the ‘Mumbai’ street scenes of Little India, Even after countless sojourns, Asia’s little red dot never fails to make me swoon.”
Even for tourists, Singapore has a lot to offer. From visiting the world famous Singapore Zoo for a Night Safari to a VIP tour of the Universal Studios; From dinner at the Marina Bay Sands overlooking the iconic Singapore Merlion to romantic and cozy private Sky Dining in the Singapore; From a biking adventure around Pulau Ubin to walking along the Changi World War II trail; there’s a lot that you can do in this tiny little country which is less than half the size of Delhi!
It is said that to know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. This bustling, bubbling melting point of excitement is a region that has people of the most varied cultural and regional ethnicities living together. Indians, Like its neighbor Singapore, Malaysia too boasts of unique contrasts brought together by different cultural identities. In fact, this very contrast makes up the central theme of Malaysia, “diversity.” From towering skyscrapers to the wooden houses built during the colonial era; Five Star hotels that sit mere meters away from ancient reefs.
Malaysia too has a lot of diverse sightseeing and adventure options for avid tourists and travelers. From exploring the iconic Batu Caves and enjoying a moment of peace in the Hindu Shrines to trying your luck gambling at the Genting Highland; from enjoying a hike at the Mt. Kinabalu Via Ferrata to enjoying the distinct Malaysian culture at the Kampung Bharu Kuala Lumpur Heritage Village and Nature & Cultural trails. For those who wish to live it large, heading over to the Langkawi Islands would be an ideal option; from world class infrastructure to mangroves that are rich in flora and fauna; Experience all this and more! Get chatty with the locals and you will be greeted with an old legend of a girl in love who cursed the island for more than 7 generations.
Exotic, Friendly, Tropical, Historic, Cultured, these are some adjectives that describe Thailand. This celestial yet high-tech country radiates a golden hue originating from its tropical beaches and Golden temples. Visitors are sure to feel the warmth thanks to the ever-comforting smiles on the faces of the Thai people.
Visitors and travelers interested in the history of Buddhism are sure to enjoy being in Thailand thanks to its colorful yet serene temples and meditation retreats. Visiting the Chiang Mai, the underground cave shrines and taking part in the religious festivals in North Eastern Thailand should be a highlight of the trip. Another place right at the top of the list in Thailand is the Grand Palace. The beautiful series of gold tipped buildings here is over 2 centuries old.
With over 5,000 miles of coastline, Thailand is a beach lover’s paradise. Travel by long boats and discover the many islands and beaches out there. Thrill seekers can experience snorkeling and try their hand at some underwater photography. For shoppers looking for an unusual experience, the floating markets of Thailand are an iconic experience. The Damnoen Saduak, the Amphawa Floating Market and the Taling Chan Weekend Floating market are a must visit.
One of the most awarded and popular tourist destinations in the world today, Bali is a paradise for honeymooners and tourists alike. Life in Bali is always closely related to Tri Hita Karana concept; which symbolizes the spiritual relationship between mankind, God and the environment.
Tourists can enjoy the scenic and exhilarating Yeh (water) Mampeh (flying) Waterfall which is located in the Pura Village in Bali just before the Pura Subak; the temple of life-giving water of this traditional irrigation village. Travelers can also visit the Tanah Toh Temple. Perched on top of a huge rock and surrounded by the sea, this is one of the most iconic sea temples of Bali. One can then check out the Ubud village which is known for a number of interesting sightseeing spots. The scenic rice fields in its expanse, the sacred monkey forest and the Ubud Art Market. Tourists can also buy curios and souvenirs at the roadside art shops in this small village.
Visiting the Bali Elephant safari Park, and the Goa Gajah, an archeological site is also known to be quite popular among tourists and travelers alike. Lastly, visiting Kintamani in the Karangasem Regency, home to the Caldera Lake and Mount Batur; an active volcano is also a favorite stop over for many tourists especially along with “Penelokan” which aptly means “scenic stopover.”
Sri Lanka calls itself, the Wonder of Asia. And aptly so, this country, which forms the tip of the Indian Subcontinent has its own unique flavor in terms of History & Heritage as well as Thrills and Festivity. With a history that stretches over more than 3 millennia, Sri Lanka boasts of some of the most ancient cities, temples and cultural icons in the world.
Thrill-seeking travelers can enjoy a varied selection of adventure sports here. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Surfing are the most popular water sports in the country. Scuba Diving in fact, has a long and historical association with Sri Lanka. The surrounding Indian Ocean is filled with a multitude of coral gardents, exotic fish and many an ancient wreck. For those who wish to enjoy more, there is white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
There is also a varied list of options for Trekkers and Hikers in Sri Lanka. One can go trail blazing through the many paths either on foot or perched on top of a swift horse or a mighty elephant.
For those who are looking to just relax and unwind, the iconic Ayurvedic Spas of Sri Lanka offer a diverse list of options. In fact, they also have an Approved Spa List on their Tourism Website.
Of course, there are also the classical temples & places of cultural & historical importance in Sri Lanka as any other destination. Nature lovers can visit the Yala National Park while Anuradhapura is the place to be for history lovers. And who can forget Ceylon tea gardens; the place where the world’s first ethical produce of tea happened!
While everyone wants to visit as many places as possible, there are times when you just cannot manage to go to the right place at the right time. It is at these times that destinations like the ones above are best. For there is no right or wrong time to pack your bags and fly!
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