As colorful Indians are; we all look forward to Diwali – The festival of lights. It’s that time of the year where all friends, family and relatives come together to rejoice in the festive madness. But, for those looking to break away from the city sounds, there is good news for you! This year, it’s just not the festival of lights, it’s a long weekend too, which gives travelers a perfect opportunity to plan an international vacation. So, just in case, you’re keen on visiting an international destination, we have curated a list of places to visit for you!
Dubai – a quick 4 hour flight is all it takes to visit this gorgeous middle east paradise which is located in heart of the Persian gulf. Like a tiny oasis in a wider middle eastern desert, you can find everything that a Diwali vacation demands. Gigantic shopping malls, souks, magnificent amusement parks, stunning beaches and more.
And there are plenty of popular attractions and places to visit like Burj Khalifa, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ski Dubai, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to see; all that you can book through the KLOOK app and experience by booking convenient private city transfers.
Thailand – Krabi/Phi Phi Island
Who said Thailand was just about bachelors and couples? There’s everything for every traveler. Unwind yourself amongst many beautiful islands such as Krabi, Phi Phi, James Bond and Maya Bay (all accessible via speedboat tours from Krabi or Phuket) where you can take your entire family for a nice beach holiday.
Take a slice of paradise by the day with clear blue skies, white sand beaches and don’t hesitate to take a swim and do snorkeling in some of best diving spots in the world to see how amazing corals and underwater life is!
If you’re looking for a mix of sightseeing and adventure, then Malaysia is the ideal destination to spend your diwali vacation. The spectacular islands, long beaches and luxurious resorts will make your stay memorable during the festival of lights.
So, go ahead, relax at the beaches of Langkawi, try adventure sports activities like river rafting in Sabah, relax in the lavish resorts of Genting Highlands or climb up to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers to enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the city.
Also, don’t miss out on the Diwali celebrations in Kuala Lumpur; due to the presence of South Indians, the festival is celebrated with a South Indian twist. KL is also a heaven for shopaholics, so, do indulge in the mid-week break to fill up your wardrobes.
Yet another obvious destination to travel during your Diwali vacation is Singapore. Due to the massive presence of Hindu culture, celebrations here tend to have a feeling close to home.
Apart from the major tourist attractions like Universal Studios, Sentosa, Marina Sands Bay, Singapore Zoo and Gardens by the Bay, you can head to Little India to catch the lights, decorations and fireworks. As far as shopping is concerned, best is to head to Orchard Road to complete your diwali shopping spree.
A favourite destination for all beach lovers, Bali makes for a great vacation during Diwali days. November, in fact, is the best time to visit this small tropical paradise located in Indonesia. There are plenty of things-to-do and you can easily enjoy a quiet and tranquil holiday here. So, go ahead, pamper yourself by relaxing and swimming in the beautiful beaches of Bali.
Bali is also a melting pot of Hinduism due to the presence of a large Indian diaspora. Hence, there are many temples to visit so that you can satisfy the religious side in you.
Don’t miss out on the famous Uluwatu temple (Balinese temple to the sea gods), it’s the best spot to catch the sunset in Bali. After exploring the temple and watching the sunset, experience one of Bali’s most famous cultural performances – the Kecak Fire Dance.