There comes a time when most of us need a well-deserved vacation. We want to chill out and enjoy ourselves, hopefully by traveling to an exotic locale that has gorgeous scenery, is a shopper’s paradise or has a party atmosphere. Within a few short hours’ flight are 5 exciting vacation spots where you can spend a few days and let your hair down.

1. Dubai

If you love skyscrapers you’ll love visiting Dubai, a city where one building is taller than the next and where the tallest of them all, the Burj Khalifa stands as well. Some other places you simply must visit in Dubai are the Dubai Mall with its 1,200 stores, an ice skating rink, a theatre, and a world famous water fountain light show that simply shouldn’t be missed by visitors to Dubai. When in Dubai, driving through the sand dunes surrounding Dubai in the comfort of an air-conditioned land cruiser is a must and makes for great conversation among friends’ back home. Additionally, you should explore the option of visiting another famous Dubai landmark, the Burj Al Arab, a world famous hotel with renowned restaurants.

2. Sri Lanka

Our friendly neighbor to the south, the exotic island of Sri Lanka is also a great vacation destination. If you decide to visit Sri Lanka, your proximity to the sea will be a major attraction and reason to visit this island nation. If you want to engage in some adventure, then snorkeling at Weligama Beach may be just right for you. Sri Lanka is a highly forested island and offers ample opportunities to get in touch with nature, for instance, you can take a boat cruise along the Madhu River where to your left and right will be ample flora and fauna that will capture your imagination. Along the Madhu River lie numerous restaurants allowing you to sample exotic Sri Lankan cuisine.

3. Singapore

Another dream getaway destination is Singapore. Here you get to enjoy world-class amenities after traveling less than six hours nonstop by air. Some exciting things to do when in Singapore include a Night Safari where visitors have the chance to see how animals behave nocturnally. Visitors to Singapore insist that a journey to Sentosa Island is a must when in Singapore. At Sentosa island, you will have the chance to savor a yummy German Buffet and wash it down with the tallest glass of beer in the city-state of Singapore. There’s no better way to experience Singapore than by a ride on the Singapore Flyer which is a giant observation wheel on which passengers get a 360-degree view of Singapore and even, weather conditions permitting, see as far as Indonesia and Malaysia.

4. Pattaya

One of the most popular tourist destinations among Indians is undoubtedly Pattaya. Pattaya is in Thailand and is a little more than an hours’ drive from Bangkok.  For the adventuresome and fearless, Pattaya is your Mecca. However besides the pubs, discos, shows, beach clubs, massage parlors, and go-go bars Pattaya is most well-known for, there are a number of additional attractions for tourists to Pattaya. The Four Regions Floating Market is one such attraction and as the name implies is a floating market where products from all the four regions of Thailand are sold. A number of delicacies are sold here and an occasional art gallery and souvenir shop are also to be found here. Another attraction not to be missed in Pattaya is the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden which in addition to having gorgeous landscaped gardens has displays of Thai boxing, dancing, and drumming.

5. Phuket

On the west coast of Thailand lies Phuket. It has a spiritual essence and is ideal for those who want to vacation in a city that lacks a dedicated and highly touristy commercial atmosphere. The shows in Phuket are centered around storytelling and dance and a number of beautiful beaches such as the Kata Noi Beach are also found on the island of Phuket. These beaches should be paid a visit as they are scenic with water that’s ideal for swimming. The Phuket Big Buddha and the Tiger Kingdom are two additional attractions on this Thai island. At the Tiger Kingdom you get the chance to pet tigers, two of the friendliest and most popular tigers currently here are named Elf and Mong Kon. When you want to get in touch with your spiritual side in Phuket head on over to the Big Buddha, it’s over 45 meters tall, is exquisitely peaceful in appearance and is made from white Burmese Marble.

That’s all for this edition young adventurers, fashion junkies, and thrill seekers. Remain cool, upbeat, and continue being well dressed. Till we meet again.



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