Looking to make a great escape? Well, all you really need is a long weekend to do it. With so many exciting destinations a short flight away, here are top 5 international long weekend getaways you can plan for.
The city of gold, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is popular for its annual Dubai Shopping Festival. No doubt that the malls are a mecca for shopaholics but beyond being a retail paradise, the city has a lot to offer the intrepid traveller. Cultural yet cosmopolitan, Dubai is where modern skyscrapers stand alongside traditional mosques. While on your long weekend jaunt, pay a visit to the world’s largest flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden, the 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building and Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago housing hotels and resorts.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city is a melting pot of cultures. Tourism is a big part of the city’s DNA especially given that it has all the necessary trappings to lure visitors. Home to Petronas Towers that are the tallest twin towers in the world and KL Tower at a height of 421 metres, make your way up to the observation decks of both for amazing views of the city. If you’re a shopper, Kuala Lumpur boasts of malls and markets selling everything from high-end designer wear to locally made souvenirs. Enjoy an authentic Malay meal and head to an amusement park for an afternoon of fun.
From sightseeing and shopping to food and fun, Singapore has it all. There’s enough to keep you busy over a long weekend and also tempt you in to staying longer. With something for everyone, stroll through Chinatown, eat a dosa at Little India and bargain hunt at Orchard Road. Sentosa Island makes for a fun day excursion complete with visits to Universal Studios Singapore. There’s no shortage of activities at Marina Bay where the futuristic Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Flyer await you. For a night out in Singapore, make your way to Clarke Quay with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is a treasure trove of experiences with never a dull moment. For culture vultures, there are numerous temples and museums to explore. Foodies will especially enjoy the variety of cuisine on offer from Michelin Star restaurants to street food. Shopaholics will fall in love with the retail options including malls, night bazaars and weekend markets. Spa junkies will be in for a treat with indulgent wellness therapies and treatments. There’s a lot that can be packed in to a long weekend in Bangkok but it’s more than likely that you’ll need to come back to do it all.
Colombo may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of an international getaway but this Sri Lankan city is one to definitely consider. India’s neighbour to the south, Colombo offers a treasure trove of unexpected surprises. Temples, monasteries, museums and parks, there’s a lot to keep you engrossed. One of the city’s biggest draw is its beachfront, Galle Face Green, which is buzzing with activity. Enjoy some retail therapy and try your luck at a casino…it’s all here in Colombo!
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.