When summertime comes around, it always feels like a vacation is in order. Conditioned from two-month long summer breaks from school, it’s hard to deny the excitement and anticipation that the months of April and May bring. And if you're hoping for a summer holiday abroad, one that doesn't require eating into your savings too much, here are eight destinations that are affordable and exciting.
Bali, one of 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, is the Island of the Gods – and comes pretty close to paradise. Lush green rice terraces, cliff-top temples, volcanic peaks and swathes of golden sand make it a destination truly one of a kind. Hop between Kuta, Seminyak and Denpasar, or go to Nusa Dua and Ubud for a more laid-back holiday.
Da Nang, Vietnam
If you love tropical temperatures and palm-fringed sandy strands, Vietnam's Da Nang is arguably one of the most popular coastal towns, and is far more peaceful than the more mainstream city of Hanoi. Spend endless days on the beach or refuel on seafood at one of the many restaurants that line Pham Van Dong Street.
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
As one of the nearest and cheapest international destinations from India, Thailand is also one of the most popular holiday destinations for its sun-kissed beaches, delicious cuisine, and incredible temples and palaces. Phang Nga Bay with its limestone cliffs and emerald green waters is perfect for beach-lovers.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's charm is undeniable: white beaches, ancient ruins, and several spectacular UNESCO heritage sites. Colombo's open markets are great for shoppers and seafood lovers, but Kandy's historic sights make it the most alluring of Sri Lanka's gems.
Not very popular among Indians yet, Oman is waiting to be discovered. Its stunning landscapes, lonely mountains and deserted dunes will bring you back to these unexplored regions more than a few times. Its charming traditional souks are guaranteed to be a favourite with Indians who love a great bargain.
An hour and a half from the capital of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is famous for its colonial architecture, deep rainforests and stunning beaches. In fact, the famous Klebang is a must-visit for kite-flying with the locals.
The Land of Thunder Dragon is a kaleidoscopic tourist destination, famous for its untouched beauty and natural wonders. Sign up for a Himalayan tour, adventure sports activities or wildlife tours. Go sightseeing in the Haa Valley and Thimpu, and sample the spicy mountain cuisine.
Another pocket-friendly holiday destination, Singapore is a blend of a variety of things. Flights might not be the cheapest, so your trip will require a decent bit of planning. But as the fashion capital and the hub of shopping in Asia, it definitely warrants a trip. The locals are friendly, the street food is cheap and delicious, so you can easily plan a trip that doesn’t require breaking the bank.
If you love photography, Nepal is just the place for you. Located just across the border, Nepal boasts of high mountains and rich spirituality, a fusion of ancient culture and modern ethics. The country's natural beauty is only complemented by the sights of enthusiastic mountaineers and serene women plucking tealeaves. Essential must-visit sights include the Bodhnath Stupa, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world.
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