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Exciting 3-day vacation ideas from India to get you out of the office stress

Daily routines are good, they keep you going all the time. But, there are times when you really feel they are getting on to you. If you feel connected with what I am saying, then it is time to break free from your daily routine and go on a holiday. Wait, how to get leave, you ask? No, no, don’t panic. That is why 3-day vacations are there for. And for where to go, we have curated the list for you. Then again, how to go? You have us!

1. Singapore

Day 1:

Go on an extensive tour of Singapore covering historical sights to modern icons. Begin your tour from the landmark Colonial district and pass through the waterfront esplanade that reverberates with nightlife and music. On your way, stop by the mysterious Merlion Statue set at the epicentre of Merlion Park, admire the ornate architecture of Thian Hock Keng Temple, find your way through the sounds & smells of Little India and Chinatown, get to the top of Mount Faber to get a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s skyline, and bask in the company of flora & fauna in Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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In the evening, get to know the wild side of Singapore by catching up with the nocturnal animals in their own habitat at Night Safari. Home to over 2,500 nocturnal animals, Night Safari in Singapore displays a wide range of exotic animals ranging from Asiatic Black bears, Malayan Tigers, and Majestic Gir Lion.

 Day 2:

Take a break from the everyday bustle of Singapore and go on a trip to Sentosa Island. If you are looking for mini vacation ideas in Sentosa Island, there are plenty to choose from. Universal Studios Singapore is one such amazing place to spend your time at. Featuring a whole new range of attractions, rides, and entertainment options for families and adventure seekers, a day at the Universal Studios Singapore is definitely fun and is the right place for families to go on an outing.

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To add a wonderful finale to your thrilling day, ascend to the top of the observation deck at the Tiger Sky Tower and enjoy the 360-degree view.

 Day 3:

Be a part of a live performance at the fabulous art centre of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Fringed by the riverside, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay makes for a perfect spot to enjoy the fascinating views of the Marina Bay while enjoying the open theatre experience. Want more of the Esplanade? Take a guided tour of the concert halls and feel the rhythm & the aura of the place get to you.

Hop on the giant Ferris Wheel of the Singapore Flyer and observe the whole of Singapore come alive. Further, if you are feeling hungry, step in for a premium sky dining experience.

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Be in harmony with the abundant nature on offer at the Gardens by the Bay. Attracting over 6.4 million visitors every year, Gardens by the Bay is an all-out magical place in Singapore.

2. Sri Lanka

 Day 1:

Get enough of Sri Lanka’s most famous tourist attraction of the Temple of the Tooth. Housing one of the oldest relics in the history of Buddhism, the golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth is heavily guarded. It is important that you wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders while visiting.

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Walk the grounds of the completely lush Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and soak in the explosion of colours. Once reserved exclusively for the Kandyan Royalty, the Royal Botanical Gardens is now open to the commoners and carries an extensive collection of Orchids.

In the evening, go on a leisurely stroll along the scenic man-made Kandy Lake or drift on a lovely boat to watch a romantic sunset.

 Day 2:

Kickstart your day by going on an expedition to the country’s most famous attraction of Sigiriya. Carved out of a bedrock and set amidst a forest, Sigiriya offers scenic vistas and the right time to get the best out of the place is early morning.

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On your way back, pay a visit to the largest and the well-preserved temple complex of Dambulla Cave. Also known as the ‘Golden Temple of Dambulla’, the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned by vibrant frescoes and offers an escape from the city buzz.

Hop on a jeep and get through the fabulous Minneriya National Park waving off to wild Elephants as you go.

 Day 3:

Climb up to the top of the incredible pilgrimage site of Adam’s Peak. Painted with mist, Adam’s Peak appears as if it arises out of nowhere and the whole setting looks like it is ripped off from a fairy-tale. The unparalleled views from the top will make you forget all about the tiring journey.

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Not getting enough of the wildlife in Sri Lanka? Take a trip to the popular tourist destination of Udawalawe National Park. From elephants to crocodiles to monkeys to water birds, you can get real close to the animals at the national park.

The close proximity of Sri Lanka makes it one of the most popular short vacation ideas from India.

3. Thailand

 Day 1:

Begin your trip in Thailand with a bang by going on an exploration of the ornate structure of the Grand Palace. Formerly a residence of the Kings of Siam, Grand Palace is now the most preferred venue for royal ceremonies and state functions. While you are at it, do not skip out on the deeply revered Buddhist temple of Wat Phra Kaew.

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Take a guided tour of the marvellous Wat Arun and learn everything about the aesthetically alluring complex. Referred to as the Temple of Dawn, the first light of the morning reflects off from the surface of the temple with a pearly iridescence lightening up even the dullest of travellers. Make sure you cover your shoulders and legs while visiting Wat Arun.

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Get lost in the verdant Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden. The mammoth botanical garden comes with an Italian Garden, Butterfly Hill, Flamingo Garden, Dinosaur Valley, Car Garden, Stonehenge Garden, and so many other things to see that you might be actually confused as of where to start and where to end.

 Day 2:

Go on a day trip from Krabi in the morning exploring the islands of Koh Gai, Koh Poda, Phra Nang Cave Beach, and Koh Tup. Be mesmerized by the wonderful shoals and the beautiful coastline of Koh Tup, dive into the azure waters & go snorkelling in the island of Koh Gai, break away for a picnic at Koh Poda, and swim in the soothing, warm waters of Phra Nang Cave.

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If you are in Krabi during the weekend, then head over to the Krabi town walking street and indulge in thrift shopping. Open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Krabi town walking street is lively and carries a great collection of clothes and souvenirs. Hungry after all the shopping, there are a lot of food stalls that you can stop by.

 Day 3:

Create wonderful memories of Thailand by spending the whole of our last day at the Safari World. Home to two wonderful parks: Marine Park and the Safari Park, Safari World is entertainment at its best. The endless list of activities and things to see will easily make you lose track of time and settle there for eternity.

A perfect ending to your trip.

4. Bali

 Day 1:

Go on a sunrise trek to Mount Batur to awe at the sweeping views of the crater and the serene Lake Batur. A popular choice among the trekkers, Mount Batur is a great place to observe the sunrise from its ridges. Pack your breakfast, so you can binge on it as you watch the beautiful sunrise.

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Take on a guided trail covering the important attractions of Bali – Goa Gajah Temple, Coffee, Spice Garden, Tegallalang rice terraces, and Kintamani Volcano. The facade of Goa Gajah Temple with intricate carvings of the menacing creatures & demons will set the mood for what’s in store in for you.

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Treat yourself to the best of coffee and spice farm experience in Bali. While you walk through the farm touch, feel, taste, and embrace the exotic range of coffee and spices on offer. Also, make sure to load your bags with coffee and spice.

Trace your way through the winding Tegallalang rice terrace and click a dozen photographs in the photogenic destination. Carry a lot of small notes with you, as you will be asked to make a number of donations on your way.

 Day 2:

Get in touch with the wild part of Bali by going on an escape to the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Ideal for families, Bali Safari and Marine Park has a special something for everyone and will keep you thoroughly engaged for an entire day. If you are an animal lover, you shouldn’t miss out on this for sure.

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Visit the incredible Tanah Lot Temple. Famed for its splendid offshore setting, Tanah Lot is one of the iconic places in Bali and the sheer beauty of the site will captivate you. Go in time to get a view of the magnificent sunset and click some pretty pictures.

 Day 3:

If you think Tanah Lot is the best temple you will ever see, then you will be actually surprised to find the equally impressive Uluwatu Temple. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the sea, Uluwatu comes with spectacular views and the daily Kecak dance performances are a delight to watch.

Get around the cultural park of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, taking a closer look at the huge, life-like statues of Vishnu & Garuda, catch a live show at the amphitheatre, and hang by the lotus pond.

5. Hong Kong

 Day 1:

Visit the most famous wax museum of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Carrying over 100 wax figures of internationally renowned personalities, Madame Tussauds is where you can rub shoulders with your favourite characters. Featuring different themes like Music icons, Hong Kong Glamour, Historical and National Heroes, The Champions & World premiere, the celebrity inspired attraction is fun.

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Ride on a peak tram to the top of the Victoria Peak and peek down at the stunning skyline of Hong Kong dazzling with skyscrapers. When you are done clicking mental images of the scenery, there’s plenty of dining and shopping options you can explore.

 Day 2:

Interested in making friends with the locals whilst playing? Head to the bustling Victoria Park. Packed with football pitches, tennis courts, basketball courts, roller skating arena, and swimming pool, Victoria Park is where the locals spend their time in leisure. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the park to the fullest.

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Catch an enthralling horserace at the wonderful venue of Happy Valley Racecourse. Bestowed with an electrifying atmosphere, the venue is a great spot to socialize, drink some booze, and make new friends. The right time to hit Happy Valley racecourse is on a Wednesday!

If you are in Hong Kong with your family, then the right place to go to is Ocean Park. Overflowing with activities and things to see, the sprawling premises of Ocean Park are a treat for the kids. Regarded as the favourite park in Hong Kong, Ocean Park is also famous for its majestic Halloween events.

 Day 3:

Take a break from the hustle & the bustle of the city and enjoy the splendid countryside of Lantau Island loaded with magnificent views and soothing scenery. To get a complete visual experience of the whole island, ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car.

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The amazing ride which will take you to the Tian Tan Buddha offers stunning views of the Lantau Island, as it soars over the trees. Opt for a crystal cabin at least one-way to the Tian Tan Buddha. It comes fitted with a glass floor offering you a complete 360-degree view of Lantau Island, so you don’t have to worry out about missing even a single bit.

Upon reaching the top, walk a little further to come in face with the gigantic Buddha which is the centrepiece of the monastery and savour the vegetarian food inside the site. The monastery is crowded most of the time and it is wise to get the tickets online in advance.

6. Cambodia

 Day 1:

As you get down at the Siem Reap Airport, the first thing to do is to go on a visit to the Cambodia’s most popular temple complex of Angkor Wat. The UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most significant archaeological sites in South-East Asia and the breathtaking monument is best visited during sunrise/sunset.

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Extend your journey of learning about art & culture of Khmer Civilization glancing through the artefacts, fine collection of images, and impressive galleries displayed in the Angkor National Museum. When you are there, make sure you check out the ‘Gallery of a Thousand Buddhas’.

End your day on a high by heading on to the 10th-century Cambodian temple of Banteay Srei, which is a crown jewel of the Angkorian Art. Translating to the ‘Citadel of the Women’, the intricate carvings in Banteay Srei makes it incredibly special.

 Day 2:

Topping the list of best weekend vacation ideas in Cambodia is to go on an exploration of the last enduring city of Khmer Empire, the Angkor Thom. At the heart of the city is the richly decorated Bayon Temple carrying an array of stone faces smiling at you mysteriously enough to invoke a million questions. With so much history echoing from the walls of Bayon Temple, hiring a tour guide is the ideal way to get the essence out of the attraction.

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Climb to the top of the pyramid-style Baphuon temple and enjoy the wonderful views from the vertical monolith. This attraction is one of the hidden gems in Cambodia and make sure, you follow the map to get there. It’s so easy to get lost.

For wonderful photo ops, stop by Phimeanakas and the Terrace of the Elephants.

 Day 3:

Learn the cultural history of Cambodia by glancing through the collection of amazing artefacts set within the peaceful courtyard of the National Museum of Cambodia. The collection ranges from prehistoric times to the period of Khmer empire to the present era, giving you an overall picture of the evolution of Cambodia over the years.

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Take a tour of the cultural complex of Royal Palace which is the residence of the king of Cambodia. The murals on the walls look gorgeous and to get an idea of the luxury that was on offer at the time, get inside the Silver Pagoda. The gold and silver artefacts glistening around will amaze you.

7. Malaysia

 Day 1:

What’s a better way to begin your exploration of Malaysia than getting to the top of the Petronas Towers? The landmark structure is one of the best places to have a wholesome view of the cityscapes of Malaysia. It is equally splendid at all times of the day so it doesn’t matter when you visit. Click some amazing photographs and grab some souvenirs from the top.

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But the unparalleled views of Malaysia doesn’t end there. Head on to the other groundbreaking tower of the Menara Tower. Reasonably priced than the Petronas Tower, Menara Tower offers competitive views of the city and the buffet at the top makes the experience a special one.

Now that you have got enough of the skyline of Malaysia, it’s time for shopping. Go on a visit to the interesting shopping centre of SOGO. Offering a mix of the global and the local experience, SOGO is a good place to spend some time at.

If SOGO is not your type, then get to the Merdeka Square. Buzzing with people all the time, the historic square is a great place to dance in the authentic vibe of the city. The location is ideal for families with kids.

 Day 2:

Pack a picnic lunch and unwind at the calm oasis of KLCC Park. The green space populated with over a 1,000 indigenous trees, water fountain and a children’s playground area is a nice & a cool place to walk around. The highlight of KLCC Park is the dancing music fountain that comes alive during the night.

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Wandered around the green landscape enough? Time to explore the underwaters at Aquaria KLCC. The aquarium carries a good collection of sea creatures, including stingrays, sharks, and turtles, making it a wonderful place to visit with your children.

Not an enthusiast of the sea and more of a bird-lover, then Kuala Lumpur bird park is the right place for you. There are over 3000 birds at Kuala Lumpur bird park for you to ogle at. Finally, when it is dark take some time off the wildlife and spend some time contemplating your life at the recreational park of Perdana Botanical Garden.

 Day 3:

Take a trip to the most famous Malaysian attraction of Batu Caves. The limestone Batu caves along with the 140 feet Murugan Statue will give you a closer look at the Tamizhan culture. And don’t be discouraged by a number of staircases, it’s totally worth the climb.

Explore the Chinese Goddess temple of Thean Hou, which is one of the finest places to learn about the Asian culture. Offbeat from all the other attractions in Malaysia, Thean Hou Temple is architecturally splendid and comes with a wonderful view.

Make one final stop at the pink-domed Putra Mosque which floats on the man-made Putrajaya Lake. The beautiful looking mosque is so serene and is a great place for photo-ops.

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