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High fives of the year

This year, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of these top five travel destinations

india Updated: Mar 26, 2010 02:07 IST


Other than shopping, the upcoming Singapore Food Festival in July is more than enough reason to make your reservations in the city. When in Singapore, make sure you have a plan ready so as not to miss any of the popular places such as Bugis and Kampong Glam area, Orchard Road shopping district, the casinos, and the three museums — Battle Box, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. Chinatown and Santosa Island are interesting places one can visit, too. Last, but not the least, enjoy the wonderful Night Safari.


Now that Bali falls under the five most searched travel destination, wouldn’t you want to see for yourself what’s attracting rest of the world? The silvery sand beaches of Bali, an Indonesian island, are a treat for those looking for rejuvenation. The place has several interesting features including popular diving spots such as Tulamben, Amed, Menjangan or the neighbouring Nusa Penida. They also host a large amount of marine life. Some of the hot and must-visit spots are Denpasar, Gunung Batur, Kuta Bay, Bali Orchid Garden, Gunung Kawi, Museum Le Mayeur, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The place becomes even more wonderful once you relish the Balinese cuisine, which is spicy and cooked pedang style, and served in decorated plates. The many spa resorts and stylish hotels would make your vacation an extraordinary experience.

South Africa

Its rugged and untamed countryside is always an attraction, but South Africa is the hottest destination this season because of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. The country will host the world’s biggest football extravanganza in June-July. That aside, the country also offers deserted beaches, dolphins, horseback and hiking trails, golf, gambling, mystical history. Cape Town, the Kruger National Park, the Garden Route, Johannesburg and the pleasure resort of Sun City are some of the much sought-after tourist spots. You can enjoy the Hibiscus Coast, Margate, Ramsgate, Marina/San Lameer and Hibberdene, which are some of the wonderful beaches the country has. South Africa’s pulsating African heartbeat is felt in the City of Gold — Johannesburg, with its endless opportunities for shopping, entertainment, city tours and eating out.


No matter what, Bangkok remains a popular holiday destination year after year. Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is one of Southeast Asia’s most sought after place, and also a stepping-off point for those visiting other parts of Thailand. Once there, don’t forget to visit the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon. The floating markets Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan Floating and Wat Sai Floating Market are perfect places to shop. For sightseeing, try the Golden Mount and the Chao Phya river and canals. If you like it hot, Bangkok is the place for you. March to May is the right time to be spotted in the city — for all you guys who enjoy Bangkok’s nightlife, it’s time to book your air tickets.


Its beaches do the trick for Maldives, making it one of the five most desirable places on the wishlist of the tourists. Officially known as Republic of Maldives, it forms a double chain of 26 lagoons between India and Lakshdweep. When you arrive, visit the National Museum of Maldives and the Islamic Centre, and cities such as Seenu (Addu Atoll), Thinadhoo, and Hithadhoo. For shopaholics, Majeedhee Magu is an ideal place to be in.