While Bali is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Southeast Asia, this may not be the best time to explore it. Owing to a volcanic eruption threat at Mount Agung, one of Bali’s major hiking spots, a 12 km zone around the region has been declared unsafe. As a result, foreign affairs departments of several countries like Australia are advising their citizens to avoid visiting the region. For Indian travelers, this may be a bit of a situation as the long October 2 weekend is just round the corner. It is one of the few long weekends remaining in this year and Bali is kind-of an ideal spot for such short vacations. For those visiting Bali, it is important to know areas to be avoided and areas that are safe if Mount Agung volcano eruption does take place. However, given the seriousness of the threat, it may be wise to look at other holiday options for the upcoming long weekend. So, here are 5 amazing holiday destinations in Southeast Asia that you can visit instead of Bali during the October 2 long weekend.

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay in The Phillippines

Boracay

While still offbeat, Boracay in the Phillipines is home to the most gorgeous and pristine beaches in southeast Asia. Boracay is located around 315 k south of Manila. It is one of the major tourist attractions of this wonderful Southeast Asian country. The White beach located against a backdrop of palm trees and abundant in options of bars, restaurants and hotels is a must-visit here.

Phuket, Thailand

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What can be said about Phuket that hasn’t been said already? With its fine blend of glorious rainforests, beaches, and mountains with lush resorts, hotels, nightclubs and spas, Phuket is a tourist’s delight. The culture of this vibrant city is as intriguing as its busy markets and lovely people. DO SEE Four days of sea, breeze and one Royal cruise experience!

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

The island city-state of Singapore has more to offer than you can imagine. Be it the remarkable Universal Studios on Sentosa island that offers an experience of a lifetime with its thrilling rides and colorful stalls, or the marvelous night safari which is one of the best wildlife journeys you will every embark upon, Singapore has a number of attractions to keep you hooked. With friendly locals, clean streets and a variety of lip-smacking cuisines served in top class restaurants, Singapore is perhaps the most ideal family vacation spot in Southeast Asia. CHECK OUT Singapore travel guide: Best places to visit and best places to eat in Singapore

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi in Vietnam

Hanoi in Vietnam

 

If you like vibrant streets and a colorful way of life, then you will fall for Vietnam the moment you set foot on it. Hanoi, the capital city of this quaint and marvelous country, is perfect for those who want to spend time exploring a mix of nature and culture. Hanoi is known for its busy street markets, beautiful temples or pagodas, delicious street food and the Hoan Kiem lake where you can see locals practising T’ai Chi on the shore early in the morning.

Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia

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And then there is the glorious Angkor Wat temple Complex. Located in northern Cambodia, Angkor Wat is perhaps one of the world’s most famous and significant archaeological sites. The cultural remains of the Khmer Empire found in the Angkor Wat temple complex date back to 9th century. With an area of 162.6 hectares, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument. It is a great destination for those looking for some peace and quiet and also those who love historical sites that take you back in time.

So, if you still haven’t booked your tickets, give Bali a break and visit one of the stunning locales that are every bit as beautiful and captivating as the Indonesian island.