Phu Quoc Island is ideal for a short beach getaway during your Diwali long weekend. The Regent Phu Quoc is back in a fresh, lush and luxurious avatar right across from Long Beach’s pristine white beach, with all suites and villas. You can laze on one of the many white sand beaches, swim in the shimmering emerald waters, take a cable car ride over the sea, go fishing at Tranh Stream and kayak on the Cua Can River. The island is best explored on rental motorbikes and enjoying the views, the breeze and the local cuisine.
After two years of subdued festivities, take your Diwali shopping to the next level in the glitzy desert city of Dubai. Dress in your best clothes and head to the many malls (Dubai Mall, Wafi Mall and Mall of Emirates) to find gold, jewelry and the biggest fashion and lifestyle brands. If you’re tired of strolling through lavish malls, bring your luxury cravings to one of Dubai’s eleven Michelin-starred restaurants, which now includes Indian restaurant Trèsind Studio. There’s also a brand new futuristic museum that features robot-created artwork and exhibits focused on space exploration and augmented reality.
No visa hassles and no long-haul flights – Nepal is a great destination to explore, especially if you’re scrambling to make a last-minute plan for the Diwali long weekend. As the rains decrease, the number of dry days increases in October, making it an ideal time for treks in the scenic Himalayan country. While the most popular treks in the region like the Annapurna Circuit trek and the Himalayan base camp trek last 12-14 days, you can always opt for shorter treks. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities, such as paragliding in Pokhara and rafting in the Trisuli River.