Best short-haul weekend destinations for Republic Day 2024 – Travel And Tour World

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When the 2024 calendar gives you a long Republic Day weekend, make the most of it.

Head for short-haul destinations and see how time flies in the company of your loved ones.

This year’s first long weekend is that of the Republic Day 2024 holiday. It is a Friday preceeding a long weekend.

For those planning a trip for Republic Day 2024 weekend, here is a list of exciting short-haul destinations with the least visa formalities:

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand is a compelling destination to visit in the Republic Day 2024 weekend.

Thanks to its versatile tourist attractions and local experiences that emphasise indulgence and hospitality.

Lovers of azure waters, beaches, food, and nightlife can spend their long weekend.

Tourists can enjoy various water sports by the picture-perfect beaches of Phuket, Railay, Krabi and Koh Samui.

They can also head to Khao Lak, Koh Lipe and Koh Kood to relish a serene coastal ambience.

Epicureans can endlessly gorge on mouthwatering street food in the fragrant night markets. They can also make smart purchases in local shops or malls of Bangkok.

Thai government’s recently announced visa exemption for Indian tourists along with reduced taxes on alcohol and entertainment venues.

All these make the prospect of vacationing in Thailand, even more appealing.

Those preferring a lavish beachside stay will be enchanted by the excellence of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Average Flight Duration: About 3 hrs 40 mins

Tourist Visa Requisites: Visa-exempted stay for up to 30 days (until 10 May 2024)

Sri Lanka

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For Republic Day 2024 weekend, Sri Lanka is a must visit short-haul destination.

The island nation prides itself on its inspiring culture, cuisine, tea plantations and sublime beaches.

Make your 2024 Republic Day weekend memorable by going on boat trips along the Madu Ganga river.

Visit mask museums in Ambalangoda and the colonial-era fort of Galle- all these are easily accessible from the town.

Kumu Beach by Teardrop Hotels is an excellent place to enjoy a relaxing stay and cherish the beauty of Balapitiya.

Enjoy exceptional spa therapies to unwind and an a la carte seafood menu served by the sea.

The verdant lawn surrounded by lilies is perfect for a candle-lit romantic dinner beneath the stars.

Average Flight Duration: About 2 hrs 20 mins

Tourist Visa Requisites: Visa-free stay for up to 30 days (until 31 March 2024)

Qatar

Qatar

Want to experience the typical Arabian vibe amidst beaches, restaurants and cafes?

Then Qatar has to be your next short-haul destination in the long Republic Day weekend.

The nation offers the best of the Middle East with perfect mix of indoor entertainment along with outdoor sun, sea and sand activities.

Msheireb Downtown Doha is popular for having over 100 buildings with retail and cultural offerings and a stunning courtyard.

The full glory of Qatar’s diverse shopping scene is visible at Doha Festival City which comprises over 550 consumer brands and innovative game hubs.

Average Flight Duration: About 4 hours

Tourist Visa Requisites: Visa-on-Arrival (30 days)

Seychelles

Seychelles

One of the most visually striking countries, Seychelles’ marine and tropical wonders are irresistible.

During the long weekend trip, tourists can explore the Mahé island via direct or one-stop flights from major Indian cities.

The Mahé island has breathtaking beaches like Anse Major, Anse Royale and Anse Intendance along with amazing hiking trails like Copolia and Morne Blanc.

The Takamaka Rum Distillery is a popular stopover for rum lovers. Sainte Anne Marine National Park offers defined diving and snorkelling spots in transparent waters.

At Sainte Anne, travellers can also sail glass-bottom boats or enjoy windsurfing.

Average Flight Duration: About 4 hrs 25 mins

Tourist Visa Requisites: Visa-free stay for up to 30 days (Travel Authorisation Letter required)

Oman

Oman tourism

Oman is replete with exotic sights and unique encounters making it a Republic Day destination like no other.

The country’s capital, Muscat is popular for its stunning landscapes, mountains, souqs, delectable seafood and coastal experiences like dolphin watching.

Travellers can go trekking, explore museums, shop for souvenirs and watch live cultural performances.

The country is also popular for its exceptional hospitality and sensory allure.

Take a guided tour of the classic car museum and the resort’s very own frankincense garden.

Average Flight Duration: About 3 hours

Tourist Visa Requisites: e-visa application (30 days)

Vietnam

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Through a combination of breathtaking vistas, cultural sites and cuisine, Vietnam serves as an incredible vacation place.

For seekers of holistic adventure, an all-inclusive resort such as The Anam Cam Ranh is a smart option.

Easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi via flight, the five-star beachside resort captures the idyll of Vietnam’s coastal charms and hospitality.

With world-class gastronomy, wellness, and culturally immersive activities, the resort promises complete rejuvenation.

Visit popular attractions like Ponagar Cham Towers, Ba Ho Waterfalls, Alexandre Yersin Museum, Kong Forest Adventure Park, Vinh Hy Bay and the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang.

Average Flight Duration: About 4 hours

Tourist Visa Requisites: Visa-on-Arrival (30 days)

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Ras Al Khaimah

Known for its rich culture and diverse landscapes, Ras Al Khaimah promises an authentic and easily accessible Arabian experience.

With over 7,000 years of history, it is a treasure trove of culture and cuisine.

Imagine relaxing on pristine beaches, exploring lush mangrove trees, and wandering through terracotta dunes and green oases.

The iconic Jebel Jais, the highest mountain peak in the UAE, adds to the charm.

Enjoy a day at its floating waterpark. After that enjoy sweet touch at the resort’s signature chocolate hour, luxurious spa treatment and strolling on the beachfront.

Average Flight Duration: About 3 hours 20 minutes

Tourist Visa Requisites: e-visa application (30 days)

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