As we approach year end, October is a great time to take a break from the busy year. Here are some of the best places to travel for a holiday in October.

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Trip Planner: Where to travel and when’s the best time to go?

With so many great destinations to choose from, we have made the choice a little easier. Here’s our top picks of where to go in October for enjoyable holidays. We have selected popular destinations where the weather is great and fun events are happening in October. Read on to find out what makes these destinations the best places to travel this month.
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Get in Touch with Nature in Kota Kinabalu

Great for: Tropical, Rainforests, Wildlife, Short trip from Singapore

October in Kota Kinabalu is warm and sunny and, because the wet season isn’t far off, there will be rain. However, if you go at the beginning of the month, you may miss the rains altogether – and when they do come, they’re short and sweet and they make the jungle a sight to behold.

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Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the Kinabalu Park, in the northwest of Borneo. It’s where the lush rainforest meets the perfect white coast and orangutans roam free. The national park is home to some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna, which you can see if you take a canopy walk high above the jungle floor or a raft down the rapids.

Climb the vast Mount Kinabalu for incredible views, get up close to real jungle animals at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park or dive into the clear blue sea to discover world-class coral reefs and an incredible and vast marine world, which you can also study from the underwater observation deck.

Treat yourself to dinner at Kota Kinabalu’s famous night market, where the locals serve up the very best of Southeast Asian cuisine. You’ll find the freshest fish and fruit and the most colourful spices in abundance. And you’ll want to try it all!

The Gayana Eco Resort is the ultimate in eco-friendly luxury accommodation, with a spa for a post-jungle pampering.

 

Weather in Kota Kinabalu
The weather in Kota Kinabalu in October is warm, sunny and a little rainy.
Let’s go

How to Get There: There are several direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from Singapore every day.

Average Flight Time: You can be there in less than three hours.

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Soak in the Crystal Blue Waters of Cyprus

Great for: Sunshine, Beaches, History, Going somewhere different

Otherwise known as the Island of Aphrodite, Cyprus has year-round sunshine. In October you can expect hot Greek days and the nights to be cool and fresh.

Famous for its crystal blue waters, and stunning beaches, the island is one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful. With rolling hills, waterfalls and lush greenery, you really don’t have to do anything but admire.

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If you’re looking for a little more action, take a tour of the Temple of Apollo and ancient Roman ruins at Kourion, sample the local wines straight from the vineyards and get lost in the lazy fishing villages that dot the coast. Water World in Larnaca is a must if you’re travelling with little ones.

If you’re looking for golf, head to Paphos. If it’s the party scene and nightclubs you crave, then Ayia Napa is the place. For romance, you can’t go wrong with Protaras and the Capo Bay Hotel.

 

Weather in Cyprus
Weather in Cyprus in October: Hot in the day and cool at night. 
Flights to Cyrpus

How to Get There:  Flights with a single stopover are available from Singapore to Larnaca (LCA) or Paphos (PFO) International Airports.

Average Flight Time: It takes at least a day of travel, so buy yourself a good book in the airport.

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Find Greece tours and activities online with Expedia Singapore.

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Live the Chic Life in Paris

Great for: European Culture, Art, Fashion, Autumn

 

The best time of year to visit Paris is in October. The leaves are red and yellow, the skies are blue and warm and Paris is abuzz with tourists and autumn festivals, including the amazing Paris Fashion Week which runs over the first week.

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The Louvre is a must, and will take a full day to really appreciate. Disneyland is a real treat for the children and for the mums and dads, there is lots of market shopping in Paris. In the Marais district, you’ll find up-and-coming French designers, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Left Bank is renowned for its expensive boutiques and department stores.

No trip to Paris would be complete without climbing the Eiffel Tower, a boat ride down the River Seine, photographs at Notre Dame and lunch at a pavement cafe. And don’t forget to taste the French wine, the pastries, the bread and the chocolates at the Salon du Chocolat festival in mid October. A tour bus might be the easiest way to see everything in Paris.

 

Weather in Paris

Weather in Paris in October

Bright and warm autumn

Flights to Paris

How to get there: Fly direct from Singapore to Paris with Air France.

Average Flight Time: It’ll take over 13 hours, but it’s worth it.

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Tours and Activities

Find fun Paris tours and activities online with Expedia Singapore.

Louvre Tour

Eiffel Tour Night Tour

River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

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Take it Slow in Laos

Great for: Asian Culture, Tropical, Wildlife, Short trip from Singapore

By October, rain in Laos would have stopped and the weather returns to near perfection, with temperatures averaging between 24 and 26 degrees across the country. If you’re looking for natural beauty, a slower pace and to experience local traditions and culture, you can’t go wrong with Laos.

Patuxay monument in Vientiane

Patuxay monument in Vientiane

The capital city of Vientiane is slow and easy, and with its French Colonial influences, its riverbank night markets and awesome statues and temples, it’s a great place to start your adventure.

Take a trip to Luang Prabang and immerse yourself in ancient traditions amid the exquisite temples and monasteries in this historical area. Climb Mount Phousi for incredible views of the distant mountain ranges, ride elephants and learn to cook like a local.

For the real adventurer, the Gibbon Experience in Huay Xai is essential. What started as an ecological project for the protection of jungle animals is now one of the most popular tourist experiences in Laos.

You can fly through the treetops attached to wires, as the jungle wildlife goes about its daily life below. You’ll see tigers, monkeys and all sorts of other animals in their natural habitat, and it’s a sight to behold. At night, visitors stay in tree houses in the canopy of the jungle, just like Tarzan!

 

Weather in Laos
Weather in Laos in October: 24°C – 26°C
Flights to Laos

How to get there:  Direct flights from Singapore to Vientiane  (VTE) are available with Lao Airlines

Average Flight Time: A flight to Vientiane takes just under three hours.

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Indulge Yourself in Sophisticated Cape Town

Great for: Nature, Wine, Springtime, Somewhere New, Far Far Away

October is springtime in Cape Town, South Africa. The weather is warm and dry but cool at night, and is perfect for exploring this port city and its incredible surrounds.

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Cape Town’s beaches are pristine and early morning is the perfect time to take a stroll. Make your way to the sophisticated Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for a leisurely breakfast, and enjoy the views of the sun rising across the Atlantic and over Table Mountain.

Take a ferry from there to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and tour the living museum there. You can also take a boat cruise to see seals, go whale watching or visit the African penguins in their colony.

Hop on a tour bus in Cape town  and see the city or disappear into nature at the Table Mountain Nature Park, where you’ll spy zebras, bontebok and other indigenous animals. There are beaches, rivers and waterfalls, hiking trails for the adventurous and picturesque picnic spots.

Venture out of Cape Town into the surrounding mountains and valleys in South Africa. Sample the local wines, the hospitality of the local villagers and the natural beauty of Africa.

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Weather in Cape Town
Weather in Cape Town in October: Springtime. Warm and dry days. Cool nights.
Flights to Cape Town

How to Get There:  There are no direct flights from Singapore to Cape Town (CPT), but consider a stopover in Hong Kong, Dubai or Johannesburg, and do some shopping while you’re there.

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Feature Image: Cape Town, South Africa