Christmas and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner. While neither holiday brings with it a long weekend this year, don’t let it put you off taking a quick break. If you’re looking for a short getaway, no more than a few hours’ plane-ride away – we’ve put together a great list of quirky places for you to try. In fact, the guys at Airbnb have helped us put together a collection of four enchanting off beat properties that offer that extra little bit of adventure.  

The Halong Bay Cruise, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Price per night: Rs 19,100 This cruise is a welcoming and cozy retreat for those who love the ocean and want to dive into its depths. Don’t let the exteriors fool you – the insides are plush, with all sorts of modern comforts. The ship’s galley produces tasty local seafood dishes, and if you’d rather dine on-shore, the cruise ship is conveniently located a three-minute walk away from Hoan Kiem Lake, and is 300m away from the famous Dong Xuan Maket and Old City Gate. Also nearby are the Ngoc Son Temple and Water Puppet Theatre.  Click here for more info  

Batukaru Mountain Farm-stay, Bali, Indonesia

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Price per night: Rs 2,270 This farm-stay is located in Banjar Anyar, a small village on the slopes of Mount Batukaru, where you can experience traditional Balinese village life on the edge of a protected rainforest. There’s plenty to keep guests busy. Explore theneighbouring Pura Muncak Sari or Pura Batukaru (both are part of the UNESCO-protected Catur Angga Batukaru farming system that’s been around since the 9th century), trek through the jungle or walk about the small villages and rice paddies. Click here for more info  

DreamCaught Treehouses, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Price per night: Rs 2,935 onwards Sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At times like this, can you imagine a better place to unwind than in the countryside? Located in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, this rustic property offers stays in villas, treehouses and riverfront cabins – all made from recycled material. The property is surrounded by plenty of greenery, rivers and waterfalls, and tea and coffee plantations. There are plenty of activities to try, from white water rafting and sunrise/sunset walks to a day spent in an elephant park. Click here for more info  

Beyond The Venice of the East, Alappuzha, Kerala

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Price per night: Rs 8,490 One of the best ways to explore Kerala is by water. Head to Alappuzha for a unique experience and think about renting a houseboat (or boathouse, call it what you want) – a slow-moving barge covered with a thatched roof, for a leisure trip down a waterway. Beyond the Venice of the East has two- and three-bedroom houseboats you can rent to sail down the backwaters and watch local fishermen cast their Chinese fishing nets. The fully catered houseboats provide a taste of the local cuisine - they serve local Kuttanadan dishes onboard. On your holiday, plot a course that allows you to explore the local villages, temples, churches and lush paddy fields.


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