Where's hot in October?

In October, temperatures start to fall back in the UK, so if you're searching for sunshine it's time to hop on a plane. School half term also falls within October, making it the last chance to have a longer family holiday before the Christmas break.
Some parts of Europe still enjoy warm weather, like the islands of Corfu and Crete, but for guaranteed sun, South and South East Asia are great options for beach breaks. Places like Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bali have plenty of sunshine to tempt you. Keep reading for more.

Scroll down to see our five top tips for a sunny holiday in October.

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Crete

Crete Photo: Constantin Stanciu

October in Crete

4h 10m
Approximate UK flight time
20
Average Temperature
6
Hour of Sunshine

It's still warm enough to swim and sunbathe here in October. For tropical lounging go to palm tree lined Váï beach, which was where the iconic 1970s Bounty chocolate bar ad was filmed. Myrtos beach in the south is protected from the wind and has plenty of tavernas to keep you fed and watered. With the weather feeling a little cooler, hike through the Samaria Gorge National Park and see the intriguing rock formations and canyons. Ochi Day (No Day), when the country said no to occupation in World War II, is on October 28th and is a national celebration with parades and street parties.

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Or how about Malaysia?

Malaysia

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October in Malaysia

12h 45m
Approximate UK flight time
32
Average Temperature
7
Hour of Sunshine

This is the end of the high tourist season in Malaysia. The weather will be up in the 30s, and the sea temperature remains high, but there is a chance of rain. For white, sandy, sunny beaches head west to Penang or Pangkor islands. Alternatively, nip over to the capital Kuala Lumpur for a few days. There, you'll find a heady mix of old and new architecture, along with some of the best fusions of Asian cuisine in the world.

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Or how about Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

October in Sri Lanka

10h 35m
Approximate UK flight time
27
Average Temperature
7
Hour of Sunshine

Visit the east coast early in the month, as it'll be protected from the monsoon weather in the southwest. Either Kalkudah or Passekudah are worth a trip for outstanding, unspoilt and sandy beaches. Sri Lanka is rightly famous for its wildlife, so take a safari round the Yala National Park and try and spot Elephants, Leopards and Water Buffalo. In October, you'll also have a good chance of seeing migrating birds at the Uda Walawe National Park.

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October in Corfu Corfu

October in Corfu

3h Approx. UK flight time 23°C Average temperature 6 Hours of sunshine per day

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October in Singapore

13h 13m Approx. UK flight time 27°C Average temperature 8 Hours of sunshine per day

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