It may be hot and humid all year long in Singapore, but spring has sprung in other parts of the world. Escape the little red dot to see how the rest of the world ushers in the prettiest season of the year.
Trip Planner: Where to travel and when’s the best time to go?
Here’s our top picks of where to go in April for enjoyable holidays. Go where the weather is great and fun events are happening in April. Read on to find out what makes these destinations the best places to travel this month.
Explore Ancient Temples in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Great for: History buffs, short trip from Singapore
Most of Southeast Asia is blazing hot this time of the year, but it will be relatively cooler in Yogyakarta as the monsoon season comes to an end. Yogyakarta is Indonesia’s arts hub, and this is the ideal city to visit to purchase works by up-and-coming artists at a steal.
This city is also a popular tourist spot due to its proximity to some of the most well-preserved ancient temples in the region. Visit Prambanan to check out the majestic Hindu temple complexes. The other must-visit is Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist structure. Both sites are UNESCO World Heritage listed.
Another interesting site to visit is the Kraton, the palace of the sultans of the city, which dates back to the 1700s. This massive complex is one of the best showcases of Javanese architecture and you can visit the palace grounds and museum.
Weather in Yogyakarta
The Weather in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in April
Average Temperature: 25°C – 31°C
End of monsoon season.
What to Pack: Insect repellent and clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for temple visits.
How to Get There: AirAsia flies direct to Yogyakarta (JOG).
Average Flight Time: Just over 2 hours.
Where to Stay
Celebrate the Thai New Year in Chiang Mai
Great for: Epic street celebrations and delectable Thai cuisine
April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand, but don’t worry, you’ll cool down quickly enough. The Thai New Year, which falls on 13-15 April, is a boisterous festival when everybody heads out onto the streets to spray each other with water guns or hoses – and what better way to celebrate than to head to the birthplace of this tradition?
The water is a symbolic gesture to wash away bad luck but has evolved into a fun-filled street party over the years. Merrymakers tend to converge at Ping River, Thapae Gate and Chiang Mai Gate.
As the centre of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is also Thailand’s cultural capital, so take time to visit the key sights, which include the Old Town, the Wat Chedi Luang temple and the majestic Wat Phra Singh temple that’s decorated with Lanna paintings.
You can also sign up for a Thai cooking class to learn the ropes of delectable Thai cuisine. This class even includes a trip to the local market so you’ll learn to pick out your own herbs, spices and ingredients the next time you want try your hand at Thai cooking.
Weather in Chiang Mai
The Weather in Chiang Mai, Thailand in March
Average Temperature: 22°C – 36°C
Hot and dry.
What to Pack: A swimming costume to wear under your clothes, as you are sure to get wet.
How to Get There: AirAsia and Thai Airways fly to Chiang Mai (CNX) via Bangkok.
Average Flight Time: 3 hours.
Where to Stay
The De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai by The Unique Collection is conveniently located within the Old Town and is a tasteful blend of old-world charm with modern elements.
View the Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan
Great for: An immersion into traditional Japanese culture
With its ancient temples, impeccable zen gardens and traditional wooden buildings, any visit to Kyoto is like stepping back in time. One of the best times of the year to visit the ancient capital of Japan is in the first two weeks of April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
While you are there, you must join a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party at one of the city’s many parks – Maruyama-koen Park and the Kyoto Botanical Gardens are highly recommended. They host boisterous events that involve plenty of singing, merrymaking and, of course, sake drinking.
This is also the city of geisha and their apprentices, the maiko. The best place to spot them is in the atmospheric Gion district, where wealthy patrons hire them to sing and perform traditional Japanese dances and play musical instruments as the night’s entertainment.
There are over 1000 temples and shrines in Kyoto, but to narrow it down, some of the must-visits include Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji and Kiyomizu-dera. Or go on a scholar-led tour of the key sites in Kyoto to gain a deeper understanding of this city’s unique heritage.
Weather in Kyoto
The Weather in Kyoto, Japan in April
Average Temperature: 9°C – 19°C
What to Pack: Good walking shoes and light layers of clothing.
How to Get There: Fly to Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka or Narita International (NRT) in Tokyo. From there, hop on a train to get to Kyoto.
Average Flight Time: Approximately 8 hours. The express train takes 1 hour from KIX or take the shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, which takes about 2 hours.
Where to Stay
Be a Hippie Festival-goer in Palm Springs, USA
Great for: Music, nature, golf, festivals, indigenous culture
Palm Springs may be a desert city, but don’t let that fool you. This upscale Californian location is well known for its chic hotels, excellent shopping, well-manicured golf courses and fancy hot springs, so be sure to spend at least a few days exploring the area.
Best of all, Coachella, one of the world’s most anticipated music festivals featuring top bands and indie music acts, falls in April. Expect plenty of people watching as celebrities often flock to this festival, but even if you fail to see any, the festival-goers, often dressed in their hippie best, complete with feathered headdresses and lace crop tops, offer plenty of eye candy. You can choose to go camping for the full experience, or stay at a hotel in Palm Springs if you need some creature comforts when you rest your head.
To check out a more rustic side to the desert, visit the Joshua Tree National Park where you will see majestic 15-metre tall Joshua trees growing out of the sand. This is also where you can visit the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve and see the harsh yet beautiful landscape the Native Americans have called home for countless years.
Weather in Palm Springs
The Weather in Palm Springs, USA in April
Average Temperature: 13°C – 31°C
What to Pack: Lightweight clothing you’ll feel comfortable dancing in and a pair of solid walking shoes.
How to Get There: United Airlines flies from Singapore to Palm Springs (PSP) via Narita, then San Francisco.
Average Flight Time: 23 hours
Where to Stay