Trending destinations April 2019

Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals the places that are trending this month

 

Bangkok
To mark Thai New Year, the world-famous Songkran Festival is taking place from 13-15 April, during what is typically the hottest month in the calendar. Also known as the ‘water festival’, expect a host of traditional rituals and street parties across the country, including mass water fights. One of the most renowned is Silom in Bangkok, which stretches along a 4km-long street. Afterwards, get out and explore the city’s vibrant markets and cultural landmarks.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Visit the sacred temples, such as Wat Phra Kaew in the city centre, which wows with its beauty.
2 .Shop for keepsakes in the street markets, such as the vast Chatuchak Weekend Market, home to thousands of stalls.
3.  Join the glitterati at Sky Bar at Lebua at State Tower, which boasts one of the best views of the city.

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Bridge of Sights in Venice, Italy

Venice
Savvy travellers are making the trip to Venice before the summer crowds descend, when temperatures are comfortably warm and it’s generally quieter, therefore easier to catch a gondola and explore this beautiful Italian city. April 25 is a national holiday upon which various traditions are celebrated, including the Bocolo (rosebud) festival, which sees men present a rose to their beloved, and monumental feasts taking place in St. Mark’s Square.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Catch a regatta: between April and September around 120 take place, coinciding with local festivals.
2. Savour a Michelin star meal at Glam by Enrico Bartolini, which blends contemporary Italian cuisine with Venetian ingredients.
3. Craft your own Venetian mask at Ca ‘Macana in Dorsoduro, which has classes for all ages.

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Buenos Aires La Boca District
 Typical colorful houses in the famous district of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires
The first month of the ‘off season’ for Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, and the start of autumn, April brings quieter streets and great value hotel rates. This city rarely sleeps, and with its endless cafés, delicious cuisine, European architecture, historic sites, plazas and museums, it’s not surprising it has been referred to as ‘the Paris of South America’. Enjoy a café con leche in Café Tortoni, a known hangout of the great tango dancer Carlos Gardel.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Indulge at one of the city’s classic parrillas (steakhouses), such as the sizzling La Cabrera, which has cult status. 
2. Pay respect at La Recoleta Cemetery, where you can visit the graves of notable people including Eva Perón.
3. Get your contemporary art fix at The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires.

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People relaxing at Waikiki beach, Hawaii, USA

Honolulu
Hawaii’s cosmopolitan capital city stretches across the southeastern shores of the island, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, with the famous Waikiki Beach providing a dreamy pit stop along the way – at this time of year, you can keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales. For added fun, hop on a domestic flight to Hilo (the Big Island) to enjoy the Merrie Monarch Festival from 21-27 April, featuring the world’s most prestigious hula competitions.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. There’s no better place to learn to surf, so grab a board and get started. 
2. Go hiking in Waimea Falls Park, making your way through the lush gardens to the cascading waterfalls. 
3. Fall in love with Halona Beach Cove, where the movie From Here to Eternity was filmed in 1953.

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