Where to go in May

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

AMSTERDAM

People are flocking here to see the famous Dutch tulips bloom. Just 30 minutes’ from the city centre you’ll find the flower fields of the beautiful Keukenhof tulip garden, although blooms can also be seen at numerous locations throughout the capital, including the famous Tulip Museum. The weather is perfect at this time of year, and the city kicks off the summer in style by hosting a variety of outdoor music festivals to suit all tastes.

Highlights:

1. Take an Instagram snap of the red, snake-like Python Bridge in the Azartplein district.

2. View rare artwork by the Dutch master at The Rembrandt House’s staging of Rembrandt’s Social Network (until 19 May).

3. Check out the Longing for Mecca exhibition at Tropenmuseum, which showcases personal stories from Dutch pilgrims.

 

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Group of Indonesian children having fun on a ride by Getty Images

JAKARTA

The metropolitan capital delivers the best of Indonesian city and beach life. A melting pot of different cultures, this urban jungle’s 100+ malls, packed closely together, make it a popular shopping destination. Plus, you can wander around Jakarta Old Town’s colonial buildings, or take the 90-minute boat trip to the idyllic Thousand Islands beaches. Getting around is easy thanks to the Jakarta MRT underground railway system, which launched in March.  

Highlights:

1. Hop on a boat from Ancol Bay and head to the tropical islands of Kepulauan Seribu for a night in a private beach hut.

2. Soak up the heritage in West Jakarta at Museum Fatahillah, and tour the surrounding Kota Tua district on a classic bicycle.

3. Drop by Setu Babakan in the south, where you can learn the story of the native Betawi culture.

 

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Hot air balloons lifting off in the Masai Mara, Kenya. By Getty Images

KENYA

It’s the perfect time to go on safari. In Kenya, the green season is in full swing, which may result in a thunderstorm or two. But the aftermath, combined with the lush flora and fauna, will enhance your landscape shots dramatically. As May is a wet month, and typically quieter, it’ll be easier to view Africa’s big five (the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and cape buffalo) while driving through the unforgettable Masai Mara National Reserve.

Highlights:

1. Take a guided tour of Kericho, which has long been Kenya’s richest tea growing district.

2. Admire the great plains of the Mara by taking to the sky in a hot air balloon at dawn.

3. Consider going north to the shore of Lake Turkana, and making a guided visit to the El Molo villages for a glimpse of the traditional way of life of the smallest tribes of Kenya.

 

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Harbor and St. Peter’s Castle (Bodrum Kalesi). Turkey, 15th century. By Getty Images

BODRUM

This ancient port city on Turkey’s Aegean Coast is enjoying a surge of trendy five-star hotel openings and celebrity-favourite beach clubs. Add to the vibrant food scene, and abundance of superyachts bobbing in the marina, and it’s easy to understand why Bodrum is referred to as ‘the St. Tropez of Turkey’. Its 15th century castle on the water, white-plastered back-streets, and honey-coloured beaches and turquoise waters enhance the charm.

Highlights:

1.Take a dip in the mud baths at Black Island and emerge with glowing skin.

2. Take a close up look at the famous windmills on the hilltop near Yalikavak and you’ll also get great views of Bodrum and Gumbet.

3. Brush up on your maritime history at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum Castle.

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