Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals where to travel in January 2020
It’s dry season in Thailand – an excellent time to explore its beautiful islands. An adventure seeker’s paradise, Koh Samui is home to the Ang Thong Marine Park – an archipelago of more than 40 islands where you can swim, snorkel, hike and kayak to your heart’s content. Explore the colourful neighbourhoods, such as Chaweng for its buzzing main street, beach dining and nightlife, as well as the rustic Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and its popular night market.
1 Hire a motorbike and set off on a thrill-a-minute tour – you can circumnavigate the island in just a couple of hours.
2 Stroll through the Secret Buddha Garden private sculpture park atop Pom Mountain and discover its unique collection of hand-carved statues nestled in the lush jungle.
3 Get fit quick by booking yourself in for some private Muay Thai training
sessions – Punch It Gym takes beginners through to seasoned fighters under its wing.
The sunniest (and perhaps the coolest) city in Australia, Perth calls with its glittering downtown skyline, vibrant Elizabeth Quay, and contemporary Australian dining at the multilevel Print Hall. Enjoy endless sunshine on its pristine beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean, from the renowned Cottesloe Beach to the 63 white-sand coves on Rottnest Island, a nature reserve home to the cute and friendly quokka, and which will soon boast a new marina.
1 For thrills and spills, head to Perth’s Outback Splash, which has unveiled a new six-storey slide tower featuring Western Australia’s fastest-ever body slide, among other attractions.
2 Animal lovers can head to Yanchep National Park to stroll along the koala boardwalk for a peek at these cuddly creatures in their natural environment.
3 Embark on a tour of Perth’s hip urban art, including the stunning new mega-mural on Hay Street by Melbournian street artist Matt Adnate.
The hub of the US space programme, Cape Canaveral calls would-be astronauts to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you can learn about space travel, train like an astronaut, or strap yourself in for lift-off in its shuttle launch experience. It makes a great day trip from Orlando (the theme park capital of the world) as part of an adventurous itinerary. Or, you can stay at the Cape and enjoy its hotels, restaurants and quiet beaches.
1 Visit Canaveral National Seashore, part of America’s national park system, which boasts a vast stretch of beautifully wild white-sand beach, home to various plant and bird species.
2 Stare into a beautiful sunset at Center Street Park and, with any luck,
you’ll enjoy a rare glimpse of manatees in the river.
3 Learn about the city’s past, its present and the origins of its celebrated port at Exploration Tower, a seven-storey building of interactive exhibits with wonderful views of Port Canaveral.
A winter wonderland that’s close to home, Yerevan is usually covered in fluffy white snow at this time of year, and the waters of Lake Sevan freeze over. The city streets light up for the festive period and local businesses are keen to welcome visitors in from the cold to enjoy delicious local Armenian cuisine, including lots of lavash bread. Take a day trip to the surrounding mountains for some of the most affordable skiing on the planet.
1 Spend some time in the rosy-hued Republic Square, made partly from Armenia’s famous pink tufa stone. Its central building houses the History Museum of Armenia, as well as the National Art Gallery of Armenia.
2 Climb the 572 steps of the Cascade stairway for stunning views of the city. While you’re there, check out contemporary art giant, the Cafesjian Center for the Arts.
3 Stock up on keepsakes at Vernissage open-air flea market, where artisan finds include beautiful ceramics, dazzling jewellery and traditional ornaments.
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