Postcards from Abroad

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Top Destinations to watch in 2017

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Kumarakom 6 kerala

KERALA - 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of India’sIndependence. What better way to celebrate than a trip to the beautiful Southern
coastal state of Kerala?.  Food, scenery, houseboats, culture and architecture, Kerala has it all.
When to go: November through to April.
 

Sa Pa hilltribes

VIETNAM - New direct routes from the UK bring this fascinating country closer. A country of contrasts, versatile Vietnam offers beaches,mountains, modern cities, and ancient wonders. The extension of the 15- day visa free entry makes your visit even more hassle-free. Go on treks in the Sa Pa Highlands, take an overnight cruise on a junk, ride the Reunification Train and explore the Mekong Delta.

When to go? Destinations in the north such as Hanoi and Sapa are great in October, November, and December, as you'll see little rain and clear skies.

The central coastal regions are best visited from January to July, while Saigon and the Mekong Delta are best from November through to February or March. For the best balance, October to February is the best time to visit Vietnam from North to South.

Sihanoukville beach

CAMBODIA - With more upmarket hotels opening in the “Cambodian Riviera” —take the chance for a beach break after visiting Phnom Penh and the temples of Siem Reap. Add a touch of nostalgia on the relaunched train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, gateway to the islands. In addition to Song Saa Private Island, an Alila Villas resort is due to launch in August on Koh Russey island, and a Six Senses resort scheduled for a Dec opening on the pristine Krabey Island.

When to go? Cambodia, like its neighbours, is influenced by the tropical mainland South East Asian monsoon and has three definable seasons: the dry cool season lasting from November to February; weather is warm yet balmy and during the evenings and nights the temperature drops pleasantly. The cool season is perfect for exploring Cambodia’s numerous cultural and world heritage sites.

El Tatio Geysers Atacama

CHILE - Chile’s incredible landscapes will be much easier to reach in 2017, thanks to new direct flights from the UK. From the glaciers of Patagonia to the desert plains of the Atacama, the art scene in Valparaiso and the rolling vineyards of Casablanca, there is something for everyone.

When to go? October to March are the best months to visit Chilean Patagonia. Santiago, the Valleys, Lake district and the Atacama Desert are good year-round.

Landscape from Russell

NEW ZEALAND - A “safe-haven” destination, New Zealand continues to boom. A wave of new accommodation combining luxury and remote wilderness locations offers more choices to explore this timeless country. Combine your visit with the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in June and July, and the World Masters Games in April.
When to go? Year round.

Monks at Rinpung Dzong in Paro Bhutan

BHUTAN and NEPAL -Bhutan's pristine Himalayan landscapes and legendary Gross National Happiness becomes more accessible with the addition of charming boutique hotels. 2017 also sees Nepal continues its recovery from the devastating earthquake of 2015? Time for a trek?

When to go? March and April are two wonderful months to see Bhutan with the start of the Rhododendron season (March to May). Temperatures are dry and pleasant. If you are planning a trek in Bhutan, this will be an ideal time. Time with your visit to coincide with the Paro Tshechu. October is the peak season month in Bhutan. This is a popular time for trekking, hiking, spectacular scenery and enjoying festivals. In November, a special festival is held annually in Gangtey to celebrate the arrival of the black-necked cranes from the Tibetan Plateau to Phobjikha Valley.

 More ideas? Go to www.eastravel.co.uk

 

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