Suggested itineraries in May
May is one of the best months to go on holiday, and for those looking for some pre-summer sun, we can suggest a number of inspiring destinations that offer superb springtime weather. Read below of where we suggest to go on holiday in May, and if you are travelling with children, we also have some recommendations on where to travel for May half-term.
Indonesia in May is one of the best times of year to visit, which coincides with the start of the dry season; dry, sunny days but as peak season is still a couple of months away you will find fewer tourists at the beaches and temples. Beat the crowds to Bali and enjoy the lush, bright green countryside of Ubud or head to the pale sands of the south coast beaches. We recommend going beyond Bali and combining three of Indonesia's main islands, and immersing yourself in the cultural gems of Bali, Lombok and Java. If you are travelling with the family then why not try something slightly different on a family diving holiday from Lombok to Komodo, home to an abundance of marine flora and fauna, and of course they are home to the indigenous Komodo Dragon.
By May spring has sprung in Bhutan and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour. This is the season just before the monsoon and is the prime time for wildlife lovers to visit. Bhutan also has direct flights to Bangkok, and not many holidays take you from summit to sea. Experience both the majesty of Bhutan’s mountains and the stunning tropical beaches of Thailand on this unique combination itinerary. In another Himalayan kingdom, by May the snow has started to melt in Northern India, making Ladakh accessible again. It’s a pleasant time of year to travel and a great opportunity to trek the epic plateaus and see the snow-caps on the lofty Himalayan mountain ranges.
May is also a good month to visit Japan, when temperatures in the capital Tokyo are mild, the gardens are in full bloom and the mountains are green. From the Imperial Palace gardens to the zen-inspired grounds of ancient temples, Japan is an ideal destination for lovers of beautiful gardens and the Kenrokuen gardens in Kanazawa are considered amongst the most beautiful in Japan. Explore them on our unique itinerary which explores the gardens, temples and customs of Japan. Japan also offers endless fun for big kids and little kids alike. Our family adventure in Japan itinerary encapsulates all that is weird and wonderful about Japanese entertainment, from themed roller coasters and adventure parks, to futuristic hi-tech karaoke booths.
Himalayan Odyssey... North India's Finest Monasteries, Temples & Spas
A delightful tour starting with the incredible Golden Temple in Amritsar, followed by travels through the scenic foothills of the...View here
Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey
Experience India’s most luxurious train, the Maharajas’ Express, on a fascinating route through bejewelled cities, cultural sites and wildlife hubs....View here
Meandering Down the Mekong... Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam
- Chiang Rai
- Luang Prabang
- Si Phan Don
- Siem Reap
- Phnom Penh
- Mekong Delta
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This is our ‘super luxe’ Mekong itinerary. Sleeping both on the boat and in hotels, you will experience four countries...View here
Outdoors Lover's Paradise... A Luxury Tour of the UK's Lakes, Lochs and Brochs
Great Britain has a great deal to offer lovers of the outdoors and this tailor-made itinerary allows you to explore...View here
Events in May
Labour Day (Thailand, Vietnam & USA): 1st May 2019
Ramadam (World): 5th May - 4th Jun 2019
May Day Bank Holiday (UK): 6th May 2019
Cambodia King's Holiday: 13th - 15th May 2019
HM King Norodom Sihamoni was born on 14 May 1953.
We Are Africa (South Africa): 13th - 16th May 2019
Cannes Film Festival (World): 14th - 25th May 2019
Glyndebourne Festival (UK): 18th May - 25th Aug 2019
Vesak Full Moon Day (Sri Lanka): 19th May 2019
This is celebrated to commemorate the three most significant events that influenced Buddhism; the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautam Buddha.
Vesak Day (Indonesia): 19th May 2019
Vesak, is one of the most important festivals of the Buddhist calendar. Every year during Vesak Day people all over the world gather at Borobudur temple to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Celebrated annually on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May, or in early June.
Chelsea Flower Show (UK): 21st - 25th May 2019
Hay on Wye Festival (UK): 23rd May - 2nd June 2019
Hay Festival aims to bring readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world.
Memorial Day (USA): 27th May 2019
Spring Bank Holiday (UK): 27th May 2019
Japan Golden Week: 29th Apr - 7th May 2019
A collection of national holidays, consisting of Showa Day (the birthday of former Emperor Showa), Greenery Day (dedicated to the environment and nature), Constitution Day & Children's Day (symbolised by carp streamers and samurai dolls).
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Leslie Siben, India