20 Incredible Destinations in Asia to Visit in Spring

by Jackie
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Visit Asia during the springtime to see the cherry blossoms with pink lanterns along a residential street.

What is your favorite season to travel? For us, it’s springtime. It’s an ideal time to travel to Asia as the weather starts to warm up (or already hot and humid in Southeast Asia), flowers blooming, and opportunities to go on outdoor adventures. 

If you have an upcoming spring break and want to visit Asia, you’ve come to the right place. 

With the help of our travel blogging friends, we’ve compiled the 20 best spring destinations in Asia to visit. We’re traveling to East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia and focusing on places to visit during the time of March through May. Therefore, you can pick and choose your next destination based on your availability and interests.

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Map of Where to Go in Asia in Spring

Map of the best spring break destinations in Asia

Click on the map to see a larger view of where to go in Asia during the spring season. Credit: Map data: Google


Spring Destinations in East Asia

1. Tokyo, Japan

By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing

Recommended Month to Visit: March-April 

Springtime in Japan is the best time to visit to see the cherry blossoms (sakura). It’s a beautiful sight to see streets, parks, and canals bursting in pastel pink and white colors. While the entire country’s cherry blossoms season happens in a short span of 2-3 weeks, Tokyo is the best place to experience this iconic event. 

Recommended sights to see clusters of blossoms are Meguro River, Ueno Park, and Shinjuku Gyeon National Garden (an additional fee is required.) If you visit Meguro River, there is a Meguro River Cherry Blossom Festival with food vendors selling mochi and champagne with strawberries during the time of the blossoms. It’s crowded, especially on the bridge crossings, yet worth the visit to see the sakura trees along the riverside. At night, the lanterns light up so you get to see a different perspective of the blossoms. 

Ueno Park is another gorgeous place to see sakura and enjoy a hanami party under the trees. In addition, you can easily spend half a day at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to see the blossoms and also wander around the 144 acres garden. 

If you can’t visit the places above, you can walk around neighborhoods to see these sakura trees. 

Tip: When seeing cherry blossoms, please do not touch them as they’re very fragile. 

Check out other unique experiences to do in Tokyo here. 

The weather is on the colder side between 55-66°F (12-18°C) from March to April, so you’ll need to wear jackets during your visit. Pack accordingly as rain can occur during this time. 

If you have a chance, take day trips from Tokyo to see more cherry blossoms and explore a new place such as Mount Takao, Kawagoe, or Yokohama

White cherry blossoms along Meguro River in Tokyo, Japan

Meguro River is one of the top places to see Tokyo’s cherry blossoms in Japan.


2. Rishiri Island, Japan

By Jonny, Backpacking Man 

Recommended Month to Visit: May

Rishiri Island is in a very remote location of the northern tip of Hokkaido in Japan and is a great escape from the crowds you’ll find in other parts of the country, especially in spring. It’s the shoulder season where the cold snow of winter melts away leaving a playground for hiking activities. You may find at times you have the whole area to yourself when out in the nature there.

The number one thing to do is to climb the stunning Mount Rishiri, the most iconic sight in the whole area. It can be a tough climb in some parts due to the steep terrain towards the top, but the beginning will take you through an alpine forest.

In May, you’ll probably still find snow at the very top of Mount Rishiri. Therefore, you’ll need to be physically fit to reach the peak as it requires some wading through snow. In the southern part of the island, you’ll find lakes and peaceful forests to hike in with hidden shrines dotted here and there.

The northern part of Japan sees the last of the cherry blossoms in the country as the season goes from south to north, and in early May, you can still see some blossoms in Rishiri. Hokkaido also has some of the best seafood in Japan.

View of a lake and the snowy mountains of Mount Rishiri in Japan

Hiking Mount Rishiri during the springtime is an epic adventure on Rishiri Island, Japan. Photo credit: Backpacking Man

Related: Check out these incredible hikes in Japan to experience 


3. Seoul, South Korea

By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing

Recommended Month to Visit: Any time from March to May

As the capital of South Korea, tourists flock to Seoul throughout the year for the vibrant nightlife, interesting history, delicious foods, and nonstop shopping. Springtime is a pleasant time to visit Seoul as the weather is cooler (about 11-23°C/52-73°F as a high) and has minimal rain. 

One of the top activities to do during your spring break is to see the cherry blossoms from the end of March to the beginning of April. It’s a popular time to visit as the city brightens with the pink and white blossoms. Check out the Yeouido area and walk along the park or Seochon Lake. 

If you’re not able to visit Seoul during the blossom season, there are plenty of attractions to visit. You can easily take the subway and wander around the city. Top highlights include exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites (ie: Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine), hiking to Namsan Seoul Tower, visiting temples, seeing street art, and much more. 

You can’t miss the amazing street foods and restaurants around the city. If you visit the Myeongdong area, there are some yummy places to eat. 

If you have time, take a day trip to Gapyeong to explore the fun attractions of Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm, and Petite France. Or, take a tour to the DMZ to get close to the North Korea and South Korea borders. Visiting Incheon is also another option to see one of the largest Chinatowns in the country. 

Check out this 5 days Seoul itinerary to make the best of your trip. 

A cherry blossom tree in front of the tall Namsan Seoul Tower in Seoul, South Korea.

Namsan Seoul Tower is one of the top places to visit in Seoul, South Korea during the spring. Photo credit: Valerie May Villuga via Scopio Photos


4. Busan, South Korea

By Emma, Emma’s Daydream

Recommended Months to Visit: Mid-March through early April

South Korea is known for its distinctive four seasons – the sweltering hot summers, the fiery, colorful autumn, the icy cold winters, and the flower-filled spring. You really can’t go wrong with whatever season you choose to visit during, but if I had to give a recommendation, it would 1000% be the spring. 

One of the best places to visit in Korea during the springtime is Busan. Located on the southern coast of the Peninsula, Busan is the second-largest city in Korea, and one of the best places to experience spring: namely, the cherry blossoms. 

If you choose to visit Busan during the cherry blossom season, be sure to visit in the middle of March or in early April for the peak of the blossoms. Not only will you be treated to roads lined in these gorgeous, pink, flowering trees, but you’ll also arrive just in time to catch the countryside blanketed in bright yellow canola flowers

Stay in the Haeundae area for an accessible location from which you can base all your Korean adventures – it’s right next to the beach, and one metro stop away from Dalmaji Hill, the best place to see the cherry blossoms. If you want to see the cherry blossoms and the canola flowers all in one go, be sure to head over to Daejo Ecological Park

If you have enough time for a quick day trip, March and April are also peak months for experiencing the incredible landscapes of the Boseong Green Tea Fields

Cherry blossom trees along a sidewalk in Busan, South Korea

Who wants to see these beautiful cherry blossoms in Busan, South Korea? Photo credit: Emma’s Daydream


5. Nanjing, China

By De Wet and Jin, Museum of Wander

Recommended Months to Visit: March and April

Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province, is a great city to visit at any time of year. This beautiful city charms visitors with the perfect balance between sightseeing, fabulous Nanjing cuisine, great outdoor activities, culture, and history all in one.

March and April are ideal months to experience Nanjing at its best. March welcomes the start of spring and sees the plum trees explode in bloom, while early April is Qingming Festival, which is perhaps the best time to visit the Nanjing Memorial.

Nanjing was the imperial capital of China for almost a thousand years before it was moved to Beijing. To see the best of ancient Nanjing, head to Purple Mountain, where hundreds of ancient relics and scenic spots are scattered around the lovely parks and gardens. The Ming Tombs, the Sacred Way, and Plum Blossom Hill are not to be missed. Look out for deer as you wander along the many paths around the mountain, too.

The impressive Sun Yat-sen mausoleum is another site on Purple Mountain not to miss. Sun Yatsen is considered the father of modern China and Taiwan. Historical importance aside, the view from the mausoleum over the park below and the city behind it is spectacular.

To see modern Nanjing’s most infamous history, the brutal Nanjing Massacre Memorial is a somber but necessary place to visit. During WWII, the Japanese army invaded Nanjing, and an estimated 300,000 people lost their lives in only six weeks. During the Qingming Festival (usually at the beginning of April), when the Chinese honor the dead, the memorial is packed with survivors and visitors paying their respects.

Crowds of people visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, China

Add a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum when traveling to Nanjing, China. Photo credit: Museum of Wander


6. Taipei, Taiwan

By Mariza, Hoponworld

Recommended Month to Visit: March

If you’re looking for the perfect spring destination in Asia, you can’t go wrong with Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. Spring runs from March to May in Taiwan, and while each month offers a whole host of things to do, March is a great month to plan a Taipei itinerary

Although March can still be a little bit chilly, with average temperatures ranging between 15 to 22°C (59 to 72°F), the weather is pleasant, and the relentless humidity of summer has not kicked in yet. 

March is a great time for flower-loving travelers, in particular, with several flower festivals popping up all over the city. Among the most famous events include the Taipei Azalea Festival, Yangmingshan Flower Festival, and the Calla Lily and Hydrangea show. Another iconic spot not to miss is Wuji Tianyuan Temple – a gorgeous Taoist Temple famous for cherry blossom viewing. Come at the beginning of the month to see the second round of cherry blossoms blooming here (the first round is in February). 

Besides attending the flower festivals, March is also a wonderful time to enjoy hot springs as you’re likely to encounter a few colder and rainy days. Head to Beitou to soak in its steamy thermal pools, or book yourself into a posh hot spring hotel to unwind. 

Of course, you can’t visit Taipei without seeing its most iconic sites and booming night markets. Some of the absolute must-visit places in Taipei include Taipei 101, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending, Elephant Mountian, the National Palace Museum, and Shilin Night Market. 

Pink cherry blossoms in full bloom in front of the Wuji Tianyuan temple in Taipei, Taiwan

Wuji Tianyuan temple is a beautiful place to visit in Taipei, Taiwan especially to see the blossoms. Photo credit: Hoponworld


Spring Destinations in Southeast Asia

7. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Con Dao Islands is one of the gorgeous places to visit in Vietnam. Located southeast of the country, you’ll get spoiled with aqua blue waters, white sandy beaches (the cleanest that we’ve seen in Vietnam!), fewer crowds, and consistent hot weather (an average high of 88°F/31°C). Most of the activities and attractions are on the main island, Con Son. 

Since the waters are so clean and clear, you’ll spend a lot of time there. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit as the snorkeling day trips are out of this world. The waters don’t have any garbage (compared to many places in Vietnam). The coral reefs are alive and colorful and have plenty of fish swimming around. It helps that the snorkeling area doesn’t have many visitors so enjoy the beauty for yourself.  

Besides the water activities, other unique things to do in Con Dao include visiting the former prisons to see the “tiger cages” and learning about the dark history, exploring Con Dao National Park, watching the planes fly over the Dam Trau Beach, and wandering around the island by motorbike. 

You won’t regret visiting Con Dao for a few days and seeing how this is our favorite Vietnam island

Dam Trau Beach is one of the best places to visit while your in Con Dao. Since the beach is next to the airport, you'll see planes fly over your head.

Dam Trau Beach has a unique view where you can see planes from Ho Chi Minh City land in Con Dao.

Read more about places to visit in South Vietnam


8. Danang, Vietnam 

By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Want to visit a beach destination in Vietnam? Head to Danang, the largest city in Central Vietnam

You’ll want to dive into the swimming pool and ocean water or lounge around under an umbrella at the beach. The weather in March is pleasant yet April to May is HOT! Expect an average high of 88-92°F (31-33°C). Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. 

Even though Danang is a large city, the vibe is much more relaxed compared to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. That’s why it’s a top weekend escape from these two cities. 

If you prefer not to hang out at the beach, there are lots of fun attractions to visit in Danang. Climb Marble Mountain (or take the elevator) to see awesome views of south Danang. Watch the fire show from the Dragon Bridge on the weekends. A trip to Danang would not be complete without visiting Ba Na Hills to walk across the photogenic Golden Hands Bridge. Add an evening visit to Danang Wonders theme park to ride one of the tallest Ferris Wheel and go on thrill rides.

You can also take a day trip to Hoi An, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see an old town and wander through the cobblestone streets.  

Read how to spend 3 days in Danang here. 

Overview of the Sun World Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge. You'll see two giant stone hands holding up the golden walkway.

Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills is a top attraction to check out in Danang, Vietnam.


9. Quy Nhon, Vietnam 

By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May 

Quy Nhon (also known as Qui Nhon) is not on the typical Vietnam itinerary as it’s an off-the-beaten-track destination. Yet, it deserves to be visited any time from March through May. It’s a coastal town located along Central Vietnam with laid-back vibes and few tourists. 

Some of the top things to do in Quy Nhon include snorkeling and relaxing on the beaches (ie: Quy Nhon Beach or Ky Co), visiting the Cham Towers (which look similar to the Angkor Wat architecture in Cambodia), exploring Stone Egg Beach, or having drinks on the beach at night. 

Since tourism is at its infancy here, many of the attractions are spread apart. Therefore, you’ll need to drive a motorbike or hire a driver. 

As a heads up, it gets very hot in the morning and mid-day. You’ll see many locals exercising at the parks and on the beach before sunrise. Expect temperatures of 29-33°C (84-91℉) so you’ll need to hang out at a cafe or somewhere to cool off from the heat. 

Enjoy your time in this relaxing city!

Quy Nhon Beach is located in the heart of the city, so it's a popular spot to exercise and to swim in the ocean.

It’s always beach time when visiting Quy Nhon, Vietnam.


10. La Paz, Abra, Philippines 

By Dave, Silverbackpacker

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time in March and April and especially during Easter week for the festival.

La Paz is a rural municipality in the Province of Abra in the north Philippines. The municipality is made up of 12 villages (barangays) with a total population of around 17,000 over an area of 51 square kilometers.

La Paz has lots to offer its visitors with activities that include hiking, chasing waterfalls, and mountain climbing. You can visit local handicraft centers in Bulbulala and Udangan to find out how cloth is woven in the traditional way of loom weaving and how bamboo is transformed into everyday items such as hats, fishing equipment, furniture, and souvenirs.

For history lovers, there are a couple of Spanish-era churches you can visit in Poblacion and if you come during Easter Week you can witness the town’s unique Abong Abong Festival.

Structures, called “Abong abong,” are built along the length of the main street in Poblacion La Paz from bamboo and abel cloth and depict the Passion of Jesus Christ. 

This tradition, which has a different theme each year, showcases the artistry, creativity, and resourcefulness of La Paz’s twelve barangays who are trying to win the annual Abong-abong competition by constructing the best design.

You can read more in-depth information in this Guide to La Paz to help make the most of your visit to La Paz, Abra.

A brick entry to a church in La Paz, Abra, Philippines

Seeing the Abong Abong Festival during Easter is a memorable experience when visiting La Paz, Abra, Philippines. Photo credit: Silverbackpacker


11. El Nido, Philippines

By Peta and Jonas, Exit45 Travels

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May 

One of the most iconic locations in the Philippines is El Nido and should be on every traveler’s bucket list for must-visit travel destinations!

El Nido is a small township on the island of Palawan in the Philippines and is best known for the beautiful Bacuit Archipelago, which comprises 45 islands and islets. 

If you love relaxing on beaches, hiking, diving, and snorkeling, then this is the place for you! 

With amazingly beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear aquamarine waters full of marine life, towering limestone rock walls, and hidden lagoons, it’s easy to see why it has been voted one of the best places to visit in Asia.

The best way to experience the beauty of this area is by booking any one of the four El Nido island hopping tours available: Tour A, Tour B, Tour C, or Tour D. Each tour visits different locations and will appeal to different types of travelers for different reasons. The hardest part will be deciding which tour to take.

Our top tip for making the most of your time in El Nido is to take more than one of these tours if budget and time permit. We highly recommend Tour A and Tour C to those of you that love snorkeling. 

People on a boat in the clear blue waters of El Nido, Philippines

El Nido, Philippines is a gorgeous spot to visit for outdoor activities. Photo credit: Exit45 Travels


12. Koh Sok National Park, Thailand

By Cynthia and Alexander, Travel Your Memories

Recommended Month to Visit: March

Khao Sok National Park is located south of Thailand. You’ll find one of the oldest rainforests in the world here. According to many travelers, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. It’s an incredibly versatile park with pristine jungle, beautiful lakes, imposing limestone rocks, and impressive views. 

Many different animal species live in the park, such as elephants, bears, gibbons, tapirs, and even tigers. Many of these animals are difficult to spot, but with a bit of luck, you’ll spot a gibbon or a super cute spectacled langur (dusky langur).

Koh Sok National Park can be visited all year round. If you like the sun and want to have the least chance of rain, March is the best period. You can combine a visit with a trip to the west of Thailand.

You can do many fun activities, such as rafting on the river where you encounter various snakes during the trip. Check out the beautiful hikes into the jungle and visit various waterfalls. The most beautiful part is Khao Sok Lake, this is the well-known lake where you can stay in a bungalow on the water.

Khao Sok National Park consists of 2 parts. First is Khlong Sok, the village near one of the two entrances to the Kao Sok National Park. This is where the official visitor center of the park is located. Khlong Sok is where you arrive when you take a (mini)bus to Khao Sok National Park. It’s a nice and cozy village. 

Do you want to know more? Read more about the best things to do in Koh Sok National Park here.

Khao Sok Lake at sunrise in Koh Sok National Park, Thailand

Seeing the sunrise at Khao Sok Lake is a must-do when visiting Koh Sok National Park, Thailand. Photo credit: Travel Your Memories


13. Penang, Malaysia

By Iris, Mind of a Hitchhiker

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Penang is one of those places in Malaysia that both locals and foreigners absolutely adore. There is something for everyone regardless of interest. Lovers of culture and history will have plenty to visit within the historic core of George Town, but outside of the city and on Penang Island there are loads of outdoorsy things to do.

The first obvious choice is a day atop Penang Hill. You can take the funicular up if the heat is too much and then walk downhill via various trails. There are beautiful vistas from the top of the hill on George Town and the bridges to the mainland. Keep your eyes out for macaque monkeys in the trees, tiny snakes on the ground, and butterflies in the air.

If you prefer to be close to the water, Penang has various beaches that come to mind: the long beach of Batu Ferringhi, Pantai Keracut inside Penang National Park with its meromictic lake, and Tanjung Bungah. It is from Tanjung Bungah that you can rent a kayak and paddle to the uninhabited island of Pulau Tikus. There’s a small shrine on the island to a Muslim saint. On the way back, you can paddle close to Penang’s floating mosque.

There isn’t a bad time of the year to visit Penang. Just make sure to always pack mosquito repellent for all your outdoor activities.

A kayaker paddling to the floating mosque in Penang, Malaysia

Kayaking to the Palau Tikus is a fun activity to try when visiting Penang, Malaysia from March to May. Photo credit: Mind of a Hitchhiker

Related: Read more on how to spend 2 days in Penang here. 


14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By Victoria, Guide Your Travel

Recommended Months to Visit: April and May

Kuala Lumpur is the perfect city to visit in spring, and many travelers don’t spend enough time here. The city is relatively affordable and known for its mix of different cultures and delicious street food. 

If you enjoy nature and outdoor adventures, then you need to head to the Batu Caves. It’s located just a short train ride from the city but feels like a different world. There are limestone cliffs that you can climb, and of course, the impressive Hindu temple attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Another beautiful temple is Thean Hou, located inside of the city, and has stunning views over the skyline. Come here on a sunny day for the best photo opportunities. 

Spring usually means nice weather in KL, although you’ll always encounter heavy rain occasionally in this part of the world. For a chance to escape the city, head to Cameron Highlands which are resort towns that are very popular because of their favorable climate and natural attractions like hiking trails, stunning scenery, and delicious food. 

If you have time you also need to see KL’s Chinatown which is a historic part of the city and great for budget travelers.

An empty Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thean Hou Temple is a beautiful temple to explore when visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo credit: Guide Your Travel

Related post: Visiting Kuala Lumpur in 4 Days


Spring Destinations in South Asia

15. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

By Campbell and Alya, Stingy Nomads

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal is an amazing destination to visit in Asia during the spring season. The best times to trek to Everest base camp are either in the pre-monsoon season during March to May, or in the post-monsoon season from late September to November. 

Located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,373 feet), EBC is where climbers start the climb to the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level.  

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is in itself an accomplishment and it’s one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. The trek takes about 2 weeks and is a tough challenge on extremely beautiful trails. The 120 kilometers (75 miles) hiking route to EBC starts at the small mountain village Lukla in the Himalayas. 

The Everest Base Camp trek is a tea house trek, with the route passing through many small villages with local guest houses known as tea houses that offer accommodation and meals at very reasonable prices. 

Trekking to EBC independently is not difficult with an easy route to follow and good facilities available everywhere on the trail. Many companies do offer guided hikes to Everest Base Camp or a private guide and porter can be arranged in Kathmandu or Lukla. Since the trek is at a high altitude, altitude sickness is very common and good acclimatization is essential. 

A hiker on the snowy mountains heading to Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a bucket list hike to do in Nepal during spring. Photo credit: Stingy Nomads


16. Ella, Sri Lanka

By Jen, Dabbling in Jet Lag

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Sri Lanka, surrounded by tea plantations and gushing waterfalls, lies Ella. This is without a doubt one of the most spectacular destinations in the country. Here you’ll find endless outdoor activities, a bustling city center, and some of the most delicious restaurants in Sri Lanka.

For the best views, hike to Little Adam’s Peak. You pass lush tea plantations before arriving at the first set of viewpoints. And, if you’re up for an adventure, continue hiking along the ridge where you’ll be greeted with magnificent 360-degree panoramic views. There are fewer people this way, so you’ll have the place to yourself. Then, for the most iconic monument in Ella, head over to the Nine Arch Bridge. This viaduct bridge is an impressive piece of architecture, to say the least.

While the weather in Ella is good year-round, in the spring, the temperature can rise during the day. So, what better way to cool off than by taking a dip in the crystal-clear pools at Ravana Falls. Finally, for the ultimate cultural experience, hop on one of the old-fashioned blue trains that run between Kandy and Ella. In the spring, seats book up quickly but don’t be deterred, this is the most epic thing to do in Sri Lanka.

People standing along the Nine Arch Bridge and railroad tracks in Ella, Sri Lanka

Check out the Nine Arch Bridge when visiting Ella, Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Dabbling in Jet Lag


17. Kashmir, India

By Trijit, Budget Travel Buff

Recommended Months to Visit: March and April

Located in the northern part of India, Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Kashmir is also known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ for its picturesque beauty, majestic Himalayan terrain, and stunning blue lakes

To get the best of Kashmir, you have to visit this magical place in the spring season when nature again comes to life after a long and harsh winter and the valley starts to show its original elegance with green meadows, plenty of blossoms, and snow-capped mountains in the background.

Spring is the most ideal season in Kashmir for tourism and sightseeing. The days are warm, and the weather is very pleasant. Rivers and streams flow through the green valley make it more gorgeous. There is sweetness and a warm vibe all around the valley.

There are plenty of things to do in Kashmir for all age groups. Shikara Ride in Dal Lake is a must-do thing in Kashmir. Just lay back and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains while the boatman takes you through the beautiful lake. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most romantic things to do in Kashmir. You can take a Gondola ride that offers mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Golfing at a high altitude in Pahalgam is another popular activity in spring. The adventure junkies must go for thrilling river rafting in Lidder River, Indus River, and Jhelum River.

A horse leaning against a fence with the green fields and snowy mountains of Kashmir, India

Kashmir is an ideal place to visit in India during the spring season. Photo credit: Budget Travel Buff


18. Sandakphu, Singalila National Park, India

By Koyeli, NatureDiary

Recommended Months to Visit: Mid-March to mid-May

Sandakphu at Singalila National Park is a paradise for every trekker. At an altitude of 3,636 meters (11,929 feet), it’s the highest point of the Singalila range and the state itself in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. 

Sandakphu is famous among tourists from all over the world. You can witness the world’s highest peaks– Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, along with many other cliffs in the Himalayan range. With its family of mountains, the world’s third-highest mountain Kanchenjunga looks like a Buddhist monk is sleeping, and this appearance is famously known as “The Sleeping Buddha.”

To reach Sandakphu, you must come to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport in North Bengal. From there, book a car and reach Manebhanjan. At the entrance point of Singalila National Park, you’ll need to get a permit. Trekking starts from this point, and the trail follows through places like Tumling, Kalipokhri, and Gairibas to reach Sandakphu. The entire path through Singalila National Park is astounding.

In spring, the entire trek route becomes picturesque with flower blossoms. You’ll walk through the forests of colorful rhododendrons, magnolias, spruce variety of orchids, etc. Various birds, such as blood pheasant, long-tailed minivet, black-throated parrotbill, cuckoo, and robins, will accompany you in the entire trekking route. Rare animals such as red pandas and pangolins are also seen here. Thus, spring is one of the best times to visit Sandakphu.

Pink and green plants and trees at Sandakphu, Singalila National Park, India with snowy mountains in the backdrop.

You can’t miss these beautiful flowers and seeing the highest peaks when visiting Sandakphu, Singalila National Park, India. Photo credit: NatureDiary


19. Thekkady, India

By Athul, Our Backpack Tales

Recommended Months to Visit: Any time from March to May

Thekkady is a beautiful hill station situated in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains, lush green forests, and breathtaking views, which make it an amazing destination to visit throughout the year. Spring in Thekkady is crisp and clear, though a bit hot. 

There is a lot to do from exploring wildlife sanctuaries to observing kalari (martial art form of Kerala) practices at the Kadathanadan Kalari Center. The Periyar National Park, Pandikudi hill station, Chellarkovil viewpoint, Mullaperiyar dam, and Periyar lake are the best tourist places to visit in Thekkady. Tourists also indulge in various activities such as boating and bamboo rafting on the Periyar lake, jeep safari, tribal tours, night trekking through the Periyar National Park, and mountain biking here. 

You can also experience the rural ways of life by taking a ride on traditional bullock carts. Or explore the tea plantations, nature walks, and sightseeing. 

There are many nature-friendly resorts in Thekkady, but staying in treehouses and houseboats is truly a wonderful experience.

You can travel to Thekkady by bus or car after flying to Cochin. The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is around 114 km from Thekkady. 

Overview of the greenery and mountains of Thekkady, India

Enjoy the outdoor activities when visiting Thekkady, India from March to May. Photo credit: Our Backpack Tales


Spring Destination in West Asia

20. Amman, Jordan

By Ben, Ticket 4 Two Please

Recommended Month to Visit: April

Amman, the vibrant capital city of Jordan, is often used as a base for visiting the famous sites of Petra and Wadi Rum, but Amman has far more to offer than a simple overnight base. 

The average temperature of Amman in the summertime regularly exceeds 30°C (86°F) and can present quite a challenge for travelers not used to the higher temperatures. Conversely, the average temperature in April is a relatively manageable 23°C (73°F), making sightseeing and exploring a much easier prospect. 

Visiting the ancient citadel is certainly one of the best things to do in Amman. Perched high above the city on Jabal Al Qala’a (the largest hill in Amman), the citadel boasts a number of fascinating architectural highlights, including the mightily impressive Hercules Temple. 

Another highlight of Amman is the Roman Amphitheater. The 6000-seater theater dates back to the 2nd century AD and casts an ominous shadow of the whole of downtown Amman. 

Planning your trip to Amman in April will also allow you to experience the wonders of canyoning in the nearby Wadi Mujib slot canyon. Wadi Mujib is less than an hour from the city, and the canyon is open to visitors from the beginning of April through to the end of October. 

Amman is a city brimming with delightful smells, sights, and sounds and certainly represents a great spring destination to visit in Asia.

An ancient citadel in Amman Jordan

Visiting a citadel is a highlight when traveling to Amman, Jordan in spring. Photo credit: Ticket 4 Two Please


Final Thoughts

How many of these places in Asia do you want to travel to in the upcoming spring season? Depending on your travel style and interests, there are tons of fun activities to experience in popular and non-touristy locations. 

We hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to travel somewhere in Asia on your spring break from March to May.

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2 comments

Alexander January 11, 2022 - 4:18 pm

Great destinatnions that can be visit in Asia. I’m curious what is your personal favorite if you can choose one?

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Jackie January 14, 2022 - 10:05 am

Japan would be the top choice, especially to see the cherry blossoms across the country. It’s such a magical experience.

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