Vacation Ideas: Where to travel and when’s the best time to go?
Here’s our top picks of the best place to travel in March for a vacation. Go where the weather is great and fun events are happening at this time of year. Read on to find out what makes each of these destination the best place to visit for March holidays.
MARCH HOLIDAYS – IN MALAYSIA
Attend a Parade of Hot-air Balloons in Putrajaya
Once a year, Putrajaya gets hot and heavy for balloons of all shapes and sizes. Usually held in the month of March, the annual hot-air balloon festival, which enters its eighth year in 2016, brings in families and tourists for a weekend of grazing beneath the blue skies.
Look out for unusual balloons in the form of beautiful fauna (peacocks!) and pop-culture icons (Darth Vader!). Those who prefer a bird’s-eye view of the balloons can secure a joyride on a six-seat chopper. For dates and schedules of activities, check www.myballoonfiesta.com for updates.
Best place to visit in March: Putrajaya
Weather in Putrajaya
Weather in Putrajaya in March: Average Temperatures of 24°C – 33°C
How to Get There
From KL Sentral, hop on the KLIA Transit train to Putrajaya. From Putrajaya Sentral, simply catch a Putrajaya bus to the festival venue.
Where to Stay
If you’re putting up for the night, The Everly Putrajaya is a good stay.
Explore the Rainforest in Luxurious Fashion at The Datai
The Datai Langkawi
Unlike the East Malaysian islands, Langkawi is clear of rain this time of year. But we suggest you avoid the crowds at the island’s more commercial beaches and splurge on a more private vacation at The Datai.
Undoubtedly one of the most lush hotel experiences in the country, The Datai is cradled by a virgin rainforest between the Cincang Mountain Range and the Andaman Sea.
At the break of morning, embark on a nature walk with the hotel’s jungle guide to spot rare wildlife like the great hornbill, the dusky leaf monkey and colugo. And unlike most post-nature-walk meals, the one at The Datai includes champagne.
Best place to visit in March: Langkawi
Weather in Langkawi
Weather in Langkawi in March: Warm, mostly dry in the day. Cool, clear nights.
Average Temperatures: 23°C – 34°C
How to get there
The Datai is a 35-minute taxi ride from Langkawi International Airport. Convertibles are available for rent at the hotel should you wish to zip around the island on four wheels.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of other hotel options on Langkawi, for those who prefer to explore other parts of this UNESCO Geopark.
MARCH HOLIDAYS – INTERNATIONAL
Cool and Arty in Hong Kong
Great for: Art, City break, Weekend Trip, Shopping
March may be the last month you’ll get to enjoy cooler weather in Hong Kong before summer hits. The second installation of the well-received Art Basel Hong Kong is happening this month, so don’t miss the opportunity to check out the best regional and international art, all in one place.
A half-day Hong Kong city tour is a great way to take in the key sights of Hong Kong, especially if you’re a first-timer. Otherwise, treat yourself to a view with a difference by hopping on an once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour.
When you make it down to ground level, take the time to explore some of Hong Kong’s coolest neighbourhoods by foot to uncover small art galleries, secret bars, fantastic local food and great shopping. Make your way to Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Sai Ying Pun to hang out with the coolest locals on the island.
Best place to visit in March: Hong Kong
Weather in Hong Kong
The Weather in Hong Kong in March
Average Temperature: 11°C – 27°C
What to Pack: Sweaters and a light coat that you can layer according to the weather.
How to Get There: A number of airlines operate direct flights to Hong Kong, including Cathay Pacific, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines.
Average Flight Time: Approximately 4 hours.
Where to Stay
Be in the thick of action by staying in the uber-cool neighbourhoods of Wan Chai or Sheung Wan.
Laugh Your Heart Out in Melbourne, Australia
Great for:Excellent food and wine, Culture, Entertainment, Penguins, Beaches, Cafes
March is perfect for exploring the eclectic laneways of the city without working up a sweat. Hit up South Yarra and Fitzroy to uncover cool street art, hidden cafes and indie shopping.
The stellar Melbourne International Comedy Festival – one of the big three comedy festivals globally – celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Expect a blockbuster line-up of acts and guaranteed bellyaching laughs. Plus, street buskers, stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, film and visual arts will take over the city’s performance spaces.
There’s also plenty of sights and activities outside the city to keep you entertained. On Phillip Island, you can catch the unforgettable view of thousands of adorable fairy penguins emerging from the shoreline to rest on land. Food and wine lovers can’t go wrong with a visit to the Yarra Valley, famed for its gourmet produce and excellent wines.
Best place to visit in March: Melbourne, Australia
Weather in Melbourne
The Weather in Melbourne, Australia in March
Average Temperature: 12°C – 24°C
What to Pack: It can rain quite a bit in autumn, so bring along a brolly and rain boots.
How to Get There: Qantas Airways, Emirates and Singapore Airlines operate direct flights from Singapore to Melbourne.
Average Flight Time: Approximately 7.5 hours.
Where to Stay
Experience a Riot of Colours in India
Great for: Adventurous fun-loving travellers, Hindu festival
Holi is one of the world’s most exuberant festivals and you have to experience it to believe it. Hindus celebrate this festival to mark the beginning of spring by throwing coloured powder on each other. Some of the best areas to experience the festivities include the holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, Udaipur and Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of India, is a wondrous juxtaposition of old and new. From the walled city of Old Delhi, the Jama Masjid mosque and the 400-year-old Chandni Chowk bazaar to modern landmarks like Parliament House and the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, there’s so much to take in that a day tour will allow you to pack it all in.
You must not leave without visiting the majestic Taj Mahal, the enduring monument to everlasting love that Emperor Shah Jahan built for his true love.
For a tropical escape, venture to the backwaters of Kerala. This region is famous for its Ayurvedic treatments, Indian cuisine and a general slower pace of life – perfect for those who want to get away from it all.
Best place to visit in March: India
Weather in India
The Weather in India in March
Average Temperature: 15°C – 28°C
What to Pack: Loose-fitting, long-sleeved tops and long pants to fit in with the locals.
How to Get There: Air India and Jet Airways operate direct flights from Singapore to Delhi (DEL).
Average Flight Time: Under 6 hours.
Where to Stay
New Delhi is home to many international hotels that will provide a welcome refuge from the chaotic excitement of the city.
K-Pop Fun in Seoul, South Korea
Great for: K-Pop, Nightlife, Shopping, City Sightseeing, Temples
March marks the start of the spring season in South Korea, and while the weather remains cool, it’s a great time to explore the city before the hordes of visitors arrive to take in the wild flowers in bloom.
This vibrant, ultra-modern city is ground zero of the K-wave that is all the rage, but at the same time it’s also home to stately temples and palaces that will give you insight into Korean history and culture – from the awe-inspiring Gyeongbokgung Palace, which dates back to the 14th century, to Jogyesa Temple, the centre of Korean Buddhism, and the National Folk Museum.
For high-end glitz and glamour, visit the Gangnam District, which is packed with shopping malls, luxury boutiques and plastic surgery clinics (if that’s your sort of thing). If you would like to check out Korean street fashion and pick up some popular Korean cosmetics, make a beeline for Myeongdong.
Some other one-of-a-kind activities to partake in include getting a Korean pop star makeover and photoshoot, taking a Taekwondo class or even visiting the location sites where popular Korean movies and TV series are filmed.
Best place to visit in March: Seoul, S. Korea
Weather in Seoul
The Weather in Seoul, Korea in March
Average Temperature: -2°C – 9°C.
Season: Late winter.
What to Pack: A warm coat as the nights can be particularly chilly.
How to Get There: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Singapore Airlines fly directly to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN).
Average Flight Time: Approximately 6.5 hours.
Where to Stay
Myeongdong is a great area to stay in to immerse yourself into K-pop culture – there are a couple of ibis hotels located here. Alternatively, in the Gangnam District, where ultramodern skyscrapers dominate the landscape, you will never run out of entertainment options on your trip.