The best places to visit in April

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April marks the beginning of spring. It is when the cold winter gradually recedes, paving the way to blooming flowers and warmer weather. This guide is about some of the best cities to visit in April, where this month has a special charm.

Our selection includes Kyoto, Japan, where centuries-old blank temples and tea houses are surrounded by blooming cherry trees; Amsterdam, a city of waterways, bikes, tulips, and art; Santorini, an island of Greece with white houses and blue-domed churches that offer breathtaking sunsets over the sea; and Bangkok to experience the biggest festival of the year.

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Kyoto

City in🇯🇵 Japanrated
4.7

In April, showers of soft pink petals blanket Kyoto, leaving visitors in awe. Japan’s ancient capital, the center of its history and tradition, becomes an ever-shifting canvas of color in April. Lined with cherry trees and complete with centuries-old temples, shrines, and palaces, it throws off a solid air of grace, particularly in the tranquil neighborhoods.

Kyoto is more than just a place; it is an experience that takes one far back in time. The tea tradition, traditional kimonos, and the golden chime of the bamboo in Arashiyama Bamboo Grove transport one to a time long past.

In addition, under the Kyoto sun of April, the Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji reflects hypnotically in the pond framing it.

Kyoto does have its drawbacks, though; in cherry blossom season, it may get crowded, and public transport, even reliable buses and trains, may sometimes be challenging for non-Japanese speakers.

I do, however, recommend trying out the local cuisines; they are quite delectable. For lunch, consider trying the yudofu, made of local tofu and vegetables.

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Amsterdam

City in🇳🇱 Netherlandsrated
4.6

Although best known for its canals and historic architecture, Amsterdam has much more to offer. Millions of tulips bloom in April, and the city becomes a colorful sight. Just half an hour from the city, you will find Keukenhof, one of the largest flower gardens in the world, which opens to the public from mid-March until early May. Not many tourists consider visiting this place, which is a shame.

The locals are friendly and help you get your bearings in the city quickly. Bike lanes are well-marked, and you will have a great time if you enjoy cycling. Dutch cuisine is not complicated but rather satisfying. A few traditional herring from a city stand or a slice of Dutch cheese in a market.

Amsterdam also has a “relaxed” reputation linked to its drug use legislation, but it is necessary to clarify that the laws exist and are enforced. Therefore, discretion is always appreciated.

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Santorini

Island in🇬🇷 Greecerated
4.6

One of the best places to visit in April is Santorini, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea. Since the summer rush is still far off, one can see the island’s famous blue-domed churches and whitewashed houses and enjoy its sunsets in peace. Furthermore, the average temperature is around 17 degrees Celsius, making outdoor activities pleasant.

It is also famous for its unique wine varieties grown on the volcanic soil, and visiting a local winery is an absolute must. Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, the island’s two archaeological sites, are two other places I would recommend.

While you should be ready for rain and the seawater will still be too cold for a swim, pickpockets might take advantage of the crowded streets, the overall safety is high. It should also be mentioned that the island is all that remains of a massive volcano, which created a geological caldera, a view that is especially mesmerizing at Oia when the sun sets and paints the whitewashed town's gold. Consequently, Santorini offers an interesting mix of nature, history, and some of the best wines.

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Bangkok

City in🇹🇭 Thailandrated
4.3

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a city that demands attention. Contrary to the quiet serenity of its temples and palm-lined beaches the country is known for, Bangkok is all the opposite: high-rises, traffic, and noisy markets. However, behind this mask of a busy metropolis is a unique culture and people fascinated with their friendliness.

Bangkok is particularly unique in April since it celebrates its version of the New Year, Song Kran. The fest, rooted in Buddhist beliefs, involves a water fight covering the whole city, a symbol of cleansing in preparation for the new year. While it is fun and unforgettable, it’d be a mistake not to expect a splash.

Food is probably one of Bangkok’s most defining features. From the local food stalls with Pad Thai to fancy restaurants with a fusion of cuisines, Bangkok will offer something new for everyone. But be prepared for the burning sensation: Thai food is extra spicy.

The city is notorious for its traffic, and the new travelers will find it dreadful to move around it. BTS, the city’s skytrain, and MRT, its subways, are a convenient alternative to the endless lines of cars. To see the city from another point of view, take a canal tour.

Another thing that many people don’t know is that Bangkok has more than 400 temples, including Wat Arun with its prominent spires and Wat Traimit’s giant jewelry-covered Buddha. Nevertheless, while visiting, don’t forget to cover modestly. Despite the city being overpacked with people, it can also boast its green spaces, such as Lumpini Park, Thailand’s own Central Park.

All in all, a trip to Bangkok unites tradition with modernity, and you will surely remember it for a lifetime. But keep in mind that it is as beautiful as it is sunny, so keep yourself hydrated and apply sunscreen.

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