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Asia in Springtime
Asia in Springtime

With the cool air of winter migrating south for another year, in April and May, Asia opens its arms and welcomes in the dawn of a fresh new spring. As well as heralding bright blossoms and rising temperatures, for many countries, this time of year is extra special, with New Year's festivals occurring in several countries throughout the continent.

From Vietnam to Japan, spring echoes a feeling of hope, thanks and excitement – which makes it the perfect time for any traveller to head to the east and experience something new.

As the sun rises high and the winter frost thaws, every year, millions of people enjoy the traditional Japanese custom of Hanami. Translated into English, Hanami literally means 'flower viewing' – which encapsulates the essence of this particular tradition perfectly.

Dating back thousands of years, Hanami is when Japan enjoys the simplistic beauty that the country's blossoms present during April and early May. Up and down the country, great numbers of people can be found gathering around trees, reuniting with loved ones or drinking sake with their families. It is a truly magical time and one which all travellers should experience at least once during their lives.

Cherry Blossom Japan

Moderate temperatures and low levels of rainfall are synonymous with the Vietnamese spring, which is why February through to May has often been cited as the perfect time to visit this beautiful country.

While Sapa in the north provides a cooler climate to suit those with fairer skin, Saigon, Dalat and Hoi An are perfect for travellers looking to experience a large helping of sunshine.

Thailand has three basic seasons: sizzling (March through to May), drenched (June to October) and mild (November to February) – so as you can imagine, springtime is the time that is the most popular with tourists.

If you are thinking of exploring Thailand, Bangkok – the nation's capital – is a real must. Visiting Bangkok never fails to impress, and for those who are sampling Thai culture for the first time, it can be a truly memorable place.

For those looking to explore Bangkok from the luxury of a five-star hotel, the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is the perfect option. Boasting a prime location in downtown Bangkok, you will be able to head out into the city feeling both refreshed and recharged, all thanks to the hotel's swimming pools and lush open gardens.

Just as the Japanese celebrate spring's dawn with the country's rich and bountiful blossom, so too does China look towards its magnificent horticulture when welcoming the new spring season.

Beijing, in particular, is a city with spectacular flowers – all of which blossom into life between March and May – which makes it a great place to go if you are looking to see magnolias, lilacs and crab-apples bursting into life before your eyes.

Whether you choose to stay in Beijing or one of China's other cities, it is important to book the perfect hotel for your trip. Here at Kempinski, we have over 20 hotels in China – with each one providing all the luxury, serenity and comfort you will need while exploring this rich and enchanting land.

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