It’s time to kick back in Khao Lak or perhaps indulge your senses in Indonesia as we take a look at the best holiday destinations to travel in 2020.
1. Authentic Thailand
Khao Lak allows visitors to see Thailand’s wild side. Situated on Thailand’s southwest coast, Khao Lak is perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life - stop, breathe, unwind. Khao Lak’s beaches are a runway of powdery white sand. Its waters are clear with visibility so good (you can still see at 30 metres) that it is considered a haven for scuba divers. And if it’s forests you’re after, there are three national parks that almost touch Khao Lak’s shores. Think mangroves, waterfalls, jungle and 1000-metre hills. It is the place of dreams, and long afternoon naps.
You can take a taxi or a bus from both Phuket and Krabi to get to Khao Lak.
2. Flawless Fiji
To understand the immense pulling power of the Mamanuca Islands you need to take to the water. Perhaps you could head to Cloudbreak to surf its big waves. From April to October (Fiji’s winter), surfers converge from around the world to attempt to tame the legendary six-metre swells in this part of the southern Mamanuca Islands. If you want to explore under the water, then this is the place to take a scuba diving course. Most islands in the Mamanucas boast coral-fringed lagoons which are perfect for beginners taking their first dive. Or if you feel the need for speed, then grab a jet ski for a spot of island hopping, Fiji style.
You can catch a ferry from Port Denarau to the Mamanuca Islands.
3. Taming Tanna
The world’s most accessible active volcano is Mount Yasur on Tanna Island. It is also the closest to Australia and these days you can drive right up to its cone. Its glowing light attracted Captain Cook to the island in 1774 when he sailed past Vanuatu and it has been spewing lava into the air every day since. The diving off this island is also as good as anywhere else you will find in Vanuatu, including Espiritu Santo. The marine life, especially the often-sighted green turtles, is mesmerising.
Tanna Island is a 40-minute flight from Port Vila.
4. Emerging Da Nang
Da Nang is a coastal city in the Central Region of Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was home to a US airbase, and even today it is possible to see remnants of that time on almost every corner. Its charm is undeniable. Locals sit by its riverfront promenade sipping iced coffee or consuming a bowl of Mi Quang, a delicious noodle dish. Da Nang is Vietnam’s fourth-largest city and it comes to life in the evenings as locals arrive to play volleyball on the beach. Da Nang is slowly becoming a true international destination, with more beachfront hotels. Perhaps it’s a good idea to see it while aspects of its colonial heritage still exist.
Da Nang International Airport is a short drive from the city.
5. Indulge in Indonesia
Bali, just a short flight from Australia, continues to provoke your senses at every turn. Whether it be the Indonesian island’s traditional meals such as Babi Guling or Ayam Betutu, or a beachside spa treatment, Bali – when you book an all-inclusive Hoot Holiday – still offers incredible value for money. It’s also fast becoming a destination for golfers. Courses like the Bali Handara Golf and Resort, and Bali Beach Golf Course are now rated as the best Indonesia has to offer. And don’t forget the shopping! Bali has everything from boutiques to village markets, to tempt anyone looking for a bargain.