Here are 19 magical places that might just make you renounce Japan as your favourite spring destination!

Tasmania, Australia — Spring Destinations

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Spring is the most magical time of the year to travel around the world. With cool breeze all around (unlike potentially devastating winters), days accompanied by the golden sun and the view of colourful, vibrant flowers in full bloom — what’s not to love?!

But Japan isn’t the only place you can jet off to experience spring (from a perpetually summery Singapore). I mean, the reasons are justified — it’s near enough, has good food, and has beautiful sakura cherry blossoms.

But if that’s done and dusted for you, there are plenty of other destinations around the world to experience cherry blossoms and other flowers (and most of them aren’t as far away as you think)! Plus, you can experience the elements of “spring” at different times of the year depending on where you’re at, so you won’t have to compete with your colleagues to apply for leave 😂.

Read also: Ultimate 2020 Cherry Blossom Japan Guide — Everything you need to know

So here’s our list of 19 bucket list spring destinations besides Japan that will definitely take your breath away!

1) Dali, Yunnan, China — Cherry Valleys

Dali, Yunnan - Breathtaking Bucket List Spring Destinations Besides Japan

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If you haven’t been to Yunnan before, then you’re in for a treat. It’s nearer to Singapore (just a four-hour flight away), less expensive than Switzerland, but has epic views nonetheless! If you need your sakura viewing fix, Yunnan is home to cherry blossoms too — talk about a cherry on top.

In Dali (a small town in Yunnan), Wuliang Mountain, also known as cherry valley, is where you can witness these beautiful flowers in full bloom — the town’s a three-hour train ride from Kunming.

Best time to visit: End-Nov to Dec

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Kunming!

Read also: 12D Yunnan Itinerary: China’s Best Kept Secrets — Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri la

2) Seoul, South Korea — Spring Flower Festival

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In South Korea’s capital, an annual Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is hosted featuring 2,000 Korean cherry trees! This is arguably the most popular spot to get that dose of cherry blossoms in Korea. So grab a yeppeun namja (cute boy) off the streets, head down to Han River and get your perfect couple shot under those pink beauties.

Best time to visit: First or second week of April. Check here for exact dates closer to April.

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Seoul!

Read also: A Complete Guide To Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

3) Bangkok, Thailand — Sunflower Fields

Bangkok, Thailand  — Spring Destinations

Well-known for its magnificent sunflower fields, the fields in Saraburi stretch well over 10,000 acres with sunflowers as far as the eye can see. There are several spots in Saraburi that are perfect for your sunflower fantasies —  Amphoe Phra Phuttha Bat, Kaeng Khoi, Nong Don, Nong Khae, Muak Lek, and the most in Wang Muang


Click here to check flights from Singapore to Bangkok!

Read also: 4D3N Khao Yai Itinerary

4) Ha Giang, Vietnam — Buckwheat Wonderland

Ha Giang, Vietnam  — Spring Destinations

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Ha Giang is considered the most beautiful place in Northern Vietnam, famous for its forested limestones, granite mountains, caves and stunning rivers. Ha Giang is extra special because it is home to the buckwheat flower! These flowers change colour with every season, from white to pink to purple and finally, in full bloom, dark red.

Ma Pi Leng Pass is a buckwheat field located in between two mountain ranges, and is the best spot to marvel at these stunning flowers.

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Hanoi!

Read also: 7 Adventurous Day Trips from Hanoi — Halong Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Trang An and more

5) Taipei, Taiwan — Cherry Blossom Hikes

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Taipei is an ideal vacation spot because it doubles as a city getaway and nature adventure all at once! One of the famous nature spots in Taipei, and all of Taiwan, is Yangshiman National Park, known for its sulphur crystals and hot springs.

During springtime, take a hike up Xiaoyoukeng to get to the park’s highest peak and appreciate the scenic view of beautiful cherry blossoms.

Best time to visit: Feb to Mar

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Taipei!

Read also: 21 Exciting Things To Do In Taipei For First-Timers

6) Qujing, Yunnan, China — Golden Sea of Canolas

Golden canolas in Yunnan

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One of the more famous canola fields in the world is located in Luoping County, a quaint little town in Quijing. If you’d like to throw yourself into the golden sea, head down to the Luositian field. But if you’d rather work for your views, take a hike up Jinji Peak instead to get a panoramic view of the sprawling blanket of yellow.

Best time to visit: Feb to Mar

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Kunming!

Read also: 9 Reasons Why Yunnan Should Be On Your Bucket List

7) Chiang Mai, Thailand — Sakura Season

Cherry blossoms in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Tailored for the more adventurous souls, Khun Mae Ya is a national park best known for camping under the stars! It’s also famous for its cherry blossoms during springtime, when the hills of Khun Mae Ya get covered in pink.

Best time to visit: Dec to Mid-Feb

Click here to check flights from Singapore To Chiang Mai!

Read also: 15 Essential Experiences To Add Into Your Chiang Mai Itinerary

8) Jeju, South Korea — Endless Canolas

Jeju, South Korea

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Straight out of a famous Korean drama, these canola fields are a dreamy escape from the hustle and bustle! Just five minutes away from Jeju International Airport, stroll along the coast of Jeju Island and admire the canola flowers covering Seoubong Hill.

You could also wander down Noksan-ro Road lined with yellow canolas and pink cherry blossoms. Perfect spot to take those Instagram-worthy shots!

Best time to visit: End-Mar

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Jeju!

Read also: 4-Day Jeju Itinerary Under S$500 — Road Trip Adventure Around South Korea’s Island Paradise

9) Beijing, China — Blue Dreamland of Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields in Beijing, China - Breathtaking Bucket List Spring Destinations Besides Japan

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Lavender flowers in China are associated with romance because the fragrance is known to be an aphrodisiac. Capitalising on this phenomenon, Blue Dreamland theme park planted 20 hectares of these fragrant plants, and it’s now become a must-see destination for young couples everywhere!

Even if you’re neither young nor in a couple, the beauty of the enchanting purple flowers extending for miles and miles will definitely tug on your heart strings. 😉

Best time to visit: Aug

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Beijing!

Read also: 2 Week China Itinerary Across Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou And Suzhou

10) Duong River, Hanoi, Vietnam — A Field of Yellow

Yellow flowers in Hanoi

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Another vibrant field to brighten up your day (literally) lies along Hanoi’s Duong River, in the Gia Lam District. Sandwiched between the river and a yellow sea of flowers, it’s the perfect place to wind down after a long day of exploring the city. Many young locals flock to the fields during this time of year for picnics and strolls along the river.

Best time to visit: Nov to Dec

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Hanoi!

Read also: 15 Pho-nomenal Experiences That You Must Add Into Your Vietnam Itinerary

11) Taean, South Korea — Tulip Town

Taean, South Korea - Breathtaking Bucket List Spring Destinations Besides Japan

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The Taean Tulip Festival was crowned one of the top five tulip festivals in the world, with over one million tulips of over 300 different species! The festival theme changes every year, alongside the flower displays — one year featured a mural of the Mona Lisa made entirely with flowers. Cool or what?

Best time to visit: Apr to May

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Seoul!

Read also: 7D Korea Itinerary Under S$800 — Seoul, Nami, Jeonju and Busan with the Korail Pass

12) Dalat, Vietnam — Disneyland for Flowers

Dalat, Vietnam - Breathtaking Bucket List Spring Destinations Besides Japan

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The biennial Da Lat Flower Festival is a renowned and celebrated event across Vietnam. Tourists have even named Da Lat the city of flowers! Running for four to five days each time, the festival includes parades, flower exhibitions designed by artists, a flower car march, flower carnivals and performances. It’s literally like a Disneyland for flowers.

Best time to visit: Check here for festival dates

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Nha Trang!

Read also: 2 Week Vietnam Itinerary — Heart Pumping Experiences Through Northern To Central Vietnam From Hanoi To Da Nang

13) Tasmania, Australia — Biggest Lavender Fields in Australia

Tasmania, Australia

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of Tasmania’s must-see destinations, famous for its stunning view of seemingly endless fields of lavender flowers. Once you’re done taking in the surroundings, head down to the farm’s shop to purchase fresh lavender products — soaps, oils, and even cooking ingredients!

Best time to visit: Dec to Jan

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Tasmania!

Read also: 10 Things To Do In Tasmania – Hidden Gems Of Australia

14) Jerte Valley, Spain — Where Everything is White

Jerte Valley in Spain

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Jerte Valley, located south-west of Madrid, is one of Spain’s best hidden gems. During spring, locals and tourist flock to Jerte Valley to see the entire area turn white with over a million white cherry trees blooming at the same time! It’s like enjoying winter views with spring weather.

Best time to visit: Mid-Mar

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Madrid!

15) Halle, Belgium — The Blue Forest

Blue Forest in Belgium

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The entire forest floor is carpeted with dense, indigo-coloured bluebells alongside slender trees rising from its tapestry. Talk about a scene straight out of a fairytale! The blooming period can be rather unpredictable so if you’re planning to make a trip there, be sure to check the website for blooming updates!

Best time to visit: Mid-Apr

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Brussels!

16) Cape Town, South Africa — Cape of Floral Kingdom

Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Of Floral Kingdom

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The world is divided into six floral kingdoms and Cape Town is home to one of them. 30% of the plant genera found in South Africa are not found anywhere else in the world, making it the most unique floral kingdom!

There are many beautiful places to enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna of South Africa but the two notable ones are at Table Mountain National Park, which is also the new seventh wonder of nature in the world, and Cape Point!

Best time to visit: Sep to Oct

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Cape Town!

17) Umbria, Italy — Carpet of Orange Poppies

Carpet of Orange Poppies in Italy

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There’s a small village in Umbria, Italy called Castelluccio that sits atop a hill overlooking the flat carpet of orange poppies that blossom during springtime!

Best time to visit: Mid-Jun to Mid-Jul

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Rome!

Read also: 14-Day Europe Itinerary: 6 Countries under S$1.8k with the Eurail Pass

18) Marrakech, Morocco — The Land of the Red

Marrakech, Morocco - Breathtaking Bucket List Spring Destinations Besides Japan

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Also known as Vallée des Roses, Morroco has become famous for its flowers. The valley produces between 3,000 and 4,000 tonnes of wild roses annually, and these flowers are especially famous because of their sweet aroma with hints of honey and treacle!

Once the festival begins, there are rows upon rows of stalls selling rose-related products, performances on the main square and even a parade.

Best time to visit: May

Click here to check flights from Singapore to Morocco!

Read also: 11-Day Morocco Itinerary Under 2.7k incl. Flights

19) New York City, USA — The Big Red Apple

Cherry blossoms in New York City

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New York City is a dream destination for many people, but not many may know that the city gets decorated in cherry blossoms every spring! The best spots to see them are at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — where an annual Sakura Matsuri Festival is held. Other places include Randall’s Island, Riverside Park, Queens Botanical Garden, and New York Botanical Garden.

Best time to visit: Mid Mar to Apr

Click here to check flights from Singapore to New York!

Live Life in Full Bloom

Springtime in Korea

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As much as we are all attached to Japan and its cherry blossoms, there are so many other beautiful places in the world just waiting to be explored! From cherry blossoms in Taiwan to canolas in China and buckwheat flowers in Vietnam, the opportunities for new springtime experiences are endless!

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We hope this was useful as inspiration for your next springtime adventure! Let us know in the comments if we missed anything.

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Lesha attributes her sense of adventure to her outlandishly flamboyant father and extremely conservative mother. The conflict between their personalities filled her with just the right amount of crazy to want to travel the world.


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