plan ahead - Places to visit in May

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Oryx presents its insider’s tips for places to visit in May for the best balance of weather conditions before the crowds reach their peak.


Seychelles snorkelling

The Seychelles is the ideal romantic location, with pristine beaches of powder-soft sand, turquoise waters, and a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts. But there’s no excuse for sitting still for too long, with excursions and activities such as fishing, diving, golf, and watersports on offer. Mahé is the largest island and the hub for island-hops and day excursions to other islands within the Seychelles, where there is an opportunity to see the world under the water as you snorkel in one of the carefully protected Marine National Parks.


Mahé, Seychelles
Distance: 3,335 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 55 minutes
Frequency: Beginning December 12, Qatar Airways will operate a daily service from Doha

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Istanbul – a tale of two cities

Being the only city to sit across two continents, Istanbul is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. If you have time, explore both the European and Asian sides of Turkey’s largest city to appreciate its rich history and culture. The Golden Horn is the inlet of the Bosphorus separating the two European shores, and the Galata Bridge is its most famous crossing. Sultanahmet is the historic centre, and here stands Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Blue Mosque. Still an active mosque, it’s also a popular tourist attraction. One thing you can’t miss is Turkish cuisine, including fish, and meze and kebabs using the freshest of ingredients.


Istanbul, Turkey
Distance: 2,720 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: 10 flights a week

Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
Distance: 2,720 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: two flights daily

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Ancient history in Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity, from the beautiful city of Hanoi and the scenic Halong Bay in the north to bustling Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Historical as it is modern, Ho Chi Minh City is best explored on foot, or get a skyline view from a boat tour on the Saigon River. In between lie ancient and peaceful Hoi An and the nearby city of Danang. Here you’ll find the Cham Culture Museum, the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. Not too far away, the city of Hue is home to the tomb of King Tu Duc; the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda; and the impressive Imperial Citadel.


Hanoi, Vietnam
Distance: 5,546 km
Flight Time: 9 hours, 25 mins
Frequency: Daily flights via Bangkok

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Distance: 6,013 km
Flight Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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