15 Best Countries to Visit in May

The mercury levels are rising every day, and the heat is becoming unbearable. In the month of May, a balmy, sunshine-in-a-bowl kind of month, people often look for respite from the sweltering heat when the temperature in India reaches 40-45 degrees Celsius.  So, if you are looking to escape the heat and head off on a holiday to chill your heels, there are many beautiful places to visit in May outside India. You can pick a destination the classical way by spinning the globe and pointing your finger randomly at a place, ending up in the middle of nowhere, or you can make a smarter choice and take our recommendations on the best places to visit in May outside India.  

We have done all the hard work for you, and carefully chosen the top 14 destinations from around the world where you can have the best holiday experience in May.   

    1. Thailand - Bangkok – A vibrant and bustling city

    2. Thailand- Phuket – Vibrant and exotic beaches, lively nightlife

    3. Singapore – The lion city and the melting pot of cultures

    4. Spain – A European paradise

    5. Malaysia – A country with towering landmarks and cultural richness 

    6. Finland – A land of never-seen-before natural scenery

    7. Nepal: Known for the majestic Himalayas, including Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.

    8. Seychelles: Renowned for its stunning white sandy beaches and vibrant marine life.

    9. Peru: Famous for the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    10. Hungary: Known for its beautiful capital city, Budapest, and its rich history.

    11. Scotland: Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and historic castles.

    12. Portugal: Famous for its stunning coastline and delicious cuisine.

    13. Morocco: Known for its vibrant souks and stunning desert landscapes.

    14. Croatia: Renowned for its stunning Adriatic coastline and medieval walled cities.

    15. Turkey: Famous for its rich history and diverse landscapes.

  • Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is a bustling and vibrant metropolis that is popular among tourists for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and delicious street food. You can explore the city's many temples, such as the famous Wat Phra Kaew, and the Grand Palace. 

Bangkok is also known for its lively markets, including the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, which offers a wide range of goods, from clothing to handicrafts. At night, the city comes alive with its bustling street food scene and vibrant entertainment options, from rooftop bars to live music venues. With its unique blend of tradition and modernity, Bangkok offers a fascinating and unforgettable experience for tourists.

Best places to visit in Bangkok:

  • Visit Khao San Road for street food stalls
  • Visit Chinatown for shopping, restaurants, and food stalls
  • Shop at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Go the Lumphini Park and enjoy boating
  • Visit Bangkok’s most popular shopping mall, Siam Paragon
  • Know more about Thailand’s history at the Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok Weather in May:

26°C to 35°C

Best places to stay in Bangkok:

Club Mahindra Mac Boutique Bangkok Resort in Thailand is the ideal destination for families seeking a luxurious and comfortable stay. This resort perfectly blends its ambience with an array of amenities, providing an unforgettable experience. From the elegantly furnished rooms to the diverse range of cuisines on offer, guests can indulge in the best of Asian hospitality. Located at the centre of all the action, this resort is near major tourist attractions, markets, and restaurants. Experience the perfect blend of comfort and luxury at this premium resort. 

  • Finland

Finland, also known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’, is a beautiful country located in Northern Europe. Its breathtaking natural landscapes and stunning Northern Lights attract tourists from around the world. The capital city, Helsinki, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, offering a mix of modern and traditional architecture, vibrant nightlife, and world-class dining. Finland is also renowned for its saunas, which are an integral part of Finnish culture. 

You can enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping during the summer. With its pristine natural beauty and unique cultural experiences, Finland is a must-visit destination for any traveller.

Best places to visit in Finland:

  • Visit Helsinki, Lapland, Rovaneimi, Turku and Tampere 
  • Have a day trip to Lake Saimaa, Finland’s largest lake
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture of Olavinlinna Castle
  • Visit Koli National Park for hiking trails and stunning views of Lake Pielinen
  • Take a trip to Santa Claus Village
  • Visit Archipelago National Park

Finland Weather in May:

5°C to 15°C

Best places to stay in Finland:

The Holiday Club Saariselkä Resort is a stunning resort situated in Finland. It offers a unique combination of comfort and luxury, with spacious rooms, invigorating saunas, top-notch restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, well-stocked bars, and a therapeutic spa that caters to every guest's needs. Families can expect a vacation like no other, where they can indulge in relaxation, rejuvenation, and new experiences.

Similarly, the Holiday Club Saimaa Resort, another premium Finland is a feast for the senses. One can unwind and enjoy the many facilities available, such as the spa that offers relaxing massage therapies and the restaurants serving delectable cuisines. 

  • Phuket

One of the best international places to visit in summer, Phuket is a tropical paradise located in Southern Thailand. It boasts crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and lush green forests. 

You can enjoy a range of activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, island hopping, and exploring the local markets. Phuket's vibrant nightlife offers a variety of entertainment options, from live music to beach parties. The island's cuisine is a blend of Thai and international flavours, with fresh seafood being a highlight. You can also immerse in the local culture by visiting temples and museums or indulging in a spa treatment. With its warm climate and friendly locals, Phuket is a must-visit destination for any traveller seeking a tropical getaway. 

Best places to visit in Phuket:

  • Visit Patong Beach for its nightlife and water sports
  • Witness the Big Buddha, a 45 meters tall statue on a hill
  • Explore Old Phuket town for street art
  • Witness Phuket FantaSea show and enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere
  • Visit the James Bond Island
  • Take a day trip to Phi Phi Islands

Phuket Weather in May:

25°C to 33°C

Best places to stay in Phuket:

Radisson Resorts and Suites, Kamala Beach, a Club Mahindra affiliate resort, is all things fun! Every suite here is meticulously designed around the tropical centrepiece of the resort – the lagoon pool. Guests here can enjoy a range of activities, from relaxing spa treatments to the many dining opportunities, while the kids can have a gala at the Kids World.  

  • Singapore

Singapore is a bustling island city-state located in Southeast Asia and is one of the best countries to visit in May. Known for its vibrant multiculturalism, the city offers a diverse range of experiences for tourists. 

You can explore the city's futuristic skyline and marvel at iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is also renowned for its culinary scene, with hawker centres serving up a plethora of local dishes. The city's cultural heritage is showcased in its various museums, temples, and historic neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little India. With its efficient public transport system, Singapore is easy to navigate, making it a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. 

Best places to visit in Singapore:

  • Visit Gardens by the Bay, a futuristic park
  • Take a day trip to Sentosa Island
  • Enjoy exciting and thrilling rides at Universal Studios
  • Explore Chinatown
  • See a diverse range of animals at the Singapore Zoo
  • Click pictures near the iconic Merlion Statue
  • Go bar hopping at Clarke Quay
  • Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Weather in May:

26°C to 32°C

Best places to stay in Singapore:

PARKROYAL Kitchener Road Resort in Singapore is a Club Mahindra affiliate resort, and one of the best ones in the city. Unwind and recharge your batteries at the resort’s spa, while your kids have fun in the swimming pool. When you're ready to explore, you'll find that PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road is conveniently located near all the city's top tourist destinations, with excellent access to public transportation.

  • Spain

With its many sun-kissed Mediterranean beaches, world heritage sites, and incredible cuisine, Spain is undoubtedly one of the best international places to visit from India in May.  

This European nation is known to have some of the most dazzling natural scenery and landscape. From the rugged mountain ranges of Sierra Nevada to the pristine blue lagoons and white sand beaches of Ibiza, the country is truly a paradise. Apart from its diverse topography, Spain also has a fascinating mix of different cultures in different regions, making this one of the best places to visit in May outside India 

This beautiful nation has the best of everything for a memorable holiday – great food, lively music, warm and friendly locals, postcard-perfect locales, and more. So, get your bookings done and head off for a Spanish adventure! Hasta La Vista! 

Best places to visit in Spain:

  • Visit Marbella, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, and Seville
  • Enjoy a few days at Canary Islands
  • Relax on the beaches of Costa Del Sol
  • Visit Valencia for futuristic architecture
  • Bask in the glory of the many historical monuments 

Spain Weather in May:

15°C to 25°C

Best places to stay in Spain

No matter which city you visit in Spain, you would find plenty of stay options. But, for a premium stay experience for a comfortable and relaxing holiday, you can book your stay at the resorts offered by Club Mahindra, such as Holiday Club Playa Amadores Resort, Holiday Club Puerto Calma, Holiday Club Jardin Amadores, Holiday Club Sol Amadores.  

These are Club Mahindra partner hotels and resorts in different Spanish cities, and no matter where you stay, you can be assured of warm hospitality services that make your stay pleasurable and relaxing. 

  • Malaysia

Malaysia is a vibrant country in Southeast Asia, known for its rich cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty. The country boasts a range of attractions, from bustling cities to pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, and historic landmarks. 

You can explore the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur or enjoy the vibrant street food scene in Penang. The country's lush rainforests and national parks offer opportunities for hiking and wildlife spotting, while the islands of Langkawi and Tioman provide idyllic settings for beach lovers. With its warm and friendly locals, Malaysia offers a warm welcome to travellers from around the world. It is one of the best places to visit in May outside India to escape the mundane life and explore a new country.  

So, pack your bags, and head off for a vacation to this exciting destination! 

Best places to visit in Malaysia:

  • Visit the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, and marvel at the Petronas Twin Towers
  • Visit Langkawi, a cluster of islands known for their pristine beaches, clear waters, and stunning natural scenery
  • Take a trip to the Cameron Highlands, a mountainous region known for its tea plantations, scenic hikes, and cool climate
  • Explore Johor Bahru. This is a bustling city near the Singapore-Malaysia border, featuring theme parks, shopping malls, and a vibrant food scene.
  • Go for a fireflies tour
  • Enjoy exciting indoor and outdoor rides at Genting Highlands Park

Malaysia Weather in May:

23°C to 33°C

Bes:t places to stay in Malaysia

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites, Kuala Lumpur Resort in Malaysia is a Club Mahindra affiliate resort. It is situated in a convenient location near all the prominent markets and landmarks of the city. Getting to the resort from the airport is hassle-free, and once you arrive, you can expect to enjoy luxurious amenities that will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

With this list of the best places to visit in May outside India, you can start planning your dream vacation and make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So, pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready to explore the beauty and diversity of our amazing planet!

  • Nepal 

Experience the awe-inspiring majesty of the Himalayas in May, with clear skies and moderate temperatures creating perfect conditions for trekking adventures. From the iconic trails leading to Everest Base Camp to lesser-known routes, the breathtaking vistas of towering peaks await exploration.

Places to visit in Nepal

  1. Mount Everest and the Himalayas
  2. Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath)
  3. Pokhara (Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, World Peace Pagoda)
  4. Chitwan National Park (Elephant safari, wildlife viewing)
  5. Annapurna Circuit and other trekking routes

Nepal Temperature in May

Temperatures range from 18°C to 29°C (64°F to 84°F) in May.

  • Seychelles 

Dive into the turquoise waters and relax on the pristine white sandy beaches of Seychelles in May. With warm and dry weather prevailing, this is an ideal time for beach activities, snorkeling, and diving amidst vibrant marine life. Explore the picturesque islands and indulge in the serenity of this tropical paradise.

Places to Visit in Seychelles

  1. Anse Source d'Argent (Praslin Island)
  2. La Digue Island (Anse Coco, Anse Patates)
  3. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (Praslin Island)
  4. Beau Vallon Beach (Mahé Island)
  5. Curieuse Island (Aldabra Giant Tortoises)

Seychelles temperature in May

Temperatures in Seychelles hover around 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 88°F) in May.

  • Peru

May marks the beginning of the dry season in Peru, making it an excellent time to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. As the rain subsides, embark on unforgettable journeys through the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and other archaeological wonders, immersed in the rich history and natural beauty of the region.

Places to visit in Peru

  1. Machu Picchu
  2. Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo, Pisac)
  3. Cusco (Plaza de Armas, Sacsayhuamán)
  4. Lake Titicaca (Floating Uros Islands)
  5. Nazca Lines

Peru Temperature in May

In Machu Picchu, temperatures range from 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F) in May.

  • Hungary

In May, Budapest, the enchanting capital of Hungary, bursts into life with a myriad of outdoor events and festivals. From the Budapest Spring Festival showcasing arts and culture to the Budapest Wine Festival celebrating local wines, the city offers vibrant experiences against the backdrop of historic landmarks, blooming gardens, and lively parks.

  1. Budapest (Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Parliament Building)
  2. Danube River Cruise
  3. Hungarian Parliament Building
  4. Széchenyi Thermal Bath
  5. Hungarian State Opera House

Hungary Temperature in May

Budapest experiences temperatures averaging between 11°C to 22°C (52°F to 72°F) in May.

  • Scotland

In May, Scotland is adorned with lush green landscapes, blooming flowers, and longer daylight hours. It's an ideal time to explore the majestic Scottish Highlands, where rolling hills, tranquil lochs, and ancient castles come alive in the soft glow of spring. Visitors can embark on scenic drives along the North Coast 500 route, hike through the rugged terrain of the Isle of Skye, or marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Glencoe and Loch Ness.

Places to visit in Scotland

  1. Scottish Highlands (Glencoe, Ben Nevis)
  2. Edinburgh (Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile)
  3. Isle of Skye
  4. Loch Ness
  5. Stirling Castle

Scotland temperature in May

In Scotland, temperatures range from 7°C to 15°C (45°F to 59°F) in May.

  • Portugal

May brings warm and sunny weather to Portugal, making it perfect for exploring its stunning coastline, historic cities, and picturesque countryside. The Algarve region boasts golden beaches, rugged cliffs, and charming seaside villages, ideal for sunbathing and water sports. In Lisbon and Porto, colorful streets, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scenes await discovery. Visitors can also indulge in Portugal's delicious cuisine, sample local wines, and immerse themselves in the country's rich history and traditions.

  1. Lisbon (Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery)
  2. Porto (Ribeira District, Dom Luís I Bridge)
  3. Algarve (Faro, Lagos, Albufeira)
  4. Sintra (Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira)
  5. Douro Valley (Vineyards, Wine Tasting Tours)

Temperature of Portugal in May

In Lisbon, temperatures typically range from 13°C to 21°C (55°F to 70°F) in May.

  • Morocco

May is an excellent time to visit Morocco, with warm temperatures and clear skies prevailing across the country. In cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Chefchaouen, bustling souks, ornate palaces, and vibrant medinas offer an enchanting glimpse into Moroccan culture and heritage. Beyond the cities, the Sahara Desert beckons with its endless sand dunes, starry nights, and camel treks. Visitors can also explore the Atlas Mountains, coastal towns like Essaouira, and ancient Roman ruins such as Volubilis.

  1. Marrakech (Jemaa el-Fnaa, Majorelle Garden)
  2. Fes (Medina, Bou Inania Madrasa)
  3. Chefchaouen (Blue City, Kasbah Museum)
  4. Sahara Desert (Merzouga, Erg Chebbi Dunes)
  5. Essaouira (Medina, Skala de la Ville)

Temperature In Morocco in May

In Marrakech, temperatures average between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) in May.

  • Croatia

May marks the beginning of the warm and sunny season in Croatia, making it an ideal time to explore its stunning coastline and historic cities. Along the Dalmatian coast, picturesque towns like Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar beckon with their medieval architecture, charming streets, and crystal-clear waters. Visitors can island-hop to secluded beaches, sail along the Adriatic Sea, or hike through the scenic landscapes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. With fewer crowds and pleasant weather, May offers a perfect opportunity to experience Croatia's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

  1. Dubrovnik (Old Town, City Walls)
  2. Split (Diocletian's Palace, Marjan Hill)
  3. Plitvice Lakes National Park
  4. Hvar Island (Hvar Town, Pakleni Islands)
  5. Zagreb (Upper Town, Tkalciceva Street)

Temperature in Croatia in May

Temperatures in Croatia range from 15°C to 23°C (59°F to 73°F) in May.

  • Turkey

In May, Turkey enjoys mild temperatures and sunny days, making it an excellent time to explore its diverse landscapes and rich history. Istanbul, with its iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, buzzes with activity, while the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Pamukkale offer a glimpse into Turkey's fascinating past. Along the Turquoise Coast, idyllic beaches, ancient Lycian cities, and charming seaside towns await discovery. Whether exploring historic sites, cruising along the Bosphorus, or indulging in Turkish cuisine, May offers a delightful mix of experiences in Turkey.

  • Istanbul (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque)
  • Cappadocia (Göreme National Park, Fairy Chimneys)
  • Ephesus (Library of Celsus, Temple of Artemis)
  • Pamukkale (Travertine Terraces, Hierapolis)
  • Antalya (Old Town, Hadrian's Gate)

Temperature in Turkey in May

In Istanbul, temperatures range from 12°C to 21°C (54°F to 70°F) in May.

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