Celebrating Pride Month... See the world in full colour

WANDERLUST

We are as diverse as the world we live in. There’s no comparing the dappled green foliage of Zambia’s forests to the blazing orange of the UAE’s rippling sand dunes. It’s their uniqueness that makes them spectacular. So as we celebrate LGBTQ-friendly travel this month, let’s have a look at some of the most colourful destinations that our planet has to offer.

Red – Cambodia for a fiery palate

Passion, excitement, energy. Step off the beaten path and into the melting pot of culture and cuisine in Siem Reap. Known for its ancient temples and idyllic countryside, Cambodia’s fiery food culture is often overshadowed by the country’s other attractions. But in the heart of the city, vibrant night markets and up-and-coming haute cuisine restaurants are crossing new foodie frontiers. For starters, you could try getting your protein fix with the traditional delicacy of red ants and beef – the ants add a subtle sour flavour which is the basis for many Cambodian street foods. We’ll let you discover the rest yourself. 
 
Where to stay: The welcoming FFC Angkor by Avani is a historic haven with a hint of modernity. Within its neo-colonial walls century-old banyan trees lean over a saltwater swimming pool. Just 15-minutes from Angkor Wat, you can float back to your suite almost as easily as you would float in the shaded pool.

Orange – The UAE for sandy shades

Warmth, adventure, romance. Not far from the modern metropolis of Dubai stretch the orange-hued expanses of the Dunes of Maleha. This sea of sand offers options for outdoorsy types and relaxation alike. Take a camel ride across the dunes, surf a sandboard across ochre waves and relax by the light of the campfire under a starry sky. An exciting mix of traditional and modern desert adventures await in this sandy oasis.
 
Where to stay: Enjoy the contrast of days in the vast desert to nighttime views over the Dubai coastline. At Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites you’ll find the perfect antidote to the Arabian sun. Chill by the infinity pool with a cocktail in hand, dine in upmarket global restaurants and feel right at home in the heart of the city. You could also try out Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel or Avani Deira Dubai Hotel for your Dubai stay.

Blue – Thailand for sapphire seas

Relaxation, clarity, exploration. Reconnect with the ocean in Khao Lak and take a trip that will leave you feeling cool, calm and connected. Lounge on white sand beaches, soak in natural hot springs or glide across crystal waters on an island hopping tour. For more excuses to spend time by the shore, taking part in one of the various turtle conservation projects is the way to go. Toast new beginnings as the hatchlings make a break for the water and marvel at their determination to be the first to leap into the waves.
 
Where to stay: Avani+ Khao Lak Resort’s four swimming pools and in-house waterpark make it almost possible to forget how close the shimmering Andaman Sea is. But pop on those sandals, walk across the stunning gardens and white sands and hop into the water to try out some of the surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking options that are available.

Yellow – Laos for a wealth of colour

Vibrant, positive, sun-kissed. High above the waters of the Mekong River sits Pakse’s Golden Buddha. His tranquil pose atop a lotus flower is emblematic of Laotian Buddhism, and we can see why. From his scenic vantage point it would be difficult not to feel at peace. Otherwise named the ‘sky gate’, this is the perfect spot to soak in the last rays of evening sun and watch the sunset burn bright over the reflective surface of the Mekong River. The panorama shots are well worth the hike up.
 
Where to stay: Further along the Mekong, Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel nestles in the old town. Surrounded by a host of natural and cultural heritage there’s no end of opportunities to explore. Take a stroll across the road to the night market, hike up Mount Phousi or just enjoy the view over our tropical garden from your private balcony.

Green – Zambia for lush landscapes

Growth, nature, movement. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is nourished by the hydrating mist of the ‘smoke which thunders’, better known as the Victoria Falls. Tall riverine forests are home to indigenous wildlife while the clifftop rainforest boasts rare ebony, ivory palm and pod mahogany trees. A stroll along the forest’s edge will reveal an unparalleled view of one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Go with the flow and watch the Zambezi River’s journey through gorges and ravines from high above, but try to keep both feet on the ground. 
 
Where to stay:
Fall in love with Avani Victoria Falls Resort and experience a stay that adds the wild to wilderness. Can you imagine a better alarm clock than the sound of the park’s four-legged residents parading right outside your window? Feast in local style at the Mukuni Boma restaurant, leap into some fast-paced adventures and then unwind with a visit to the spa.