With Christmas just around the corner, a lot of travel junkies in Asia are now scouring the internet, in search for the ultimate destination to spend their holiday season. Of course, European winter wonderlands like Vienna and Swiss Alps usually come into mind, when these travelers think of a Christmas destination. After all, these destinations exude a genuine Yuletide feel, with their wintry touches, lavish parties, and ice skating rinks.
But as an Asian traveler, you don’t have to go as far as Europe or the USA to experience a blissful Christmastide holiday. As a matter of fact, your ideal Xmas destination may just be a bus or plane ride away from the place where you are now living. If you are planning to spend Xmas away from home this year, you might want to take a look at these suggestions:
The city of Singapore treats the holiday season as an all-dancing and all-singing convivial feast for all the senses. From shopping promotions and art exhibitions to rock concerts and countdown picture parties, the “Lion City” has a lot of amusements and jovial festivities in store for everyone. Plus, the city’ streets are magically transformed into an eye-catching candy land sprinkled with jelly beans, candy canes, liquorices and gumdrops. To top it all off, Xmas Noels fill the city’s air with joyous cheers.
Everywhere in the Philippines
The Philippines is, hands down, the best country to spend your Christmas holiday in the Southeast Asian region. Whether you are spending it in the country’s dynamic capital or on the tropical island of Boracay, celebrating your Christmas in the Philippines will give you a gleeful experience that you will cherish for years. What’s more, Filipinos celebrate this festive season earlier than any other country in the region. As early as September, the country’s malls are already playing Xmas carols as well as embellishing their displays with bright psychedelic decorations and adorable lanterns.
As for the food, you will surely be delighted by the culinary offerings during this season in the Philippines. From the crispy lechon to the sweet and sticky puto bumbong, the country has a deluge of mouthful goodies and delicacies to suit your palate during this festive time of the year.
Planning on cooking delicious Filipino dishes this coming Yuletide season? Then, make sure to use these kitchen tools and equipment:
Looking for a winter holiday in Asia? As a former host city to the Winter Olympics, Nagano is truly a great base for those who are fond of skiing and other winter sports. Also, on the city’s outskirts, there are a few natural hot springs that would give you a soothing respite after spending a day of skiing on the slopes. To make your holiday more memorable, you may wander around the city, and take snapshots of its amazing attractions, such as the Togakushi Minzoku-kan folklore museum and the gorgeous snow-coated Buddhist museums.
Hong Kong, China
In 2010, CNN named Hong Kong as one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world. As you spend your holiday season in this bustling metropolis, you will be able to marvel at the brilliant Xmas light displays on the Victoria Harbor as well as take pictures of lofty Christmas trees within the city. Furthermore, you get to shop for quality items and world-class clothing at bargained prices.
Christmas is a festive and special holiday, no matter where you are going to spend it. But, these destinations celebrate the Yuletide season with more flair, and in a bigger and better way than other cities and regions in Asia. For an unforgettable experience this upcoming Christmas season, plan a trip to any of the beautiful places mentioned above with Trekeffect!