Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re planning to spend Christmas with your loved ones in a different way this time, why not go out of the country and experience something new about Christmas. Here are some great Asian destinations for you and your loved ones to enjoy this Christmas:
Singapore is one of the most frequently traveled countries by us, Filipinos. Try visiting this charming country this Christmas season and you’ll witness the beautiful Christmas light-ups, as well as other attractions and festivities that are sure to fill your family with the Christmas spirit. The Orchard Road, Marina Bay, and Sentosa Island will have their nightly exhilarating Christmas light-ups. They will also hold their respective Christmas and New Year’s countdown attended by many tourists and locals alike. Around the middle to the 25th of December, there will be Christmas-themed parades, displays, and shows at night to entertain people who love the Christmas night life and those last-minute shoppers in Orchard Road. Don’t forget to visit the Universal Studios to amuse your little ones with their Christmas parades and shows. Finally, your Singapore vacation won’t be complete without their famous tax-free shopping. Before you get back to the Philippines, you can buy back the tax you paid for your shopping in Singapore.
Hoi An, Vietnam
If you want to experience something unique for the whole family or just you and your spouse this Christmas, Hoi An is the place to be, especially if you love to cook and dine. The infamous Cinnamon Cruises lets you go cruising on a hands-on cooking class, talk to the natives of Hoi An, and dine while cruising. It’s also a great place for shopping clothes, shoes, and bags. You can go visit the beach, go bicycling, and visit the ruins of the ancient My Son.
Goa is one place in India where you can feel the wonderful spirit of Christmas. You will see well-decorated churches, hear Christmas carols, and observe midnight prayers. Goa is also famous for its very festive cultural shows at night during Christmas time. Aside from these shows, you also get to enjoy nightlife at clubs, nightspots, and some hotels where famous celebrities visit to entertain guests. There are also beaches at Goa that lets you enjoy exciting water sports, as well as fresh seafood meals from small restaurants by the sea.
If you want a more romantic way of celebrating Christmas, celebrate it at Korea, especially at Seoul. Recently, Christmas is celebrated just like Valentine’s day there – for couples. It seems that the famous Christmas eve concerts in Korea are becoming a must-attend date for couples. There’s also the famous Namsam Tower that lets you view the beautiful city 360 degrees and where you can write a message with your loved one as a vow for your love. These messages are hanged and locked in the trees, banisters, railings, and benches around the tower. If you wish to visit Korea with the entire family, everyone will also have fun with their winter sports activities, including ice fishing, outdoor ice skating, skiing at Bearstown Resort, and sledding at the Everland. Of course, your Christmas vacation would not be complete without trying their local snacks perfect for the winter season, such as sweet potatoes and chestnuts.
Shopping is what comes into our mind when we hear the word Bangkok, but during Christmas season, it’s more than just shopping. It’s “festive Christmas shopping” out there with colorfully and brightly lit malls and streets. Apart from that, nightlife is also great for couples and friends seeking fun, as well as theme parks for families and children. Even though people at Bangkok are generally Buddhist, Christmas is becoming a more popular celebration there, attracting more and more tourists every year.
I know nothing compares to celebrating Christmas at home with our loved ones, but for a change of atmosphere and for a different Christmas experience you’ll never forget, these neighboring Asian destinations will surely make you Christmas merry and bright.