5 Cheapest Year-end Holiday Destinations in Asia, including in Japan, South Korea
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Going on a year-end holiday abroad generally costs more than traveling domestically. However, the experience can be worth the expense, especially if you choose the right destination wisely.
If you want to take a year-end vacation abroad, there are several cheap destinations in Asia. Travel platform Agoda shares 10 destinations that are both cheap and great for year-end holidays. Here are the five of them:
1. Hat Yai, Thailand
Hat Yai tops the list of cheapest destinations for year-end travel in Asia, with an average hotel room price of US$43 or around Rp682.000. The province has a mix of urban and rural attractions, from great nightlife to the beautiful waterfalls at Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Reserve. For a more modern Christmas celebration, head to Hat Yai's Central Festival for the Christmas light show and giant tree.
2. Kuching, Malaysia
Kuching comes in second with an average room rate of US$60 or around Rp951.000. The capital of Sarawak, Malaysia, has been developing its tourism in recent years. Many attractions are available all year round, which gets even more festive during the Christmas season. There is an annual Christmas parade and tourists can stroll down Carpenter Street on New Year's Eve for festive celebrations.
3. Baguio, Philippines
With an average room rate of US$95 or around Rp1.5 million, Baguio City is in third place. The city is known as the summer capital of the Philippines for its cool temperatures. During the winter, the air temperature is even cooler. That is why many locals in this tropical country enjoy visiting Baguio City.
Tourist attractions like Mines View Park and Camp John Hay are highly recommended and don't forget to start the morning with a local favorite drink called Taho, which is made of soft tofu and tiny pearls.
4. Nagoya, Japan
Winter is the best time to visit this Japanese province. Dazzling lights illuminate the city's neighborhoods in celebration of winter. A festive atmosphere hangs in the air making it a wonderful destination for Christmas or New Year. Nagoya is ranked fourth place with an average hotel rate of US$107 or around Rp1.7 million per night.
5. Busan, South Korea
The coastal city of Busan offers beautiful beaches and skyline, a perfect blend of urban and natural beauty. Tourists can relax at various cafes scattered throughout the city, take a leisurely stroll along Haeundae Beach, or combine the two by reading a book while enjoying a drink at one of the cafes along Dalmaji-gil Street, which offers spectacular ocean views. With an average room rate of US$158 or around Rp2.5 million per night, this city is still on the list of the cheapest destinations in Asia for year-end holidays.
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