Best Destinations for Winter Retreats in Asia

That’s the end of the year 2010 and it’s time for tourism enthusiasts to look for somewhere for winter retreats. As a fact, Asia is becoming the most favorite destination of discerning travelers. Here are some ideal destinations in Asia for winter retreats.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The period between December and January marks the start of dry season in tropical city Ho Chi Minh. Lots of streets in Ho Chi Minh City including main boulevards Dong Khoi, Nguyen Hue, Le Loi and Le Duan feature French colonial architecture. To celebrate Lunar New Year, Nguyen Hue Flower Street will be annually opened on January 31.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street

Nguyen Hue Flower Street

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is the ideal place for winter retreat with the average temperature in January of 32 degree. Beer gardens, dine affresco and weekend camping trips are some suggestions to fully enjoy Bangkok winter spirit.

Beer gardens in Thailand

Beer gardens in Thailand

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

January is the best period for winter weather in Kuala Lumpur. The month marks the end of rainy season and the beginning of toasty sunny reason. Local people hold Thaipusam (a Hindu holiday of penance) and thanksgiving at the end of January.

Thaipusam (a Hindu holiday of penance) in Kuala Lumpur

Thaipusam (a Hindu holiday of penance) in Kuala Lumpur

Singapore

Singapore, with 30 degree in January, offers a wide range of performance art showcases on the lineup. Annually, “Art Stage Singapore” features exhibitions in Marina Bay Sands from January 12 to 16.

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Manila, Philippines

January is the great time for local people to enjoy street processions as Santo Nino and the Child Jesus and for foreigners to visit Manila. In Tondo, the district of residential-industrial in nature, young Ati-Atihan performers will show tradition dance on the streets during events for the patron saint.

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Goa, India

Goa, the smallest Indian state, is a tropical paradise with warm waters of the Arabian Sea and clear sky. If you are planning to visit Goa in January, make sure you book a room in advance.

Goa features a tropical paradise with warm waters of the Arabian Sea and almost clear sky

Goa features a tropical paradise with warm waters of the Arabian Sea and clear sky

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Featuring 31 degree temperature in January, Phnom Penh is notified for its less humidity and light breezes. Especially, Phnom Penh’s pagodas, markets and museums are the best city’s famed nightlife.

Independence Monument at night

Independence Monument at night

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The capital of Sri Lanka, which reaches 30 degree in January, is an ideal quick winter getaway. Remarkably, the Galle Face Green Promenade, which runs adjacent to the Indian Ocean, offers visitors unforgettable sunset-watching experience. However, remember to check current government warnings when planning your trips.

Sri Lanka is among the most admired tourist destinations in Asia

Sri Lanka is among the most admired tourist destinations in Asia

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