Skip Winter And Travel To These Spots In Asia For A Tropical Christmas – Forbes

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People visit Christmas lights and decorations at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Dec. 21, 2015. (Photo credit: Xinhua/Then Chih Wey via Getty Images)

Speak of Christmas and images of a snowy, white landscape with green pine trees would definitely come to mind. However, instead of spending the festive holiday freezing in the cold, why not venture into warmer temperatures and experience a sunny Christmas in Asia instead?

Whether you’re traveling alone, with your partner or with your family, these Asian destinations will fill your holidays with joyful experiences, mesmerizing sights and tasty culinary delights.

Thailand

Christmas decorations set up near a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo credit: Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak via Getty Images)

Known for its plethora of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Thailand has plenty on offer if you’re looking to soak up on some warm tropical sun during Christmas.

Beyond the islands, you can also plan your stay around Bangkok, where malls will be decorated with plenty of festive trimmings and lights. There are bound to be numerous parties in the city to usher in the festivities.

Singapore

The opening day of Christmas Wonderland in Singapore on December 2, 2016. (Photo credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Singapore may be a small country but it’s packed to the brim with surprises and things to do — especially towards the end of the year. From Christmas carnivals, to museum exhibitions and plenty of bazaars and fairs to check out, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the festive celebrations on this side of the world. The best part is you get to enjoy it all without freezing in the winter cold.

Sri Lanka

A partially-constructed Christmas tree in Colombo on December 24, 2016. (Photo credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Last year, Sri Lanka built the world’s tallest Christmas tree and achieved the Guinness World Record for Tallest artificial Christmas tree — so you know the country takes their Christmas celebrations seriously.

From tea plantations in Kandy, to the safari at Yala National Park and the relaxing beaches of Galle, Bentota and Mirissa, Sri Lanka’s vibrant environment, wildlife and amiable people will make it well worth the travel exploring during Christmas as well.

Philippines

Pampanga, the Christmas capital of the Philippines. (Photo credit: Sherbien Dacalanio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The city of Pampanga is ultimately deemed as one of the best and merriest places to spend your Christmas vacation, and it boasts having the longest Yuletide season in the world — Christmas carols start from as early as September, lasting all the way till January.

Also home to a fleet of mega malls, the mood there will most definitely be cheery with lavish decorations and nostalgic Christmas songs playing all day. If festive shopping is on the agenda, this is the place to be in.

Vietnam

Rock coast in the national park Hang Rai, Vinh Hy, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, Asia. (Photo credit: Prisma Bildagentur/UIG via Getty Images)

Whether it’s by the beach or up in the hilltops, Vietnam is essentially littered with multiple spots where you can enjoy a tropical yuletide season with friends or family. If you’re not exactly seeking for warm winter sun but somewhere in between the heat and the cold, stick to the highlands of Dalat or Danang for a cool temperature that will still keep the traditional Christmas spirit well and alive.

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