If the idea of snow, arguments over charades and dry turkey isn’t filling you with Christmas cheer, then a getaway to Asia might just be what you need.
Escape to somewhere out of the ordinary, go off the beaten track, start your winter adventure and make this Christmas, one you’ll never forget.
Here are 5 of our favourite Christmas destinations…
1. Giant Lantern Festival, San Fernando City, Pampanga, Philippines
The Philippines is known for having one of the longest Christmas seasons, starting on the first day of September. It’s because of the giant lantern festival, that the city of San Fernando has been nicknamed the Christmas capital of the Philippines. Just like the name suggests, it’s a colourful and extravagant display of lanterns to the accompaniment of Christmas music.
What’s not to love?
2. Panglao, Bohol
Fancy the Philippines but something a little more low key? Well there’s 7,000 other islands to choose from. Panglao was once a sleepy island and has now been discovered by travellers in search of perfect beaches and aquatic adventures.
It’s about as laid back a Christmas as you’ll get.
3. Hoi an, Vietnam
Christmas in Vietnam is a huge, traditional affair. One of the most charming places in the country is the laid back, almost dreamy city of Hoi an. It’s also the only place that by law, forces local businesses to hang lanterns from their buildings, and you can imagine how beautiful that is.
If your Vietnamese visit carries on until the new year, don’t miss Tet, the most important festival in the Vietnamese calendar filled with fireworks, colourful flowers and traditional celebrations.
4. Krabi, Thailand
Avoid the crowds, buckets and neon lights of Phangan and phi phi and instead head to Krabi. White sandy beaches, turquoise waters and some of the most incredible seafood around.
Bored of unspoiled, endless beaches? Us too.
Christmas in Singapore is a big deal. It gives locals the chance to do what they love most; shopping and eating. Full on festive feasts, impressive light displays and unrivalled shopping options.
If you’re missing the white stuff, visit Tanglin Mall’s annual snow fest,or for the big kids wander around the Toyland Floral Display at gardens by the bay.
We might not be able to fly you to East Asia, but we can make you feel like you’re there. We trawled the hawker stalls of Malaysia, and tasted our way around the bustling markets of Bangkok, and brought back the best bits for our menu. Take a look here.