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Warm destinations in Asia: Winter Vacations

The largest continent on Earth, Asia has a wide range of weather conditions. To escape your chilly winters, soak up the sun, indulge in delicious cuisine, explore traditions, and much more, you can take a winter vacation to many places in Asia. 

Here is an accumulation of top places in Asia that you can visit in winter (do check the weather according to what suits you). These destinations are often not considered over a town in Europe or a metropolitan city or a famous island. 

Winter vacations aren’t as common as summer vacations, you can get a fairly good deal with flights, hotels, and more. Get started with your trip by booking your cheap flight ticket on XN Travels

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Manila, Philippines

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, maintains an average temperature of 27⁰C. It has the oldest Chinatown in the world with busy streets, herbal stores, temples, and great Chinese food. 

You can learn about the city’s history and art at Ayala Museum, previously a stock exchange building. The historical region is the Intramuros where you can find Spanish colonial architecture. You can also visit the country’s oldest stone-built church in Manila, named San Agustin Church. The church also has its museum. 

Go shopping at the Greenbelt Mall in the middle of skyscrapers. Hungry after shopping? Nothing is more delicious than fresh seafood. Head to Pasay Seafood Market for a wide variety of anything and everything you want to eat. 

Relax with an evening walk on Manila Bay, and try the street food there. Book your flight to Manila and enjoy a getaway in the city. You can enjoy a ton of water activities on the beaches like cliff jumping, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. 

If a city trip with beaches doesn’t excite you, then you can visit the Philippines’ islands and small cities like Boracay, Cebu City, El Nido, etc.

Jeju Island, South Korea

Seoul isn’t the only destination worth visiting in South Korea. Jeju Island is the largest island in South Korea. It is a popular holiday destination. Tho, the temperature is not as warm as you expect in winter, the average temperature is 8⁰C. 

The island is a rich source of natural resources. There are a lot of waterfalls on the island, one of the best among those is Jeongbang Waterfalls because its water goes directly into the sea.  Visit the Aqua Planet Jeju, one of the largest aquariums in Asia with more than 48,000 animals. 

Camellia Hill is a fairytale land in real-life. You get to see colorful flower fields. The main attractions are the Camellia and Hydrangea flowers. 

You will find a lot of small towns with locals on the island. It is always great to explore the culture on the island. Seongeup Folk Village is a great one to explore.

Obviously, with the lush green land and peaks facing the clear waters of Jeju, you can enjoy a hike up the trails, cliff jumping, views from peaks, picnics at the beach, and more. 

Sri Lanka

This South Asian country is known for its jungles, mountains, beaches, wildlife, and cuisine. Visit one of the most famous attractions in the country, Sigiriya. The hike up to the massive ruins of an ancient palace and its water gardens is worth it. Best to view the sunrise or sunset from Pidurangala.

Sri Lanka is known for one of the world’s best cinnamons in the world, they’re worth buying. Give kitesurfing a try at the Kalpitiya Peninsula with numerous lagoons and a lot of wind. 

Camping is a common activity in the mountains, you can book yourself a camping site. Get to see the largest wild Asian elephants gathering in the world in their natural habitat.

Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another place to explore is the Galle Fort. It has a mix of various European architectural influences. Find yourself some great spas, luxury hotels, restaurants, and much more in the lanes. 

Bali, Indonesia

Bali includes a total of four islands as a province. It maintains a fair climate throughout the year between 20-30⁰C. It is one of the most famous destinations for couples, friends, and families to travel to.

You can get cheap flight tickets to Bali and enjoy the trip on a budget, especially during the low season. 

First and foremost, doing water activities in the serene waters of Bali is a surreal experience. From surfing, river rafting, and scuba diving, to snorkeling and more. 

Along with the water adventures, you get to explore the history of the region and experience Balinese Hinduism. You can visit temples in the mornings like Tanah Lot, and Lempuyang Temple (also called Gate of Heaven).

Shop at the local markets for antiques, traditional items, and souvenirs. You can also go for Bali Safari at Bali Safari Marine Park. 

Inhale the fresh air as much as you can, and watch all sunrises and sunsets that you can. One of the best places for magical sunrise is Mount Batur. 

Koh Samui, Thailand

This second-largest island in Thailand maintains a fairly warm temperature even in winter months. Samui is known for its clear water and palm trees, along with facilities for travelers with all kinds of budgets. 

Visit the most famous landmark on the island, Big Buddha Temple. This gold Buddha statue is 12 meters tall and signifies Buddha in a Mara position. Just like you see the Eiffel tower in Paris from your flight, you see the Big Buddha statue when you fly to Koh Samui.  

Namuang Waterfalls attracts a ton of tourists for its awesome scenery. There is a uniquely common thing to go to at Chaweng Beach. It’s a ladyboy show, to enjoy a light-hearted performance. Want to get away from everything and relax in peace? Head to The Secret Buddha Garden. It features beautiful statues, a stream, and a waterfall in the forest. You can have a 360⁰ view of the island from the peak of the garden.

Do it all in Angthong Marine Park, get on a tour boat to explore the Island, kayak along the coastline, hike up the Mae Koh to get stunning views of Emerald Lagoon, and go snorkeling at Wua Talap Island. 

These are only a few examples of destinations that you can visit. There are many more amazing places to explore like Chennai, Dubai, Beirut, Phu Quoc, and more. Plan your trip early and book your flight and hotels for a warm winter vacation. 

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