5 Travel Gems for the New Year

Lo and behold, we are now almost at the end of 2013! Time sure flies, doesn’t it? We do our day-to-day routine and suddenly without realizing it, the New Year is almost upon us. Well then, how do you plan on greeting the upcoming year? LiveOlive has some exciting travel destinations that you may just want to consider. 

Here are 5 travel gems perfect to welcome a brand new year and a brand new you.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

If you are looking to greet the New Year with a lot of dancing and a lot of partying, Koh Phangan in Thailand should be your top destination. The NYE’s countdown will take place on Haad Rin Sunrise Beach, beginning just as the sun sets and continues on well into the next day. Wear your best swim suit, your most comfortable flip flops and join in the revelry! Before the party, you can spend your downtime relaxing under palm trees while enjoying beautiful sights of clear beaches. Sounds like a tropical heaven, doesn’t it?

Pohang Beach, South Korea

The Homigot Sunrise Festival held on Pohang Beach is wonderful for those of you who are into culture, scenery and the beauty of the world. Before the countdown, people gather together at the Homigot Sunrise Plaza to enjoy live cultural performances, fireworks, the launching of hope balloons and other great diverse entertainments. You may even be able to taste one of Korea’s traditional New Year’s dish, Tteokguk, during the special event ‘Serving Tteokguk for 10,000’. 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

You may not know this but Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is host to many great NYE parties. There are your usual parties in popular clubs and bars which you can find along the central urban district, known as District 1. Then there are also the culture-rich festivities in Vietnam’s beautiful parks fitting for those who are done with the loud and rowdy parties. Local parks such as Dam Sen Park and Suoi Tien Park will showcase entertainments such as folk songs, bazaars, exhibitions, games and live concerts. It 's a good time to immerse yourself in the authenticity of Vietnam’s culture!

Anjuna Beach, Goa, India

For those of you looking for a beach party –but not as wild as the one in Thailand– the party on Anjuna Beach is a more suitable choice for you as it is more chilled, more intimate and more relaxed. While you are there, try its customary NYE celebration Goan liquor,  feni.It is sold exclusively in the state of Goa, so don’t miss out! There will be band and dance shows, delicious Goa cuisine and a whole lot of fun!

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

If you don’t want to stray too far from home but would still like a holiday that is exotic, intimate, fun and filled with culture-rich festivities, look no further than Gili Trawangan in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. On NYE, the island becomes one huge party and you have the freedom to attend more than one party in that one night. If you are looking for something a bit more traditional, you can first attend the Trawangan Beach Party at Villa Ombak where you can dine on local seafood whilst enjoying a myriad of entertainment including belly dancers, fire dancing and laser show. You also have the option to join in any other parties on the island.

Tip: Make sure you do a more in-depth research regarding these travel destinations before you decide. Book your tickets a few weeks before your departure date. Try to find a hotel that is close to the party venue of your choice so you can cut down on your travel cost. For more info regarding how to cut down your airfare cost, you can watch our video.

Estimated Cost of NYE Travel Destinations

Destination Accommodation Flight Food Party Fee
Koh Phangan, Thailand $ $$ $ Free
Pohang Beach, Korsel $$$ $$$$ $$ Free
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam $$ $$$ $ $
Anjuna Beach, Goa, India $$$$ $$$$ $$ $
Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia Villa Ombak ($$$$)
Other ($$)
$$ $ $$$$


Note: $ = really cheap, $$ = affordable, $$$ = quite expensive, $$$$ = really expensive

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