The cold, dark winter days are coming closer. The perfect time to plan a winter holiday in the warm tropical climate of Indochina. In fact, traditional Christmas and New Year celebrations are increasingly spend across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The weather at this time is neither too hot, nor too rainy so it’s good time to visit. For those who love to spend their holidays with family and friends around the Christmas tree at home, there is the lunar New Year holiday celebrated in many Asian countries. This festive event will take place from February 18th to the 24th in 2015. Two birds with one stone.
The pine-covered hills of Dalat are an excellent environment to spend Christmas. Warm sunny days and balmy evenings provide the perfect climate to enjoy a Christmas Gala Dinner either outdoors or indoors at one of Dalat’s luxury boutique resorts.Tuyen Lam Lake is a beautiful decor for biking, fishing, elephant riding, kayaking, boat tours and picnics. Are you interested in the gifts of nature? Make a visit to the lush and colourful vegetable and flower gardens in the surrounding hills part of your Christmas holiday in Dalat.
Follow these ‘green’ Christmas celebrations and welcome in the New Year on one of the white, pristine beaches in Nha Trang, approximately 150km drive from Dalat. Whether it is a secluded island resort or a lively New Year’s beach party, Nha Trang and its surrounding bays have a large range of luxury resorts and hotels to choose from.
Siem Reap, Sihanoukville
What about Cambodia? The wonders of the Angkor Temple Complex provide a once-in-a-lifetime setting for any celebration and it is for this reason the neighboring town of Siem Reap is one of the most festive locations in Indochina celebrate New Year’s Eve. Visitors from all four corners of the globe dance through the night under the stars in the streets of this cosy town on December 31st. Restaurants and bars stay open late and there is a wonderful atmosphere of peaceful, multi-cultural celebration. The next day a short flight can take you to Sihanoukville on the south coast of Cambodia where you can relax on unspoiled beaches or take boats out to exclusive island resorts to start off the New Year in paradise.
Luang Prabang, Bagan
The ancient spiritual centres of Luang Prabang in Laos and Bagan in Myanmar also provide an inspiring, mystical setting. Ancient Buddhist traditions and architecture, once hidden and now freshly accessible once again, can make any holiday special and memorable. So why not see them this winter and bring some of their warmth and wonder back home at the beginning of 2015.
A merry, sunny Christmas and a happy, warm 2015!
For more information about spending Christmas and New Year in Indochina, please contact our partner Saffron Travel.