New year, new you… New travel destinations? Make use of the long weekend over this new year for a short trip — there’s no better way to usher in 2017 than being on vacation. Start your new year right with these 5 Asia destinations for an overseas New Year’s Eve celebrations on a budget.
|Fireworks at Taipei 101 (Flickr / Teddy Cross)|
Named one of the top 10 cities to usher in the new year in Asia, Taipei’s 101 lights up floor by floor from bottom u, as the countdown enters the final stages, turning Taipei 101 into the biggest New Year’s Eve countdown clock in the world. Following a variety of performances and activities lead by a star-studded group, fireworks are set off as soon as the countdown ends.
2. Kuala Lumpur
|Fireworks in Kuala Lumpur (Flickr / Van Ambruce Ligutom)|
Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur’s new year’s celebrations is as vibrant and colourful as its diverse culture. Watch fireworks jet off from the Petronas Twin Tower along the streets of Kuala Lumpur which gets pretty packed as the countdown nears. To avoid the crowd, book a hotel or serviced apartment with a rooftop garden or pool so you can admire fireworks go off hundreds of times over major buildings in Kuala Lumpur.
|Asiatique Festival at the Riverfront, Bangkok (Flickr / Ecodallaluna)|
Although New Year’s celebrations in Bangkok will be subdued out of respect for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bangkok still offers many opportunities to ring in the new year. Bars and clubs in Bangkok typically hold their own new year’s celebrations, or join the crowd in admiring the stunning firework displays along Chao Phraya River at the Asiatique Festival countdown. If battling crowds isn’t your cup of tea, hit up a rooftop bar for a glitzy affair with panoramic view of Bangkok.
|Transparent Balloons released at the Zojoji Temple (Flickr / Raelene Gutierrez)|
Japan, land of the rising sun, is believed to be one of the first countries to use fireworks to celebrate holidays, so where else to better experience the magic of New Year’s Eve fireworks than a holiday to Japan itself? Grab a seat around Tokyo Bay and catch the astounding fireworks shoot for miles around the area. Other than Tokyo Bay, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower also have their own new year’s celebrations fireworks showcase.
Alternatively, join the locals to visit temples and shrine like Zojoji Temple, located beside the lit Tokyo Tower. Traditional lanterns light up the area around Zojoji Temple; when the clock strikes 12, transparent balloons tagged with wishes are released into the air.
5. Hong Kong
|Fireworks display at Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong (Flickr / Michael Elleray)|
Countdown to 2017 as the radiant Victoria Harbour lights up with a ten minute light and music concert in the skies above the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Whether you’re enjoying the spectacular fireworks display along either sides of Hong Kong’s shoreline, from a boat on Hong Kong’s harbour or high up in a skyscraper, there’s no denying that one of Asia’s most beautiful fireworks can be found along Hong Kong’s waterfront annually.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable New Year’s Countdown on a holiday, now is the best time to book your flights, pack up and have one hell of a night, ending 2016 with a bang!
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