Ringing in 2020 in Southeast Asia

Be it the vibrant cultural vibe of Yangon or the scenic appeal of Krabi, these places will allow you to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Winter holidays give us the perfect excuse to pack our bags and travel around the world to witness the bewitching beauty of this season. If you’re hoping to visit a beautiful country that isn’t bitingly cold, where you can admire pristine scenery and breathtaking architecture, then you don’t need to look any further than the Southeast Asian destinations of Myanmar and Thailand. Be it the vibrant cultural vibe of Yangon or the scenic appeal of Krabi, these places will allow you to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Whether you’ve been to these gorgeous countries before or you’re heading there for the first time, here’s a look at all the fun and adventure that awaits you in Southeast Asia:

Myanmar

Besides the balmy temperature, the alluring beaches and the calmness of pagodas make this destination a must-visit in the winter. The days are delightfully cool and the skies are mostly clear. Let’s take a look at how you can thoroughly enjoy ringing in the New Year here:

  • On New Year’s Eve, watch in awe as Yangon’s night sky is lit up by the most awe-inspiring firework display. Before you watch the show with your loved ones, you can relish a hearty Burmese meal at any of the quaint restaurants that line the city’s busy roads.

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  • If you’d prefer to start off your new year on a more meditative note, you should definitely head to the Shwedagon Pagoda in the heart of the city. This gorgeous 105-metre-tall stupa shines in brilliant gold and is especially sacred to Buddhists as it houses relics of the Buddha. You can spend a few hours in quiet reflection in the tranquil surroundings of the shrine.

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  • For a unique experience, adventure-lovers can tunnel their way through the narrow passages of the dramatic and rugged Saddan Caves in Hpa-An. As you make your way through the maze, you’ll be stunned to silence by the beauty of the Buddha carvings on the walls.

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  • No trip to Myanmar could ever be complete without witnessing the beauty of the setting sun from Bagan. Watch in amazement as the dipping star lights up the sky in bright hues of pink and orange.

Thailand

This marvellous Southeast Asian nation is known for its bustling markets, busy beaches and crystal clear waters all through the year, but winters in Thailand are especially charming. Here, you can bid the year a fond farewell with moonlit parties on the beach or walks around natural wonders.

  • Surin Beach in Phuket is known for throwing a fabulous theme party every New Year’s Eve. So don’t forget to pack your favourite costume and get decked up in all your finery before welcoming the New Year in the most stylish way possible.

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  • For something that takes you a little closer to nature, you can hop on a boat from Krabi or Phuket to explore the magnificent Phi Phi Islands. These marvellous rock formations are home to colourful aquatic creatures that you can spot through the clear azure waters.

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  • If you’re looking for a spiritual way to end your vacation, you can hike to the Tiger Cave in Krabi, one of the country’s most amazing natural wonders. The temple is a warren of limestone caves, which in itself is impressive, but its main attraction is the footprint of Buddha that can be seen here. From the temple, the view of the Andaman Sea and the verdant forests below are nothing short of mesmerising.

This winter, embrace the warmth of travel as your book your flydubai ticket to Myanmar and Thailand for a marvellous New Year’s getaway.

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