Cambodia is dotted with an array of unforgettable views, people and experiences that will ensure you have a memorable time visiting the Kingdom of Wonder. The country has got the lot, and its enchanting landscapes, rich history and culture, and the innate hospitality of the people, keep visitors coming back for more.

Places in Cambodia that tourists should visit include Angkor Wat, Siem Reap; Phnom Penh; Sihanoukville or Koh Rong.

Among them, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world; and Siem Reap is renowned as the gateway to the temples of Angkor. The famous temples of the ancient Khmer kingdom sit on the city’s outskirts, and welcome thousands of tourists every day.

From the temples of Angkor Wat to the beaches of Sihanoukville, Cambodia is fast becoming a favorite off-beat destination among tourists looking for other places for New Year to explore in Asia. With the release of Angelina Jolie’s Hollywood-action flick ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider’- Cambodia quickly became an destination for tourists.


Thailand is the perfect travel destination for tourists during the lunar New Year. It is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit.

Tourists from all around the world flock to this tropical paradise that is home to artistic temples and a mouthwatering cuisine. 

Besides, the country has a rich and colorful culture along with many exotic monuments and stunning beaches, which attract millions of visitors each year.

There are many beautiful places and attractions in Thailand, but three specific cities that offer very different views of Thailand are Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.


After initially gaining popularity as the land of the pharaohs and pyramids, Egypt has now started to develop a dynamic tourist environment where travelers can not only see world heritage sites, but also enjoy nightlife, immerse themselves in local culture, and enjoy delicious cuisine.

Different destinations like Alexandria, Abu Simbel, and Sharm El Sheikh have made a lot of efforts in a quest to make Egypt one of the best international New Year’s destination on budget for a trip to Africa.


New Year in Kuala Lumpur is one of the most celebratory occasions of the year and Malaysia’s bustling capital city is hailed as one of the best cities in Southeast Asia for an exciting New Year's Eve party.

Every end of year is marked with colourful fireworks, massive parties, and bustling street fairs held in accompaniment to the countdowns that are attended by thousands of people, tourists and locals alike.

Known for a perfect mix of tropical forests, futuristic cities, unbelievable theme parks, and a thriving tourist economy, Malaysia has always been a favored New Year vacation destinations for tourists looking for an international adventure on a smaller budget. It is one of the best international destinations in December.


Visiting Japan during New Year (shogatsu) can be rewarding, as you have the opportunity to experience Japan's most important holiday, but it can also be frustrating, as many tourist attractions, shops and restaurants are closed, and getting around can be inconvenient.

Some of the most popular shrines and temples, such as Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha, Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha and Kamakura's Tsuruoka Hachimangu each attract more than a million visitors over the first few days of the New Year.

Republic of Korea

Spring is a great time of the year to explore the Republic of Korea. The weather is warm and usually dry, and you miss the cold winter months as well as the scorching summer months when it’s not too much fun to go outside. Additionally, there are many Korean festivals to enjoy if you choose to visit Korea in the New Year.

Visiting Seoul, tourists will have a chance to take part in one of many festivals. In the spring, the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular events for locals and foreigners alike.

If you want to take some great pictures but want to avoid the crowds, then there are plenty of other spots around Seoul where you can take some great pictures without dealing with the chaos that comes along with navigating a large city festival. University campuses such as Kyunghee University in northern Seoul are usually quieter and less crowded than Yeouido./.

Compiled by BTA