December is time to travel in search of much-needed warmth. If you are looking for travel advisory in Asia, then check this article.
There’s something of an air of waste to the idea of being abroad for Christmas, keeping yourself away from turkey bones and dirty plates for Santa hats on the beach – and with the school holidays also appearing as part of the equation, the thought of seeing your kids swap sleet and 3pm darkness for paddling and sunsets will always be tempting.
Of course, you always feel that it is worthy of spending money for holidays in the festive period – but with the Caribbean out of its hurricane season and into full swing, this’s a cost worth considering.
Sometimes dismissed as a stop-off point on a long vacation, this amazing city-state is much more than a place to change planes. Singapore sings of the previous British colonial days in the iconic courtyard of the Raffles Hotel – but shouts loudly about its vibrant 21st century in the futuristic flora of its Gardens By The Bay, and the shopping malls that gleam on the long retail avenue of Orchard Road.
Tips: A seven-night stay at the Raffles, flying from Heathrow on December 11, costs from £2370/person, including breakfast and travelpro luggage.
What’s in a name? Whether you call it Myanmar or Burma, this wonderful Far Eastern country has leapt onto travel to-do lists since it began its journey back towards democracy in 2010. Mandalay, the former royal capital, is as exotic as you may assume. The pagodas at Bagan are as must-visit viewing for travelers as the temples at Angkor (Cambodia). And the weather tends to be creditable.
Tips: A 10-night “Classic Myanmar” tour that visits Bagan, Inle Lake and the capital Yangon costs from £1887/person through Selective Asia.
Thailand takes is one of the best places suggested in many travel directions when it comes to Far Eastern paradise islands great for sun-seekers – but Malaysia can claim a sea-lapped champion of its own in Langkawi. Set so far to the north of Malay territory that Thailand is visible from many of its sunny white sandy beaches, Langkawi is a forested delight where the best luxury resorts nestle among thick foliage, impressive rare birds call out from the branches – and the dry season holds court from Dec. to April.
Tips: A 10-night tour of Peninsula Malaysia, ticking off Kuala Lumpur as well as relaxing on the beach at Langkawi, costs from £1284/person through Selective Asia.