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15 Destinations Perfect for the Holiday Season

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2016 is finally coming to an end and what better than a vacation to bid goodbye to the year. Whether this year brought you happiness, heartbreak or success; here are 15 places that are beckoning the wanderer in you.

Worried about sky-high rates for travel in the holiday season? We have a solution! This December AirAsia is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a string of ‘anniversary special’ offers. So, it’s time to wear your planning hat and book that long overdue vacation with AirAsia. It is after all the world's best low-cost Airline with brilliant connectivity!

FYI, here are some of the places you can fly to from various cities across India with AirAsia:

15 Destinations Perfect for the Holiday Season:

  1. Australia
  2. Philippines
  3. Singapore
  4. Bali
  5. Sydney
  6. Melbourne
  7. Cambodia
  8. Taiwan
  9. Hong Kong
  10. South Korea
  11. Kuala Lumpur
  12. Vietnam
  13. Mauritius
  14. Japan
  15. Phuket

Day 1. Experience more than just amazing sunsets in Perth

Experience more than just amazing sunsets in Perthsource: holiday.com

Why: Known as Australia’s sunniest city, Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with natural beauty. A cosmopolitan with a myriad of bars, restaurants and cultural activities all vying for your attention. But don’t forget the beautiful wineries and stunning beaches where you can even swim with wild dolphins.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Explore the caves and wines of Margaret river region

  2. Discover the Australia’s wondrous wildlife at Caversham wildlife park and mystical natural attractions of Pinnacles desert

  3. Visit the Kings Park and Botanic Garden which is the largest inner-city park in the world

How to get there: Book the most affordable flight option with AirAsia. Enjoy a layover in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur before flying to Perth from Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Goa.

Day 2. Enjoy a romantic getaway to Boracay and Palawan islands in the Philippines

Enjoy a romantic getaway to Boracay and Palawan islands in the Philippinessource: holiday.com

Why: Known for its powdery white sand and cerulean water Boracay island is a postcard-perfect stretch of sand lined from one end to the other. Home to some of the best beaches on planet Earth, Palawan island is literally a plethora of great places to visit and spend your vacation.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Take a dive off the cliff head to Ariel’s point on Boracay island

  2. A tour of the Boracay Bat Cave and see the endangered ‘Flying Foxes’

  3. Experience one of a kind zip line experience at Ugong Rock on Palawan island.

How to get there: AirAsia is offering customized packages for people flying from all major hubs. Book a flight from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa, the flight has a layover at Kuala Lumpur before heading for Manila.

HolidayIQ traveller Rajiv shares, “Beautiful, laid back and delightful place that offers something for everyone. Great for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Diving, snorkeling, scuba, jet ski, you name it and they have it.”

Day 3. Begin your Asian odyssey in Singapore

Begin your Asian odyssey in Singaporesource: holidayiq.com

Why: Home to a flourishing cross-cultural culinary and retail culture, Singapore acts as a perfect place to begin your Asian Odyssey. This tiny island state is known for its remarkably diverse culture, right from the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic ecstasy of Little India.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Visit the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Sun Pavilion, Heritage Gardens at Garden by the Bay. Don’t forget to watch Supertree Grove light show

  2. Enjoy the Night Safari which is the world's first nocturnal zoo. Observe animals in their natural habitat under natural night

  3. Explore the Bugis street - the best night market in Singapore

How to get there: Take advantage of the special anniversary offers by AirAsia. Book a flight from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa and enjoy a layover at the Kuala Lumpur before heading to Singapore.

HolidayIQ traveller Matthew shares, “If you want to witness modernity and traditional blend, then Singapore is a place you want to visit. Usually, Singapore is portrayed as a technologically advanced and a modern country but I must tell you they are very much rooted in their roots.”

Day 4. Take that life-changing trip to Bali

Take that life-changing trip to Balisource: holidayiq.com

Why: Lapped in the warm waters of Indian ocean, Bali is one of the 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Being a part of the Coral Triangle, Bali has the highest diversity of marine life. Bali is known for surfing, ancient temples and palaces, but also has active volcanoes and wild jungles.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Cycle through terraced rice paddies and landscapes of Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud

  2. Experience the surfing culture of Bali in Uluwatu and visit the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple

  3. Trek to the Banyumala twin waterfall, absorb the intense gushing sounds among the rich green plants, trees and ravine around you while taking a cool dip in its freshwater

How to get there: Take advantage of AirAsia’s special anniversary offers and get the best deal. Flights are available from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa that fly through Kuala Lumpur to Bali.

HolidayIQ traveller Sheena shares, “Bali is just stunning- a beautiful expanse of mystical forest areas, rice fields & naturally maintained country roads. Our holiday was made memorable by its picturesque sense, the warm Balinese people, the scrumptious food spread, fun nightlife with really good music.

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Day 5. Explore the dreamy beaches of Sydney

Explore the dreamy beaches of Sydneysource: holidayiq.com

Why: One of the most vibrant cities in the world, Sydney is a dream destination for many with its dazzling harbors and dreamy surf beaches. Sprinkle some sunny weather, breathtaking beaches like Bondi and Manly and a dash of attractions like Sydney Opera House and numerous museums and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect holiday.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Roar and snore with the animals at the Taronga zoo, enjoy an up-close personal encounter with the animals

  2. Soak up panoramic views of Eucalyptus forests and learn about the legends behind ancient rock formations of the Blue Mountains

  3. Watch a glorious sunrise at world-famous Bondi Beach before taking a dip in the turquoise water or stroll along the white sandy beach

How to get there: Make the best of your travel this winter with anniversary discounts offered by AirAsia. Flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa are available with a stopover at Kuala Lumpur.

HolidayIQ traveller Magnus shares, "Beautiful city. Sydney has lots to offer to people of all age groups. From taking a walk on the Harbour bridge, to attending a mesmerizing concert at Opera House - Sydney will enthrall you. Also, don't forget to visit beautiful museums around Town Hall. For shopping, Paddys market is fun to be in."

Day 6. Be dazzled by the extraordinary views of Melbourne

Be dazzled by the extraordinary views of Melbournesource: holidayiq.com

Why: Often called as the country’s ‘European enclave’ Melbourne is Australia’s bar and music capital. The city is known for its thriving art scene and diverse grid street system. The tiny alleyways and narrow lanes of the city hide numerous treasures, right from rooftop bars to striking street art and unique shops.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Elevate yourself you to an evening of eye pleasing crowd and delectable cocktails at one of the rooftops bars

  2. Interact with koalas and kangaroos at the Phillip island

How to get there: Don’t let the exclusive offers by AirAsia on their 15 year anniversary go by. With a string of offers and discounts fly from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa with a layover at Kuala Lumpur.

HolidayIQ traveller Chan shares, “Melbourne is all about beaches, Party places and eateries. A great place to taste a variety of foods from around the globe. Visitors can go around Zoo's and a place to have a close encounter with the Kola's found only in Aussie. Also, the penguins on the beach is a must to watch.”s

Day 7. Explore the breathtaking beauty of Cambodia

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Cambodiasource: holidayiq.com

Why: A captivating nation that combines the magnificence of temple-strewn landscapes, intriguing culture and enthralling cities. In Cambodia you can experience the intoxicating history, interact with the friendly Khmer people and bask in the beauty of the breathtaking natural beauty.

Top 3 things to do in Cambodia :

  1. Visit the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

  2. Reflect on Cambodia's tragic history at the sites of Phnom Penh

  3. Delve into the mangrove forests of Ream National Park in Sihanoukville

How to get there: Make use of the offers and discounts by AirAsia. Fly from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa with a layover at Kuala Lumpur.

HolidayIQ traveller Swaminathan Subramanian shares, “This is one of the best places in the world. We can connect to the past rich culture and Indian connection. The Cambodian government has kept the place so well - safe secure & wild. People are very hospitable and nice. Food is available at the right prices.”

Day 8. From astounding heritage to buzzing nightlife, Taipei

From astounding heritage to buzzing nightlife, Taipeisource: holidayiq.com

Why: Taipei is a graceful blend of Chinese, Japanese, American and Southeast Asian cultures. The city is 300 years old and there is a lot to see in terms of history and culture. Don't mistake this for a purely touristy city because there are plenty of swanky bars and restaurants too! 

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Visit the Tonghua Night Market, one of the most vibrant and exciting markets in town. It has everything from food to collectables. 

  2. Go to the oldest tea company, Lin Hua Tai Tea Company that dates back to the 1800's. 

  3. Eat at the Fujin Tree 353, which is an outdoor cafe bang on Fujin street. One of the chicest spots in Taipei 

How to get there: Check out the great offers being dished out by AirAsia. Fly out from Kolkata, Chennai and Kochi to Taipei! 

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Day 9. Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kongsource: holidayiq.com

Why: From the iconic street markets and beautiful temples to the futuristic skyscrapers set against the shimmering harbor, to endless food and drinks options, Hong kong has something for everyone.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Take a boat ride along Victoria harbor, sail through the sea of stalls, shops, markets and malls in Tsim Sha Tsui

  2. Soar up to incredible heights over Lantau Island on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and visit the Tian Tan Buddha statue

  3. Visit the Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau island, drop by the 17th-century Tin Hau Temple

How to get there: While booking your tickets, don’t forget to take advantage of the AirAsia’s anniversary offers and discounts. Fly from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa and enjoy a layover at Kuala Lumpur.

HolidayIQ traveller Saranya shares, “We visited Hong Kong with my family and enjoyed an awesome time. It was a four-day trip and we covered Tian Tan Buddha (big Buddha), cable car ride, ferry ride (Duckling tour), lights and sound show, Peak Tram tour, Victoria point, Ocean park, Disneyland and lots and lots of shopping especially toy shopping.”

Day 10. Seoul is the next big upcoming destination of the world

Seoul is the next big upcoming destination of the worldsource: holidayiq.com

Why: Being the capital of KoreaSeoul has been taking massive leaps towards becoming an extremely popular hub of the world. It is a complete potpourri of modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture that vibrantly meets Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Get stunned by the resplendence of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty

  2. Go trekking up the scenic "mountain of generous king", Mt. Inwangsan

  3. If you are a shopaholic, the variety offered by the Dongdaemun Market will drive you insane

How to get there: Check out the great offers being dished out by AirAsia. Fly out from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa and through Kuala Lumpur to Seoul.

HolidayIQ traveller Shrikant says, “Seoul is soon turning out to be New York of Asia. Buzzing streets with corporate offices all over just like Kolkata. The difference is City is very clean and is well connected with WiFi all over. If you happen to go to South Korea and you need to connect to people down here. Then check if you have a 3G network as only that works there.

Day 11. Discover the varied colors of Kuala Lumpur

Discover the varied colors of Kuala Lumpursource: holidayiq.com

Why: Kuala Lumpur is not just the capital of Malaysia or just a nice stopover city. It’s so much more than that! Full of glittering skyscrapers, megamalls, colorful temples and delicious food, KL is a city best explored on foot.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Gain some insight and understanding of the religious roots of this incredible and diverse nation by visiting the Batu Caves

  2. Visit the double-decker Skybridge at the Petronas towers

  3. Explore the colonial core of Kuala Lumpur at Merdeka Square

How to get there: Fly out from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa with AirAsia’s exclusive anniversary offers.  

HolidayIQ traveller Kasi Venkoba shares, “All travellers who are interested in visiting new places, aptitude for travel and enjoy a Holiday will definitely like Kuala Lumpur. There are many places of interest to be visited at Kuala Lumpur. The Batu Caves, Petronas Twin Towers, The KL Tower, Chinese Temple, King's Palace, KL Railway Station, Petaling Street, Jamek Mosque and Gombak/Klang river confluence, National Monument, National Mosque, KLCC, etc.

Day 12. Dive into the history of Vietnam war in Ho Chi Minh

Dive into the history of Vietnam war in Ho Chi Minhsource: holidayiq.com

Why: A very interesting destination, Ho Chi Minh or Saigon has always been a part of some major events in history. It played a major role in the Vietnam War. Known for its French colonial landmarks, world-class food stalls across the city and the bustling marketplaces, this city is a must-visit.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Made entirely of materials imported from France, Notre-Dame Cathedral is iconic.

  2. Ben Thành Market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol.

  3. Reunification Palace is an intriguing spectacle, associated with the fall of the city in 1975

How to get there: Make sure you book the affordable flight of AirAsia and fly out from Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. Stop over at the lovely land of Kuala Lumpur, before reaching Ho Chi Minh.

HolidayIQ traveller Shyam says, “Overall the city is very good and worth a visit, it is well connected with a lot of taxi around who do not refuse to go even for 100 meters, reasonable fare, weather is warm and it gets hot during the day. Food is amazing, may it be a sea food or Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) or even the local coffee, worth tasting. The city has a very good nightlife, a lot of bars, pubs shopping places open at night. City has many tourist and historical places around which can be covered by foot or bike.

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Day 13. Explore the underwater waterfall in Mauritius

Explore the underwater waterfall in Mauritiussource: holidayiq.com

Why: Mauritius is just if not more impressive is some of the Africa’s grandest scenery. With a tropical climate, clear blue waters and white sandy beach, Mauritius is the go-to destination for anyone looking to unwind.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Explore Rodrigues island the volcanic islands in Mauritius

  2. Check out the underwater waterfall in Le Morne Brabant

  3. Visit the treasure island of Ile aux cerfs where the water is so clear that one can see the ocean bed

How to get there: Book the affordable flight of AirAsia and fly out from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai . Stop over at the lovely land of Kuala Lumpur, before reaching Mauritius.

HolidayIQ traveller Shiva shares, “If you want to enjoy beach, if you want to relax, if you want parasailing, submarine, waterfall ride, speed boat ride, lovely gardens, bird park, good food, lovely resorts, then you must go to Mauritius without fail, Visa is on arrival, only 6 hours journey from Kolkata, India. People seem to be courteous and helpful, even at the airport.”

Day 14. Tour through the land of contrasts Tokyo

Tour through the land of contrasts Tokyosource: holidayiq.com

Why: Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultra modern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Tokyo is a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention. There is never a dull moment here.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Visit the National Treasure of Japan, Akasaka State Guest House is a western-style palace built for the crown prince in 1909

  2. They say, this is one of the happiest places in the bustling Tokyo is the Inokashira Park

  3. Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine is wonderfully serene and austere

How to get there: Check out the great offers being dished out by AirAsia. Fly out from Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi, fly through Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo.

HolidayIQ traveller Bhat says, “Oh my god what a place. The city is beautiful and gorgeous and I fell love with it. I have never seen this kind of place. The people of Tokyo are humble and they respect the foreigners.

Day 15. Experience the mesmerising Anemone Reef in Phuket

Experience the mesmerising Anemone Reef in Phuketsource: holidayiq.com

Why: A rain-forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, Phuket sports Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The city is dotted with ample amounts of high-end seaside resorts, spas, restaurants, old shop houses and busy markets.

Top 3 things to do:

  1. Go scuba diving at the best place in Phuket and experience the mesmerizing Anemone Reef

  2. Phuket Butterfly Garden is a magical place that can transport you to a completely different world

  3. Kalim Bay, unlike most of the other beaches, still retains some of its local Thai touches

How to get there: Book the best available flight with AirAsia. Enjoy a lovely stopover at the city of Kuala Lumpur before flying to Phuket from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

HolidayIQ traveller Hemal says, “Yes, you heard it right that Phuket is awesome. We had been for 4 days with family and friends. Phi-Phi island is one of the nearby attractions. We took the city tour on last day which includes Bird Show, Monkey Show, Elephant Ride, Big Buddha, Cashewnut Factory, Honey Farm, Chalong Temple.

With the comfort and connectivity provided by AirAsia across 120 destinations, why would you choose any other airline?

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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