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January 15, 2020

Best Destinations to Escape Festive Crowds

January 15th, 2020

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Planning your vacation for your Chinese New Year holidays but don’t know where to go because everywhere is full of crowd? Fayyaz Travels has you covered! Here is our guide to crowd-free destinations for you to enjoy your Chinese New Year vacations!

1. Cambodia

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A growingly popular destination in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is culturally rich with historical monuments and architecturally-beautiful temples. Avoid the typically popular Lunar New Year-focused travel destinations and welcome the New Year by catching the sunrise at Angkor Wat. If you have seen pictures of it, then know that the sight in real life does not disappoint.

You can also watch a traditional water blessing ceremony, essentially a ritual led by chanting monks at a beautiful countryside pagoda. Magnificent views does not stop there. You can visit the Cambodian rice terraces, witness buffaloes at work and interact with locals of Treak Village. The best time to visit is before the April showers! With magnificent views to welcome the Lunar New Year, visit Cambodia and escape the typical festive season crowd.

2. Sri Lanka

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Some may love to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the festive period but for those that do not, Sri Lanka has many quieter places to offer for a quick getaway from the festive crowd! Among many others, Ceylon Tea Trails offer a tranquil retreat for those who wish to have some quiet time in the otherwise festive season. Hosting several boutique villas furnished with timbered ceilings, claw-foot bathtubs, and beautiful bay windows, Ceylon Tea Trails would be a lovely place to be amidst the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

From tasting fragrant local tea and wandering the rustic beauty of its surroundings to taking in the beauty of its ravines, waterfalls and jaw-dropping views of the lakes and refreshing dips in of mountain springs, Sri Lanka is a great retreat for those who intend to avoid the crowd!

3. Mauritius

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If you are trying to avoid the hustle and bustle of Lunar festivities, an idyllic tropical retreat might just do it. Aside from the already popular Bali and Phuket, which could also already be crowded, visit the beautiful island nation of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius. Many claimed that Mauritius is “heaven on Earth” and if you have seen pictures of the place, it is not hard to understand why!

With soft fine sands and crystal clear emerald waters, the aesthetically-beautiful island is highly raved by tourists to be as gorgeous in real life as what people have mentioned it to be. The distance also creates an added something extra to those who intend to escape the typical festivities.

Wander at the island of Île aux Cerf, sunbathe to the perfect beach tan or opt for a horseback ride up Le Morne Mountain at Mauritius.

4. Cebu

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Home to more than 90 waterfalls, you may wonder how this Philippines island could fit all these natural beauties on top of white sandy beaches and world-renowned diving spots.

If you’re not sure which waterfalls to visit, how about visiting three at once? Situated at the mountains of Barangay Matutinao, Badian, Kawasan Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Philippines and one of the reasons is also likely because you get three majestic waterfalls instead of just one! Located 130 kilometres away from Cebu City, this makes the attraction ideal especially for those who’d like to go on a short retreat away from the crowds.

5. Kathmandu

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More known for its own Everest peaks, this capital and largest city of Nepal is often overshadowed for the more popular beauties. That said, it makes Kathmandu an even better choice to avoid any festive or seasonal crowds. The views that it offers should also not be considered secondary with its magnificent cultural and religious monuments beautifully decorating the city.

Serving delicious Nepali cuisines and pretty Durbar Squares, visit Kathmandu for a unique Nepali retreat away from the typical crowds.

6. Okinawa

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An untouched beauty with diverse wildlife and tranquil nature, Okinawa guarantees you a great holiday! Although colder during this time of the year rendering water sports unavailable, its wide array of land-based activities and beauty will be enough to captivate any traveller. You can opt to see whales, go for a kayaking trip at its mangrove river or wonder at the beautiful Shuri Castle in Naha! Now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the latter used to be where the Ryukyuan King resided. Since the cold might deter some, it makes Okinawa ideal for a festive getaway.

An additional plus point, Nakijin Castle’s Higan cherries are said to be in full bloom throughout mid-January and early February, making it a better travel destination to escape to for the Lunar New Year

Need more ideas on where to go to avoid festive crowds? Drop our team a message for your hassle free, peaceful and memorable vacation!

 

 

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