Unconventional Asian Destinations For Your Christmas Holiday

Shake things up this Christmas and celebrate by jetting off to a new city in Asia

You get the thrill of experiencing new things, the fam gets to chill in a less crowded location during the holidays, and there are plenty of Maya promos to help get you started.

For example, you can book your tickets online with your favorite airline and pay with Maya to get 50% cashback (maximum of P200) from October 30-31, 2018. You can also get a FREE night’s stay at your Zen Room accommodation of choice when you book more than 2 nights,  pay with Maya, and use the code 2PLUS1 upon checkout!

Here are some ideas for your next holiday vacation:

Langkawi Archipelago, Malaysia

Room rates start at P694.5 / night

Malaysia can give countries like the US and the Philippines a run for their money when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Expect fireworks, lavish dinners at each of the major hotels and resorts, and a general excess of decor.

Langkawi shares in the rest of the country’s love of Christmas, but the decorations won’t be the best part of your visit.

The island’s natural topography allows for a host of outdoor activities like the mangrove safari tour, jet ski tours, salt water jacuzzi baths and snorkeling with the turtles.

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you’re feeling lazy, you can always book an aerial tour of the island via SkyCab, take a stroll down their famous 125-meter Sky Bridge, or relax on one of the island’s many fine sand beaches!

Bangkok, Thailand

Room rates start at P426.12 / night

Christmas calls for shopping and food trips, so Bangkok is definitely one of the best places to be at that time of year! Thailand doesn’t officially celebrate Christmas, but the so-called “Venice of the East” is a big enough shopping capital that CentralWorld and other malls around the city will deck themselves out in lights anyway.

Photo by Dave Stamboulis

The city isn’t the usual holiday destination for tourists (less crowds!), has one of the best street food scenes in Asia, and the Philippine Peso to Thai Baht conversion rate is pretty good right now. Be sure to swing by the floating market or the annual Sansiri Winter Market for the best deals!

Photo courtesy of Sansiri

Bali, Indonesia

Room rates start at P570.55 / night

Bali is the place to be if you don’t want the usual gifts-and-lights Christmas experience.

This is one city where there’s sure to be something everybody will enjoy. Mom and Dad will love relaxing at a luxury seaside villa and shopping at the Sukawati Art Market.

Photo courtesy of @UpsideDownWorldIndonesia on Facebook

Ate and kuya can happily fill their ‘Gram feed at the themed cafes and Upside Down World Bali.

Photo courtesy of @BaliSafari on Facebook

The kids will love seeing the wild rhinos and zebras at the Bali Safari Marine Park, and everyone’s sure to get a kick out of the White Water Rafting Tour!

Here’s to trying something new this Christmas. Happy travels!

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