Calling out to all travellers who are looking for last-minute getaways this coming Chinese New Year – what better time of the year to re-tune the usual routine and immerse yourself in another culture! Skyscanner has released the 10 most-searched destinations from Singapore for the Lunar New Year period, together with the greatest percentage savings for your flight tickets* aka cheapest flights. The top three destinations offering the best savings within this five-week window include:
1. Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia
Celebrate with the Chinese community in KL to check out the intricately decorated Thean Hou temple. Decorated with tanglungs (lanterns), the lavishly decorated temple is located about 8km outside of the city. Satisfy your inner shopaholic at the open-air markets all over the city, featuring auspicious goods and new year supplies like flowers, poetic couplets, clothing and even fireworks (to add more sparkle to your experience).
2. Seoul, South Korea
Seollal – Korea’s Lunar New Year – is all about celebrating a happy afterlife for ancestors and one’s own longevity. Put on your hanbok in Seoul and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace and adjoining National Folk Museum of Korea to enjoy the folk music, arts and crafts workshops and samples of Seollal specialties.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Awaken your senses as Bangkok comes alive with the largest Chinatown in the world after China. On Yaowarat Road, dragon parades, drummers and lion dance performances dance down streets lined with streets stalls selling lantern decorations and Chinese food. If you’re lucky, you might catch the Thai princess herself as she visits the major temples like the Wat Arun and the Mang Nguan Ha Shrine, in front of the Princess Mother Park.
Below is the full list of top 10 destinations, ordered according to greatest % savings*:
* % savings are calculated based on average booking prices during Chinese New Year in 2015.
Have fun and travel safe!