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25 cheap destinations in 2020 with great weather in December

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Phuket Beach ChairsThe final month of the year marks the time when people in northern climates start looking around for an escape to the sun. Fortunately, there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well, once you get there. The best places to visit in December are of course close to the equator or even below it.

Most of the destinations below are in Latin America and Southeast Asia, so depending on where you are starting from it might be a rather long flight to get there. Many of us can take two weeks or even more around this time of year, but that fact means that all of these places do get crowded and raise hotel prices for the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. Speaking of that, we have a separate list of cheap and warm places to go over Christmas and New Year’s, only listing beach areas around the world with affordable hotels during that period.

It’s best to book as far in advance as possible for both your flights and hotels, since so many people have the same idea and prices generally just keep going up as it gets closer.

This article was updated in August, 2020.

Contents

Important December 2020 Holidays

  • December 2 and 3 – National Day Holiday in United Arab Emirates (major public holiday)
  • December 6 – St. Nicholas’ Eve and Day (major public holiday in many European countries)
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (public holiday in many Catholic countries)
  • December 10 – Constitution Day in Thailand (major public holiday with celebrations)
  • December 24, 25 – Christmas Eve and Day (major public holiday)
  • December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day and Boxing Day (major public holidays in many countries)
  • December 31 – New Year’s Eve (major public holiday, celebrations)

COVID-19 situation

As of the August, 2020 edit of this article, the COVID-19 situation is pretty bad through most of the world. Many travel destinations on the list below are closed to those from outside of the regions, but quite a few are now getting ready to accept visitors. Needless to say, you’ll want to check the most current information for any destination before you book.

Where to go during COVID19?

Those looking for a winter getaway from the United States or Canada will be happy to know that they’ve got many great options for sunshine trips during the pandemic, including many of the destinations on the list below.

>>>Best places to go during COVID19 for Americans and Canadians (updated at least weekly)

The Americas

A few parts of Latin America are still rainy in December, but most of it is clear and enjoying the best climate of the year. Every single city on this list and in these regions will get more crowded and expensive just before Christmas, so visit earlier if you are looking for bargains.

The Caribbean

Negril JamaicaJust as with Cancun mentioned below, the rest of the Caribbean has excellent weather yet very moderate prices, until just before Christmas. On the Friday before Christmas the region fills up and stays packed (at high prices) until mid January, but for those first 3 weeks you can get great deals, especially on Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

If you are mainly looking to just relax on a warm beach then your best bet is an all-inclusive resort. Prices at some beachfront 3-star hotels start at just over US$100 per night for two people, with food and drink included. Of course the better ones cost more, but not as much as you might expect if you know where to look.


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Cancun, Mexico

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

Constitution Day in ThailandWhile Cancun has become the king of the Mexican beach resort towns in the few decades since it was formed, it’s only one of many, and all of them on both coasts have very nice weather in December. In fact, Cancun is probably the most expensive of them, so especially if you are coming from the west coast you are better off in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, or Los Cabos instead.

Once again, it’s worth noting that the first half of December will be cheaper and far less crowded than the time around Christmas, so if it’s possible you should come early for best value. Still, compared to, say, Miami Beach, Cancun and the other Mexican resort towns are far cheaper and at least as fun as well. By the way, Cancun is mainly just a strip of high-rise hotels along a lovely beach, while Playa del Carmen (about an hour south) is a real tourist-friendly town with smaller hotels as well as hundreds of restaurants and shops to choose from.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people

>>>Cancun prices and travel tips
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • December avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • December avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

JamaicaAs December begins in the Caribbean, the hurricane season is officially over and the weather is pretty much perfect by any standard. Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most popular resort areas, especially for those who aren’t particularly interested in absorbing the local culture. This is a resort area with wonderful beaches and not much history.

Unsurprisingly, the end of December is the beginning of the peak season for resort prices, so those who are able to come earlier in the month will be getting better deals. Still, the all-inclusive resorts are locked in heavy competition all year so this area can be a great deal compared to the alternatives, even in high season. If you are looking for where to go in December for an all-inclusive beach holiday, this is your best option for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

>>>Check current Punta Cana resort and package deals

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • December avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • December avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • December avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

KingAs with other Caribbean resort destinations, the weather in Montego Bay is perfect in December, and the first half of the month is still cheap for flights and resort prices. The weekend before Christmas is when peak season here starts, and if you book early enough you can still get a good deal then, but don’t expect many last-minute bargains during that period.

Montego Bay’s busy airport has cheap flights from most major hubs including many in Europe, so it’s one of the easier places to reach as well. If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes from the same airport and each has a different feel.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$206 per night for two people

>>>Check current Montego Bay resort and package deals

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • December avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • December avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • December avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Latin AmericaThe destinations above are good choices for anyone in Europe or the eastern half of the US or Canada, but those in the western US and Canada should consider Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike many other tropical resort destinations, Puerto Vallarta is a real town with history and an interesting downtown area right on the beach.

The December weather is pretty much perfect and dry, and airfares and hotel rates are very reasonable up until Christmas itself. If you are in California you might also consider Los Cabos, although Puerto Vallarta is more interesting and usually cheaper as well. This is definitely one of the best places to go in December if you are anywhere near the Pacific Ocean.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

>>>Puerto Vallarta prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Puerto Vallarta resort and package deals

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • December avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • December avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

Los CabosCosta Rica is known as the adventure travel capital of Central America, partly because a third of the country is national parks. But Costa Rica is also famous for beaches, and the best ones are mainly clusted along the northern Pacific coast in the Guanacaste region. The nearby Liberia Airport provides a convenient way to get in and out quickly.

Tamarindo and Smara are two of the most popular beach areas, but there are other good choices in the area as well. This part of Costa Rica is known for large chain resorts on the beach, and the 4-star resorts can be pricey, while the more traditional 3-star hotels are still very reasonable. Costa Rica is obviously one of the hot countries in December in both temperature and popularity, so book early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$170 per night for two people

>>>Guanacaste prices and travel tips
>>>Check current San Jose hotel and package deals

Mexico City, Mexico

  • December avg high: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • December avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Miami BeachSurprising to some people, December can actually be a bit cool in Mexico City, especially at night. Its elevation keeps it mild all year, but at least the rainy season is totally over by December, so it’s an ideal month for a cheap cultural holiday, perhaps combined with a trip to one of Mexico’s many beach resorts. You can get cheap flights between Mexico City and Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, for example.

As Christmas approaches the city will fill up much more, so if you can go early in the month you’ll be much better off. But even if you can’t go before the last week of the month you’ll still find Mexico City to be a tremendous bargain compared to pretty much anywhere else in North America. It’s a great shopping destination, and not just for goofy souvenirs, so that’s something to think about as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

>>>Mexico City prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Mexico City hotel and package deals

Cartagena, Colombia

  • December avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • December avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Puerto VallartaBy early December the rainy season is pretty much over in Cartagena, and it cools down just a bit more as well, so the weather really doesn’t get any better than this. As with most others on this list, right around Christmas you’ll find that hotels get more expensive and are more crowded, so if you can go earlier in the month you’ll be paying less and dealing with fewer crowds.

Cartagena is becoming a very popular winter beach destination for people from North America, and it’s still a fantastic bargain compared to better known places, but it might not stay that way forever. As Colombia gets more popular (and as long as it stays safe) then prices should keep going up at these resort towns.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$105 per night for two people

>>>Cartagena prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Cartagena hotel and package deals

Lima, Peru

  • December avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • December avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • December avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

St. NicholasWhile December is quite busy in Lima, as a very popular summer beach destination for South Americans, it’s also still very reasonably priced so it’s worth considering if you are exploring the continent. The beaches aren’t spectacular as they are in Brazil and elsewhere, but Lima is still a great summer city with great outdoor life this time of year.

The food, including its famous ceviche dishes, is a particular highlight here, and the tourist district of Miraflores is packed with interesting and cheap restaurants. Basic and cheap hotels are in the same neighborhood, so it’s a better alternative to the historic center of Lima for most people. By the way, the rainy season in Cusco starts in December, so the trails can sometimes be cut off, although many people go anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

>>>Lima prices and travel tips
>>>Check prices on Peru hotels and resorts

Santiago, Chile

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • December avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

ThailandThe weather during December is Santiago is pretty much perfect, with warm days and nights cool enough so that anyone can sleep without needing air conditioning. This is obviously part of high season in Santiago, although the first half of the month won’t be as crowded or expensive as the second half.

It’s true that Santiago is not considered a top-flight destination by everyone, but it’s a fantastic base for a trip involving several stops in Chile, especially this time of year. There’s the Colonial town of Valparaiso and many adventure towns in the mountains, so you can get a bit of everything in at very reasonable prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$67 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

>>>Santiago prices and travel tips
>>>Check prices on Chile hotels and resorts

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • December avg precip: 4.1″/10.3cm

travel destinationsUnlike most cities on South America’s west coast, Buenos Aires has fairly consistent rainfall all year long, and you might see a bit of the wet stuff even during December. Still, the temperatures should be ideal for being outdoors, and this is really mostly an indoor city anyway, so when it does rain you’ll be able to pop into a shop or museum or cafe and have a great time.

Hotel prices definitely go up in around Christmas so it’s best to come early in the month if that’s possible, but it’s still a pretty good bargain even during the peak weeks. Book early if you can because the better and cheaper hotels will fill up first, of course. Also consider a side trip to the Mendoza wine region, Patagonia, or the amazing water falls of Iguazu.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

>>>Buenos Aires prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Buenos Aires hotel and package deals

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • December avg precip: 5.1″/12.8cm

West CoastDecember is yet another fantastic month for weather in Brazil, although you can expect some short tropical rain storms a couple times each week, usually only an hour or so each time. It’s also getting warm enough that you are going to want a hotel with air conditioning to get to sleep at night, since it’ll be warm and muggy even in the wee hours.

As with most on this list, hotels get very full and more expensive just before the Christmas holidays, so it’s better to come early in the month if possible. That way you’ll have your pick of places at some surprisingly good room rates, even at some high-end places on the famous beaches. If you are coming during Christmas then book a hotel NOW because they’ll be full and will keep getting more expensive the longer you wait.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

>>>Rio de Janeiro prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Rio de Janeiro hotel and package deals

Europe

From December through February there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather,” except for the Canary Islands, which is listed below. So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotels, recommended cheap Rome hotels, recommended cheap Prague hotels, and recommended cheap Berlin hotels.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • December avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

AcapulcoDecember might be the only month of the year in the Canary Islands where very few people would consider sunbathing. Still, compared to everywhere else in Europe, Tenerife is balmy. The largest and most English-speaking of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is no mystery to the hundreds of thousands of northern Europeans who spend a month or more here every year.

Even if you can’t sunbathe, the weather is still reliably pleasant all the time, with almost no rain. Weekly and monthly apartment rentals here are very popular, but there are plenty of hotels and hundreds of restaurants for those coming for shorter periods. If you want to be with the most English speakers you’ll want to focus on the southwest area of the island around Los Cristianos and Playa de la America.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

>>>Tenerife prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Tenerife hotel deals

Africa

December is ideal in much of Africa, though Morocco might be a bit too cool by this time. The list below is quite incomplete due to how few cities we cover in the region.

Cairo, Egypt

  • December avg high: 68°F/20°C
  • December avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • December avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

AmericasIn spite of its image of being blazing hot all the time, December in Cairo can actually be on the cool side, at least in the evenings. This is great though because almost all the important sights are outdoors and requite a lot of walking between them. For 9 months of the year it can get very hot doing that, so these few cooler months are ideal for visiting the famous sights.

Fortunately, it rarely rains at all in Cairo, so even though December is one of the wetter months, that means nothing and you are unlikely to see even a drop of rain. Hotel prices do reach their peak in Cairo starting late in December, so it’s best to go early in the month if possible. Egypt is definitely one of the cheapest places to travel in December, and the weather is surprisingly nice as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people

>>>Cairo prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Cairo hotel deals

Cape Town, South Africa

  • December avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • December avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • December avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

Boxing DayCape Town obviously has its summer beginning in December, so temperatures should feel nice to anyone coming from a winter climate. It’s about as far from the equator as Los Angeles is, and it has a similar climate in reverse, meaning that it rarely gets too hot or cold, at least near the coast.

This is a fairly cheap city compared to Europe or North America, so at least bargains are not hard to find on the ground once you get there. The flights are of course long and usually a bit expensive, so the whole trip will add up for sure. Hotels will be cheaper in early December than during Christmas week, of course.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

>>>Cape Town prices and travel tips
>>>Check South Africa tour prices and travel tips

Asia

December is an ideal month in most of Southeast Asia, except for much of the coast of Vietnam, which gets rain this month. Crowds, of course, get big just before Christmas, and hotel prices go up accordingly. It’s too cold in China, Korea, and Japan to make this list.

For a longer list see our best December destinations in Asia choices, which includes some of these but quite a few more.

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • December average high: 82°F/28°C
  • December average low: 75°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 7.1″/17.8cm

caribbeanThe traditional rainy season winds down in early December in Boracay, but even early in the month you are only likely to get a few quick showers each week. Typical of the Tropics, the rain often hits in the afternoon, and is over 30 minutes later, leaving behind yet another amazing sunset as the clouds slowly disappear.

If you are looking for something far less developed than Phuket or any other Thai island, Boracay might be for you. This gorgeous strip of sand is a bit out of the way, but partly because of that it still feels only partly discovered. You’ll spend your days relaxing along White Beach or walking up and down the sandy paths that serve as the only real form of transport for most people. Many visitors come every year, and quite a few of those never seem to leave.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people

>>>Boracay prices and travel tips
>>>Check Boracay resort deals

Bangkok, Thailand

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Constitution Day in ThailandThe driest and coolest month of the year, Bangkok is ideal during December, or at least as ideal as it’s ever going to get. It’s very hot and quite humid almost every day of the year, but the humidity backs off just a bit during winter, and that will be much appreciated for anyone spending more than an hour or two outside.

There’s a massive range of quality and prices when it comes to hotels in Bangkok, and the city is enormous as well, so you really want to do your research for this place. Most people are happier paying a bit more to stay near the river and all the tourist attractions, or even in the infamous Khosan Road backpacker district, which is cheap and fun, if tacky.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

>>>Bangkok prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Bangkok hotel deals

Goa, India

  • December avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

JamaicaIf you are looking for a cheap, beautiful, and relaxing beach destination during December then Goa is ideal. This has become hugely popular with package tourists from Europe and Israel (and more recently Russia), and the facts that pretty much everyone speaks English and there aren’t many cultural opportunities means that it’s a perfect place to just vegetate in a beach chair for a week or two.

Not surprisingly, the weeks around Christmas and New Years are literally the busiest of the year in Goa, so either book a hotel way in advance or be flexible once you arrive. Some towns, like Calungute, are lined with package hotels that fill up completely, but other towns, like Anjuna and Vagator, are usually booked in person or by email, so you can often find a place just walking around. If you are in the mood to tour around, Mumbai has great weather during December, and Delhi has warm days but cool evenings this time of year. Goa has some of the best beaches in December in all of Asia, so give this one a serious look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$71 per night for two people

>>>Goa prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Goa hotel deals

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • December avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • December avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

KingUnlike Bangkok, which has warm evenings and blazing hot days pretty much all year, Chiang Mai cools off nicely during December, at least in th evenings. This is an outdoor city with an emphasis on hiking and exploring temples so the cooler temperatures will be welcome for most people. It’s still hot most days, and quite dry as well, so it balances nicely.

Hotels in Chiang Mai are among the world’s greatest travel bargains, with decent private rooms available for under US$10 per night in the city center. Pay more and you get a lot more, so it’s fun to feel like a big shot in a US$20 room that is almost like a suite. It gets crowded around Christmas so prepare for that and book early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$55 per night for two people

>>>Chiang Mai prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Chiang Mai hotel deals

Luang Prabang, Laos

  • December avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • December avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • December avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

Latin AmericaIt’s not the most famous city in Southeast Asia, but Luang Prabang is incredibly popular among those who’ve visited, and fortunately the weather during December is pretty much perfect. There’s no rain to worry about and it even cools off enough in the evenings to where you won’t need an air conditioner and morning hikes will be very comfortable.

Hotel prices definitely jump up around Christmas, so this is yet another place where you should come in the first half of the month if possible. Most people visit along with a trip to Bangkok and Siem Reap, but other cities in Laos are worth a stop as well, especially Vang Vieng (if you are a backpacker type) and Vientiane.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

>>>Luang Prabang prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Luang Prabang hotel deals

Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • December avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Los CabosThere is a key reason why December is the best month of the year to visit Siem Reap. More than any non-beach city on this list, Siem Reap is an outdoor town due to the main attraction being the glorious Angkor Wat temples just to its north (and the whole reason you are coming to Siem Reap in the first place).

Those temples are all outdoor for the most part, so cooler and dryer conditions mean you can spend more time touring the temples and still being comfortable. Almost any other month of the year and you’ll be better off going back to your hotel for a few hours in the afternoon, but in December you can carry on all day if you like. The town of Siem Reap is a delight in itself, but of course it fills up near Christmas.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people

>>>Siem Reap prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Siem Reap hotel deals

Phuket, Thailand

  • December avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • December avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Miami BeachPhuket is incredibly popular among Europeans in December, especially the final week, of course, so it’s critical to book early to get a good price at a beachfront hotel if that’s your mission. It’s also important to mention that Phuket is an island with more than a dozen different beach towns, each with its own personality and price range. Some are raucous and down-market while others are quiet and very expensive.

The prices given here are on the low side, especially during the winter season, so you are going to pay more unless you are willing to stay in one of the simple hotels in Phuket Town. It’s not a beach resort, but it’s a fun place itself, cheaper than the beaches, and allows an easy way to cheaply visit multiple beaches during a visit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people

>>>Phuket prices and travel tips
>>>Check Phuket hotel and resort promotions

Hanoi, Vietnam

  • December avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Puerto VallartaIt’s actually a bit chilly in Hanoi in December, but generally very dry and exceedingly pleasant around the clock, so it’s a very good time to visit. Nearly everyone who visits Hanoi will be doing it as part of a larger tour of Vietnam or other countries in Southeast Asia, and this is one of the cooler cities this time of year, therefore a nice balance to some of the places that are still quite hot.

Hanoi is actually the cheapest tourist city in the world according to our Backpacker Index, and that’s partly due to beer and museums being incredibly cheap. In reality, you’ll want to spend more money than the minimum because everything is great value.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$28 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

>>>Hanoi prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Hanoi hotel deals

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • December avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • December avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • December avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

St. NicholasDecember is the coolest month of the year in Saigon (as it’s locally known) and the rainy season is pretty much over by November, so this is an ideal time to come as part of a tour of Southeast Asia. It’s normally blazing hot and humid here, so the moderate temperatures will be a bonus even if you have nothing to compare it to.

HCMC is not quite as cheap as Hanoi, and it’s not as nice to look at either, but it’s definitely worth a visit for a combination of history and culture. This is a huge and sprawling city so it’s important to choose the location of your hotel carefully. During Christmas things do fill up and prices go up as well, so book early if possible.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

>>>Ho Chi Minh City prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Ho Chi Minh City hotel deals

Middle East

December is cool and even a bit rainy in most of the Middle East. An exception is Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which both have perfect sunny weather.

Dubai, UAE

  • December avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • December avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • December avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

ThailandDecember and January are the busiest two months in Dubai, primarily because it’s one of the closest places to Europe that actually has warm weather this time of year and is also safe. Even though the UAE is a Muslim country, the Christmas weeks are the most expensive here because most visitors are from Europe anyway.

The December weather is actually warm enough to sit on the beach, but most people who come to Dubai tend to just relax and do a lot of shopping at one of the enormous and modern malls here. The restaurant scene is very interesting as well, and you can eat cheaply if you follow the local workers, or go to one of the hotel restaurants and get world-class cuisine.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

>>>Dubai prices and travel tips
>>>Check current Dubai hotel deals

Oceania

Auckland, New Zealand

  • December average high: 71°F/22°C
  • December average low: 57°F/14°C
  • December avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

travel destinationsAuckland is where most international flights to New Zealand land, but most people get their fill of the crowded city within a day or two. The real magic of New Zealand is in the scenery and smaller towns. December is the beginning of summer in New Zealand so temperatures should rise as the month goes on. If you’ve got at least a week and hopefully more, New Zealand is best discovered by doing a tour. You can rent a campervan/RV in Auckland and drive around to see the best sights on the North Island, and then take a ferry to the South Island to see even better scenery.

You can also rent a car and drive to the same places where you can stay in cabins in holiday parks/campgrounds, and small hotels and guest houses are reasonably priced as well. But renting a campervan is the classic way to see New Zealand and it can be surprisingly cheap since you’ll only be paying a small fee to park for the night in the abundant campgrounds. You’ll also be cooking many of your own meals, which is helpful because New Zealand doesn’t have many cheap restaurants or take out joints outside of the bigger cities. Queenstown on the South Island is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand and not to be missed. Rotorua on the North Island is also very much worth a stop.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Guide – Caribbean Best Island Destination

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ATTRACTIONS

Old Hegg ,Turtle Sanctuary, Tobago Cay Mount Royal, La Soufrière, Fort Charlotte, Falls of Baleine, Botanic Gardens St. Vincent, Wallilabou Heritage Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Montreal Gardens.

Turtle Sanctuary

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Orton “Brother” King found the sea turtle hatchery back in 1995, and he since then laid his life to cautiously transfer Hawksbill turtle hatchlings into the nearby waters.

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located on Park Bay, a little further to the plus a fountain of educational experience. To feed your eyes with the irresistible sight of green turtles in the wild, one of the best places to visit is the Tobago Cays.

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Tobago Cays is Known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. Marine Park comprises five picture-perfect, uninhabited islands surrounded by a clear lagoon.

Here, you’ll come across sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, scattered mangroves, and well-structured coral reef in St. Vincent. Cool off by enjoying a swim with the resident turtles, snorkel around the long Horseshoe Reef, or simply relax on a magnificent white-sand beach.

Botanic Gardens St. Vincent

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This Garden was established around 1765 by General Robert Melville , and it claims to be the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

With an informative guide by your side, you will receive enlightenment on native and exotic plants growing here, including a breadfruit tree coming from Captain Bligh brought to St. Vincent in 1793.

In the aviary, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the famous and colorful St. Vincent parrot—the island’s national bird.

GETTING THERE

For those who would like to spend their vacation in one place, there are several airlines that offer relatively easy access to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Chances are, you will have to take a connecting flight. However, American Airlines offers some of the most flight options to this stunning archipelago, or at least a connecting flight with a local partner airline, like LIAT.

If you’d rather spend your vacation letting someone else handle the traveling, then why not board a cruise to St. Vincent and the Grenadines? While there are a limited selection of cruises to St. Vincent, you are sure to enjoy the leisurely way of life as you dock at this stunning island chain.

GETTING AROUND

For those who like to move like the locals, there is a public bus system that will take you around the cities and along the major hotspots. If you’d rather move about on your own time, you can instead hail a taxi or hire a driver.

For those who aren’t afraid of driving on the “wrong” side of the road, you can rent a car. By renting a car, easily get to some of the more remote areas of the island, but because it is a British Commonwealth nation, be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.

WILDLIFE/NATURE

While the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are relatively small, the island cannot host some of the larger animal life that some other Caribbean islands may host. However, you’re likely to see some tropical reptiles, like iguanas and lizards.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a birders delight. With more than 150 species of birds found on the islands of the archipelago, chances are you will see a new bird everywhere you turn. Keep your eye on the sky and your camera ready, because who knows what you might see.

When you take to the waters around the islands, you’ll be delighted in the rich biodiversity in the waters. With tropical fish, various turtles, and dolphins and whales, there is always some friendly creature playing in the waves or darting underneath the boats.

NATIONAL HEROES/MUSEUMS

Joseph Chatoyer – (Unknown – 1795) this local Carib chief is known for leading a revolt against the British Empire at the start of British occupation. This act, while it ultimately failed, worked to show the natives of St. Vincent that they still had power and a voice. This revolt also inspired other native populations, under various European regimes, to stand up against the colonizers.

Bequia Maritime Museum – Being an archipelago nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a long, proud history of boat building and sailing. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular museums is the Maritime Museum. You can learn all about the maritime history of the islands, the rise and fall of the whaling industry, and learn about various boat building techniques used throughout history.

TOURISM UPDATES

Corona Virus Update as at August 31st, 2020

General Restrictions: SVG is welcoming travelers with mandatory quarantine of 14 days regardless of country of origin. 72 hours prior permission is required for operations to ensure all requirements are met. Airport operational hours are 1200Z-2200Z but can be extended to 0000Z (note, this extension is 500 Eastern Caribbean Dollars).

Travelers from High risk countries such as Brazil and USA will be screened differently than travelers from Low risk countries.

Passenger Restrictions: It is mandatory for all arriving passengers to be self-quarantined at their expense either at a private home, villa or hotel for 14 days and passport will be ceased for those said days. Quarantine cannot be done on private yacht.

Please be informed that authorization from the Ministry of Health is required for arrival of non-nationals and an approval cannot be granted for the flight until received.

  • All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and will be placed under a mandatory 24-hour self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving with a negative antibody test (where the test was done in the last five days) and test negative in the COVID-19 test taken on arrival, do not need to further quarantine
  • Persons who test positive for the COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, regardless of approved documentation, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, will not be tested for COVID-19, provided they have been in the CARICOM bubble for at least 14 days
  • Travelers whose country of origin is one in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or visit –www.health.gov.vc and submit the application to the following address: [email protected]
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel)
  • No COVID-19 laboratory test.

Non- CARICOM Bubble: Travelers from countries of origin not in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel) ,
  • PCR Testing on arrival
  • Court-Ordered, 24-hour quarantine (Await results in home or hotel).

Crew Restrictions: Overnight rest for crew may be granted based on their travelling distance. It is a case by case situation which would be determined by the MOH. Once they disembark at TVSA they must be self-quarantined at their expense also.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops with passengers are allowed with no disembarkation. Catering is unavailable.

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ECO-TOURISM

The biggest eco-tourism draw to St. Vincent and the Grenadines revolves around the marine life and wilderness. With some truly amazing aquatic species, ranging from tropical fish to turtles to dolphins to whales, you are sure to see some unique animals as you snorkel and dive among the reefs.

For those feeling truly adventurous, head out to some of the local shipwrecks that met their watery fate thanks to the powerful reefs. No matter where your marine adventures take you, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen!

For those who would rather stay on dry land, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have several mountains and large hills. Those looking to stretch their legs can push themselves and hike up the various mountains and look-outs for a stunning view of the islands of this beautiful nation. Some popular hikes are up Soufrière and into the crater, to the waterfalls of Baleine, and throughout Wallaibou Heritage Park.

DONATE

Life on the islands can be difficult, with cost of living being higher than many other countries. Luckily enough, there are organizations like Food for the Poor that work to make sure that everyone has food, personal hygiene items, medical supplies, and that students have school supplies. You can donate to help them make the lives of local Vincentians easier.

Another charity group that works hard to insure everybody has a bright future is The Mustique Charitable Trusts. This conglomeration works to provide children and young adults with educational opportunities to further their futures. The MCT also works to adapt the local communities to become more sustainable in this uncertain world of climate change.

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Things to Do in the Indochina Itinerary

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Indochia is the area of ancient culture, especially the culture of Buddhism. However, in addition, each country has its own distinct beauty. Visiting each city of the Indochina itinerary, you will have a unique experience. Please find out what is it in the following article.

Start the Indochina itinerary in Luang Prabang – Laos

Owning special cultural features, temples with the special architecture, and delicious food, Laos is a destination that many people choose for their journey of discovery. Luang Prabang welcomes you to Indochina itinerary. Its name means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”. It’s called the must-come place to visit in Laos that attracts millions of tourists per year. In Luang Prabang, there are so many things for you to explore, such as:

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Visit Royal Palace Museum, where you can see a range of interesting artifacts
Have an excursion on the Mekong River, where you can admire a peaceful and poetic scenery of the countryside
Visit Ban Xanghai village, where local rice wine is made.
Reach Pak Ou Caves – two famous caves in the limestone cliff, where you can see myriad Buddha images.
Admire magnificent Wat Xiengthong –  one of the most important pagodas of Lao and remains a significant monument to the spirit of royalty, religion, and traditional architecture.
Visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about the cultures of Laos’ ethnic group.
Stop at Wat Prabath – a peaceful place to admire the sunset, the last beauty of the day.
Visit Night Market, where you can see many types of handmade textiles and buy some souvenirs.

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Walk around the temporary morning market. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, fish, meat, chicken or vegetable.
Visit Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. It has dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun).
Take a rest at Kuang Si waterfalls, the most famous falls in Luang Prabang, about 29 kilometers (18 mi) south of city.
Visit the Bear Rescue Center, where dozens of animals are rescued from illegal traffickers and hunters.

The next destinations in Vietnam

Hanoi

After experience the beautiful nature and featured culture of Laos, let’s continue the Indochina Itinerary by visiting Hanoi – the 1000-years capital of Vietnam that own many relics such as Ho Guom, The Huc Bridge, Quan Su Pagoda, West Lake, 36 streets… It is not only famous for beautiful landscapes but also known by the famous dishes of Ha Thanh people. Coming here, don’t ignore:

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Visit The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which displays the stamp of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam.
Take a look at the Temple of Jade Mountain that is dedicated to the King Tran Hung Dao. It sits on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Enjoy the Water Puppet show – a traditional show of Vietnamese people in the theater.
Take a tour by Cyclo around the old quarter and experience the local life of Hanoi.

2. Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is a tourist destination you should go once in a lifetime. The beautiful landscape is created in a very natural way. In the Indochina itinerary, you can experience some interesting activities such as:

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Enjoy a sumptuous lunch on the boat while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands that are considered as the heaven on the Earth.
Discover Lờm Bò area – an outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature in Ha Long Bay.
Explore Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves here. In addition, don’t forget to climb up to see the breathtaking panoramic view of the Halong Bay from above.
Admire the sunset – the best moments of the day from LaFairy Sails.
Experience a memorable dinner on the deck under the light of thousands of stars in the middle of the Bay, savor delicious dishes. Then, you can join squid fishing.
Visit Titov Island and swimming in the emerald water. After that, hike up to the top of the island to take the panoramic view of Ha Long.

4. Hue

Thinking of Hue, people often think of the stunning palace, the ancient beauty of a royal age. They want to travel to Hue once to see the vivid evidence of the last feudal dynasty. Not only that, the relaxed gentle nature and slow life here also make many travelers love. Visiting Hue, you can:

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Take a leisurely boat trip along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda – a famous landmark of Vietnam.
Visit the tombs of Nguyen emperors in a valley to explore their unique architecture and understand more about the royal life.
Visiting Forbidden Purple City and Imperial Citadel that was created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty
Go to Dong Ba market to know about the life of local peoples here.
Visit Hue National School (‘’Quốc học Huế’’) – one of the oldest high school in Vietnam
Taste the diverse gastronomy in Hue with the cheap price such as “Bun Bo Hue”, “Banh Beo”, “Che Hue”

5. Hoi An

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Leaving Hue, Hoi An welcomes you in your  Indochina itinerary with river town, crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. This UNESCO-designated World Heritage site has many exciting things for you to explore.
Admire wonderful scenery on the way from Hue to Hoi An: Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach, Marble mountain.
Visit Japanese Covered bridge, an invaluable property and officially be the symbol of Hoi An.
Visit wonderful Fukian Hall, representing the Chinese architecture in the heart of Hoi An.
Walking around Hoi An town to feel the peaceful air of this city.
Enjoy local street food here such as the bread Hoi An, Banh Xeo…
Take a visit to Red Bridge Cooking School and join the cooking class of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes.

6. Ho Chi Minh City

Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Far East”, Ho Chi Minh City has long been a cultural, economic and political center of Vietnam. Traveling to Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City more than 300 years old, you can meet the high-rise buildings located close to the sanctuary, amusement park, crowded shopping center, but also lack ancient villas Glass, traditional markets that have existed for hundreds of years.

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Visit the Reunification Palace,  the famous historical witness which passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonials.
Visit the Central Post Office, one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It attracts tourists by its typical French colonial characteristics from interior to exterior decoration.
Take a look at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is considered the symbol of this exciting city.
Go to Ben Thanh Market: being a bustling market and a social center, Ben Thanh Market is a must-see sight of Ho Chi Minh City.

7. My Tho

Following, you will leave the hustle Saigon and be heading to My Tho, the closet delta town to Ho Chi Minh city. This city is located in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam, where the boat rides on the river are so popular with tourists.

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Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, the most beautiful and ancient pagoda in Mekong Delta.

visit fruit orchards  and enjoy fruits, take a scenic cruise, listen to the traditional music performance, “Cai Luong” by local people
Admire Thao Nguyen orchid flower gardens and have a great chance to while tasting tea – honey bees
Head to the fishing villages around Phoenix Island to find out how the Red Tilapia is fed
Stop at Ankhanh Canal & Mrs. Ut Phím’s house and taste the coconut candy – special products of Ben Tre province.

Discover Siem Reap in Cambodia

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. It is a popular resort town and a gateway to the Angkor region. Nowadays, this city becomes a popular tourist destination. You can easily find a large number of hotels, restaurants, resorts, and businesses here.

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Visit the largest as well as the complete temple of Angkor Wat. Visit the largest temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece covers an area of about 210 hectares and dating in the 12th century.
Come to the fortified city of Angkor Thom.
See Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle
Continue to Psar Chars or the  “Old Market”, one of the city’s lively open markets, where everything is for sale!
Visit Wat Bo, a large temple founded in the 18th century. This temple is respected by local people. The Wat Bo’s Vihear contains unique Reamker murals that are thought to date back to the late 19th century.
Visit biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonlé Sap, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the river.
Take a local boat and visit the charming village of Chong Khneas located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.

Your Indochina itinerary is coming to the end. During the journey, do not forget to take photos and buy specialties, souvenirs to commemorate this memorable trip.

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What are the Best Cambodia and Laos Itinerary?

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If you want to look for the strange feeling, Cambodia and Laos have the best islands to satisfy the explorer in you. Laos is one of the few destinations where, in some areas, visitors are yet to deviate from a few well-trodden sights. Actually, Cambodia is less developed than the neighboring Thailand country by the floods and poor roads make travel challenging, but cheap frequent bus services, a good domestic airline and easygoing locals make traveling here an adventure – and easier than you might think. If you are looking for an active journey exploring Cambodia and Laos itinerary, have just spent over one week to visit almost the destinations in two countries.

On the first day in Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is known as the best traditional city in Southeast Asia, which is the charming town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights. Thus it is one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Continuously, you come to the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. Then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. If you have a lot of time, let’s take a tour to the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture.

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You will have a lot of experience if taking a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives you a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. For distance, Pak Ou Caves is created by two linked caves are famous for the thousands of gold lacquered Buddha. It is accumulated from the various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. End route, you stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city you take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. You also have time to visit Ban Xang Khong, Ban Xieng Lek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa Papermaking

In the evening, you can explore the Night Market, where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and lovers like the handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

On the second day in Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

You will come to the rituals of saffron-clad monks which offers Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. The Buddhist nation still preserving the procession is the traditional unique of Laos. From there, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables, and hill-tribe weavings. Maybe you know to Laos as the traditional handicrafts which appear on many local villages of the ethnic minority groups such as Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. You will be picked up to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can walk along the forest paths. In addition, another weaving village in there is Ban Phanom which you can visit before returning to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

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On the third day in Vientiane

That’s not too bad when you realize that the two are some 8000+ miles apart and there are no direct flights. You could have just got another flight from Sukhumvit to Vientiane, but the overnight train was cheaper and much more of an adventure.
Despite being a capital city, Vientiane is not full of high-rise or ghastly office blocks. You will admire the smaller temples scattered through, and there were plenty of cute little restaurants to choose from. You are still glad you visited and in hindsight, you probably would have liked at least one more night there.

On the fourth day in Vientiane-Pakse

After you take an early flight to Pakse, you will transfer to Champassak. This destination will bring for you the ruins of Wat Phu, the pre-Angkorian temple. Especially, it is one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. On this day, you have a plan to discover these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Maybe you don’t know, Wat Phu is voted as one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001. You will admire the ancient landscapes with archeological site of Khmer civilization in the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Coming here, you have an opportunity to come to Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. Continuously, you head towards peaceful Khong Island, the largest in the magical 4000 islands region.

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The Bolaven Plateau is known as the temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Coming here, you will be offered by the attractive foods and drink like the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas. You will gain the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region from this trip. After that, you come to Tad Lo waterfall. Then you visit the several villages of local hosts such as Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups and return to Pakse by late evening.

On the fifth day and sixth day in Siem Reap

For those looking for unmatched glamour and real beauty, traveling to Siem Reap is an excellent suggestion. Situated in northwestern Cambodia, the city has become a famous tourist destination for centuries, thanks to its French cultural influences, historical and religious sites, as well as rich and multi-faceted local culture. Siem Reap warmly welcomes visitors with a range of magnificent temples. Besides, they have a chance to bring back home the city’s handcrafted jewelry and décor. To make the most out of your trip, read our guide on navigating the best attractions in this Southeast Asian city below.

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The Roluos Group of temples: If you wish to deeply discover the temple complex in Siem Reap, then make sure to immerse yourself into the 3 Roluos Group temples, called Lo Lei, Preah Ko, and Bakong. These promise to give insights into some of the earliest temple structures of Angkor.
Angkor Thom and its surrounding features: The Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, and Terrace of the Leper King
Angkor Wat: As the biggest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat should be always added to your bucket list. The complex was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage in 1992. It is not only the country’s major magnet but also appears in the Cambodian national flag and even becomes the pride of the locals. The temple of Ta Prohm: Spend time arriving in such jungle paradise to take many imposing pictures. You can feel that you are getting lost in the land of mystery.

On the seventh day in Phnom Penh

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh impresses travelers by its location, which is settled at the confluence of 3 major rivers, namely Mekong River, Tonle Sap, and the Bassac. For that reason, getting the spectacular view is the first gift you receive after coming there. The sightseeing around this populous city does interest any newcomer with lots of attractive sites, such as The King Fields, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Wat Phnom, Koh Dach Island, etc. The following are what you should consider while in Phnom Penh.

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The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Feast your eyes on the incredible architecture of the palace which is the combination of Khmer and European styles. And attached to its background is the presence of The Silver Pagoda that wins an award for about 5,000 silver tiles.
The Royal University of Fine Arts: Established in 1979, this is considered a non-profit public higher education institution. Visiting the university brings you an opportunity to marvel at its prominent architecture and have friendly conversations with students around.
The Russian Market: Roam around the market to mingle with the lifestyle of the locals, along with picking up the lovely souvenirs for your beloved.
The Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Field of Choeung Ek: A trip to Tuol Sleng is indeed the emotionally unforgettable experience. It was a high school prior to 1975. The Khmer Rouge then came and converted it into the Security Prison 21 (or S-21), where numerous prisoners were periodically imprisoned and tortured before being executed at the Killing Field of Choeung Ek.

On the eighth day in Tonle Sap Lake

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Finally, you shouldn’t miss Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia as you will enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the region’s floating villages. Thus, you approach a glimpse of the local lifestyles on here. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Towards the end of the day, you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake, which is Cambodia’s largest. Chong Khneas is the name of the famous floating village at the edge of the lake. It situates in the Southern part of Siem Reap town about 15 Kilometers and takes only 30 minutes by vehicles to the boat dock where there are always boats waiting for visitors. You need two hours to take the boat trip through the floating village. Participating in the Cambodia and Laos itinerary, you can explore the different culture of Khmer, Muslim, and Vietnamese in the floating households and floating markets and something.

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