Explore new destinations in 2018

List of places to kick start your new year

3, Dec 2018 | nepaltraveller.com

Welcome 2018 by travelling and exploring a new destination. Hurry up and book your tickets because when it comes to these places, the more you delay the more you regret.

Welcome 2018 by travelling and exploring new destinations. We have carefully picked out five beautiful destinations for you to visit in the upcoming year. 


Cambodia is a destination that provides an interesting fusion of urban lifestyle and ancient history. You can start your new years by exploring the magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat. As one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, this legendary city consists of thousands of beautiful temples, relaxing spas, beautiful resorts and a huge night market. Likewise, you can visit Phnom Penh, the nation's capital, and get a taste of the French Colonial architecture and roam the historic sites. Stroll through the scenic riverside esplanades, visit the Buddhist palaces and artefacts and enjoy the authentic southeast Asian culture and cuisine. If you wish for a relaxing holiday, spend your day on the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville and also visit the Otres Market and Ream National park.


A mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity, Vietnam is a country with dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, epic food and exciting energy. This fascinating country is one of the best destinations to begin your new years. Take an overnight tour to see Halong Bay's iconic views and visit the Hang Sung Sot, a cave with three mammoth caverns. While you are there don’t forget to try the mouth watering street food and get hypnotized by its subtle yet delicious flavours. If you are a thrill seeker you can go motorbiking in the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam or kitesurfing in the tropical oceanic waters of Mui Nei and hiking around the hills of Bac Ha or Sapa. When you are done with that, you can relax in outstanding spas that Vietnam offers.


Another way to start your New Year is by visiting the world’s largest island country, Indonesia. With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a place of diverse culture, stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches. Explore Kuta Beach, one of the most famous beaches of Indonesia and go surfing. If you want a cultural experience then visit Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a 9th century sculpted figure of Buddha. In the breathtaking backdrop of the hills covered in rice fields, the sight is beautiful to behold. Similarly, don’t forget to taste the traditional Padang food, a popular food among the locals that is served traditionally all over Indonesia. If you want to experience real jungle then you can go trekking in Bukit Lawang and enjoy a great view of the natural lifestyle of Sumatran orangutan.


If you haven’t visited Malaysia yet, then make a New Year’s resolution to visit it. With large island groups to mountains, fertile highlands to tropical rainforest, Malaysia is a country filled with rich culture,a huge variety of annual festivals and wonderful cuisines. For those who seek urban adventure, visiting Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, filled with uniquely distinctive architectural and cultural townscapes. Explore Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur where you can find a giant statue of a Hindu god.Also, visit Malaysia’s first marine national park, Tunku Abdul National Park at Manukan Island. The park is known for its great beaches and spectacular scuba diving and snorkelling.



If you want to start your new years with unlimited drinks, gorgeous panoramic views then head straight to Thailand. Thailand has many cities and islands that are perfect to have a wild night out or a relaxing evening. To begin with, Phuket is one of the must-visit cities of Thailand. The island has many huge parties with beach barbecues, fireworks, live entertainment and exclusive gala dinners. Bangkok is another place in Thailand known for its known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life.  Visit the awe-inspiring temples, bustling local market and experience the vibrant nightlife. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the finger-licking street food.

Compiled by Ayusha Pradhananga

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