As another year draws to a close, the inevitable plans for a grand New Year celebration start to take center stage. Often is the case that for such an occasion, travelers get priced out or popular destinations get sold out in a hurry. Keeping that in mind, we chalk out for you a myriad list of international destinations that can easily fit into your wallet.
The sparkly turquoise waters of Mauritius never fail to attract tourists. It is a myth that this place burns a hole in our pockets. So not true! Mauritius can be pretty budget friendly too. Choose an all-inclusive hotel, and stay longer! Simple! The extravagant beaches, the luxurious spas, the oh! so delicious food; Mauritius will spoil you in a second! The new year in Mauritius is celebrated colourful and in a great mood, under the summer sun and the beautiful glowing flame trees. Depending on the budget, the celebrations go from a good family meals to great dancing evenings accompanied by delicious banquets. For the party people, a panoply of nightclubs are waiting for you after midnight, in the north and west coast of the island. As well as private parties in the nature, the festival looking like kind of parties, with the djs’ musics carrying you until morning. In short, no matter what you choose, you will undoubtedly enjoy to celebrate the New Year on this beautiful little island.
Recommended Places To Visit: Port Louis, Chamarel, Blue Bay
Singapore – the city that never sleeps! The beaches are as wet and wild as they can get. 12 hours of non-stop music, beaches and foam pools – need we say any more? Marina Bay Area is an area you can head to if you want to join in on the boisterous celebrations. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it offers many party options at its countless hotels, bars and restaurants. Book a spot on the Singapore Flyer, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world, for very dramatic views of the Bay Area and the spectacular fireworks.
Recommended Places To Visit: Marina Bay Area, Jiak Kim Street, Sentosa
Kuala lumpur has the most fantastic fireworks ever! However you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve in KL, make sure you find yourself around the Petronas Towers at midnight. New Year celebrations in KL more often than not centre around the Towers and KLCC Park, and for good reason. The city is treated to a spectacular firework display and the streets around the area are jam packed with eager watchers. Be smart and book yourself into a hotel near the Petronas Towers if you’re the kind who likes to join in from a distance. Other than sparklers around the Towers, one can hop across to busy shopping areas like Bukit Bintang, Damansara Mutiara and Sunway Pyramid for more fireworks. There is also a noisy and fun New Year’s countdown at Independence Square. For those of you who prefer to bring in the New Year on a quieter note, it would be a good idea to check out what various hotels in KL have planned for the evening. You will get to choose from balls and banquets to sit down meals with a house band playing in the background. But rest assured, expect a countdown – even if it is indoors.
Recommended Places To Visit: KLCC Park, Merdeka Square, The Curve
Take in spectacular views during the final moments of the year in intense, frenetic Hong Kong. Watch the countdown fireworks over Victoria Harbour from a traditional junk, along the shoreline or from one of the city’s many world-class rooftop bars. The usually dazzling Victoria Harbour is especially decked up on December 31st. Hong Kong’s street party starts with a countdown and ball drop at Times Square shopping mall, after which it is fireworks all the way along the waterfront. Don’t miss out on the funky laser and lights show which is spread across a number of buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. Cruise companies offer New Year’s Eve packages which include dinner and vantage points for the dramatic pyrotechnics. Other recommended vantage points are Victoria Peak and sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, although advance booking is required for the latter. A great idea is to book a harbour view hotel, so you can turn your room into your own private observation deck.
Recommended Places To Visit: Victoria Harbour, The Peak, Stanley Beach
Dubai is rightfully known as the epitome of luxury, entertainment, and adventure in Asia. There aren’t many places to celebrate new years eve like Dubai that would sweep you off your feet in awe and admiration of the style, and grandeur of any celebration in Dubai. Be it the extreme adventures, nightlife, food, or culture- Dubai is fast winning over tourist from every corner of the world. Extravagant Dubai is unbeatable when it comes to parties – the celebrity singers and fashionable DJs, unbelievable firework displays from its skyscrapers, delectable cuisines from around the world, unimaginable vantage points to catch all of this, and the entertainment – unbelievable. Take a look. You have the biggest street party in town in Downtown Dubai, with most people heading to the areas around the Burj Khalifa, which acts as a New Year centerpiece this evening, for the best views – this is a great option if you’re into free of charge street entertainment.
Recommended Places To Visit: Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Don’t raise your eyebrows! Lifting the air of suspicion and mystery from Russia is a very important step in making travelers see the real beauty and grandeur of the largest country in the world. Places like St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod highlight the long-forgotten Russian culture, hospitality, and royalty that is often overshadowed in the world media. Russians are great hosts, so expect to be pampered thoroughly. Make this New Year’s eve a memorable one!
Recommended Places To Visit: Moscow, St Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg
Sri Lanka’s charm is the one that stays with you for a long time. The white beaches, the ancient ruins and also the UNESCO Heritage sites; there is so much explore in this pretty land. Colombo’s huge open market will definitely attract you more than once! And for sea food lover, it’s more than a slice of heaven. Located just south of India, the emerald island nation often surprises visitors with its depth in culture, variety in beautiful landscape, and tranquility in lifestyle. An experience that will help you rejuvenate, reconnect, and soak in the warmth of a country with a big heart. the proximity to India helps too! So while the landscapes, cultures, climate and life in the country resembles India to a large extent, one will surely feel like home in Sri Lanka.