December Festivals and
Events in Asia

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Christmas and New Year's Eve are just around the corner!

Even there are mostly Buddhists living in large parts of East and Southeast Asia, there are large concentrations of Christians living in for instance Vietnam and the Philippines.

Either way, hotels and restaurants know the importance of Christmas and New Year's Eve for foreign tourists, and that's why you're going to stumble upon firework parties here and there ;-)


New Year's Eve Celebrations

New Year's Eve in Thailand, © Landwer-Johan

Chiang Mai Countdown Festival: Dec 25th-31 st

New Year is coming up and in Thailand there's always a New Year's party going on! In Chiang Mai, there will be a countdown festival with concerts, cultural and music performances, firework displays and of course the final countdown to 2014! :-)

Where: Thapae road and Thapae gate

In Phuket, the countdown to 2014 will be held at Phromthep cape followed by fireworks show at Chai Field on December 31st.

If you're staying in Bangkok, head for Ratchaprasong for the countdown festival at Central World. Local artists will perform on stage and of course, the fireworks display.

If you're on Koh Pha Ngan, don't forget the Full Moon Party held on December 31st! ;-)

From experience, I celebrated New Year's Eve in Koh Phi Phi which was amazing. We started the evening with a lovely fish dinner, continued the celebration to Rolling Stoned Bar and ended up by the ocean with drinks at Sunflower bar :-)

Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair

Date: Dec 13th-22th 2013

Ayutthaya is on the World Heritage List and the merit is celebrated yearly with music and cultural performances, singing contests, beauty "pageants", light show and much more.

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New Year's Eve
in Southeast Asia

New Year's Eve is celebrated in all major tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.

In Cambodia, several restaurants, guesthouses and hotels in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville arrange Christmas parties and New Year's Eve parties. The same applies in Laos, in lovely Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng.

South Korea

Seoul Design Festival

Date: Dec 18th-22th 2013

Interested in technical design? Then I believe this festival is for you! The best Korean and European creations are displayed, and the best young designer is recognized.

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