Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Travel to The Top 10 Most Popular Overseas Destinations and Escape the Maddening Crowds during the Songkran Festival

Bangkok, 9 April 2019 – Songkran is the longest holiday in Thailand and most Thais plan on taking an extended break from work. However, every provincial town gets absolutely jam-packed so it’s more about enduring the crowds and traffic together with the steadily rising temperatures. It’s no surprise then that a large number of people want to be far away from the Songkran crush and would prefer to travel to a destination overseas where they can relax and recharge. Today, Traveloka would like to introduce you to the 10 most recommended destinations for those who want to avoid getting splashed during the Songkran celebrations. Take a look at what made the most popular destinations list from Traveloka users.

1. Japan

It’s no surprise that the “Land of the Rising Sun” is one of the most visited destinations among Thai travellers thanks to an increasing number of direct flights from Thailand, great weather and its especially breathtaking beautiful cherry blossoms (sakura) which bloom freely throughout the country during this time of the year. Japan has a tremendous amount to offer all types of visitors. For example, you can shop endlessly in the Harajuku district in the pulsating capital of Tokyo, or visit the many surrounding towns, such as Shirakawa-go village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re a fan of history, architecture, or religion, ancient temples and shrines are worth checking out, such as the famous Inari Shrine in the former capital of Kyoto as well as ancient castles in many cities; or if you’re a foodie, enjoy endless eating in Osaka, known as the country’s kitchen. If you like the beach or islands, Okinawa is a must, while those who appreciate the fresh spring season will love the flowers in the northern island of Hokkaido. With its variety of attractions, everyone falls in love with Japan. And don’t forget, both adults and kids can enjoy Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan.

2. Korea

Another easy getaway where you can also see blooming cherry blossoms is in Seoul, the capital of Korea with its intense and crowded atmosphere. Only in Seoul can those with Korea fever enjoy eating, chilling, and shopping for some great cosmetics. You can also rent a Hanbok, the traditional dress, to take pictures around the city, or go for some excitement at the spectacular Lotte World, a huge recreational complex that consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island,” a shopping mall, luxury hotel and more. It’s worth booking a 24-hour Discover Seoul Rail Pass online to enjoy a day trip throughout Seoul. For K-Pop fans, test out your dance moves at Real K-Pop Dance. Those who are looking to relax can opt for the beautiful nature and fresh air on Jeju Island. Or visit the lovely Gamcheon Cultural Village located on the mainland by the sea in an area known as Korea’s Santorini near the exciting and picturesque city of Busan.

3. Singapore

This city-state, known as the “Lion City,” can be reached by a short flight – and has the advantage of being closer than Korea or Japan. It’s clean, well-organized and modern. Enjoy the truly spectacular views at Marina Bay Sands, where there are many museums, libraries, the botanical gardens, and also nearby is Universal Studios, Sentosa Water Park. If you enjoy adventure sports, head over to AJ Hackett Sentosa to try a bungee jump, giant swing, or the sky bridge. Of course, this being Singapore, you will never suffer from a lack of food options.

4. Hong Kong

This is the number one destination for shoppers as well as those who venerate sacred statues, believing they provide a soulmate, children, good luck, and fortune. Hong Kong is the perfect choice if you’re superstitious. Apart from Wong Tai Sin Temple, where people worship the Old Man from the Moon statue to find their true love, there is Tin Hua Temple in Repulse Bay, or Che Kung Temple which are all must visits. But there are many stunning hidden temples and shrines in addition to sightseeing spots by the sea where you can just grab a map and go. And obviously, there are the most delicious foods to try – the list of famous dishes runs the gamut. You can also book tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland in advance. And from Hong Kong, it’s just a short ferry ride to Macao where you can enjoy the amazing views from the top of Macao Tower.

5. U.S.A.

It’s a really long flight to get there, but certainly worth the visit. It’s a big country packed with loads of natural attractions, and some pretty famous major cities. You can take a city tour to see museums, galleries, or try delicious foods from across the world in New York, truly an experience of a lifetime. On the west coast, visit another amazing city like San Francisco to see the famous Golden Gate suspension bridge, or explore the over 50 mesmerizing national parks in the different states based on your preferences.

6. Vietnam

This chic destination offers a variety of geographic landscapes and stunning natural tourist attractions. It’s also easy to travel to with numerous direct flights from Thailand to many cities across Vietnam. Enjoy the ambience of the romantic ancient town (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) of Hoi An where you can easily book a charming walking tour. Adventurous travelers can explore natural attractions in Da Lat, while those who prefer to experience a more European vibe with French-style architecture can take a short flight to Da Nang where you can also to check out Bana Hill and the popular Golden Bridge, two exotic and unique landmarks. Otherwise, head north to the lush greenery and admire the rice fields in beautiful Sapa, cruise along the scenic Halong Bay, or experience the distinct beauty of the white desert in Mui Ne. If you want to chill out in a bikini along the beach, just fly to Phu Quoc. This proves that Vietnam is truly an all-in-one destination.

7. United Kingdom

The UK has long been a favorite destination for Thais, so don’t be surprised if you run into your fellow compatriots. This country has a unique identity, and a rich history and culture with a variety of attractions to meet the needs of every tourist. Shopaholics can head to Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. Museum lovers must not miss the chance to visit the British Museum, among so many others and be sure to get your selfies in front of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Chances are you’re a football fan so don’t forget to cheer on your favorite team before the end of the season.

8. Laos

Our neighbor is a place where Thais love go to enjoy tranquility and beautiful natural landscapes. One popular destination is Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site where you can witness local residents making merit early in the morning and also visit beautiful ancient temples, including Chiang Thong temple. Explore the spectacular beauty of the emerald blue lagoon in Vang Vieng, and the Kwang Si Waterfalls. It’s a country of simple living, stunning scenery, and the friendliest people you will ever meet. Another big plus is you can manage an amazing trip on a reasonable budget.  

9. China

With so many Chinese visiting Thailand, why not return the favor? China offers numerous tourist attractions in its diverse and many regions nationwide. If you want to learn about history, take a city tour, or be at one with nature, this is the place to be. Of course, there are the famous attractions that represent this prosperous and massive civilization including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum. Just remember that each region throughout the country offers beautiful landmarks as well as bustling and vibrant big cities. Experience the panoramic views from the Shanghai World Financial Center, enjoy some family time at Shanghai Disneyland, or enjoy a scenic and romantic night cruise along the Huangpu River. If big cities aren’t your thing, head into central China and check out the Chengdu Panda Base, but remember it’s best to book in advance. It’s also worth exploring the many stunning national parks throughout the country.   

10. India

April isn’t the hottest month in India, so it’s a perfect time to head over and relax during the Songkran holiday. India is also a huge country and well-known as one of the world’s oldest and most significant civilizations. So if you’re a budding historian or just interested in ancient history, this country is for you. You can also experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal, a prestigious and awe-inspiring monument of love in Agra or you can enjoy the incredible mountain views of the Himalayas in Kashmir. In Rajasthan state, there are popular cities like Jaipur, a city bathed in pink where many Thai tourists go to snap fabulous pics at Hawa Mahal palace. Alternatively, you can visit the blue city of Jodhpur, also in Rajasthan, or the popular beach town of Goa, once a Portuguese colony and a place that is a hit with beach lovers and those who are looking to chill out. Tea lovers will certainly appreciate a visit to Darjeeling, the famous tea plantation nestled in the Himalayan highlands which offers stunning views, a romantic atmosphere, and is one more option for couples to have the perfect getaway. And don’t forget the major cities, such as the nation’s capital, New Delhi, or the country’s financial center and India’s largest city, Mumbai, both of which are perfect examples of cities where east meets west and offer a ton of sights to see and things to do.

Mr. Natthaphon, Digital Marketing Manager at Traveloka, said, “In 2019, Traveloka aims to fulfill the travel needs of all Thais to make their trips memorable, fun, and more convenient. Whether our customers are interested in visiting our ten recommended destinations in small or large groups, or on solo trips, they can easily purchase their flights with our function that notifies when flights are available on your preferred budget, in addition to discounts on accommodations, assistance with transportation, and tickets to tourist attractions and amusement parks offering you more value and better deals. Customers can use our service for all of their dream destinations either on the Traveloka app or at www.traveloka.com.”