Six destination to ward off the winter chill

World October 11, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

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Travel Search engine Skyscanner is promoting six “New Year, New You” end-of-year winter destinations for a fabulous escape that won’t burn your pocket.

A series of snowy wonderland countries from all around the world are selected, under the main Skyscanner category of “direct flights”, in order to facilitate and shorten the trip during the busy new year period. The trips are for all different budget categories and are from popular countries that Thais are usually interested in visiting. 

Trek in the wondrous nature of Sapa, Vietnam

You can trek around this mountain village, soaking in the culture, lifestyle and natural beauty of this town in winter to feel fresh like new, like having recharged the battery of your life. There’s a cable car you can ride to the summit of Fansipan mountain. To top it all off, take pretty photos of the spectacular European style architecture on the lake in the centre of the town. 

Tips: The coldest period is from December to January. You can use the “Find flights for the whole month” in order to find more affordable round trip tickets. You will arrive in Hanoi and take the bus or an overnight train to Lao Cai before continuing on to Sapa on the bus (one hour) with spectacular views on both sides of the road to keep you entertained. 

See the first light of the year at the Hehuanshan mountain in Taiwan

Start off the year with a warm positive glow as you welcome the beautiful morning sun, waking up to a snowy white panoramic view of nature at the peak of the Hehuanshan mountain in Taichung, Taiwan. Then head to “The Switzerland of Taiwan” at the CingJing sheep farm, before visiting the hipster Rainbow village. 

Tips: The coldest period is in January. Fly to Taichung and take a bus or taxi to the Cingjing sheep farm. A night’s stay at the farm’s guesthouse is recommended and the next morning you can watch the sunrise on top of the Hehuanshan mountain without having to rush. 

Celebrate the New Year at a challenging world class ski ring in Sapporo, Japan

Try your hand at a challenging New Year activity that you might not get to do very often; skiing in Teine Sapporo. The town is renowned for its Snow Festival and it was chosen to host many international ski competitions. The view is spectacular and the area is peaceful, especially during February, which is the time of the big Snow festival. Don’t miss also relaxing for a day doing snow-related activities such as cross-country skiing and snowboarding at Maeda Forest Park.

Tips: Fly to Sapporo touch down at Chitose airport, the closest airport to the Teine area. Then, take a train to Teine in 45 minutes, and in no time you’ll be able to go skiing. Check out the ski ring’ timetables at 

Explore the Huangshan mountain range in China

With its picturesque views of the mountains surrounded by a blanket of fog, as well as unique and beautiful granite formations and rare strains of pine trees, Huangshan is considered a world heritage premium destination. It includes famous destinations such as Xidi village and the ancient city of Huizhou. 

Tips: The coldest period is during January and February. Fly to Hangzhou, then take a bus to Huangshan, before taking the cable car up to the summit. 

Travel to your dream winter destination at Frankfurt, Germany

Unleash the child within you and celebrate a fairytale Christmas like you’ve always dreamed of at The Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of the largest Christmas markets in all of Germany. Do your winter shopping for quality handmade products, sip the best wines, and let fine truffles melt on your tongue. Furthermore, many historical destinations are nearby, such as the hauntingly spectacular gothic architecture of The Imperial Cathedral of St Bartholomew or St Paul’s Cathedral; one of Germany’s most significant political landmarks. 

Tips: The coldest period is from December to February. Check the dates for The Frankfurt Christmas Market at

Find your heart’s rhythm with the eternal sounds of Salzburg, Austria 

Break free from the mundane rhythms of everyday life and experience new tempos for the New Year in Salzburg, Austria. Visit the blossoming smiles of the flowers in Mirabell Park, which was one of the locations in the filming of the legendary musical classic film “The Sound of Music”. In winter, you wouldn't want to miss shopping at the Retro market, and seeing “Silent Night”, the performance that recounts the story of many famous songs and symphonies. Another must see is Mozart Week, an annual festival organised to celebrate the talent of composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Tips: The coldest period is between December and March. It’s suggested to travel at the end of January because not only are the tickets more affordable, but also it’s the period of Mozart Week, which is held between January 26 and February 5.