Filipinos are heading to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Manila to ring in the Year of the Earth Pig, according to data from Agoda.
Rounding up the top 10 destinations of choice during Lunar New Year are Cebu, Taipei in Taiwan, Boracay, Sapporo in Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, Palawan, and Osaka in Japan.
Data from the digital booking platform reveal travels during the Chinese New Year tend to be reserved for family bonding and indulging in food and leisure activities, as Filipinos choose gourmet and retail paradises Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Bangkok among their top 10 destinations.
Agoda offers these unique travel ideas for Filipinos traveling with family during this occasion.
If you’re heading away with the entire family
The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s most popular annual events, taking place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 11. For some family fun and adventure, head over to Tsudome, featuring snow slides and a rafting area for visitors of all ages.
Stay at Hotel Mystays Sapporo Aspen for an unforgettable stay. Situated in the center of Sapporo, the hotel is an easy reach to JR station and the Tokyu Department Store.
If you’re looking for fabulous food
In Singapore, you must not miss the “lo hei” (prosperity toss). Family and friends huddle around a Cantonese-style raw fish salad and toss its contents in the air while saying auspicious greetings. It is believed that the higher the tossing, the more fortune one would have for the new year.
Those looking to impress their family members may go to Jade restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel as it offers a Special Piggy Edition Gold Rush Yu Sheng complete with edible gold leaf, or switch things up at Carlton Hotel Singapore where the Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant offers a unique take on the well-loved dish with Alaskan crab.
If you’re traveling solo
Be treated to the captivating sights of Tokyo’s dynamic city skyline while sipping a late evening cocktail at the popular Peter: the Bar, Sky Lounge Stellar Garden, R bar, or Thirty Six bar. This is also a good opportunity to meet some new friends while traveling solo.
For a memorable experience, try staying in a capsule hotel. Accommodations such as Nine Hours Asakusa and The Millennials Shibuya offer fuss-free and affordable accommodations right in the heart of the city center.
If you’re a nature seeker
Solo travelers looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy some “me time” can head over to Taiwan. Pamper yourself with a luxurious stay at Fleur De Chine Hotel and wake up to breathtaking views of Sun Moon Lake.
Fill your days with visits to nearby scenic spots such as Lalu Island, Wenwu Temple, Chaowu Pier, Songbolun Trail, Ci En Pagoda, and many more. An alternative is the Radium Kagaya International Hotel, a haven of rest and relaxation that just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Beitou Hot Spring.