Affordable Year-End Holidays Awaits You

Affordable Year-End Holidays Awaits You

October 27, 2023 0 By Rowena Cletus

Agoda, always on the hunt for the best travel deals, has analyzed average room rates for tourist destinations between December 22 and 31. In the Asia Pacific region, Thailand’s Hat Yai stands out as the most affordable tourist spot, with an average room rate of $43 USD.

Among the budget-friendly destinations in the region, you’ll find Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Kuching in Malaysia, Dalat in Vietnam, Goa in India, Baguio in the Philippines, Nagoya in Japan, Taichung in Taiwan, Melbourne in Australia, and Busan in South Korea. Room rates range from $43 USD in Hat Yai to $158 in Busan.

Enric Casals, Regional Associate Vice President Southeast Asia at Agoda, notes that 2023 has seen a resurgence in travel across Asia as people reconnect with loved ones. Traveling during the peak season can mean higher demand, so finding affordable options can make all the difference.

Despite being budget-friendly, these destinations have a lot to offer. From stunning beaches to thrilling theme parks, spiritual sanctuaries, and foodie havens, they provide unique experiences for travelers.

Here are some highlights from the ten most affordable destinations:

  • Hat Yai, Thailand (Average room rate: $43 USD): Known for trendy coffee shops, vibrant nightlife, and delicious seafood, Hat Yai offers a variety of festive events and decorations during December.
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Average room rate: $56 USD): Referred to as the “Cultural Heart of Java,” Yogyakarta is rich in Javanese culture and historical sites. It’s a captivating December vacation destination.
  • Kuching, Malaysia (Average room rate: $60 USD): The capital of Sarawak is famous for lively street markets, delicious street food, and breathtaking natural scenery. In December, it turns into a festive wonderland with colorful lights and decorations.
  • Dalat, Vietnam (Average room rate: $68 USD): This charming mountain town transforms into a winter wonderland during Christmas and New Year, with twinkling lights and a joyful atmosphere.
  • Goa, India (Average room rate: $92 USD): Known as a party haven, Goa offers pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and mouth-watering seafood. It’s an ideal spot for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
  • Baguio, the Philippines (Average room rate: $95 USD): Baguio, the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” offers a cool escape with pine trees, heritage crafts, and a vibrant thrifting scene.
  • Nagoya, Japan (Average room rate: $107 USD): Nagoya is known for its stunning winter illuminations, making it a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination during the Christmas and New Year season.
  • Taichung, Taiwan (Average room rate: $115 USD): Taichung boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage and hosts the Lishan Guguan Light Art Festival in December.
  • Melbourne, Australia (Average room rate: $155 USD): Melbourne is a dynamic city with a lively art scene, sporting events, and a thriving nightlife. It offers family-friendly delights during Christmas and school holidays.
  • Busan, South Korea (Average room rate: $158 USD): Busan combines beautiful beaches, modern skyscrapers, traditional markets, and cozy café alleys. The Gwangalli Beach hosts a unique winter festive lights experience with a drone light show.