December holidays are upon us but a lot of people haven’t yet decided on their vacation plans. Not to worry, there are a whole lot of Asia destinations just waiting to unravel their magic on the curious traveler. 

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Whether you are looking for some fine cuisine, top sports or a tropical escape Asia has a whole lot of top choices to offer for an amazing December trip. No matter if you are looking for a family vacation or a solo adventure these are the best places to visit in December in Asia!

Tokyo, Japan

Illumination of Tokyo's starlight garden in winter

The beautiful illumination of this city in the winter months is reason enough to visit Tokyo. Parks, gardens tunnels and streets are all lit up with dazzling lights and this is a great tradition of one of the biggest cities in Asia.

For those looking for winter sports, Tokyo has a number of ski centers right nearby. Sushi is a great dish wherever you eat it but if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine you will fall in love with this city. Besides Sushi, make sure to try Tamagoyaki which is a kind of an egg omelet served on a stick and many more local delicacies.

Hong Kong, China

Definitely, the best time to visit Hong Kong is exactly December. Weather is great at this time of a year and while you might not be able to go to the beach you could enjoy some of the great hikes over hills and valleys or a visit to the Hong Kong Wetland Park.

Christmas season is also a big deal in Hong Kong and you can expect Christmas lights and a huge winter festival that takes place all around the cities malls and markets. Some of the best landmarks to keep in mind if in Hong Kong are the Victoria peak which is the highest point on the Island and of course the Tian Tian Buddha, also known as Big Buddha.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rich collection of buildings in Dubai

Looking to go on a desert safari and go skiing right after that? Look no further, Dubai got you covered!

A visit to Burj Khalifa is always a good place to start your tour of the city and your choices after that will not be limited by anything except time. While visiting this overwhelming city why not go on a hot air balloon ride? And for those who are looking for something a bit more extreme skydiving is also an option. Dubai is also the home of one of the world’s biggest shopping malls so maybe that is the perfect place to buy some Christmas presents for family and friends.

Philippines

Skipping the cold and taking a beach holiday in the winter season might be just the perfect thing to do this December.

With its high temperatures, the Philippines are a great location if you are looking to get into your swimsuit before summer. If you enjoy nature, don’t miss out on the trip to the stunning Hinatuan Enchanted River near Mindanao Island. If you enjoy trying new and exciting food the Philippines will blow you away! A wide variety of street food is available and make sure to try the Spicy Mango Shrimp paste.

Bangkok, Thailand

For all the adventurers Bangkok is a must-see destination. Rooftop bars and more nightlife than most of us can handle, make Bangkok a unique traveling experience.

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Taking a boat trip is something you don’t want to miss out on and a relaxing Thai massage after that will make you use this holiday season to its fullest.

Thailand has a great cultural history and visiting one of many Buddhist temples should be on your to-do list while visiting this magnificent city. Sansiri winter market is also a great way to get to know the local culture and homemade arts and crafts make for perfect Christmas presents.

Cambodia

Magnificent temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Experiencing the sunrise or sunset at Angkor Wat is reason enough to visit this small Asian country. Seeing the glowing beaches of Koh Rong is also pretty high on the list of things you have to do while visiting Cambodia.

If your adventure spirit is restless, you could also go hiking through the Cardamom Mountains the largest rainforest in Asia.

Even though Chinese and Thailand food is more popular don’t think that Cambodia has nothing to offer in this department. Choices of street food are plentiful but the most popular ones are the Lort Cha, which is a local take on noodles, and Num Pang, the Cambodian sandwich.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is an extremely popular New Year’s Eve destination but there is plenty of things to do in Turkey’s capital city throughout December.

Aya Sofia, a great Mosk built in 536 AD, is definitely the number one historical site. Also, the museum of Turkish and Islamic arts is a great way to get to know the great Turkish culture. Culturally and historically speaking, Istanbul is one of the best places to visit in December in Asia.

For shopping purposes, the malls in Istanbul have special offers during December and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar is the famous market in this city. Haggling is a great part of the culture in Turkey so be ready to haggle prices with the friendly local vendors.

Sri Lanka

Beautiful Safari trip through Sri Lanka
For animal lovers, Sri Lanka could be the place to visit this December. Going on a safari trip to see Sri Lanka’s elephants and whale site seeing are a great place to spend some time off and get close to nature.

With its warm climate, you might also be able to hit some beaches so make sure to pack your swimsuit.

Visiting the World Heritage Site that is the ancient fortress of Sigiriya is something you don’t want to miss out on if visiting Sri Lanka. Alongside Sigiriya, the ruins of Anuradhapura which are extremely well persevered are also a must-see if you are a history fan.

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai is an urban marvel and exploring its streets either by foot or an open-top hop on hop off bus is a great way to spend some time and explore new sights.

No tour of this city would be complete without visiting the 88-floor Jin Mao tower. The panoramic view from the top of this building is breathtaking!

All you foodies out there, this place is a wonderland for you! Authentic Chinese dumplings are out of this world! There are actually six huge streets in this city that are entirely dedicated to food and only food so make sure to visit at least one of them.

Delhi, India

There are so many things to do in Delhi that one vacation couldn’t be nearly enough to experience this city to its fullest potential. But you can certainly try it!

Tower of Qutab Minar is one of the most popular destinations and is one of the World Heritage Sites in Delhi. If you are looking for something a bit more spiritual the Lotus Temple is an architectural marvel made entirely from white marble.

Akshardham temple is another thing you really shouldn’t miss if visiting Delhi. This ancient Hindu temple complete with huge gardens is absolutely magical for all senses! With its rich history, Delhi is truly one of the best places to visit in December in Asia.

Maldives

Breathtaking sunset could only be seen on Maldives
Another destination that will give you a perfect summer vacation in December is for sure the Maldives. Crystal clear water and a wide variety of beaches to choose from.

Some of the best ones are for sure the Biyadhoo Island which will give you a close look at the rich marine life and Vaadhoo Island which is one of only several bioluminescence beaches in the world.

You could also dive into the history of this country by visiting the National Museum located in the Maldivian Royal Palace. Wellness centers are also a really popular part of tourism in this country so if you are in the need for a relaxing massage and a day at the spa give this beautiful country a go!

Singapore

This small island country is one of the best tourist destinations not only in Asia but the entire world and for a good reason. Perfect climate, friendly people and events that are happening all the time are just a small part of this magical place.

Visiting the awarded Singapore zoo could be a great way to start your December time off. If you are there during Christmas time also make sure to check out Universal Christmas, an amazing event held by Universal Studios Singapore. There is a waste number of amazing dishes to try while visiting but the Chilli Crab is definitely the most popular one so make sure you try it.

Asia is full of rich history, wonderful natural resorts, friendly and kind people and a whole lot of different and unusual tastes will spice up your senses. This winter season might be the perfect time to explore the wonders of this continent and try some new things. Although there are many more places to visit these are some of the best Asian places to visit in December. You will for sure have a great time! Happy holidays and enjoy your vacation!