New Year’s parties usually involve much pomp and circumstance with fireworks, large crowds, raucous parties and the like. For those who would rather avoid the crowds, but still celebrate, there are a few places around the world that are conducive. Travel fare aggregator and reservation site, Booking.com curated a list of unique and off-beat destinations to spend New Year’s Eve in relative quiet.
Big Sur, United States
Big Sur in California has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. With its virgin shores, unlike other beaches in California, Big Sur is paradise for nature lovers and is the perfect retreat to restore energy in preparation for the New Year. One of the most relaxing experiences is at McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that flows to a Point Lobos, a marine sanctuary with beautiful scenery, and the hidden rocky Pfeiffer Beach.
Panaji is one of the most comfortable capitals of the Indian state of Goa is an ideal destination to welcome 2019. Tourists come together to enjoy a blend of Indian and Portuguese culture. In addition to major tourist attractions such as the Mandovi River and the white church overlooking the main square known as Praça da Igreja, Panaji is also known for its art. Panaji has plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, food and relaxation which give one a different picture of India.
If your New Year's resolution is to improve your health and fitness, start 2019 in Pontresina. This mountain village in the eastern region of Switzerland is surrounded by distinctive scented pine trees. This destination is a haven for those into fitness with a variety of activities offered such as skiing, fishing, ice skating, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding and other outdoor activities.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, in Sri Lanka is home to sacred and famous Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth and the statue of Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha. In Kandy one can enjoy nature (by way of a lake) and enjoy walks in the ancient city while aborbing a bit of culture.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is host to some of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the country. One of the most famous is the spectacular candlelight ceremony rather than a noisy fireworks. It’s a city where one can reflect on one’s thoughts and prepare for the year ahead. Every year, thousands of Thais and tourists gather to release paper lanterns to the sky in the hope of earning good luck next year.
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