Move over summer, sweater weather is back! Time to hide those tank tops and slip in to comfy jackets and pullovers. It’s so tempting to laze around but now isn’t the time to hibernate, take advantage of this season and travel! We crossed out the beaches and listed down the best travel spots on this side of the globe to chill, literally. So pack your hoodies and get ready to transform your ber months to brrrrrr months!
10. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Get a panoramic view of the city from its most famous vantage point. Check it out during the day or at night, it doesn’t matter. The view of one of the best harbors in the world will instantly captivate you. Getting there is also an experience in itself. To get to The Peak, you need to ride the Peak Tram, a 100-year-old funicular railway. This is the highest mountain in Hong Kong with an altitude of 1,811 ft so don’t forget to cover up!
9. Nami Island, South Korea
Before the winter season breaks in, you need to experience the autumn in Korea’s Nami Island! This is a great place to harmonize with nature; it is full of grassy areas and is home to ostriches, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and so much more! The trees surrounding the park are beautiful during this season as the leaves turn from green to fire red and start falling one by one to surround the footpath. It’s a background worthy for Instagram! So be sure to be in your best autumn attire!
8. Gunung Brinchang, Malaysia
Does it remind you of a scene from Hunger Games? It looks scarier than it really is. This is actually one of the favorite destinations in Malaysia due to its easy accessibility. If you want to reach the summit right away you can take a car but if you want to be adventurous and hike, there is a nature trail path that cuts across the forest to the summit situated in Brinchang town. Prepare your windbreakers and heavy-duty rubber shoes; it’s going to be a wet and muddy experience!
7. Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei
This is one of the most exciting national parks in the world! The park contains an unspoiled jungle known as the Green Jewel of Brunei. Multiple rivers are also located in the area. It is home to exotic flora and fauna like hornbills, giant forest ants, gibbons and more! Always follow the instructions of the tour guides because the country has a strict forest protection policy. Be sure to have your gear ready, it gets really cold when the rain starts to fall.
6. Doi Inthanon, Thailand
Into temples and scenic views? Then you need to visit Doi Inthanon in Thailand! The most prominent structures in the area are the two temples built in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. There are also a variety of waterfalls you can check out as well as caves and trails. It will be impossible to see all attractions in one day so either you choose wisely or extend. Don’t forget to wear your pullovers because the climate can reach up to 10 degrees Celsius!
5. Snow City, Singapore
Snow City is Singapore’s first snow center that introduces the concept of snow and cold climates in a fun, educational and highly interactive way! Kids will enjoy the snow, creating snowmen and snow angels, and skiing down a three-storey snow slope. This is the ultimate bonding experience for the family! Don’t forget to wear your ski outfits, the snow may be man-made but it’s as cold as the real one!
4. Kinabalu, Malaysia
Mt. Kinabalu is one of the most famous mountains for climbers in Southeast Asia. If you’re up for an adventure, then this is the perfect travel destination for you. There are no specialized mountain climbing skills required to ascend it but make sure you are physically fit because this is still no walk in the park. Bring the appropriate warm clothing and windproof gear. The climate is tropical but the temperature at the summit is freezing.
3. Sagada, Philippines
If you’re not up for traveling abroad then go check out Sagada! Just take a bus and within hours, the breathtaking view of the rice terraces will welcome you and the light cool breeze will relax you instantly. Take a break and recharge. This is a great place to meditate and enjoy nature.
2. Harbin, China
Are the other places not cold enough for you? Then we suggest you go to Harbin, China! This place is known for its very cold winters. It’s best to visit on December, during the start of its annual Snow and Ice Festival. During the festival, ice and snow lanterns are scattered all over the city and multiple competitions and fairs are held – like winter swimming games and ice sculpting! The parade of lights and fireworks are always described as “magnificent” and “magical.” We don’t need to remind you of what to wear, three words: very cold winter.
1. Staycation in Manila
Okay, who are we kidding? Sometimes staying in and hiding under your bedcovers with a cup of hot chocolate is the best idea during this cold weather. But why just stay at home when you can relax and get pampered at one of the top hotels in the metro? There are so many to choose from! Take your pick!
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