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ixigoers Dec 09 2013

Which are the best international destinations to visit during December?

Pritha Manchanda Dec 09 2013
2 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Undoubtedly winter is the best season to plan a trip. And if that is so then why should you limit yourself to same old Manali, Shimla etc.? Why not try somewhere foren? Now that I assume you are nodding your head in approval of the idea, why don’t I give you some of the best international destinations to visit during December! Take a look:


The party capital of the East is definitely a destination to look out for in the months from December. The weather is quite pleasant and the energy of the city is at its peak. You ask why! It’s because of the amazing nightlife, delicious food, busiest street markets, friendly people and not to forget the approaching New Year’s Eve.

Photo of Bangkok (by Mark Fischer)

The beaches are full of fun adventurous activities which add to the charm of the place. The world famous temples do not even need a selling point now! Do not miss going to the floating vegetable market; its supercool to shop on water, isn’t it? And if you are more of a luck testing kind of person, then the plethora of casinos are all set to serve you. Check out various other things to do in Bangkok while you are there.


What started off as a mere trading port has become one of the most amazing countries in the world. Singapore is every vacationer’s dream. It is one destination where culture, heritage, food, party, marvellous structures come in one package. It will not be incorrect to say that it is heading on to become the tropical version of some of the other happening cities such as New York, London and Paris, etc.

Photo of Singapore (by Someformofhuman)

Singapore is also one of the best locations to celebrate New Years with your family and friends. There are casinos, massage parlours and a rocking nightlife along with some amazing botanical gardens, zoos and islands (don’t miss Sentosa!). While there, you have to try the Singapore Flyer to get on top of the city.


Close to our country, Bali can easily be tagged as one of the most picturesque islands of Indonesia. Trees ranging from Banyan to clove, temples aging from prehistoric to modern times, beautiful beaches (and the water/adventure sports that come with it) and amazing seafood are all the things which define Bali in a nutshell. December onwards is the time when you can escape from the winter chills of India and enjoy the rains here in Bali. However, I must notify you that everybody does not appreciate the humidity that comes with the package so plan a trip according to your liking.

Photo of Bali (by David Blackwell)

Check out ixigo’s Bali Travel Guide for all the best places to see, eat, stay and things to do along with some amazing packages for the same.

Rio de Janeiro

Beaches, rainforest and mountains make up the stunning backdrop to Rio de Janeiro. The best time to visit Rio is between December and March when the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches. The beautiful land of Brazil plays host to the most celebrated event on the planet, the Rio Carnival, a weeklong celebration during the late February and early March, known as the Greatest Show on Earth, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Rio to experience sensational parades with the mesmerizing beats of the samba drums.

Photo of Rio de Janeiro (by Eric Steffen)

Learn the electric samba dance and visit one of the world's New 7 Wonders in vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's most exciting metropolis and its charming inhabitants will leave you yearning for more.

Costa Rica

Sitting between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean is the Costa Rica, with landscape painted with towering volcanoes and mountains, lush green rainforests and sparking coastal plains, this is where you get to spend an amazing time in the lap of nature. Learn about pre-Columbian history, explore the country’s extensive national parks or simply relax on the shores of some of the best beaches of the world.

Photo of Costa Rica (by Arturo Sotillo)

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April, when the sun is up, making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. Warm waters, brilliant sunshine and a welcoming atmosphere make Costa Rica one of the best places to visit in winters around the world.


Discover Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city and the capital of New South Wales. If you are a beach person and enjoy water sports, sea surfing and water parks, then come here during december, when the summer season starts, till early February. Experience the beautiful and wild flora and fauna of the country without the unpredictability factor at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Aquarium or the Taronga Zoo. If you happen to say here during the new year, don’t miss the spectacular Harbour of Light Parade, Sydney’s fireworks will light up the harbour and Sydney Opera House, illuminating the night sky with a kaleidoscope of colour.

Photo of Sydney (by Jacques Griebmayer)

North Pole, Alaska

If you are a winter person, then head towards the North Pole, the home of jolly old St. Nick celebrates Christmas. From December 3 to January 8, the city hosts the Christmas in Ice festival near Santa Claus House, featuring works by 19 ice
sculpture competitors and a kids park complete with a maze and four ice slides.

Photo of Christmas Celebration in Alaska (by Hathor1943)

While many cities are decked with festive lights, a visit up north between December to March provides the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of the swirling colors of the aura borealis glowing in the night. Dress warmly as the temperature can dip to an average low of -26 C in December.


Full of microclimates, Hawaii is a perfect destination to spend away your entire December vacation. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach or travelling to the mountains, this place has a pleasant culture and some picturesque views on display. Home to coastal plains, interior valleys and mountain peaks, you must pack the best from your wardrobe to taste all the different flavours of climate on the itinerary.

Image of Hawaii (by Jet Lowe)

From the wettest spot on this earth - Kauai's Mount Waialeale to a desert that’s just a few miles away - Waimea Canyon and one of the wettest cities with 180 inches of rainfall - Hilo, you can be a guest to any or all of these attractive tourists’ halts.


Being Thailand’s largest Island, Phuket makes for a famous tourist destination. This mountainous province is home to some of the most picturesque mountain ranges and scenic beaches. From Patong Beach to Kata Noi Beach, you can lounge away on any of these and experience what it feels like to relax in the lap of nature. While the beaches fall on the western side of the island, the northern part observes this island’s last virgin rainforest.

Photo of Phuket (by mst7022)

You can even indulge yourself in some of the most interesting activities including scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling, safaris and elephant rides. And those of you who are party animals can be a guest to Phuket’s amazing nightlife with countless discos, bars, cabarets, discos and full moon


One of Europe’s famous tourist destinations, Switzerland is generally flocked by many American travelers. From outstanding world-best hotels to Heid-like mountain villages, you can witness a contrast of both the cultures, ancient as well as contemporary. Whether you plan to explore different regions or go for hiking, you will not be disappointed with what this place has on display. You can even enjoy taking a mountain ride, while you unfold the beautiful Alps and the farms. Also, this place is a must visit for shopaholics who are fond of swiss watches, chocolates and many other signature products, you wouldn’t mind cherishing for a lifetime.

Photo of Switzerland (by Hansueli Krapf)

December means celebrations - the last month of the year that lets you welcome the new year with great enthusiasm and joy. This is the time of the year when everyone feels like travelling and witnessing some of the best places that are home to exciting beach activities, sightseeing, mountain trails, snowfall and other attractions. So, pack your bags and prepare a to-do-list of the best international destinations to visit during December.

Will definitely have to plan a december trip now!!
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