Bangkok tops Agoda’s New Year list

SINGAPORE, 1 February 2019: Bangkok, Tokyo and Taipei are the top three most popular destination for Asia Pacific travellers over the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday week, according to booking data from the digital travel platform Agoda.

This year, Osaka, slips from third spot in 2018 to sixth, while Taiwan scoops three of the top 10 destinations with Taipei in third, and Kaohsiung and Taichung in fifth and seventh respectively.

Country-wise, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand will benefit most from travellers celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Top city choices are Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore among their top ten destinations.

Top 10 destinations for Asian travelers in 2019

2017 2018 2019
1. Bangkok, Thailand 1. Tokyo, Japan 1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Tokyo, Japan 2. Bangkok, Thailand 2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3. Osaka, Japan 3. Taipei, Taiwan
4. Taipei, Taiwan 4. Taipei, Taiwan 4. Hong Kong
5. Hong Kong 5. Seoul, South Korea 5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
6. Seoul, South Korea 6. Hong Kong 6. Osaka, Japan
7. Osaka, Japan 7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 7. Taichung, Taiwan
8. Singapore 8. Singapore 8. Sapporo, Japan
9.  Chiang Mai, Thailand 9. Kyoto, Japan 9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. Pattaya, Thailand 10. Phuket, Thailand 10. Singapore

Closer look at country  markets

China
The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many cities across Asia, but Chinese travelers enjoy the longest holiday. With a week to spare, Chinese tourists are spending their New Year in cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bangkok.

2017 2018 2019
1. Bangkok, Thailand 1. Hong Kong, China 1. Hong Kong, China
2. Hong Kong, China 2. Phuket, Thailand 2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Phuket, Thailand 3. Bangkok, Thailand 3. Bangkok, Thailand
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand 4. Tokyo, Japan 4. Phuket Island, Thailand
5. Tokyo, Japan 5. Chiang Mai, Thailand 5. Osaka, Japan
6. Taipei, Taiwan 6. Taipei, Taiwan 6. Chiang Mai, Thailand
7. Bali, Indonesia 7. Osaka, Japan 7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Osaka, Japan 8. Sapporo, Japan 8. Singapore
9. Nha Trang, Vietnam 9. Bali, Indonesia 9. Taipei, China
10. Kyoto, Japan 10. Boracay Island, Philippines 10. Kyoto, Japan

Hong Kong
This year, Hong Kong residents chose to change things up, traveling to Japan, Thailand and Taiwan over the previously favored Korea. In fact, Korea dropped out of the top three destinations altogether to settle at the fifth spot.

2017 2018 2019
1. Seoul, South Korea 1. Seoul, South Korea 1. Tokyo
2. Tokyo, Japan 2. Tokyo, Japan 2. Bangkok
3. Taipei, Taiwan 3. Osaka, Japan 3. Taipei
4. Osaka, Japan 4. Taipei, Taiwan 4. Osaka
5. Bangkok, Thailand 5. Bangkok, Thailand 5. Seoul
6. Macau 6. Macau 6. Macau
7. Guangzhou, China 7. Fukuoka, Japan 7. Fukuoka
8. Sapporo, Japan 8. Kyoto, Japan 8. Sapporo
9. Pattaya, Thailand 9. Sapporo, Japan 9. Hong Kong
10. Kyoto, Japan 10. Nagoya, Japan 10. Guangzhou

Indonesia
Indonesians are venturing further afield this year to celebrate the Lunar New Year, with Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo taking up two out of three of its top travel destinations. Japan is rising in popularity, as the region adds Sapporo with its winter wonderland into Indonesia’s top-10 destinations.

2017 2018 2019
1. Bandung, Indonesia 1. Bandung, Indonesia 1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Jakarta, Indonesia 2. Bali, Indonesia 2. Bali, Indonesia
3. Bali, Indonesia 3. Yogyakarta, Indonesia 3. Tokyo, Japan
4. Yogyakarta, Indonesia 4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4. Bangkok, Thailand
5. Surabaya, Indonesia 5. Singapore 5. Bandung, Indonesia
6. Singapore 6. Jakarta, Indonesia 6. Singapore
7. Bogor, Indonesia 7. Tokyo, Japan 7. Genting Highlands
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 8. Malang, Indonesia 8. Sapporo, Japan
9. Semarang, Indonesia 9. Bangkok, Thailand 9. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
10. Malang, Indonesia 10. Puncak, Indonesia 10. Penang, Malaysia

Japan
Agoda data shows, domestic travels dominates the travel agenda for Japanese travelers over Lunar New Year this year, clinching six out of ten spots in the list. Thailand continues to be a hot-spot for those seeking a tropical celebration, and Hawaii makes its entrance into the top-10 list for the first time.

2017 2018 2019
1. Bangkok, Thailand 1. Bangkok, Thailand 1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Tokyo, Japan 2. Tokyo, Japan 2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Seoul, South Korea 3. Seoul, South Korea 3. Yokohama, Japan
4. Pattaya, Thailand 4. Pattaya, Thailand 4. Sapporo, Japan
5. Manila, Philippines 5. Osaka, Japan 5. Pattaya, Thailand
6. Osaka, Japan 6. Manila, Philippines 6. Osaka, Japan
7. Kyoto, Japan 7. Okinawa Main Island, Japan 7. Okinawa Main island, Japan
8. Cebu, Philippines 8. Bali, Indonesia 8. Fukuoka, Japan
9. Sapporo, Japan 9. Taipei, Taiwan 9. Oahu, Hawaii
10. Taipei, Taiwan 10. Cebu, Philippines 10. Kyoto, Japan

Malaysia
Malaysians continue to favor traveling within the region to celebrate Lunar New Year. In 2019, domestic destinations take up eight out of the top-10 destinations. Thailand remains the only overseas destination in the top-10 list for Malaysian travelers over the period.

2017 2018 2019
1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1. Hat Yai, Thailand
2. Malacca, Malaysia 2. Malacca, Malaysia 2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Penang, Malaysia 3. Penang, Malaysia 3. Malacca, Malaysia
4. Johor Bahru, Malaysia 4. Bangkok, Thailand 4. Penang, Malaysia
5. Bangkok, Thailand 5. Hat Yai, Thailand 5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6. Ipoh, Malaysia 6. Langkawi, Malaysia 6. Ipoh, Malaysia
7. Langkawi, Malaysia 7. Ipoh, Malaysia 7. Langkawi, Malaysia
8. Port Dickson, Malaysia 8. Port Dickson, Malaysia 8. Port Dickson, Malaysia
9. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia 9. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia 9. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
10. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 10. Johor Bahru, Malaysia 10. Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Singapore
Singaporeans prefer to travel to neighboring countries to spend the short Lunar New Year public holidays.

2017 2018 2019
1. Batam Island, Indonesia 1. Batam Island, Indonesia 1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Johor Bahru, Malaysia 2. Bangkok, Thailand 2. Batam Island, Indonesia
3. Bangkok, Thailand 3. Johor Bahru, Malaysia 3. Johor Bahru, Malaysia
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Malacca, Malaysia 5. Malacca, Malaysia 5. Singapore
6. Bali, Indonesia 6. Bali, Indonesia 6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7. Tokyo, Japan 7. Tokyo, Japan 7. Taipei, Taiwan
8. Phuket, Thailand 8. Taipei, Taiwan 8. Malacca, Malaysia
9. Bintan Island, Indonesia 9. Phuket, Thailand 9. Bali, Indonesia
10. Taipei, Taiwan 10. Bintan Island, Indonesia 10. Khao Yai, Thailand

Taiwan
Taiwanese are traveling within the region to spend Chinese New Year, with Kaohsiung rising up to clinch the top position. For the first time in three years, Kyoto has slipped out of the top ten ranking. 

2017 2018 2019
1. Tokyo, Japan 1. Tokyo, Japan 1. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2. Taipei, Taiwan 2. Taipei, Taiwan 2. Taichung, Taiwan
3. Taichung, Taiwan 3. Kaohsiung, Taiwan 3. Taipei, Taiwan
4. Kaohsiung, Taiwan 4. Taichung, Taiwan 4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Osaka, Japan 5. Osaka, Japan 5. Tainan, Taiwan
6. Tainan, Taiwan 6. Seoul, South Korea 6. Hualien, Taiwan
7. Seoul, South Korea 7. Tainan, Taiwan 7. Taitung, Taiwan
8. Kyoto, Japan 8. Okinawa Main island, Japan 8. Yilan, Taiwan
9. Hualien, Taiwan 9. Kyoto, Japan 9. Okinawa Main island, Japan
10. Yilan, Taiwan 10. Bangkok, Thailand 10. Chiayi, Taiwan

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