By Hotels.Com on December 15, 2017

  • Concerts and Fireworks: Malaysians prefer city destinations such as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei to welcome the new year

  • Let it snow: More Malaysian travellers are going to London, Tokyo and Paris this year to experience a White December

KUALA LUMPUR December 15, 2017 – As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, reveals the ten most popular New Year’s Eve destinations for Malaysian travellers this year.

Regional destinations Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei, known for their exciting New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations, are the three most popular end-of-December destinations for Malaysian travellers this year. White December destinations such as Paris, Osaka and Tokyo have also become more popular, recording a significant surge of interests.

“December is a busy travelling period for Malaysians, as the Christmas and New Year celebrations coincide with the school holiday season. From our data, there is a strong growth in overseas travels amongst Malaysian travellers this year, leading to a surge in search volumes for regional destinations like Hong Kong and European cities like Paris and London,” said Jessica Chuang, Regional Director for Greater China, Southeast Asia & India for Brand.


Hello, 2018 – Most popular year-end destinations for Malaysian travellers

2017 Ranking Destination 2016 Ranking
1 Bangkok 1
2 Hong Kong 4
3 Taipei 3
4 Singapore 2
5 London 6
6 Tokyo 8
7 Paris 18
8 Seoul 7
9 Bali 9
10 Osaka 14

Fireworks and countdowns

Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam

Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam [Source:]

Bangkok retains its position as the most popular New Year’s Eve destination for Malaysian travellers this year. The city, with its pulsating nightlife scene in Silom and spectacular annual firework spectacles by the Chao Phraya river, is famous for its out-of-the-world NYE countdown parties. Situated just a few minutes walk from the epicentre of Bangkok’s party frenzies, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam appeals to tech-savvy travellers, with its high-tech fittings and sleek comfort.

Hong Kong jumped two spots to become the second most popular end-of-December destination for Malaysian travellers this year. The city’s glamorous NYE countdown features a musical fireworks show, illuminating the city’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The InterContinental Hong Kong is located on the water’s edge on the Kowloon side of the Harbour, providing hotel guests with an uninterrupted view of the fireworks spectacles outside.

All I Want for the New Year – is some snow!

Le Meurice

Le Meurice [Source:]

With the Malaysian Ringgit continuing to strengthen, more Malaysians are heading to destinations in Japan and Europe for some fun in the snow.


London is the fifth most popular end-of-December destination for Malaysian travellers this year, while Paris jumped 11 positions to number seven. With many colourful Christmas markets, the magical Disneyland Paris and the festively decorated Champs-Élysées, Paris is the place to be for a family-friendly European White December experience. Ranked as among the most elegant hotels in the world, Le Meurice is located near Marché de Noel Paris, one of the city’s largest Christmas markets

 Most popular White December destinations for Malaysian travellers

2017 Ranking Destination
1 London
2 Tokyo
3 Paris
4 Seoul
5 Osaka
6 Sapporo
7 Amsterdam
8 Beijing
9 New York
10 Milan

JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo [Source:]

Malaysian travellers also flock to Japanese cities for a White December experience. While Tokyo and Osaka offer great urban experience and cultural offerings, Sapporo offers a base from which winter sports enthusiasts embark on a ski or snowboard adventure. Located just 20 km northwest of downtown Sapporto, Sapporo Teine ski resort has an established history as a winter destination – the town also hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. Downtown Sapporo also enjoys heavy snowfalls every year, with an average annual snowfall of 6.3 metres. Winner of’s Loved by Guests award this year, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo is an excellent base to explore the city, dubbed as the Gateway to Hokkaido.

“As Malaysians head to popular destinations like Bangkok, Tokyo and Paris to celebrate Christmas and New Year, is excited to continue to provide the best value to enhance their travel experience. With 25 million genuine guest reviews, also has the insight and information needed to help Malaysian travellers to plan for their dream December vacation,” added Jessica.


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