Agoda names most-booked New Year’s Eve destinations

The top five Asian cities where travellers chose to ring in the New Year include Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, and Osaka, according to Agoda.

The list of the top five booked destinations was based on check-ins between December 29 and 31, 2023 on Agoda’s platform.

Many flock to Bangkok, Thailand to usher in the new year while enjoying the fireworks display

Once again Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, topped the list as the most popular destination to celebrate Ōmisoka (New Year’s Eve). Coming in second was Bangkok in Thailand, a city known for its spectacular fireworks display along the Chao Phraya River. Despite the cancellation of the fireworks display at KLCC Park, Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur secured the third spot.

Taipei, with its famous Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve Countdown, followed in fourth, while Osaka, known for its lively street parties and traditional bell-ringing ceremonies, rose from eighth to fifth place. Meanwhile, Thailand’s popular beach destination Pattaya was seventh on the list.

Omri Morgenshtern, CEO of Agoda, shared: “This New Year’s Eve, Japan’s popularity for domestic and international travelers continued, with not just Tokyo featuring in the top five destinations but Osaka too. People’s desire to travel and to learn about new cultures reflects the wide array of experiences people are seeking when celebrating the year end. From Tokyo’s traditional bell ringing to Bangkok’s stunning riverside fireworks, each of these cities offered unique ways to welcome the new year.”

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