Earlier this year, Mom was admitted to the hospital due to acute bronchitis brought about by complications with her asthma. It was the longest hospitalization she’s ever been to, and probably the most severe of all. What might have triggered my mother’s chronic asthma attacks could be extreme exposure to animal hair, thick smoke or dust. By process of elimination, we came up with the conclusion that New Year’s Eve was the culprit of Mom’s illness three weeks later. For this reason, Mom has declared that she wants to spend the New Year’s outside the country.
To give you a brief background, celebration of the New Year’s here in the Philippines is far different from all other countries. It’s probably the worst of all because unlike in other parts of the world, we commemorate the coming of the New Year by buying and using firecrackers and fireworks ourselves. Welcoming the New Year is not like how it is done in Sydney nor in Times Square where people just gather in one place, and wait until midnight to watch the city’s fireworks display.
This morning, Dad asked me to do some research on the best tourist destination in Asia that is conducive for family vacation. He wanted us to go back to Singapore, but Mom prefers to go elsewhere we’ve never been to this time. Since we are going as a family of six plus Mom’s youngest sister (side note: I am assuming that my husband and I will be able to join them on this trip, hence the use of we, our, and us), his considerations include no visa, peaceful yet fun (although there’s a lot going on in Thailand lately), a good place for shopping, easy access to the city or nearby cities, and of course, the beach. If it helps, we’re planning to go there during the last week of December to the first week of January. We would like to take advantage of the current off-peak season to avail plain tickets and book accommodations for this trip. With these, I have narrowed down our options to Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. I know Roan and I have been to Thailand for our honeymoon, but Mom’s sister prefer Thai and Vietnamese cuisine over Indonesian (although she’s never been to any of those places before) above all things.
On this note, I am seeking help from my darling readers (and visitors alike) on what you think is the best place to go to given the factors I have cited above. It will also come in handy if you could share some travel guides (on food, accommodation, activities, and places to visit) based on your recommended destination. Please write them in the comments section below (or if you’re too shy to say something others would see, send me a private message here).
Thank you, all, in advance!