Fireworks over Tokyo, Japan (Photo Geargodz)
Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido are among the top five destinations where Thai travellers choose to usher in another year while Seoul is the most-booked overseas destination for Thai travellers on New Year’s Eve. For those preferring to stay in the country, Chiang Mai is the most popular domestic destination for Thai travellers with bookings up 90 per cent year-on-year for New Year’s Eve.
For more than a decade, millions of hosts and guests have been forging connections across the globe through travel on Airbnb and this New Year’s Eve, more travellers than ever are doing just that.
With increased flight connectivity and a growing middle class, more and more Thais are travelling overseas to explore new destinations and new cultures.
While Seoul is the most popular, growth of travel to Japan is rising with Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido all making the top five trending international destinations for Thai travellers this New Year’s Eve, based on guest arrival growth. Here’s the full list:
1. London (164 per cent growth y-o-y)
2. Shanghai (162 per cent growth y-o-y)
3. Tokyo (87 per cent growth y-o-y)
4. Osaka (70 per cent growth y-o-y)
5. Hokkaido (61 per cent y-o-y)
For those opting to stay home and explore Thailand, the cool mountains of northern Thailand are the most popular this New Year’s Eve with Chiang Mai being the most popular domestic destination for Thai travellers.
Chiang Mai has also experienced the highest growth rate, with bookings up 90 per cent year-over-year. The top three trending domestic destinations for Thai travellers are:
1. Chiang Mai (90 per cent y-o-y growth)
2. Phuket (82 per cent y-o-y growth)
3. Bangkok (64 per cent y-o-y growth)
Combining both domestic and international Airbnb booking data, it’s clear that the allure of the city and it’s large-scale end-of-year celebrations has helped to make Bangkok the most booked Thai destination on Airbnb this New Year’s Eve.
The top five most-booked Thai destinations this New Year’s Eve are:
2. Chiang Mai