South East Asia

Cheapest destinations for Chinese New Year & where to stay

By , December 12, 2017

Our super-saver hotel picks feature the best hotels with the biggest savings – look out for them, they’re highlighted in grey boxes!

In order of value-for-money, here’s our list of cheapest destinations for Chinese New Year & where to stay:




Ho Chi Minh City


Phnom Penh

Bandung for Chinese New Year

Bada bing, bada ban-dung! Results are in and Bandung is the cheapest destination for Chinese New Year! Even after CNY, it’s among the best-value destinations this year to spend a long weekend in from Singapore. While everyone else scrambles to book popular cities for the long Chinese New Year weekend, inflating hotel and flight prices, why not be smart and stretch your red pocket savings in The Paris of Java?


Super-saver hotel

Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers

Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers pool illuminated at night


Good weather, good vibes. A truism but one that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. February is the tail-end of summer in Bandung, and the best time of year to travel. With an illuminated, lagoon-inspired pool, alfresco poolside dining, complimentary horseback riding for children, and plenty of outdoor kids activities, Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers is the ideal hotel to spend Chinese New Year in with family.


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Sangria Resort & Spa

Sangria Resort & Spa bed

Rooms with breathtaking mountain views and access to an enchanting outdoor pool that sits at the cusp of one of Bandung’s lush valleys, not to mention complimentary breakfast and the luxury of watching the sunset as you soak in the open air hot tub surrounded by the sounds of nature. Leave the city behind at the hillside resort (but by all means, max out on Instagram – no one could resist!)

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Jadul Village Resort & Spa

Jadul Village Resort & Spa bedroom

We love the traditional Javanese buildings and interior design of this mountain resort. Situated 1,300 metres above sea level, one luxury is definitely the fresh air. Other luxuries include the many Javanese-style spa treatments and the private terraces and stone bathtubs in each of the well appointed villas.

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Cebu for Chinese New Year


Super-saver hotel

Radisson Blu Cebu

Radisson Blu Cebu suite


Location, location, location! The Radisson Blu Cebu is located in the city centre. With downtown Cebu and its beaches at the hotel’s doorstep, on-the-go travellers with more than a couple of things they want to see will be able to get through their list! The luxury hotel has excellent massage treatments, an award-winning restaurant, large rooms with kitchenettes, and, most importantly, thousands of amazing reviews.


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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu bedroom

It’s hot, year round, in Cebu, so we hope you’re in the mood for lots of pool time! Catering to the needs of families, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has a children’s pool and have staff that are great with kids – a great environment to spend your precious CNY family-time in. The spaciousness, from the pool area to the rooms, is the icing on top of all the luxury chain’s features that guarantee a great holiday.

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The Henry Hotel

The Henry Hotel pop room

Nope, your subconscious didn’t just lead you astray and you’re not on an online retailer – rooms at this funky boutique hotel are sized like clothes and come in big, large, x-large or xx-large! The latter two options, 72 sqm and 108 sqm respectively, have enough space to throw a boomerang in! Pop art, trendy international restaurants within walking distance, the unique hotel is ideal for atypical, explorative travel.

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Krabi for Chinese New Year


Super-saver hotel

Koh Jum Beach Villas Krabi

Koh Jum Beach Villas Krabi villa living area


What makes luxury even more luxurious? Intimacy. At Koh Jum Beach Villas Krabi, your soon-to-be beach-side villa is one among an exclusive 20 villas the five-star property has in total. What’s more is that it’s on the relatively unknown island of Koh Jum, near the Krabi mainland. Villas range between 1 to 5 bedrooms, some of which have a private pool while each has a private garden.


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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort living area and bed in back

Krabi’s famous cliff formations are within reach from the luxury brand’s Krabi property. Set in a luscious garden, with two beachfront pools and spacious, balconied rooms facing the sea, you ought to stay here if beautiful surroundings are what you want to wake up to while on vacation. In addition, there are as many restaurants at Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort as there are grains of sand on the Klong Muong Beach its situated on.

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Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve bed and sofa

The hotel so perfect you’ll want to stay-inside all week. All accommodations (villas or pavilions) have oversized baths, verandas, and either an outdoor bath, private plunge pool, Jacuzzi or infinity pool. If you can peel away from your private luxury-nest you’ll notice the hotel has plenty more amenities for you to enjoy, namely an infinity pool, spa, and yoga and Pilates studio.

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Ho Chi Minh City for Chinese New Year


Super-saver hotel

The Alcove Library Hotel

The Alcove Library Hotel entrance


Uncomplicated travellers, take note of this highly rated boutique; our super-saver choice for Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel often offers reduced prices not to mention complimentary breakfast, included in the regular price of a double room. If you can forgo an outdoor pool and forgot to buy that magazine you usually pick up at the airport and require good reading material, then this library hotel is for you.


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Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon pool with hotel building in background

Sophisticated travellers with back issues of The Paris Review in tote, there’s only one address in Ho Chi Minh City that concerns you – the très élégant Park Hyatt Saigon. The French-colonial influence is exemplified in the floor-to-ceiling wooden shutters in each room. Located in the heart of the city, near Notre-Dame Basilica, varieties of invigorating experiences are within reach. Don’t worry, your favourite Bánh mì vendor will still be busy after you’re done with the outdoor pool, luxury spa, and have finished sipping your cocktails at the city’s favourite hotel bar.

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Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Sofitel Saigon Plaza room with city view

Experienced travellers will know and love the five-star Sofitel Saigon Plaza; the French hotel chain’s only hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. For its value-for-money, and dry and warm weather, the city is perfect for Chinese New Year if you’re still undecided. Go on and send off your last emails if you must before finally logging out and enjoying your long weekend by the rooftop pool. The hotel’s little surprises, including Lanvin toiletries, a Phở station at the lunch buffet, and French press filter coffee, will make you feel like you’re staying in a lucky hongbao. Walking distance from Independence Palace, the Sofitel is a perfect all-rounder for the discerning traveller.

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Yangon for Chinese New Year


Super-saver hotel

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon view overlooking hotel pool and city at dusk


The best view of the Shwedagon Pagoda from a hotel balcony belongs to Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon. And it’s not only premium-roomed guests that get to enjoy the views but all guest as all rooms have balconies. Other highlights include the weekday seafood buffet, the beach-style pool, and that each room has a bathtub.


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Sule Shangri-la, Yangon

Yangon Sule Shangri-la room with view of pagoda

Sule Shangri-la is a popular hotel for couples and is the city’s top rated hotel – advance reservations are a good idea. Deluxe Rooms have the choice of pagoda, river, or city views. Speaking of the city, this five-star is right by the famous Bogyoke Market and Sule Pagoda. Hotel features include an outdoor pool, spa, and gym.

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Belmond Governor’s Residence

Belmond Governor’s Residence bedroom with lounge area

“Will travel for food” – if that’s your travel motto, then Belmond Governor’s Residence restaurant has fantastic Burmese curries and spicy salads. Reason enough for you to travel here. From the hotel’s large verandas to the  atmospheric lotus pool, no corner of the hotel is left uninspired, guaranteeing guests are left inspired (and well fed of course).

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Phnom Penh for Chinese New Year


Super-saver hotel

The Pavilion Hotel

The Pavilion Hotel outdoor pool flanked by palms


If swimming is your bliss then the two gorgeous swimming pools, open 24 hours, should intrigue you enough to want to stay the weekend at The Pavilion Hotel. When you’re not floating idly in your private oasis then look out onto the turquoise piscina from your terrace or relax with a book in your private garden access room as you bask in the soothing sound of splashing.



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The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa outdoor pool flanked by trees

If traditional dark-wood interiors are a little too heavy for your taste, then the white-walled, bright orange-and-yellow accented rooms of The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa are intentionally designed to be uplifting and light. Little vases with succulents also add a nice touch. The spa hotel’s bright personality is further exemplified in the voluminous plantation that encases the outdoor pool. As for making those sore muscles bright again, the spa, equipped with a Jacuzzi and a lush menu of Khmer style massages, is the answer.

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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra suite with river views

The French influence in Phnom Penh is evident in the city’s architecture, namely its spacious boulevards in the city centre and the buildings that line it. Among these colonial edifices is the riverside Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra. Put your savings from picking a cheap flight destination towards a upgrading to a suite for best river views. Food quality, pool and spa ambiance, and attentiveness of service are a sure thing at properties of this luxury French chain, and with Cambodian hospitality and flavour added to the already appealing mix, it’s even surer

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