Chinese New Year falls on 16 and 17 February 2018.

This falls on a Friday and Saturday, which means that you’ll get to enjoy a three-day long weekend.

Think about whether to stay in Singapore or go on holiday.

Lo Hei! by Philip Hayward (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

For the Chinese, this is pretty much a decision that has already been made for you. For those with families and grandparents, Reunion Dinner on the 16th is a must, and the first-day pai nian celebration is mandatory.

Consider a staycation at a boutique hotel in Singapore.

Seeing how the first and second days are the most important of the entire 15-day celebration, it is perfectly acceptable for the third to be designated family time away from the extended family.

Hotels are sure to be busy at this time, so plan early and book ahead. Not sure which hotel to choose? Consider one of these 20 Unique Hotels that Make for the Best Staycation Experience in Singapore.

If you want to travel abroad, avoid countries with large Chinese populations.

Hong Kong, Apr-12 by Mitch Altman (CC BY-SA 2.0)

China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau do not come recommended during this time of year, as prices will be sky high for hotels, public transportation will be crowded, and it’ll be pretty much busy everywhere in the main cities.

Love festivals? Check out the Naked Man Festival.

The runners arrive by calltheambulance (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Taking place on 17 February 2018, Hadaka Matsuri is a popular festival in Japan that sees over 10,000 participants – adorned in nothing but loin cloth – vie for the title of “The Lucky Man”.

The individual to capture the symbolic batons is said to be blessed with wealth. That’s Japan for you!

Fly in the middle of the day.

Sea lights of the sun by Marcelo Gonçalves Neves (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Make the most of your travels by catching a midday flight. There’s a higher chance of scoring cheaper tickets and avoiding the stressful crowds. Flying off on Friday afternoon is recommended.

Think about whether you want to go alone or with family and friends.

Have since become a drifter! by Rajarshi MITRA (CC BY 2.0)

Probably the most important question of all would be, who are you travelling with? If you’re looking for a bit of soul-searching this Chinese New Year, make it a trip for one.

If you’re planning to take your family away, consider the beach resorts of Phuket or Bali, or head to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh with friends.


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Wan Phing Lim

Wan Phing Lim is a freelance travel writer and editor currently based in Penang, Malaysia. She was previously Editor of Asian Geographic Magazine and Online Editor of the AsiaRooms.com blog. In her freetime, she loves drinking coffee, meeting new people and exploring strange and unfamiliar cities.