5 of the best foreign travel destinations for Spring Festival
By She Jingwei

In recent years, some Chinese young people, rather than return to their hometowns for the Chinese Lunar New Year, have chosen to take their parents abroad instead. If you have not yet decided where to travel, here we recommend five of the best foreign destinations for a Spring Festival holiday. 

Vietnam 

Dubbed the "Vietnamese gem" and located on the south central coast of Vietnam, the Nha Trang is a paradise of city and sea. 

Nha Trang's tropical savannah climate means it's almost always sunny in this city, which is one of the best destinations to visit during the Spring Festival holiday. Thanks to the mountains and islands that shelter the Nha Trang Bay, this city is a dream destination for beach lovers. 

Beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam. /VCG Photo

Beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam. /VCG Photo

Apart from the Nha Trang, you could also head to Da Nang for a visit. Situated on the coast of central Vietnam, at the opening end of the Han River, Da Nang is one of the country's major ports. 

It's worth mentioning that nightlife is no joke in the city. And the night markets and street food are highlights. 

Travel information

For Chinese, a visa on arrival is needed when entering Vietnam. 

Cambodia 

Cambodia is regarded as a hidden gem in Southeast Asia and has long been noted as a popular tourist attraction for Chinese people. 

The magnificent Angkor Wat, the beautifully carved Queen's Palace, the splendid broken ruins, and the hundreds of unspoiled beaches…all of which will definitely provide you with a strong visual impact. 

Dawn of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. /VCG Photo

Dawn of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. /VCG Photo

Travel information

For most visitors to Cambodia, a visa is obtainable upon arrival at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. For land crossing from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, visas can be obtained at the International Check Point border. 

Tourists can also get their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas.

Bali 

Dazzling sands, perfect palm trees and waters so blue they glow, Bali's beaches look airbrushed. If you want to get away from the bustling city life, then Bali is your ideal destination to kill the holiday time. 

In recent years, China is the top source of international tourists to Bali. Why not take your parents and spend a wonderful holiday journey in this romantic destination?

View of Bali. /VCG Photo

View of Bali. /VCG Photo

Travel information

Indonesia implements a visa-free policy for Chinese citizens and they can enjoy a stay of 30 days. 

A reminder for you: Bali is about to impose a tax of 10 U.S. dollars on foreign visitors to support the ecological environment and cultural preservation. 

Similan Islands

Located in the Andaman Sea on the West Coast of southern Thailand, the Similan Islands are the perfect attraction for tourists who really love diving and explore remote places full of wildlife. 

Similan Islands, Thailand. /VCG Photo

Similan Islands, Thailand. /VCG Photo

All the Similan Islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters that harbor exciting rock formations and spectacular coral reefs. Among the eleven islands here, the largest is Koh Similan, which is probably the best spot to start your trip.

Travel information

The Similan Islands are officially open to the public from October 15 until May 15, though dates may vary each year.

Turkey 

With stunning scenery and rich historic legacy, Turkey offers more than we could ever imagine. 

It's time to take your parents to Turkey where you could feel the unique atmosphere of Spring Festival. 

Hot air balloons in Turkey. /VCG Photo

Hot air balloons in Turkey. /VCG Photo

Travel information

Chinese citizens can directly apply for an e-visa for Turkey, making for a convenient travel.

(Cover: Beautiful seascape in the Nha Trang, Vietnam. /VCG Photo)