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Agoda offers Asian alternatives for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations

Agoda offers Asian alternatives for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations (Forimmediaterelease.net) BANGKOK, Thailand – As 2008 winds down, festivities crank up all over the world, and Asian destinations are becoming ever-more popular with unique and interesting variations of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Agoda.com, an online hotel booking company, encourages travelers to spend a memorable holiday season away from the cold and snow, with a number of last-minute hot Asian hotel deals to light up the season.

Various countries celebrate the holiday season with their own flavors and distinctive cultural influences. Singapore sweetens the occasion with “A Sweet Christmas” where famed shopping malls and sights, from Orchard Road to Marina Bay, are transformed into a candy-themed wonderland perfect for kids and parents alike.

Japan has adapted the western style of Christmas festivities, creating their own unique version with Christmas lights and western flavors that have a Japanese flair. Tokyo Disneyland hosts “Christmas Fantasy,” a spectacular that can only be experienced at Japan’s Magic Kingdom. The breathtaking beauty of winter and hidden cultural heritage sites, normally not opened to the public, will dazzle tourists during the Kyoto Winter Special starting from December until March 2009, making Japan an ideal holiday destination.

Hong Kong offers up “WinterFest,” an inspired set of sights and sounds on Victoria Harbor. The Christmas-light spectacular, next to the Avenue of Stars Wishing Parade, rings in the holiday season with merriment, while the entire city is decorated with Christmas splendor. An antique Christmas Tram, themed trucks with carol singers, a multimedia Christmas tree display at Ocean Park’s ice skating extravaganza, and the huge Christmas Tree of Statue Square have established Hong Kong as a premier holiday destination.

Macau, China’s own “Las Vegas” decorates the town with even more lights throughout the festive season. From December 24-27, Macau lights up, with music and dance spectaculars on Fisherman’s Wharf. All the sights, sounds, and smells of Macau include both Chinese and Italian flavors, making this a great holiday destination for international travelers.

The Philippines is the only predominantly Christian country in South East Asia, a place where Christmas is a mixture of western and native Filipino traditions. Also known as the “Land of Fiestas,” the celebrations revolve around food and family, with festivities beginning on December 16 through January 4. Manila shines as a magnificent example of the mixture of cultures with jovial decorations and elaborate seasonal crafts that make Christmas in the Philippines truly special.

“There are absolutely no limits to what you can do in Asia for the holidays,” said Agoda vice president of business development Mr. Wilfred Fan. “Its diverse choice of celebrations, blending western and local traditions, make experiencing the holidays even more exciting. As a specialist in finding the best hotel deals in Asia, Agoda.com is offering special hotel rates throughout Asia for that fantastic year-end trip.”

Agoda presents special deals at the following hotel locations:

Singapore
- Traders Hotel, Singapore: 5-star hotel, rate starting at US$159 (normally US$185)
- Grand Plaza Park Hotel City Hall, Singapore: 4-star hotel, rate starting at US$122 (normally US$150)

Hong Kong
- Regal Hongkong Hotel: 5-star hotel, rate starting at US$155 (normally US$189)
- Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong: 4-star hotel, rate starting at US$156 (normally US$192)

Macau
- The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macau: 5-star hotel, rate starting at US$235 (normally US$257)
- Casa Real Hotel, Macau: 4-star hotel, rate starting at US$74 (normally US$118)

Japan
- Hotel Pacific Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan: 4-star hotel, rate starting at US$207 (normally US$310)
- Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto, Japan: 3-star hotel, rate starting at US$119 (normally US$178)

Philippines
- The A Venue Hotel, Manila Philippines: 3.5-star hotel, rate starting at US$70 (normally US$100)
- Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Philippines: 3-star hotel, rate starting at US$42 (normally US$80)

For more information regarding Agoda, please visit the website at www.agoda.com or contact the Agoda customer service team via telephone at +66 2 625 9100 or e-mail at href="mailto:info@agoda.com">info@agoda.com .

Pornpavee Kullama Phone: + 66 (0) 2 6259258 Email: pornpavee.kullama@agoda.com

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