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Bangkok leads ranking of top travel destinations during Lunar New Year

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Tue, February 5, 2019  /  11:08 pm
Bangkok leads ranking of top travel destinations during Lunar New Year

Wat Arun Temple at sunset in Bangkok, Thailand. (Shutterstock/File)

Bangkok has emerged the most popular destination for travelers in Asia-Pacific during the Lunar New Year period, the world's largest annual human migration, which is currently underway. 

The Thai capital reclaimed the top spot this year as the most popular travel destination in online booking platform Agoda's list of top spring festival destinations 2019, knocking last year's winner Tokyo to second spot, followed by Taipei. 

The results are based on hotel booking data on Lunar New Year dates for 2019. 

This year, it's estimated that Chinese travelers will undertake nearly three billion trips by car, train and plane in the 40-day period between January 21 and March 1, an increase of 0.6 percent from 2018. 

On February 5, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, Indonesia and Malaysia will celebrate the lunar new year and usher in the year of the pig, the 12th and last position on the Chinese zodiac. 

In general, Pigs are born in the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. 

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Here are the top 10 most popular travel destinations according to Agoda: 

1. Bangkok, Thailand 
2. Tokyo, Japan 
3. Taipei, Taiwan 
4. Hong Kong 
5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
6. Osaka, Japan 
7. Taichung, Taiwan 
8; Sapporo, Japan 
9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
10. Singapore