Celebrate AirAsia’s 17th Anniversary By Visiting Must-See Destinations From RM17 Only

Booking period is from 3-9 December, so be quick!

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AirAsia is celebrating their 17th anniversary with 17 awesome destinations and awesome fares!

Get ready to explore the world and discover hidden gems when AirAsia launches their special birthday promo for one-week only.

Booking period: 3-9 December 2018
Travel period: 6 May 2019 - 4 February 2020 

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Here's a look at 5 of the 17 must-see destinations to celebrate AirAsia's 17th birthday:

1. Enjoy a local beach staycation when you snorkel and dive in Terengganu, Malaysia

You don't need to go far for a tropical island getaway! Head over to Terengganu for a fantastic short break.

Visit Pasar Payang, the most famous market in the state, and shop for handicrafts, textiles, batik, snacks, and more. The market is over 100 years old and well-loved by both locals and tourists.

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Eat Terengganu specialties like kerepok lekor - the traditional Malay fish cracker snack made from fish and sago flour; satar - a mixture of pounded fish, shallots, and ginger, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled over a low fire; and nasi dagang from Mak Ngah Nasi Dagang, the most popular roadside stall in Chendering.

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Relax on the sandy white beaches of Redang Island. Treat yourself to a spa day, go turtle watching at night, and explore the beautiful island by trekking.

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Go snorkeling and diving at Perhentian Island. The Perhentian Islands are known to have some of the best stretches of coastline in Malaysia. Perhentian Besar caters more towards locals and families, while Perhentian Kecil tends to attract budget-conscious backpackers. Discover both by taking a water taxi across the small gap between the islands in less than 10 minutes.

2. Explore historical temples and amazing cultural experiences in Tiruchirappalli, India

Tiruchirappalli, or Trichy, is located in Tamil Nadu and is one of the most well-known temple cities of South India. A fine blend of tradition and modernity, Trichy is famous for its rich cultural and architectural heritage.

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The Ayyappan Temple is known for its cleanliness and silence. With a big meditation hall that can fit around 100 devotees, the temple is well-loved for treating all people without discrimination. Both locals and foreigners are welcome to worship there and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the most important vishnu temples in the world. Occupying an area of 156 acres, this is the largest temple in India. Architecturally, the temple is absolutely stunning!

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The Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort is a historic fort and temple complex built on an ancient rock. There are a total of 400 stone-cut steps to reach the top.

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Trek up the Dolphin's Nose just 8km away from Kodaikanal, and get a bird's eye view of the scenic landscape and surrounding mountainous area.

3. Experience the super chill capital city that mixes French colonial architecture with Buddhist influence in Vientiane, Laos

Visit cultural museums, go temple-hopping, and explore this quiet city.

Try delicious, cheap street food at the Vientiane Night Food Market, including steaming hot bowls of klao niaw - balls of sticky rice dipped in other foods and sauces; and laap - a meat salad served with garlic, lime juice, spring onion or mint, along with roasted rice.

COPE Vientiane is a non-profit organisation in Laos which provides prosthetic limbs, mobility assistance and rehabilitation for Lao people who can’t afford it.

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During the Vietnam War, the US led over 580,000 bombing missions over Laos for 9 years straight. Known as the 'Secret War,' the US government denied their involvement for many years. Despite the fact that the war ended 40 years ago, Laos is still littered with 80 million unexploded US bombs, which continue to kill or maim locals to this day.

COPE Vientiane is a rehab clinic, free museum, and NGO that focuses on supporting bomb victims. It's a must-visit place to learn the country's history and participate in hands-on activities.

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Take a stroll around Xieng Khuan, also known as Buddha Park. It was built in 1958 by an eccentric shaman, artist, and mystic, named Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. Highlights include a 120m long reclining Buddha and a large three-storey sculpture that covers earth, heaven, and hell.

Built in 1818, Wat Si Saket is a unique temple that is famous for more than 6,800 seated silver, stone, bronze, and ceramic Buddhas. Most are between 100-400 years old!

4. Get closer to nature as you hike up volcanic peaks and relax on pink beaches in Lombok, Indonesia

Most people head straight for Bali when they plan a beach holiday in Indonesia. But the gorgeous island of Lombok is only a ferry ride away, and is a lot less crowded and commercialised.

Challenge yourself by hiking up the steep volcanic peaks of Mount Rinjani, one of the highest volcanos in Indonesia. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located at the top is absolutely breathtaking!

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Explore the famous Tangsi ‘Pink’ Beach where the pretty corals gives the shore a gorgeous tinge of blush.

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Tiu Kelep is the most famous waterfall in Lombok. Go for a trekking adventure through the jungle to reach the falls and spend the day swimming, picnicking, and enjoying the water. But do be careful not to swim directly under the waterfall as the current can get very strong!

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Watch the sunset (or sunrise!) at Kuta Lombok on Bukit Merese. Sit out on the edge and enjoy views down both directions of the coast. The surrounding hills and coves are great to explore on foot too!

5. Relax and unwind with mud baths and scenic views in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Looking for a new spa experience? Mud baths are super popular in Nha Trang! The mud is claimed to have various health and healing benefits. Located at hot springs centres, you can also enjoy herbal baths, jacuzzis, waterfalls, and saunas.

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One of the main sites in the city is Long Son Pagoda. Climb to the top for great city views and get up close to the giant, white, reclining Buddha along the way.

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The Po Nagar Cham Towers is the most famous temple in Nha Trang and a must-do for the cultural experience. Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, it still functions as a worshipping site for Buddhists.

Vinpearl Land is a family-friendly amusement park that includes a theme park, water park, and luxury resort. Voted the "most attractive amusement park" in Vietnam, it's a great place to have fun. Plus, it's home to the world's longest cable car sea crossing, which is 3km long!

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