New Year’s parties usually involve much pomp and circumstance with fireworks, large crowds, raucous parties and the like. For those who would rather avoid the crowds, but still celebrate, there are a few places around the world that are conducive. Travel fare aggregator and reservation site, curated a list of unique and off-beat destinations to spend New Year’s Eve in relative quiet.

For those who would rather avoid the crowds, but still celebrate, there are a few places around the world that are conducive. Photo courtesy of!JAKARTA

Big Sur, United States
Big Sur in California has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. With its virgin shores, unlike other beaches in California, Big Sur is paradise for nature lovers and is the perfect retreat to restore energy in preparation for the New Year. One of the most relaxing experiences is at McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that flows to a Point Lobos, a marine sanctuary with beautiful scenery, and the hidden rocky Pfeiffer Beach.

Panaji, India

Hotel view in Panaji, India.

Panaji is one of the most comfortable capitals of the Indian state of Goa is an ideal  destination to welcome 2019. Tourists come together to enjoy a blend of Indian and Portuguese culture. In addition to major tourist attractions such as the Mandovi River and the white church overlooking the main square known as Praça da Igreja, Panaji is also known for its art. Panaji has plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, food and relaxation which give one a different picture of India.

Pontresina, Switzerland

Pontresina is surrounded by mountains and hills.

If your New Year's resolution is to improve your health and fitness, start 2019 in Pontresina. This mountain village in the eastern region of Switzerland is surrounded by distinctive scented pine trees. This destination is a haven for those into fitness with a variety of activities offered such as skiing, fishing, ice skating, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding and other outdoor activities.

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, in Sri Lanka is home to sacred and famous Buddhist sites.

Kandy, in Sri Lanka is home to sacred and famous Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth and the statue of Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha. In Kandy one can enjoy nature (by way of a lake) and enjoy walks in the ancient city while aborbing a bit of culture.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Latern Festival during New Year celebration in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is host to some of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the country.  One of the most famous is the spectacular candlelight ceremony rather than a noisy fireworks. It’s a city where one can reflect on one’s thoughts and prepare for the year ahead. Every year, thousands of Thais and tourists gather to release paper lanterns to the sky in the hope of earning good luck next year.

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Rintang Azhar

Rintang Azhar

Rintang is a previous staff writer for NOW! with experience in hard news and lifestyle journalism. He specialises in art, design, culture, fashion, environmental, and urban issues.