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Tickled pink: Agoda's guide to experiencing spring blossoms 2021
TOKYO, Mar. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Spring is finally here and with it the advance of cherry blossoms. After long 
winter months, combined with lockdowns, there's more of a reason than ever to 
want to experience the majestic blooms. To experience "Sakura Zensen", digital 
travel platform Agoda shares ideas of where to experience hints of pink at home 
and around the world.

Agoda's GoLocal Survey has shown a third of travelers across the globe cite 
"Nature" as their preferred type of holiday destination, making national parks 
or gardens an ideal getaway to get off the grid and be surrounded by spring 
buds. 

Indonesia

-60,500 properties in Indonesia 
-39% of travelers chose Nature as their preferred destination type.

West Java

The sakura trees in Cibodas Botanical Garden blooms twice a year. First bloom 
in February to March, the second between July to August due to Indonesia's two 
season climate. Enjoy a nearby luxurious stay at Le Eminence Puncak Hotel 
Convention and Resort[ 
https://www.agoda.com/le-eminence-puncak-hotel-convention-and-resort/hotel/puncak-id.html?site_id=1811392 
]and wake up to a picturesque mountain view. 

East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

Fret not if you miss the March or April blooms elsewhere, catch sakura in 
October at Waingapu as well! For those who enjoy culture, check out the local 
ikat stores and workshops, and traders lugging bundles of textiles around town. 
Book a weekend getaway at the Padadita Beach Hotel[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/padadita-beach-hotel/hotel/all/waingapu-id.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=2&children=1&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-03-5&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=0&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=2&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&los=1&searchrequestid=d994d586-8346-4c25-aeb3-12a54e549061 
]and enjoy the sea views from the pool terrace.

Japan

-86,000 properties on Agoda.com

Tokyo

Hot on the lips of locals-in-the-know is Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood which 
offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese 
culture, where traditional ways of life are still part of the neighborhood's 
daily routine. Springtime sees Tokyo's Yoyogi Park and Meguro River alive with 
color, but don't miss out on an alternative yet beautiful way to see these 
blossoms in full force at Yanaka Cemetry which bursts with expansive cherry 
trees. Stay at LANDABOUT TOKYO[ 
https://www.agoda.com/landabout-tokyo/hotel/tokyo-jp.html?cid=1844104 ], a 
modern space that comes with a café and right by the JR station.

Yamanashi

In April, be sure to head up North. Get lost in narrow labyrinthian pathways 
where visitors can enjoy breath-taking views of the blooming cherry blossoms 
against the picturesque Mt. Fuji. By day, Nagasaki Park is a popular spot for 
many locals to enjoy hanami (flower viewing) sessions under the white and pink 
cherry blossoms. By night, find respite at Wajoen Ryokan[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/wajoen/hotel/all/yamanashi-jp.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=2&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-03-5&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=1&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&los=1&searchrequestid=16be0788-a1fe-4d67-b075-3bbe637a360d 
]that comes with its own hot spring bathhouse, and located close by wineries 
and the Takeda Shrine.

Korea

-29,000 properties on Agoda.com 
-33% of travelers chose Nature as their preferred type of destination

Seoul

Look no further than the capital for a dose of Cherry Blossoms. Take a stroll 
along the lake at Seoul Grand Park, or visit the Seoul palaces, which make 
great spots to admire and capture the bloom, while learning about Korea's rich 
history and architecture. Retire at the Walkerhill Douglas House[ 
https://www.agoda.com/walkerhill-douglas-house-adults-only/hotel/seoul-kr.html?site_id=1811392 
], for further nature respite as the hotel is surrounded by woodland, and is 
designed to offer a relaxing ambience for guests. 

Jeju

Jeju is the top travel destination in Korea. It was the top destination for 
Lunar New Year 2021 and the second popular destination for New Year 2020 
according to Agoda booking data. In late March, book a stay at the new Hotel 
Seogwipean[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/hotel-seogwipean/hotel/jeju-island-kr.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tspTypes=16,-1&los=1&searchrequestid=c9a359cc-d7f1-43c7-af61-227c004eb09f 
], a stylish minimalist hotel that is close to the downtown area to see Jeju's 
King Cherry Tree blossom, whose cherry blossoms have the largest petals of all 
the cherry trees.

Malaysia

-37,600 properties in Malaysia

Kedah 

Malaysians can revel in the fact that Malaysia has its own 'sakura season'. 
Every year from February to April, the city streets of Alor Setar are lined 
with ethereal trails of pink and white. Known as Tecoma trees, these flowers 
resembling cherry blossoms transform the city. While the blooms can be found in 
most parts of the city, by far the best-known hotspots are along Jalan Kuala 
Kedah and Jalan Langgar. Stay at the Hotel Royale Signature[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/hotel-royale-signature/hotel/alor-setar-my.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1830015&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tag=a3317889-19de-aa4f-46a1-f3fc289c7811&tspTypes=7,16,8&los=1&searchrequestid=18cd6047-3845-483a-b2c4-02f684fc0447 
], a stone's throw from popular landmarks like Amand Central and Menara Alor 
Setar Tower.

Penang

Venturing down South, another destination boasts dazzling Tecoma blooms 
alongside its famous food, culture and heritage; Penang. Known by their local 
name as 'tissue paper trees' or 'trumpet flower trees', these beautiful flowers 
typically bloom during the dry season between February and April, carpeting the 
roads with petals of pink, white and purple. Book a stay at the Lone Pine 
Boutique Hotel[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/lone-pine-hotel/hotel/penang-my.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tspTypes=16&los=1&searchrequestid=adda658b-55ec-4b26-8ac9-b24eb6693e14 
], right at the beach at Batu Ferringhi.

Philippines

-22,000 properties in Philippines

Palawan 

More than just known for its pristine beaches, majestic underwater flora and 
fauna, and Puerto Princesa's world-renowned Underground River, Palawan offers 
another remarkable attraction—the Philippines' own cherry blossoms. Known as 
the balayong or the Palawan Cherry, these trees produce white and pink flowers 
that bloom every March to April. They are being cultivated by the local 
government with the aim of creating its own sakura park. Take a weekend trip 
and stay at Hue Hotel and Resorts Puerto Princesa[ 
https://www.agoda.com/hue-hotels-and-resorts-puerto-princesa-managed-by-hii/reviews/palawan-ph.html?cid=1844104 
], which is also a pet-friendly hotel.

Cavite

Closer to Manila, Dasmariñas, Cavite also boasts its own faux cherry blossoms. 
The dainty pastel pink blooms are a product of Trumpet Trees—a distant cousin 
of Japan's sakura trees which fall just as gracefully, leaving delicate sheet 
of color across its surroundings. Spend a romantic weekend at the Mount Sea 
Resort[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/mount-sea-resort/hotel/cavite-ph.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&los=1&searchrequestid=3f7abff1-1cee-4a46-87a9-830a61fe3838 
], lazing away the afternoon by the pool and taking evening walks close to 
nature.

Taiwan

-18,000 properties in Taiwan 
-Nature is the top preferred destination for Taiwanese compared to other 
markets globally, where 35% of travelers chose Nature as their preferred 
destination. 

Taichung

Wuling Farm[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/wuling-farm-guest-house/hotel/taichung-tw.html?cid=1844104 
]is one of the most popular cherry blossoms viewing spots in Taiwan, with over 
20,000 cherry trees. In addition to staying overnight at Wuling Farm Guest 
House, visitors can also join day tours of farm to enjoy the beautiful cherry 
blossoms.

Nantou

Take an hour drive from Puli Township to the tranquil AOWANDA National Forest 
Recreation Area located behind the Wanda Reservoir, home to the indigenous 
tribes of Sediq and Atayal. In addition to an abundance of cherry blossoms and 
butterflies in Spring, visit the majestic "AOWANDA Bridge" that connects the 
beautiful pine forest area and the intersection of the north and south streams 
of AOWANDA River. Spend a night at Top Cloud Villa[ 
https://www.agoda.com/ja-jp/top-cloud-villa/hotel/nantou-tw.html?cid=1844104 ], 
Nantou to star gaze on a clear night. 

Thailand 

-65,000 properties on Agoda.com 
-36% of travelers chose Nature as their preferred type of destination. 

Nakhon Pathom

To experience Thailand's cherry blossom, Chompoo Pantip, head to Kasetsart 
University which boasts more than 200 Chompoo Pantip blossom trees. Full bloom 
happens only once a year in March/April, where the trees on both sides of the 
street are adorned with pink flowers forming a romantic pathway and covers the 
landscape with soft pink petals. End the day by staying overnight at RK 
Riverside Resort and Spa[ 
https://www.agoda.com/rk-riverside-resort-and-spa-reon-kruewal/hotel/nakhon-pathom-th.html?cid=1844104 
].

Phatthalung

Travelers unable to experience Chompoo Pantip, could still be tinkled pink to 
find the Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve's blooming pink lotuses (Thale Noi, 
Phatthalung). Truly a sight to behold, the reserve is also the home to hundred 
species of birds. Stay at the Sripakpra Boutique Resort[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/sripakpra-andacura-boutique-resort-phattalung/hotel/phatthalung-th.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=2&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=1&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tspTypes=7,5,8&los=1&searchrequestid=8d37a979-ddad-4f0d-aabb-313bbc1ea342 
]and wake up the lush greenery and flora. 

Vietnam

-39,500 properties in Vietnam 
-37% of travelers chose Nature as their preferred destination type.

Hanoi

Making up for closed borders and what would have been an international trip to 
Japan, Nhat Tan Cherry Blossom village has a unique dark pink shade of cherry 
blossom trees, curated by local gardeners. Accompanying these beautiful spring 
views are cooler temperatures, making for a delightful holiday from the hustle 
and bustle of city life. Sofitel Legend Metropole[ 
https://www.agoda.com/sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi-hotel/hotel/hanoi-vn.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=THB&isFreeOccSearch=false&tspTypes=16&los=1&searchrequestid=1af856f3-3121-48e7-beea-369856355926 
]offers a warm welcome and relaxing getaway. 

Da Lat

With close to 3000 bright pink Cherry Blossom trees, Da Lat is exceptional in 
the Spring and known as the City of Flowers These blossoms are popular for 
their unique shape, reflecting five leaf apricot trees. For a truly ravishing 
sight, walk through the city at sunrise. Spend the weekend at the newly opened 
Terracotta Hotel and Resort Dalat[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/terracotta-hotel-and-resort-dalat/hotel/dalat-vn.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1830015&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tag=a3317889-19de-aa4f-46a1-f3fc289c7811&tspTypes=7,9,8,-1&los=1&searchrequestid=4afd2469-f8dc-4d1c-9eec-e7a187a84fe9 
]that has its own garden that comes with their own pink blooms.

Ha Giang

A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, Ha Giang's natural beauty is 
astounding in Spring. The city's natural landscape encapsulates cherry blossoms 
along its windy roads through Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac. It's nestled among 
mountains, making for magnificent views. Stay at the Phoenix Hotel[ 
https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/phoenix-hotel_2/hotel/ha-giang-vn.html?finalPriceView=1&isShowMobileAppPrice=false&cid=1844104&numberOfBedrooms=&familyMode=false&adults=1&children=0&rooms=1&maxRooms=0&checkIn=2021-02-26&isCalendarCallout=false&childAges=&numberOfGuest=0&missingChildAges=false&travellerType=0&showReviewSubmissionEntry=false¤cyCode=SGD&isFreeOccSearch=false&tspTypes=16&los=1&searchrequestid=26049156-dd1f-493b-a6c2-fb41eda62056 
], where it's near popular landmarks like the Thon Tha Village.

Notes to Editors:

-The survey was commission by Agoda and conducted by Kantar Profiles Network in 
June 2020. More than 2300 people across eight markets were surveyed. These are: 
Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and 
USA.


About Agoda 

From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, 
digital travel platform Agoda[ https://www.agoda.com/?site_id=1811392 ]has 
grown to offer a global network of over 2 million properties in more than 200 
countries and territories worldwide, offering travelers easy access to a wide 
choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas, to suit all 
budgets and travel occasions. In 2019, Agoda added a flight product and 
packages to help make travel even easier.

Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG) 
and employs more than 4,000 staff in 28 countries. Agoda.com and the Agoda 
mobile app are available in 39 languages.

For more information, please contact press@agoda.com

Contact:

Elaine Toh 
Elaine.toh@agoda.com 
+65-8183-7891

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