plan ahead - Places to visit in December
Written by Oryx
Oryx presents its insider's tips for places to visit in December. Hit the slopes in the Swiss Alps, make the most of Phnom Penh's dry season, or enjoy the Christmas lights in Madrid.
Sights of Phnom Penh
Now is an exciting time to visit Cambodia as the country is becoming one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the East. December is perfect for a visit, as it is dry but the temperatures are lower and less humid. Must-sees are the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Distance: 5,802 km
Flight Time: 9 hours
Madrid in lights
Madrid looks stunning in December with the Christmas lights on show. Madrid is home to over 70 museums, but be sure to visit Buen Retiro Park; catch an opera at Teatro Real; or head to the nearby Puerta Del Sol, home to the famous clock whose bells mark the beginning of a new year.
Distance: 5,340 km
Flight Time: 7 hrs, 25 mins
Ski the Swiss Alps
Travellers seeking some adventure and the thrills of skiing should head to the Swiss Alps for an unforgettable experience. The ski season starts from as early as November and runs to as late as May; however, the majority of ski resorts in Switzerland tend to open in December and run through to April. Main ski areas include the glamorous St Moritz; Davos, one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts; Verbier, one of the best off-piste resorts; and Zermatt, a great all-round ski and mountaineering resort. The Lauterbrunnental is a picturesque valley in the Bernese Oberland ringed by 72 waterfalls, including some of the highest in Europe. A train ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, is an experience not to be missed.
Distance: 4,490 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes
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