When it comes to planning any vacation, it can be hard to decide upon the most crucial factor: destination! Amazing Thai islands with their idyllic beaches, fishing villages and laid-back atmospheres. Also provides an amazing backdrop for any holiday. So get to know the Christmas in Thailand ans the enchanted for it. Check out which ones are best suited to you and your travel style.
You might have an idea about what Thailand is like. But this multifaceted country is ever- surprising, with plenty to keep you on your toes. Get to know Thailand with some fun and interesting facts we put together that might inspire you to launch some local explorations of your own.
How is Christmas celebrated in Thailand?
Christmas, as in most Buddhist countries around Asia, is not celebrated in Thailand as a religious holiday. You’ll see Christmas flourishes everywhere around the country – particularly in high-tourist areas like Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai – but the celebrations are mainly commercial campaigns.
Malls and certain hotels will host special dining events and may even have an appearance by Santa, but there won’t be much of a festive atmosphere like you’re used to in the West. On Christmas Day most people go to work like any other day – for a special celebration, most five-star international chain hotels across the country will have a festive program aimed at children.
Best place to go in Thailand for Christmas
Here are our top five destination recommendations for spending Christmas in Thailand from our Travel Specialists – local Thailand residents who know what they’re talking about!
Koh Kood is the best place if you want a deserted island as a destination for Christmas in Thailand. A relatively unspoiled, pristine island, Koh Kood isn’t the easiest to reach which has both advantages and drawbacks. Far from being a ‘party island,’ the sublime white sands and clear waters of Kood are more suited to romantic breaks or family vacations away from the fire dances and raucous bars.
The long journey is certainly worth the effort though. To make the most of it, and to take out the hassle, we recommend considering luxury tours in Asia, and staying at a stunning 5-star hotel with private beaches and fine dining.
Our second recommendation for Christmas in Thailand is a great place for active island time. Although the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ will be busy during the Christmas period. The clear advantage of it being Thailand’s biggest island is that there’s an abundance of options. Including a variety of ‘styles’ of beaches to pick from.
We recommend booking early to take advantage of the best choices. So if you’re not sure exactly where to stay, we can advise you on the perfect beach for you. No matter which beach you pick on Phuket, they all offer clear skies and crystal-clear water during December.
Another top destinations for Christmas in Thailand is one of the country’s southernmost islands. Koh Lipe can be discovered close to the Thai-Malaysia border in the Andaman Sea, and is one of the best destinations for diving.
Lipe is tiny, which makes booking early essential simply due to a limited amount of rooms on the island. It’s that exclusivity that makes the island a dream destination for some however. So if you’re looking for your own private paradise for a romantic festive escape or a little dose of revelry. Then this gem of an island surrounded by spectacular coral reefs should be one of the first you consider.
Krabi province is one of Thailand’s most scenic regions offering spectacular and dramatic scenery, a long, enchanting coastline with countless beaches and an eclectic mixture of dreamy islands just off the shore. Krabi’s effortless accessibility makes it one of the best destinations in Thailand. It`s means for extended families – babies, grandmas and mum and dad. Will all be well catered-for around the Ao Nang beach area, just a 40-minute drive from Krabi airport.
Koh Phi Phi Don
Perhaps the most famous island in the Land of Smiles, Phi Phi Don is the inhabited island. It`s also next to the protected Phi Phi Lee (made famous by that Di Caprio movie). Found in spectacular Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi Don is well-placed for explorations around the bay to secret coves and ‘The Beach’-style islets.
Badly affected by the tsunami of 2004, Phi Phi has since been completely redeveloped. Means that offers everything from budget hostels to boutique stays. The Western holiday period will see Phi Phi Don at full capacity. So best to book as far in advance as possible. If you’re after seclusion during this busy time, some luxury resorts away from the main area are on the northern tip of the pristine island.
Christmas in Thailand Facts
It’s a fact that Thailand is truly a dream destination at any time of year, packed with wonderful places to stay. It’s also a fact that during peak holiday periods, however, the premium hotels in sought-after locations always fill up fast. As a rule get more expensive the later you leave your booking.
Our local Travel Specialists can help you secure your accommodation. But we always advise that you make your inquiries as far in advance as possible. Firstly to avoid disappointment, and secondly to save money!
It’s also recommended to stick to the west of the Thai peninsula if you’re thinking of the southern islands during Christmas, as those to the east (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao) will all be experiencing their rainy season, with daily showers and choppy seas.
If you’re planning your vacation anywhere in Asia, our locally based Travel Specialists are available to help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s 100% fitted to your desires. Simply send them an inquiry and they’ll help you make your dreams become reality!