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Christmas in Thailand: Where to go

by Travelbag on 21 September 2017, 14:09PM

We're all aware that Christmas is one of the most memorable times of the year. However, there are also instances when we wish to step away from a traditional holiday and visit a far-off location that is able to provide a truly exotic experience. It can be argued that Thailand is a popular destination for this very reason. Boasting a warm climate, a friendly culture and a host of attractions to enjoy, millions of travellers take the plunge into this environment each and every year. What are the top destinations to consider what what will each of these locations have in store? Let's take a look at this topic before highlighting what you can expect upon your arrival.



It only makes sense that the capital of Thailand is mentioned first. Bangkok is home to more than 8.2 million residents and this number tends to swell during the holiday season. One of the most interesting aspects of this city is that it represents a melange of the ancient and the modern. Visitors can experience the allure of timeless temples before enjoying a night out on the town and taking in the countless scintillating lights. Casinos are always popular attractions and the dining is said to be exquisite.

In terms of the top spots to view, many consider The Grand Palace and a riverside temple known as Wat Arun to be top on their list. Those who are looking to take in a bit of nightlife should never miss the attractions to be found along Khosan Road. Families can enjoy a trip to Safari World while Lumphini Park is a great way to get a bit of fresh air during your stay.



Even those who have never experienced Christmas in Thailand are likely to be aware of Pattaya. This spot enjoys the reputation as being the go-to spot for tourists. One of the main benefits associated with Pattaya is that its industries primarily cater to visitors from other countries such as the United Kingdom. You will be able to encounter world-class brand-name hotels alongside quaint bed-and-breakfast establishments straddling the warm sea. Others will arrive here for the water sports available. surfing, wakeboarding, diving and snorkelling are a few options to consider. There are also nearby coral islands which can provide truly pristine views of this maritime environment. As if these amenities were not enough, Pattaya offers up a host of nightlife options to select; particularly geared towards younger travellers or couples.


Koh Lipe

Thailand at Christmas can become quite crowded. There is even more relevant when referring to popular destinations such as Pattaya and Bangkok. There are many who have arrived here to avoid these very same masses. In such a case, Koh Lipe could very well be the best-kept secret that Thailand has in store. It is one of the southernmost islands within the entire country and it is actually quite close to the border with Malaysia. This location makes it an ideal spot to soak up a modicum of peace and tranquillity. Pristine beaches, warm breezes and private residences await. However, it is just as important to mention that the exclusivity of this island could make it difficult to secure a reservation. It is much better to book a holiday well in advance if you plan on travelling to Koh Lipe.



Phuket is the largest island within Thailand and certainly its most popular Christmas destination. Although this signifies that it will naturally be crowded, a bit of expatriate company during your holiday break might not necessarily be a bad thing. One interesting aspect of Phuket is that it is known for its differently themed beaches. For instance, some are ideally suited for families while others have been designated for the younger generation. The beaches of Kata Noi and Karon are particularly beautiful spots to visit during your stay.

In terms of nightlife, do not miss a chance to walk along the streets within the resort town of Patong. Other sights include the popular Phuket Zoo, Thalang National Museum and a large culture theme park known as Phuket FantaSea (ideal for families with your children). These are some of the reasons why Phuket has often been referred to as the "Pearl of the Andaman".


Chiang Mai

It is always important to remember that Thailand is quite a large country. With a total size of over 513,000 square kilometres, there is indeed something here for everyone. There can be times when a visitor wishes to explore the Northern Thailand, and Chiang Mai should be included at or near the top of your list. 

Chiang Mai is known for its verdant forests, it vast mountain ranges and its lush subtropical jungles. Guided tours are available for those who wish to experience a hands-on feel of this nature. There are many species of flora and fauna which cannot be seen in other parts of the world. Si Lanna National Park is one popular destination due to its sheer size as well as its tourist-friendly atmosphere. Other locations not to be missed include the ruins of the Wat Chedi Luang temple, the Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo and Doi Suthep mountain.


Koh Kood

If seclusion is what you have in mind, the tiny island of Koh Kood is a worthwhile consideration. Pristine white sands, cerulean blue waters and no fewer than 27 private villas can be found here. There is even a nearby airport which provides chartered flights between Koh Kood and the mainland. Although it is an undeniable fact that this island is a bit off of the beaten path, the journey may well be worth the effort. Be sure to book reservations well in advance, for its villas can quickly fill up during Christmas in Thailand.


What to Expect Upon Your Arrival

Predominant Weather Conditions

One of the concerns when arriving to Thailand during the Christmas holiday period is that this tends to be the monsoonal season. On average, 40 millimetres of rain tends to fall in December. It is therefore wise to pack an umbrella. However, temperatures are mild (between 21ºC and 31ºC) and this is a welcome change from conditions within the United Kingdom.

Travel Considerations

There are numerous travel options including taxis, trains, metro systems and buses (depending upon where you plan to stay). The main takeaway point is that these will not be impeded by the Christmas break and they operate much as they would throughout the remainder of the year. As this is the peak holiday season, these routes can still become congested at times.

Holiday and Business Hours

Thailand is a Buddhist country and does not traditionally celebrate Christmas. The good news here is that all shops and attractions will be open during normal hours. Some may close early before New Year's celebrations, but this is the exception as opposed to the general rule.

Thailand at Christmas is a sight to behold. Please feel free to refer back to this article when planning what is certainly a much-needed holiday.


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