Winter Escapes – Thailand
If you’ve never been to Thailand before, why not make it the destination for your winter holiday? Thailand is at its most beautiful during the winter months, with its flowers in full bloom and temperatures of around 30°C most days. In this guide we want to give you a taste of the wonderful places you can visit during your holiday and the events that are held in the winter months, so that you can plan an unforgettable trip.
Whichever part of Thailand you decide to stay in, you should try to spend least one day exploring the capital Bangkok. You’ll really enjoy going for a tour of the Grand Palace in Bangkok one morning and afterwards you could go to the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), which is close by.
You could easily spend an hour or two at Thailand’s biggest market, the Chatuchak market, which has 8000 stalls. Alternatively, you could visit the Asiatique Night Market which is held on the riverside every evening instead. Chinese New Year in 2016 falls on the 8th February, so if you’re in Thailand during this time make sure you see the dragon parades and dance performances in Bangkok, they’re unmissable.
If you’re staying in northern Thailand and don’t want to travel all the way to Bangkok, then you should visit the city of Chiang Mai. The Ratchaphruek Flower Gardens and Doi Inthanon National Park are both worth exploring. If your holiday falls between the 31st December and the 12th January you can experience the Red Cross and Winter Festival, an agricultural fair celebrating the end of the harvest season. There will be lots of dance performances, music shows and competitions to keep you entertained.
The Bo Sang Umbrella Fair is definitely something you’ll want to see. It takes place on the 15th – 17th January and you’ll be left spellbound as you watch the best artisans in the region compete to see who can create the most beautiful paper umbrellas. It would be hard to leave this place without purchasing at least one umbrella to take home as a memento. The Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016 is taking place from the 5th – 7th February 2016 and is well worth checking out too. It’s Thailand’s biggest flower festival and there are some wonderful parades, showcasing exotic flowers you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Khao Sok National Park
Thailand has some marvellous national parks and you should definitely try and visit at least one during your trip. The Khao Sok National Park is the most beautiful in Southern Thailand and is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Why not go on a truck safari tour and see how many wonderful creatures and birds you can spot as you travel through the rainforest?
You should also visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang to go for an elephant trek and to see injured elephants being cared for in the elephant hospital. If you prefer big cats to elephants, you could head to Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim instead. There, you can play with tiger cubs and stroke adult tigers that have been hand raised, something you’d never be able to do in the UK.
Experience real Thailand
Rather than just going to popular tourist attractions on your holiday you should try something different and visit one of the villages in Northern Thailand where the Hmong, Lisu or Akha hill tribes live. You can learn all about their way of life by spending time with a family for a small fee.
If your holiday falls in early December, you should try and go to the Rak Ao Luk: Cultural Festival (3rd – 5th) or the Banpae Beach and Koh Samet Festival (6th- 10th). Both festivals have special music and dance performances, great food on offer and numerous stalls selling craft items.
Booking your holiday to Thailand
Whether you decide to visit Thailand in December, January or February, you’ll have an unforgettable time. Make sure you take lots of photos to show your friends and family back home.
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