If you’ve yet to experience the colourful and charming Thai culture, why not leave the harsh British climate behind and take a few weeks of luxury lazing on a sunny beach in the south of Thailand? From November to the end of January is the high season in Thailand, and this also happens to be the best time of the year, with comfortable temperatures of 20-25°C and no chance of rain, while May through to November is the rainy season, which has a charm of its own.
One of the highlights of your trip to Thailand will be the gastronomic experience, if you have had Thai food at home, it isn’t exactly the same, as the local spices, fruits and vegetables can’t be obtained. The list of fruits is long; coconut, rambutan, lychee, rose apple, bananas, and, of course, the delicious mango, not to mention the delicious Thai desserts, made with coconut and fresh herbs. If you love spicy food, Thai cuisine is for you, and if you don’t simply ask for a non-spicy version.
Last Minute Deals
People do change their plans and by searching online and bookmarking the best tour operator websites, you can check daily to see what specials are on offer, with an affordable family hotel in Phuket booked, you can explore the wonders of Phuket Island. While there are no shortages of hi-end resorts and spas in the part of Thailand, there are very affordable packages for the family, which leaves you a little extra for some special day tours.
Phi Phi & Similan Islands
These tropical hotspots are within reach from Phuket, and you can rent a yacht for the day and drop anchor off the limestone cliffs and snorkel in the crystal-clear water. If you like marine life, snorkelling in the Andaman Sea is a wonder in itself, and if you are very lucky, you can swim alongside a Whale Shark or giant Manta Ray. You can rent a kayak and explore the caves, taking a guided tour with a few other tourists.
Christmas & New Year
If you would like to spend a Christmas in a tropical paradise, you had best book at least 2 months in advance, as Xmas and New Year are the most popular times for European families to take a winter break. The cost of living is low in Thailand, plus if you book a 4-star family hotel, everything will be inclusive, plus they would have babysitting amenities, for those candlelit dinners.
There’s lots to do in this quaint town that is geared up for tourists, and there are nightlife areas in Patong Beach where you can dance until the early hours, and make a point of popping into the Reggae Bar, which is the number one dance hub. They have night markets twice a week, where you can buy some inexpensive souvenirs, and the seafood restaurants are something else!
If you are not looking forward to the harsh winter, why not plan your escape by taking the family to Phuket for Christmas? Online solutions make booking easy and once your flights and accommodation are booked, you can do a little online research about what to see and do in the south of Thailand.