The holiday season is here, and we’re filled with cheer to share some of the top reasons to celebrate the holidays in Thailand! Thailand has now reopened to more destinations, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son, to name a few. For more destinations open in Thailand, visit here.
Swap the snow shoveling, icy roads, and sweater weather for sunny skies, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, Christmas lights, and fun NYE parties in Thailand. Below are the top 5 reasons to celebrate the holidays in Thailand!
This time of year in Thailand offers cooler temperatures, less humidity, and lush scenery from the green season rain. Cool season, or “high season,” in Thailand is one of the best times to visit for hiking, swimming, scuba diving, and exploring without running into any torrential downpour.
You’ll find cool temps in northern and central Thailand. Shop until you drop in Bangkok or hike the mountainous terrains of Kanchanaburi without breaking a sweat!
If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays in a tropical paradise, visit Southern Thailand’s many islands. There is an occasional bout of rain in areas such as Ko Samui. However, the rain quickly passes to welcome sunny skies. Ideal conditions for water sports are found in the Gulf of Thailand, where you can surf the waters. For calmer conditions, visit Phuket or Krabi and snorkel or dive with the magical residents of the sea.
Luxury awaits at the many wonderful hotels and resorts of Thailand. The holidays are the time of year to be stress-free and simply relax during a much-needed end-of-year vacation. Luckily, Thailand offers wellness resorts across the country.
While relaxing on the warm sandy beaches, practice meditation and yoga while admiring unmatched views at Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center in Phuket. Surrounded by the tranquility of Phuket, you can enjoy practices of authentic mind-training techniques such as “Mindfulness of Breathing” to the rhythmic crashing waves.
For the ultimate wellness retreat, head to Yao Noi on Phang Nga Bay to the beautiful island resort of Six Senses Yao Noi. Experience its special facilities, including the sauna, wellness consultation room, steam room, meditation room, and more.
In search of healing? Orion Healing Centre in Ko Phangan provides total detox by cleansing the body of toxins with tools such as Reiki, meditation and yoga, and plant-based foods. Take pleasure in yoga, spa treatments, and more wellness activities while overlooking the island’s white-sand beaches.
Some of our favorite shops closed during the pandemic but have recently reopened and are better than ever, like Jodd Fairs on Rama 9 Road! Shop until you drop, then fuel up with delicious Thai food.
It’s gift-giving season, and Thailand has shops on every corner packed with art and culture of Thailand. There are many markets and villages to browse and find some of the most unique souvenirs to gift your loved ones. Souvenirs to add to your list include Thai spa products, silver jewelry, Thai silk, traditional Thai snacks, handwoven clothes, and more!
One destination, in particular, is Old Phuket Town, which has recently reopened to tourists! Here you’ll find lively music, bright lights, lines of shops, and delicious street food to fuel up while you shop! The market runs down the main road of Old Phuket Town, boasting beautiful architecture, the island’s diverse history, and amazing street art.
For an authentic Thailand shopping experience, head to one of the many floating markets, where vendors on the rivers and canals sell local produce, small toys for children, and traditional Thai food! Two of our favorite floating markets include Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi and Amphawa in Samut Songkhram.
Prefer shopping at the mall? Experience a whole new shopping mall at MBK Center in Bangkok! Here you can find traditional souvenirs and the latest technologies. Head to the Talad Rod Fai Night Market at night to find a vast array of vintage collectibles, antique furniture, and modern fashion!
Although Thailand is a primarily Buddhist country, Christmas in Thailand does not go unnoticed as the streets are decked out in colorful decorations and bright, cheery lights. Areas such as Rachadamri Road are in full holiday mode. At Siam Paragon, the shopping mall is decorated with Christmas trees that illuminate the space with festivity. A block down from Siam Paragon is the Central Embassy, which has a wonderful Christmas display as well!
For an outdoor Christmas tree that will give you Rockefeller Christmas vibes, head to Central World, where you’ll find a 30-meter tall Christmas tree that lights up the city sky with holiday joy.
New Year’s Eve Parties
If you’re counting down to the new year in Thailand, head to Bangkok to celebrate in style! At Central World Plaza, there is a magical fireworks display, a beer garden, and live DJs.
Khao San Road kicks off the new year with a big screen and stage for you to watch the countdown while partying and dancing the night away. Celebrations also take place in Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and Ao Nang Landmark in Krabi.
For a more laid-back new year’s eve in Thailand, head to Sanam Luang, where a big stage hosts Thai singers and traditional Thai dancers.
For more ways to party your way into 2022 in Bangkok, visit here!
Spend the Holidays in Paradise!
There are many more ways to celebrate the holidays in Thailand. From scuba diving in the tropical waters of Southern Thailand to exploring the many markets of Bangkok, Thailand offers holiday cheer on every corner. Your Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Thailand will be one to remember! For more information on travel to Thailand, visit here.