Christmas in Phuket 2016
You know that bucket list sitting in your bedside drawer? The one that has ‘experience Christmas in Phuket’ written on it? Well, it’s time to tick that one off because who needs a white Christmas when you can soak up the sun and party like a rock star in Phuket? You definitely won’t find Santa and his sleigh along the popular Andaman seashore but you will probably find a few of his elves taking a well-deserved break.
The island of Phuket is one of those misunderstood destinations. For one thing, the ‘h’ is silent. And because if its size, it feels too big to be called an island. Known as the ‘Pearl of Andaman’, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is one of the world’s most popular getaway destinations. The gorgeous beaches are joined together with dot-to-dot like rock formations which reveal themselves to be some of the most scenic islands Mother Nature has ever created, with a few being locations for movies like The Beach, The Man with the Golden Gun, Tomorrow Never Dies and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Phuket is a party town pretty much 365 days, and there isn’t really a quiet season, however some months are noticeably busier, and more expensive, than others. That is the bad news. The good news is that December isn’t considered one the island’s high peak periods so if you are thinking of spending Christmas in Phuket, we suggest you start planning your trip now.
‘How do we get there?’ You ask. Easily! Phuket has its own international airport so you don’t have to fly via Bangkok. There are also direct flights available from some of the major airlines and Air Asia offers low cost rates from places like Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, and India. You will find the accommodation in Phuket ranges from student-type ‘digs’ to well-known chain hotels, boutique guesthouses and everything in between. You can also stay at akyra Beach Club, our new-fashioned luxury beach resort in Phang Nga.
What makes Phuket such a fabulous holiday is all the island has to offer; you can soak up the sun and the culture during the day and come sunset, dance the night away on Patong beach, the party island. Attractions include Big Buddha, Khao Sok National Park and Wat Kao Rang, the first golden sitting Buddha on the island. Another must-see is Wat Chalong, the largest temple in Phuket, visited by thousands of people every year. On special holidays the temple hosts 'country fairs' with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and taste authentic Thai food all day. This is without a doubt the island’s spiritual centre and unless you have gone to see it you can’t say you’ve visited Phuket.
Depending on what you are after, you can explore the obvious tourist spots or, like some, take the path less travelled to find out more about the real Phuket. From the street restaurants and the markets, to the beaches and the sightseeing, a holiday in Phuket promises something for the adventurous tourist, the slightly more reserved traveller and those wanting a complete break from it all. Rent a motorbike and tour the island, stopping as often as you can to see as much as you can, book a boat tour and island hop for the day, destress at one of the luxury spas and be sure to visit the Old Phuket Town. It has so much more to offer than you might think, with some excellent restaurants and local sights. Colonial and Chinese architecture blend together to create a tangible quaintness; it is an excursion not be missed. You also can’t miss a walk around Patong; it is what Phuket is most famous for. It is crowded, filled with tourists partying, and locals plying their various trades, bars, night clubs, restaurants, shops and a whole lot more. It isn’t the cesspit everyone makes it out to be but it is very ‘touristy’ and it isn’t the best beach either, just because of the sheer number of tourists and locals around you.
Phuket is an excellent option for family friendly getaways and a lot of hotels and resorts cater for children, especially around Christmas time. Thailand, although a Buddhist country, celebrates Christmas in the traditional sense for all of its tourists. There are Christmas decorations to be found, turkey dinners and parties at most of the hotels and restaurants, especially those that are very tourist-centric.
Weather wise you’re in luck traveling to Phuket in December too. The rainy season is just about over and the rain that does fall is light and refreshes more than dampening your spirits. As quickly as the showers fall, they clear up and the sun shines once again.
Unlike a lot of holiday destinations around the world Christmas isn’t considered Phuket’s peak season, so it definitely is the season to be jolly on this island; if you want to relax with the family or with your friends, it is the place to be. The newest addition to our family of luxury resorts is akyra Beach Club Phuket in Phang Nga. The stunning resort is offering a festive package that will definitely get your bells a jingling and have you laughing all the way. Serving up an array of celebrations and festivities over Christmas and new year, the luxury beach club will be entertaining guests on Christmas Eve with a blue-themed evening of traditional Mediterranean food served buffet style and on Christmas day, for those who prefer a slightly more lively celebration, you will be able to enjoy a jungle-themed party with a delicious Sunday brunch.
Whatever you’re after – whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic Christmas break-away, a group of mates wanting to get festive and have fun or a family looking to relax, unwind and spend some quality time together, make sure Phuket is where you are.