Christmas in Phang Nga, Phuket

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 in Phang Nga, 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 (James Bond Island) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Christmas in Phang Nga, Phuket 2016

Phuket is a vibrant 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 Phang Nga, 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 Phang Nga, 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. 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 and explore the beaches in Phang Nga. 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, de-stress 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.

akyra Beach Club Phuket

Phang Nga and 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 travelling 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.

Phang Nga Beach Resort

Our Beach Club Resort, situated on the pristine sands of Natai Beach just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, there’s a sunny spot where the hip movers and sand shakers come to play and slay.

With 58 stylish rooms, suites and beach villas complemented by lashings of in-room comforts, and appealing facilities including beachside massage salas and a fully equipped fitness centre, the beachfront member of the akyra family offers an enchanting escape full of hip happenings and stylish surprises.

The resort’s integrated Club akyra is where you’ll want to head for après-beach fixes served by cool poolsters and sand bunnies. The style setting waterfront spot hosts fabulous weddings and events, plus regular theme parties with DJ fuelled fun and a delectable Weekend Beach BBQ.

Whether it’s a sultry tropical sojourn for two, or a mates’ escape to paradise, akyra Beach Phuket ticks all the beachside boxes.

akyra Beach Club Phuket Festive Programs

Christmas' Eve | 24 December 

Time: 6pm - 9pm
Venue: The Edge @ Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa

Activities: Santa visit from the sea with gifts, cookie making class and drawing competition for kids

Entertainment: Student Christmas Carols

Food & Beverage: Christmas Eve semi buffet dinner with main course a la carte, mulled wine and hot chocolate station.

Price: THB 1,500++ per person

Christmas Lunch | 25 December 

Time: 12pm - 3pm

Venue: The Edge @ Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage: Hawaiian themed BBQ on the beach

Price: THB 850++ per person

Christmas Turkey Feast | 25 December 

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Venue: The Edge @ Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage: Complimentary welcome glass of wine, set dinner with additional a la carte

Price: THB 950++ per person

New Years Eve | 31 January 

Time: 6pm until late

Venue: Beach Bar & Restaurant @ akyra Beach Club Phuket

Theme: Grand White Party Latin style

Entertainment: Live DJ, fire dance show

Food & Beverage: Pre-celebration with snack buffet & late happy hour, canapés and welcome cocktails, gala dinner buffet Latin style

Price: Included in room rate

New Year Brunch | 1 January 

Time: 7am - 12pm

Venue: Beach Bar & Restaurant @ akyra Beach Club Phuket

Food & Beverage: Extended buffet hours with hangover food, Bloody Mary station,  free flow sparkling & special hangover cocktails

Price: THB 650++ per person

For reservation or more information about our festive programs, please contact [email protected] 

akyra BEACH CLUB PHUKET

32/7 Moo 5, Kokkloi, Takua Thung

Phang Nga, Thailand 82140

 

T : +66 (0) 7 658 0333

F : +66 (0) 7 658 0300

E : [email protected]

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