Winter Sun: Where to spend an unforgettable Christmas in Thailand

Dreaming of a white Christmas? What if you replaced the crunchy snow with sugar-soft white sand, swapped the eggnog for a Pina Colada, and spent the festive season on a tropical Thai beach?

Just imagine, no stressful plans to make, no massive meals to cook, just you and your loved ones on a blissful getaway in one of the most popular destinations for festive escapes. 

But where to stay? In this blog, we’ll run down what’s happening in some of the Kingdom’s best resorts for peace, quiet, barefoot beachy vibes and family fun. But first, why is Thailand the go-to spot for happy holidays?

What’s the weather like in Thailand in December?

In a word? Glorious. By the time we start getting into the spirit of the festive season, the tropical rains are long gone, the sun is out and temperatures are delightfully warm. 

Do they celebrate Christmas in Thailand?

While Thailand is a Buddhist country, Christmas is a popular celebration. In cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai and popular tourist destinations like Samui, Phi Phi and Phuket, most hotels and restaurants lay on parties or feasts to mark the holidays. 

So, whether you’re planning a romantic sojourn, tropical retreat or family getaway, make your Christmas dreams a reality with the perfect festive SAii-scape in a destination designed for you. 

Festive family fun at SAii Laguna Phuket

Set between a tranquil lagoon and the Andaman Sea in vibrant Laguna on Phuket’s sunset coast, this irresistible destination welcomes parents and children with a packed programme this December. 

Family-friendly facilities include a water sports hub, floodlit tennis courts, swimming pools with waterslides, an archery range, and mountain bike rentals. Mafeung & Mafai’s Junior Beach Club & Camp – the resort’s dedicated kids’ club – offers daily festive-themed activities throughout the holidays, including gingerbread making, a chance to meet Santa, and a New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages. 

Delectable festive delights include an international buffet banquet at Locavore on Christmas Eve and a tasty family brunch at Miss Olive Oyl on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, choose from a gala dinner, Mediterranean feast or beach barbecue. 

For extra quality time, don’t miss SAiinema Under The Stars on Christmas Day. Snuggle up with the whole family on cosy bean bags and munch popcorn as you watch a Christmas movie under the stars. Discover all the festive magic at SAii Laguna Phuket here. 

Beachy Festivities at SAii Phi Phi Island Village

Sun-kissed sparkle awaits on the idyllic shores of Phi Phi island and what better place to escape and unwind during holidays than the ultimate beach retreat? Skip the stress of the season, kick back in a hammock and enjoy some true tropical Thai hospitality. 

On Christmas Eve, take your pick from a festive buffet at Api, featuring a special appearance from Santa, or indulge in a five-course candlelit dinner at The Beach House. On New Year’s Eve, the festivities start with cocktails and canapes, followed by a gala dinner on the pool lawn. Welcome 2024 with live music and dazzling fireworks on the beach.  

Make the most of some me-time with a selection of festive treatments at Lèn Spa, including a rejuvenating facial, hot stone massage and a couple’s special. Explore the festive delights at SAii Phi Phi here. 

A Romantic Seasonal Escape at SAii Koh Samui

Retreat to the quiet north shore of Samui for an intimate holiday in paradise and make magical memories with someone special. 

The sparkling season at SAii Koh Samui starts with a cosy dinner with live acoustic music at Miss Olive Oyl on Christmas Eve. A dreamy poolside barbecue punctuates your romantic festive getaway with delectable delights at dusk on 28 December. New Year is a tropical affair with poolside dining and bubbles on the beach at midnight. 

Ensure you look and feel your best on your romantic retreat with a selection of pampering packages at Lèn Spa designed to make you glow. Discover the holiday wonders at SAii Koh Samui here. 


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