Travelling in Thailand during the High Season and what to expect
Travelling to Thailand during the high season has its advantages and disadvantages. Peak periods are usually designated as those times when most people travel or when the weather is at its optimum. High season in this country can be a bit vague with many hotels now extending the season from November though to March: the super high season being November to January. If you want to be where the action is and party all night, the hustle and bustle of the high season may be just right for you. If you want a beach holiday then the weather is just wonderful during peak periods and beyond. So what are the pros and cons of travelling during the busy season?
- The weather is gorgeous, at around 25 to 30 degrees with very little rain
- Koh Samui and other nearby islands start their season in December with pleasant weather conditions of around 26 to 27 degrees. Just perfect for beach holidays
- New Year celebrations: If you want your new year to start with a bang then spending it in Thailand is the perfect solution. Firework displays and lantern festivals abound everywhere. Chaweng and Nikki Beach will keep you partying long after midnight. Bali Hai Waterfront, with its hundreds of beach food stalls attracts thousands of New Year revellers every year.
- The price of accommodation during the high season can rise up to 100 percent more than at any other time of the year. Compare prices.
- Popular beaches can get very crowded.
- Accommodation needs to be booked well in advance.
For many people holiday travel must take place at peak times. Whilst peak time accommodation is expensive, it is the same with other destinations too. So why not experience Thailand? Here’s what’s on offer.
Fabulous Beach Villa holidays
If you are travelling during the most popular time of the year, what better way to spend your holiday than in a luxury villa? Have the best of both worlds: the bustle of city street markets and the tranquillity of your own private villa. Imagine glorious tranquil surroundings, a private swimming pool surrounded by a landscape of lush forests. The most popular locations are Phuket and Koh Samui. You need to book early if you want to secure your accommodation at these hot spots. Koh Samui is smaller than Bali or Phuket but it has the most beautiful white sands: a dream for beach lovers. Most villas include cleaning staff and gardeners. For ultimate luxury look at villas that have private chefs and continental breakfasts included.
No sweat attractions
One of the advantages of travelling to the former Siam during December and January is that it’s not as blazing hot as in April, May and June. With temperatures of around 25 to 28 degrees, there are no sweltering walks to see attractions even when jostling with other tourists. If you’re visiting Koh Samui you must visit the island’s most impressive crowd puller: the Big Buddha. Standing 12 metres tall and resplendent in gold, it is difficult to miss. Located at the Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddah Temple) this iconic landmark is situated on Koh Farn, a small island connected to the main island of Koh Samui. The Big Buddha may well be a hot spot for tourists, but moderate weather in December to the end of January keeps you cool.
Nightlife or quiet night
There is no denying that Thailand offers some of the best nightlife in the world. The very best time to visit is during the high season when people from all around the globe congregate at some of the finest venues. Take a look at Soi Green Mango on Koh Samui. It might be peak visiting time but the drinks are inexpensive even at this time of the year. Soi Green offers late night dancing, loud music and lots of fun bars. Its most iconic feature is its tree house design. Fabulous wooden bridges span the mango river, and with its massive dance floor it is easy to have a great time. The beauty of Soi Green is that it caterers for all types of party goer, from bar hoppers to dance divas.
But if it’s a quiet night you’re after, then miles of romantic beaches await you. Silver Beach is perfect for a tranquil late night dip in the sea. It’s a bit of a secret at the moment, so now’s the time to make it your own. Located between Lamai and Chaweng beaches on Koh Samui, it’s a real find. Action or solitude? The choice is yours.