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26Jun 2017

5 reasons to spend Christmas on a tropical island

Looking for a different way to celebrate (or avoid!) Christmas this year – what about Christmas on a Thai island? Here’s 5 reasons why that’s the best idea you’ve heard all day!

Koh Samui sunset

Is it too early to mention the C-word? Why not try something different this Christmas and spend the festive season on a tropical island?  If you join the 10-week Xi’an to Singapore overland tour departing 5th November 2017, you get to spend Christmas on your choice of island in the Gulf of Thailand – Koh Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao.

Here’s 5 reasons why Christmas on a tropical island is a great idea:

1. Goodbye snow, hello glow!

Koh Samui beachI am unashamedly a summer person.  While winter does have some upsides (skiing, fondue, gluhwein), I much prefer hot weather.  With an average temperature of mid to high 20s, Thailand is the perfect antidote to a cold northern hemisphere Christmas.  Never had a hot Christmas before?  If you have grown up with chestnuts roasting on an open fire then it does take a bit of adjustment, but once you get into it, you will find a warm Christmas has plenty to recommend it!

Our top tip: at the risk of sounding like your mum, don’t forget your hat and suncream!

Snorkelling in Thailand2. The gift of adrenaline

In our family we have started to focus on giving each other experiences rather than things for birthdays and Christmas.  Why not give yourself the gift of adrenaline by going parasailing, enjoy the beautiful island and surrounds by snorkelling or hiking, or learn a new skill like scuba diving.

Our top tip: This overland tour of South-East Asia includes a week on the island, so plenty of time to get your PADI qualification – keep an eye out for PADI 5-star certified dive centres.

3. No dry turkey or Brussel Sprouts

Fresh ingredients in ThailandOK, that’s not strictly true, since you will be able to find a traditional Christmas dinner if you have a craving for a taste of home, but if you can’t face the idea of another grey Brussel sprout or Aunty Mavis’ marzipan covered Christmas cake, then there is no better place to enjoy fantastic food than Thailand!  Even if you enjoy Thai food at home, just wait til you get to Thailand!  The range of flavours is incredible, so fresh and delicious, to be honest, the food is enough reason itself to get yourself to Thailand!

Our top tip: Penang Curry with Pad Thai, finished off with an amazing banana pancake from a street side stall!

Koh Samui beach bar4. Drinks with umbrellas

Who doesn’t love a drink with an umbrella?  And who doesn’t love sitting on a beach or up on a cliff looking out at the lapping ocean while enjoying a cold beer or a cheeky cocktail or two?  With incredible fresh fruit at every turn, there are plenty of options for fresh fruit juices either virgin or with a kick.

Our top tip: If you find yourself at Fisherman’s Village, head to Coco Tams for awesome cocktails on the beach and a fire show each night.

5. You can run (and you can hide)

Some people love Christmas, some people don’t.  If the endless cycle of Christmas carols on the radio and decorations in every shop window aren’t your thing then you can avoid the hype in Thailand.  But if you are a lover of all things Christmas, you will still find enough to get you in the festive spirit in Thailand and it will be a Christmas to remember!

Our top tip: If you have a particular restaurant in mind for Christmas lunch, it’s worth pre-booking

Koh Samui sky

You can find out more about the Xi’an to Singapore Overland Tour here – starting in Xi’an China, the tour travels through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and finishes in Singapore.  It’s a fantastic way to explore South-East Asia with someone else taking care of the logistics for you, leaving you free to enjoy the destinations along the way.

New to overlanding?  To find out more about overland tours and travel and why overlanding is such a great way to explore the world, visit our website.


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