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Christmas holiday in Asia

11 July, 2018
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Do you dream of getting away from the British winter and spending Christmas in warmer climes?

South-east Asia offers the perfect destinations for a getaway at Christmas.

Find inspiration below on where to travel to in Asia in December.

Where should I travel to for Christmas?

Asia – East and South-east Asia in particular – offers a whole host of exciting destinations that are perfect for a Christmas getaway.

Warm, sunny and hardly any rain.

Below, we’ve selected three destinations that are perfect if you’re looking for a Christmas holiday in Asia.

Thailand in December


Thailand is known for its exciting cities, welcoming people and not least the most stunning islands and beaches.

December is high season in the country. And it’s not hard to understand why!

At this time of the year, you will enjoy lovely, warm temperatures, very little rain and lots of sunshine!

  • In northern Thailand, there are pleasant temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night
  • In central Thailand, it is relatively hot during the day with slightly cooler nights.
  • In southern Thailand, it is hot day and night. Note that in the west, e.g. in Krabi and Koh Hai, it is the dry season, while in the east, e.g. on Koh Samui, it is the rainy season.

You might like to read our post about the climate and rainy season in Thailand to learn a little more about the weather.

Experience the main highlights of Thailand on your Christmas getaway: Bangkok and the River Kwai in central Thailand, Chiang Mai and the golden triangle to the north and Thailand’s stunning beaches in the south.

If you dream of a beach holiday, we recommend finishing up your getaway with a beach holiday in Khao Lak, Cha Am or Koh Samui. Alternatively, you can choose an island hopping tour, which is a popular choice at this time of year

3 suggestions for Christmas getaways in Thailand:

Sri Lanka in December

central highlands of sri lanka

Sri Lanka has so much to offer, whether you’re into culture, wildlife or the beach.

In December, Sri Lanka offers plenty of blue sky, sunshine and very little rain, all depending on which part of the country you are in.

  • It is dry season in the west and south-west of Sri Lanka in December.
  • Eastern and north-eastern Sri Lanka are characterised by the Maha Monsoon, which brings rain.

So December is a great time to visit Sri Lanka’s western and south-western coasts. The Yala Monsoon has come and gone, and you can expect blue skies and plenty of sunshine instead.

The highlands, which are always wetter than the coastal areas, are, however, also a good destination in December. The rainfall in the preceding months means that Sri Lanka is now greener and lusher in these areas, making a visit to Sri Lanka’s national parks even more beautiful.

Due to the Maha Monsoon in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka in December, beach holidays should be enjoyed in the west and south-west during this period. Round off your holiday in Negombo, Mirissa or Hikkaduwa. Alternatively, selected tours to Sri Lanka can be rounded off with a luxury holiday in the Maldives.

4 suggestions for Christmas getaways in Sri Lanka:

Vietnam in December

Nha Trang Vietnam

The Christmas season is a wonderfully scenic time to visit Vietnam.

The climate is mild in all regions, though you should be aware of the considerable regional differences between north and south.

  • The southern part of Vietnam has sunny days with hardly any rain.
  • Central Vietnam is warmer than in the north and cooler than in the south.
  • The northern part of Vietnam is dry, but December is one of the coldest months of the year in this area.

So December is the perfect time of the year for a combination of exciting sights in south and central Vietnam, rounding off with a beach holiday in the south, in Phan Thiet or Phu Quoc, for example.

You can also combine Vietnam with Cambodia’s main attraction Angkor Wat, or with both Cambodia and Laos, which is a popular choice in December.

4 suggestions for Christmas getaways in Vietnam:

Would you rather travel to Africa or Latin America?

If you don’t fancy Asia this time round, how about a Christmas getaway with one of our subsidiaries: Africasafari.co.uk or Llamatours.co.uk?

Africa offers world-class safaris in magnificent national parks, self-drive holidays on the world-famous Garden Route and, of course, beach holidays on the most stunning of bounty islands. Read the post about which destinations are good in Africa in December.

Latin America offers lush scenery and unique wildlife, charming towns and lots of exciting culture, both for those who want a standard holiday and for those who want to drive themselves. Read the post about where to go if you want to visit Latin America in December.

Book in good time!

christmas in asia

There is high demand in December, and it is high season at a great many Asian destinations.

So there is a chance that our tours will be sold out on the date you want to travel.

Want to travel during the Christmas season? Then be sure to book in good time!

Any questions? Please feel free to contact our travel consultants.

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