Although Thailand is warm all year round; the period from December to April is often favoured by visitors looking for postcard perfect tropical weather on the country's famous islands. Phuket and Samui are definitely busier at this time of the year, but if you rent a private villa you get all the benefits of high season, without the crowds.
Home to stunning beaches, breathtaking ocean vistas and an idyllic tropical climate, there are plenty of natural treasures to attract visitors to Thailand year round. The most popular season runs from December through to April when people from many other parts of the world seek to escape the winter chills at home.
The weather in Thailand is wonderfully warm at this time of year with little chance of rain, but it’s not yet hot enough to cut short any ambitious sightseeing plans. This means you can enjoy a balance of active and lazy days, constantly bathed in tropical sunshine with the balmy evenings perfect for sunset cocktails ans al fresco meals.
Below are five top reasons why so many visitors around the world choose visit Thailand during high season.
The key reason why Thailand’s high season falls between December and April is perfect weather. In April heat clicks up a notch and scorching temperatures can make for sweaty sightseeing and burnt shoulders. After May the rains begin and the seas can get rougher, so whether you were planning a tour around all of Koh Samui’s shrines and wats, or a stroll through the historical attractions in Phuket Old Town or boat trips to the smaller islands in the Andaman or Gulf of Siam, high season definitely offers you the most comfortable climate.
If Thailand's underwater treasures have lured you to its shores during high season, then you are in for a treat. Less rain and smaller waves mean superior visibility underwater for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Situated approximately 100km northwest of Phuket, the Similan Islands are one of the Andaman Sea’s best locations for diving and snorkelling. The nine lush islands that make up the archipelago provide a perfect backdrop for visitors that want to explore the best of Thailand’s underwater attractions.
If you plan to dive or snorkel from Koh Samui then you're in luck as the island is part of the vast tropical archipelago known as the Ang Thong Marine Park. This stunning destination comprises no less than 42 pristine islands, many of which are home to little more than sandy beaches and swaying coconut palms.. During high season, speedboats offer a swift and convenient way to explore this breathtaking array of islands and snorkelling, sea kayaking and trekking opportunities abound. You can charter your own speedboat to cruise the park at your own pace or join one of many scheduled day trips that take in the main islands of Koh Wao, Koh Mae Koh and Koh Wua Ta. Sailing flotillas are another way to enjoy the stupendous seascapes.
In with the New
Chinese New Year is just around the corner and in Thailand promises a vibrant set of festivities. With a Chinese cultural heritage that dates back hundreds of years, Phuket is one of the best places for visitors to enjoy this important cultural event. This year, the festivities run from February 15th
, and include an array of thrilling performances, including the traditional dragon dance through the main streets in Phuket Old Town, which will be closed in order to host the colourful celebrations. The houses are bedecked with red banners and lanterns to encourage good luck in the new lunar year.
If you find yourself enjoying the tropical treats of Koh Samui this peak season, then head over to Lipa Noi Beach for a delicious brunch at the luxurious Nikki Beach Club Resort. Established in 2009, the internationally branded beach club has become known as one of the best places on the island for lively events, mouth-watering food, and tempting beach cocktails. On Sunday 25th
January, the resort will presents an eclectic fashion show to showcase Nikki Beach’s signature fashion range for women, much of which has been created by celebrated fashion designers. There are plenty more events and parties planned for Nikki Beach Samui and Nikki Beach Phuket for high season, so check the out online before yo travel.