As much as we love Christmas here at TruTravels, we understand that it can sometimes get a bit samey! Same old weather, food and traditions year on year can leave you wanting something more...
So why not get out of your rut and leave the ghosts of Christmases past behind you this year and jet off for a festive season to remember and head to one of our TruTravels top 5 best places to spend Christmas in South East Asia destiniations...
1. Gili T - Bali
Escape to a paradise island this year and spend your Christmas morning snorkelling amongst brightly coloured coral in crystal azure waters and then party the night away at one of the famous parties that take place on Gili T during the festive season. Gili T is truly a Christmas escape that will get you back to the beauty and the basics of island living. While everyone back home flaps over shopping lists and mountings of wrapping all you will need to worry about is when to order your next Bintang. But be sure to pre book your accommodation before you arrive or you might just find there is no room at the inn!
2. Pai - Thailand
With the weather in the high twenties Thailand is always a winner for some winter sun. But for those who like a bit more than just the beach then Pai is the perfect choice. Uniquely hippy and undeniably laid-back, Pai is a must for those who prefer to leave behind the stress of Christmas on the plane and really kick back. Chilled out vibes are the order of the town as vistors meander about sampling the good food, good times and and even better shopping that can be found at many of the artisan stalls that line the town.
3. Koh Phi Phi - Thailand
Leave the wooly hat at home and slip into your swimmers as you jet off to sun, sand and sea this Christmas. White stretches of beach replace white blanketed streets and bitter nights are swapped with hazy sunsets and swaying palms. Phi Phi is the ultimate place for Christmas in the sun and you will even be able to find yourself a traditional Christmas dinner which you can eat in your bikini obviously!
4. Siem Reap - Cambodia
Christmas is not widely celebrated in Cambodia, in fact, there is not even a local word for the holiday, which can make Siem Reap the perfect place to spend Christmas if the festive season doesn’t exactly do it for you! This bustling city is a hive of activity with plenty of things to do to keep you busy during your Christmas holidays, and if you can extend your trip and you love yourself a party then you must make your way to Pub Street which turns into one big party come New Years Eve.
5. Halong Bay – Vietnam
If you are looking for a Christmas with a difference, then look no further than Haylong Bay. This place is other worldly and a sight to behold. Haylong Bay is on every traveller worth his salts bucket list and what better time to see this spectacle than during the most wonderful time of the year. With its stunning scenery and atmosphere Haylong Bag is truly magical, so raise a glass, share the joy and seize the special moments with you’re your fellow travellers for a Christmas you will never forget.
So there you have it our top 5 places to spend Christmas in South East Asia, so whether we have inspired you to jet off or not we hope you have a very Merry Christmas wherever you are in the world!