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Where in South East Asia should I spend Xmas and New year ?

My boyfriend and I are going travelling all over SE Asia in November for around six months, and will therefore be away for the holidays.

We are looking to have a nice Christmas day together and then a party filled fun new year!

Has anyone been travelling around that region at that time of year and can suggest where we should go? We was thinking of one of the beaches in Thailand for new year, can anyone specifically recommend one thats guaranteed fun?

Or perhaps Bali for xmas and somewhere else for New year? So difficult to plan when you've never been somewhere!

Any suggestions or advice would be really appreciated. Thank you x


Thanks so much for your help everyone x

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    hi lauren. i'd strongly recommend phuket, thailand!!!

    Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, and there are several excellent beaches. The waters are usually clear and very good for diving.

    As long as you avoid the usually crowded Patong and Karon beaches on the west coast, you can easily find remote beaches for walking, jogging, or just relaxing. There are not many sights to speak of on the island, but perhaps that makes it all so relaxed.

    Two of the main attractions near Phuket are the Phi Phi Islands and the Phang Nga Bay, with the so-called James Bond Island. The name comes from The Bond film "Man with The Golden Gun" which was partly filmed on this small island. There is a good choice of organized day trips from Phuket to both the Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay.

    Ocean activities are the biggest draw for tourists in Phuket. Courses and equipment are available at most major beaches for scuba diving, Scuba diving as well as snorkeling in the lagoons with coral reefs. You can find plenty of good dive sites all around Phuket (shark point, anemone reef, etc.) but there are some world class dive sites you don’t want to miss for any reason. You can join a 5 days live aboard to the Similan Islands , a natural reserve where you can spot wales sharks and manta rays. There is also the number one spot in the Andaman sea, Hin Daeng , situated just few hours of speed boat from Phuket. It is important to notice than coral reefs were left mostly untouched by the 2004 tsunami.

    You can rent wind surfboards, dinghies, canoes and yachts from many locations for those interested in boating. For a more colorful adventure you can explore the limestone caverns of Phang Nga Bay on guided tours in inflatable canoes.

    While scuba diving is probably one of the most popular activities in Phuket, the island also offers many opportunities for more land-oriented outdoor activities such as mountain biking through the western range of the island. Guided horseback tours are also a relaxing way to go sightseeing. Phuket also has a few beautiful golf courses that were built on the remains of the tin mines that first brought industry to the island.

    Those interested in an exciting local spectator sport might enjoy checking out the Thai boxing , or "Muay Thai", at Saphan Hin stadium in Phuket Town. Boxers strike blows at and with every part of their bodies, making this a very thrilling spectator event.

    Patong Bay Garden Resot is great value for money and is suitable for a couple looking for a very romantic place to stay because of the nice pool and close proximity to the beach! also, good location for shopping and the night life on Bangla Road. Turn right out of the hotel and go down past Subway, there is a massage place that sits behind where you book tours. This place does the best foot massage, you'll find it because they are always busy.

    The rooms are quite large and have a nice balcony, with more than half overlooking the pool or beach. The buffet breakfast was great and they had an amazing assortment of food to choose from including bacon, eggs, sausages and fresh fruit and danishes, plus heaps more! The staff were very friendly and unobtrusive.

  • 1 decade ago

    Christmas is celebrated here in the Philippines.

    The natives are friendly and most speak english.

    Boracay Beach would be a nice place or choose someplace else from .

    New Years is celebrated twice here. There is the calendar new year and the chinese new year.

    Best value in asia for your hard earned money.

    Source(s): USN Retired and living in the Philippines since 2002.
  • 1 decade ago

    Boracay island, in the Philippines.

    Perfect place to celebrate Christmas!

  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely the Philippines! Message me if you need help creating your itinerary! I can help you and your BF for real wholesome and safe fun!

  • 1 decade ago

    The Philippines is the best place!

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