The islands of Thailand may not seem like a fabulous destination for winter holidays, but they truly can be a dream come true if you plan your vacation properly. The northern portion of this country may be cooler than you like, but the south will have the warm temperatures that you crave. However, if you really want to see the most savings during your winter travel, you might want to throw a few extra clothes in your bag and deal with the cooler temps!

Northern Thailand, around Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are both perfect if you are looking for outdoor adventures that include hiking. Down in the south, you can relax on a beach and do a little swimming. Of course, there are plenty of attractions to see everywhere in Thailand, so you must create your itinerary carefully when planning your getaway.

Our Favorite Places to Visit in Thailand During the Winter

Bangkok

Floating markets
A traditional popular method of buying and selling still practiced in Amphawa canals of Thailand

Obviously, Bangkok is on our list of places to see in Thailand at any time of the year, but there is something special about it during what is considered the down season. You will find that spending time at the temples is more relaxing and you can easily shop at any of the floating markets and the weekend markets without worrying about how you will move around!

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan
There are about 10,000 people every month at this Phangan beach Full moon party

This island is frequently visited when there is a full moon, due to the parties that are held on the beach. However, the rest of the times of the year, this island is relaxed and almost empty. This is definitely a beach island, so plan on doing some beach-hopping during your visit. Leela Beach and Thong Nai Pan Noi are quite secluded, while most of the action can be found over at Haad Rin.

Koh Chang

Koh Chang
Scuba divers enjoy a scuba dive underwater of Koh Chang

If you are looking for some amazing mountains, you must visit the island of Koh Chang when you are in Thailand. After a long hike on the trails, you can choose to relax over on the sand of White Sand’s Beach, or you can do a little shopping at the multiple stores in one area of the island. Don’t forget to do a little swimming when you are on this island, because it is some of the clearest water you will ever see.

Thailand is the perfect option for a winter holiday, especially when you are looking to save some cash! Airfare is slashed at this time of the year, as are the prices for accommodations. Food is always cheaper in this part of the world, so you never need to worry about that, but you may spend more than you planned since the food is so wonderful!

So, plan your Thailand vacation for winter today and see how fabulous of a time you can have in a different part of the world!