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Thailand in December
Written by Deekshitha Reddy on June 14, 2021 Share on

Thailand in December – Complete Guide to Indulge in The Joys of Festivities

Thailand is of course one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. This is due to its turquoise beaches, delectable cuisine, picturesque islands and amusing attractions. In December, Thailand is as exquisite as ever. Imagine celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the “Land of Smiles”. Not just these, but Thailand has a lot more traditional festivals to offer. Sounds exciting right? Although Christmas is not widely celebrated in Thailand, major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai have a lot to offer. The streets, malls and hotels are decorated in Christmas ornaments and lights, with a spell of magic. Let’s dive in to explore more about Thailand in December.

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Weather in Thailand in December

Weather in Thailand in December
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The weather is generally very soothing and enjoyable at this time of the year. Most parts of the country especially the Central and Northern regions are chilly. Chiang Mai experiences a temperature between 15°C to 28°C, whereas Bangkok’s temperature ranges between 20°C to 30°C. Therefore, make sure you take the required warm clothing. The Southern peninsula, however, faces slight showers that range not more than 15 days. The best of these showers is that they don’t last for long. December also marks the beginning of the peak season. Hence, if you’re travelling to Thailand in December, it is one of the best months of the year.

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Crowd and Expenses in December

As December accounts for the peak season in Thailand, many tourists fly into the country. Considering the western countries have their Christmas and New Years break, a lot of Europeans and Americans tend to visit the country. You will find tour guides and buses along with the crowd at every attraction. Therefore, at this time of the year, the crowd and expenses are going to be on a higher scale. The deal rates for stay are also priced high in Thailand in December.

Things to Do in Thailand in December

Things to Do in Thailand in December
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There are many interesting things to do in Thailand in December. The islands in this country have a plethora of water sports activities to offer. Therefore, if you’re an adventure enthusiast, make sure you visit Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi island and Krabi for scuba diving, snorkelling etc. Apart from water sports, you can also enjoy indoor activities like the Phuket FantaSea trapeze and circus show.

The Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple near the Grand Palace, is a must-visit attraction, to see the majestic reclining Buddha which is 150 feet long.

In Chiang Mai, Nimmanhaemin Road, you can experience the ever famous Thai massage in a spa and also do some authentic shopping. The local cafes, also give you an opportunity to learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine. You can also drive up the picturesque Shan hill for a sunset view at the top.

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Places to Visit in Thailand in December

Places to Visit in Thailand in December
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As December is a great season in Thailand with pleasant weather, you can visit any place in the country. Most people celebrate Christmas and New Years in Bangkok. Being the capital city of Thailand, the city is very lively during this time of the year. You could go pub crawling and party at the rooftop restaurants. During the day, you can take a walk along the rivers and don’t miss out on the pier.  You could also visit the Elephant Valley Thailand which is an ethical home to orphaned elephants. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, attract a lot of tourists for the vibrant night bazaars and lively floating markets. The Doi Suthep is another attraction you could pay a visit to. Apart from these, you can also explore the restaurants of Chiang Mai and Bangkok during this festive season. They offer fancy holiday meals to the ex-pats and drawn in tourists. Read through to know in detail.

1. Elephant Valley

Located in the countryside of Chiang Rai, this elephant sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Thailand in December. This retirement sanctuary happens to be the home to rescued elephants. You will not be able to either ride or watch them perform, instead this sanctuary is a place where old elephants are taken care of. In short, these are homes to retired elephants. A full day visit will cost you around INR 3600. You will be able to watch these elephants only from a distance of at least 10 meters. Located just near the Chiang Rai white temple, this is a must visit place in Thailand.

Elephant Valley, Places to Visit in Thailand in December
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2. Chiang Rai

Located in Northern Thailand, this is one of the major cities of Thailand. This is one of the must include places to visit in Thailand in December. In other words, your Thailand itinerary is almost inseparable from Chiang Rai. It is an eclectic blend of music, art, culture and language. This city has a vibrant nightlife that engages you with endless entertainment and shopping. The spectacular beauty of this city is simply breathtaking. The Clock tower is one of the iconic monuments – a must visit indeed. Phu Chi Fah gives a splendid view of the mountains and islands of Thailand. Both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are very affordable. 

Chiang Rai, Places to Visit in Thailand in December
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3. Chiang Mai

Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a mountainous city. This city is absolutely beautiful and studded with numerous temples. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best cultural places which is truly noteworthy to visit. Do not miss to include Chiang Mai in your Thailand itinerary. This place isn’t a monotonous cultural centre but a flourishing tourist destination with a growing resort life. The PhuPing palace here is definitely worth visiting. And when you are in this city, try not to miss visiting the local shops to purchase the best handicrafts. Queen Sirikit and Tweechol Botanic Garden, Royal Flora Exhibition, Chiang Dao Cave and Muang On Cave are best recommended. 

Chiang Mai, Places to Visit in Thailand in December
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Events in Thailand in December

Events in Thailand in December
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Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair: The Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair is a festival hosted in the city centre of Chiang Mai. It is an elaborate celebration of 10 days with plenty of traditional food, music and dancing. On that note, the locals also bring in the Ferris wheels, inflatable slides and carousels. This festival is celebrated during the last 10 days of the month.

Apart from this, there are two other events celebrated in Thailand in December. December 5th and 10th mark King Bhumibol’s Birthday and Constitution Day in Thailand respectively, for which the country has a public holiday.

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