Myself, Sarah and Steph arrived into Bangkok after our 2 weeks in Myanmar.
We spent a couple of days in Bangkok around Khao San Road (i just can’t get enough of that area!), going out drinking, buying cheap things from the markets and enjoying the Thai food we had been missing.
Our next stop was Koh Tao. We all knew we would be in Thailand for Christmas and New Year, New Year on Koh Phangan was a must but we weren’t sure where to spend Christmas. I had only been to Koh Tao once before which was at the start of my Asia tip in March 2014 but i felt this little island would be a great place to spend Christmas, i remembered that there was a good amount of night life but it wasn’t too in your face and you can take it or leave it and i knew a lot of expats live and work there so the island would surely be in the Christmas spirit and after our time there we could take a short boat journey to Koh Phangan so there it was, we decided to spend Christmas in Koh Tao!
The night bus and boat from Bangkok to Koh Tao cost 1000baht/ £19.00 and went pretty smoothly and before we knew it we were heading to Sairee Beach in the back of a truck and checking into our hotel on Koh Tao- Lotus Resort.
We decided to treat ourselves over Christmas by paying a little bit more and staying in a hotel. We paid £325.00 for a triple room for 5 nights, we had a lovely room, 2 swimming pools and breakfast and wifi was included so we were happy with the price and what we got for it!
We took a little walk around and Koh Tao all came flooding back to me. Within a few hours though the heavens opened and it was chucking it down with rain and didn’t stop all night and into the next morning.. Not what we were looking for! 🙁 We decided to stay in, get an early night and save some money.
The next day we woke on 23rd December not feeling in the christmas spirit! We put some christmas songs on my laptop to help out but it was still raining and we were feeling a bit down.
As the rain eased up we headed out, got some lunch and decided as it was Christmas and we were in Thailand afternoon drinking would be acceptable! We ended up meeting some South African Guys who were on our overnight bus and spent the afternoon and early evening drinking beers and playing Cards against Humanity with them.. random afternoon sessions are always the best!
We headed out onto the beach in the evening and i got to introduce Steph to her first fire show experience, we watched in awe of the boys doing their thing for a while at Lotus Bar and then headed up to Sunset Bar where we had a great night.
The following day we woke up to grey skies but being the English girls we are we headed to the pool, unfortunately this was short lived as it started raining! Later on in the day we popped out and happened to see the guys from our hotel Bar decorating a mesh tree and being Christmas Eve and wanting to get in the Christmas Spirit we asked to help out, its funny that something so random and unexpected can totally make a day! We were hanging up the tinsel in our beach dresses and bikinis with christmas music blaring and this is definitely something i’ll remember!
We headed out that night again to Lotus Bar and then to Sunset Bar decked out with Buckets, christmas hats and tinsel. At about 11pm the rain started and it didn’t stop for hours!!! We were all cramped up in the bar dancing but we had a great time!
Christmas Morning was spent rather hungover, however the rain had totally cleared and we were in for a lovely sunny Christmas Day which made us all really happy as this was just what we had wanted from our Christmas in Thailand. We had a lie out on the beach, enjoyed a Red Curry for our christmas lunch and then went back to the hotel to Skype our families on their christmas morning.
After another beautiful day on Boxing Day of more tanning on the beach and watching the sunset but now we were ready to move on to our next island for some New Year madness.
I’m so glad i decided to spend Christmas on Koh Tao, it was the perfect balance of chilled and party. We didn’t see much of the island but i love how close everything is on Sairee Beach, there’s so many food and party options, the beach is lovely and of course being West Facing the sunsets are beautiful!!
Definitely consider this island if you want to spend a Christmas in Thailand… i know i will consider it again!