From southern beaches to the northern mountains, Thailand offers a variety of holiday getaways. Alternatively, get your snow fix overseas this season and stay near Santa’s village in Finland or a contemporary chalet in the French Alps.
If you haven’t booked your end-of-year getaway yet, there’s still time. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to recharge and explore new cities and neighbourhoods.
From a sala-style home in Chiang Mai’s old quarter to a luxury barn house in Khao Yai; from an island villa in southern Thailand to a designer’s house in Bangkok’s Chinatown, these seasonal stays are sure to put the ho ho ho in your holidays.
Thai Sala House In The Old Town (Chiang Mai)
Immerse yourself in history this holiday season with a stay at this one-bedroom (2 guests) traditional sala Thai house located right in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town. Within walking distance of temples, Sunday Walking Street, museums and more, the central location makes it an ideal home base for discovering everything Chiang Mai has to offer. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local scene and explore what Chiang Mai and surrounds has to offer, check out these Airbnb Experiences: Organic Farm Thai Cooking Experience, Secrets of Sak Yant, Cafe Hopping With A Coffee Connoisseur.
Designer’s House in Chinatown (Bangkok)
Interested in a city break this holiday season? Make this renovated Airbnb Plus four-bedroom (9 guests) house your home for the holiday. Located in Chinatown, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the history and culture of this old quarter, its local neighbourhoods, alleyways while trying out the delicious bites from the street vendors. The best way to see the real Bangkok is through the eyes of a local – check out these Airbnb Experiences for an alternative view of Bangkok: Living Along The Kong, The Secret Of China Town And Local Life, Tuk Tuk Adventure And Thai Street Food.
Khao Yai Barnhouse (Nakhon Ratchasima)
Just two-hours by car for Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima is a popular weekend getaway for city-dwellers and is famed for its cooler, refreshing weather, especially during the December/ January holiday season. Home of Thailand’s first national park, Khao Yai, this luxury five-bedroom (11 guests) property inspired by the English countryside is surrounded by a golf course and has sweeping views of the nearby mountains. The vast outdoor spaces and large kitchen makes this Barnhouse ideal for family and group holidays.
Villa Aria on Koh Yao Noi (Phang Nga)
Head south to the island of Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province for a tranquil break. The island is home to an active local fishing community and incredible landscapes and flora, as well as some beautiful, and deserted beaches. This custom wooden two-bedroom (4 guests) house was built by local artisans. Situated on the east side of the island, it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views across Phang Nga Bay and the beach is just 300 metres away. For those travelling in a larger group, there are two neighbouring apartments that can also be booked making this an ideal island hangout for the holiday season.
For those looking to travel overseas this holiday season, below are some stunning stays in Asia-Pacific that will make for a delightful holiday break. Alternatively, go long-haul and enjoy the festive seasons surrounded by snow in France or Finland.
Beautiful Bali Treehouse (Bali, Indonesia)
Find your serene retreat this holiday season in this treehouse which is among the most wish-listed listings in Bali. Only a 3-minute walk from the beach, you can watch the sunrise in the morning from its veranda, and enjoy the view of its beautiful garden with a pool.
Traditional Japanese House (Koshu, Japan)
Stay in Moshi Moshi House, a traditional 150-year-old Japanese house located in the hilltops of Koshu city. The shoji (living room doors) slide open to reveal beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and host Ayumi will welcome you with her infectious enthusiasm and hospitality. Explore Kofu, a nearby city 15-20 minutes away that is filled with beautiful shrines and temples.
Contemporary Chalet (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France)
With its stunning mountain-view sauna, this spectacular chalet in the heart of Chamonix-Mont Blanc is a luxurious winter wonderland. It comes complete with daily housekeeping, complimentary shuttle service to the ski slopes and chef-prepared meals.
Arctic Home Near Santa’s Village (Rovaniemi, Finland)
This arctic home in Finland is a mere 15 minutes drive from Santa’s Village. Set in a private forest, the classic Finnish cabin comes with all the amenities needed for a cosy winter stay including a wood-burning stove and sauna.