As the bitter, cold weather is coming in, it isn’t any wonder that some of you may be dreaming of the summer sunshine we once had. But fear not, for those of you who do have some spare money to treat yourself, you may be able to travel abroad in search of some much desired winter sun.
Recently, Thailand has become a hugely popular holiday destination and it’s proving to be a real hit with holiday makers. ‘Island-hopping’ through the Thai Islands, such as the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Tao, and Koh Pha Ngan, is the latest trend for backpackers, with an average temperature of 27°c in January. Not bad for the middle of winter, is it? The islands boast white sandy beaches which are the perfect location for snorkeling. The waters are crystal clear and filled with beautiful tropical fish.
If you’re not interested in a holiday that’s just about lazing on the beach, Thailand is also an amazing destination for active people. Hill-trekking in Thailand will allow tourists to meet various tribes and experience the different cultures first-hand. Akha, Lisu, Hmong and Karen tribes can be found across the north of the country. No trip to Thailand would be complete without taking a trip to Bangkok. Famous for its gorgeous temples and exciting atmosphere, the capital has been Thailand’s main attraction with holiday-goers for many years now. The Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market gives tourists the authentic Thai market experience. You’ll be able to enjoy a host of Thai foods including custard apples and yellow longan.
Cyprus is one of the warmest places to visit in the Mediterrean. Therefore, it’s the perfect winter getaway. The west coast of Cyprus, on the Akamas Peninsula, is home to a beautiful blue lagoon that has some of the clearest sea waters you’ll ever see. Paphos is the capital of the small island, and has many beautiful golden beaches to offer tourists. Paphos is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its castle, defense walls and harbour area were built by Alexander the Great. Therefore, Cyprus is ideal for those looking for some sun as well as history nerds!
So going to Dubai is costly, but I’m pretty certain it would be worth it. Temperatures are on average 29°c. One could spend the day at one of Dubai’s impressive waterparks – Aquaventure Waterpark or Wild Wadi – or could take a trip out to the desert. The list of things to do in Dubai is pretty much endless. Tourists can also enjoy skydiving, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling on their trip. Dubai boasts one of the biggest shopping centres in the world, with an impressive array of shops for you to enjoy. If you want to go all out and break the bank, you could even stay in the Burj Al Arab.
Where do you recommend to get some winter sun? Let us know in the comments below!