Top Winter Sun Destinations
Although Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner, it’s not too late to escape the chill on a last minute holiday. Just because the UK is being plunged into darkness and battered by cold winds and icy rain doesn’t mean the rest of the world is suffering the same fate. If you want to top up your vitamin D, work on your tan and sip cocktails at sunset, here are three of the best Asian winter sun destinations to do so. If you act quickly, you can pick up one of Thomas Cook’s last minute holidays to winter sun hot spots and head off before the year is even over.
Put firmly on the tourist map by the film The Beach, Thailand is a paradise on earth. Tropical rainforests meet white-sand beaches; tumbling waterfalls cascade into emerald green rock pools; colourful coral reefs teem with even brighter coloured fish and in almost every vista there is a Buddhist temple or shrine.
The Land of Smiles always offers a warm welcome; the beaches are to die for and the culture, architecture and tradition is engaging and intriguing.
From the inland rainforest-surrounded city of Chiang Mai to The Beach paradise of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand has much to offer the winter sun seeker, the adventure enthusiast and the culture vulture
Tea plantations shrouded in morning mist, ancient deserted cities, mountainous national parks and miles of golden sand beaches make Sri Lanka one very appealing place to visit. It has been marred by civil war but the country now seems to be on the road to recovery and it’s welcoming tourists with open arms.
The climate is divine, the food is delectable and the landscape diverse. For such a small country there is a lot to see and do; from elephant rides to surfing, plantation tours to cookery classes this small slice of Indian Ocean paradise has plenty to offer.
Goa is like no other place on earth. It is firmly rooted on the Indian subcontinent, but its colonial rule by the Portuguese gives it a decidedly more European feel. Add to that a massive dose of laid back ‘hippy’ style living and you have one very eclectic place indeed.
It’s a spiritual haven, so yoga lovers will definitely be in heaven. It’s also a great place to shop with markets and street vendors all vying for your attention.
Aside from a stunning coastline, the hinterland is a muddle of criss-crossing waterways that make for relaxed afternoon boat cruises and further inland the dense rainforests are home to the illusive Indian tiger. To top it all off, the food is amongst the best in the entire country, lots of seafood curries, coconut milk and fresh fruit.