Hey guys, I'm going to be traveling with two friends to Thailand this coming Christmas. I was looking for a great place to stay for Christmas. I would like to be near the beach, around other tourists celebrating, and in a nicer resort style accommodation still in a college students budget. I am will to pay more for the Christmas Eve and Day but hopefully under $100 each night. Any ideas? Or even suggestions for locations?
......still in a college students budget .....hopefully under $100 each night.
That's almost funny. Can't say I've ever met a college student in Thailand who has $100 to spend each night. Its closer to what the average student backpacker spends on accommodation in a week. I definitely can't help you with specific accommodation since my budget is usually in the $15/night range. That was bumped up on Christmas this year when I spent $30, the most I've ever spent on Thai accommodation, for a pretty sweet hotel room.
But what I can recommend is to stay away from Phuket. Of course there are many Phuket lovers out there who will argue this, but I thought it was horrible place for a 20-something to spend Christmas. I was happy to be with a group of friends though, since I saw few others my own age hanging around. If you don't mind things being a bit crowded and don't mind paying a bit more (don't think that's a problem) than I think Phi-Phi might be a good bet. It's too crowded for my tastes, but there's lots going on, lots of young people, and some nice places to stay. Samui might also be a good option.
If you want something geared almost exclusively toward the college/20-something age, then Koh Phagnan is the place to go. It used to be a backpacker place with low key cheap and basic accommodation, but when I was there at New Years I saw lots of new sweet looking resorts catering to those on higher budgets. But no matter the budget, you can bet that over the holidays probably 50% of the young travelers in the country will be partying it up on Hat Rinn beach. If you want something much more low key but still with mostly young folks, then consider Koh Tao.
I should have been a bit more clear. I meant for under $100 each night for all three of us. Each of us would like to pay no more than 40$ each. But yeah, $100 a night for one person would be wayyy over our budget. Thanks for the great suggestions. I was already looking at Koh Samui, but will look into the other places you mentioned.