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1. Posted by yex (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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Hi can anyone kindly help?. we are planning a christmas break for about 10 nights to either Thailand or Mexico but would like some advice. me and my husband will be travelling with our 19 year old daughter and our parents in their 70's who like culture and sights. We ( including our daughter) are keen scuba divers and even keener party animals, so ideally want a place where we can dive during the day and party at night plus somewhere that the parents can visit in the day. ( they alos like nice hotels!) We are looking at Mexico or Thailand but lost for the best location in each country. Any help is really appreciated.

Cheers

2. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 7y

Wow! Two totally different parts of the world.

I would vote Mexico for your dynamic group. From Cancun to Tulum you can get in some pretty good diving and snorkelling. I think it might be a bit better up near Cancun...and there is more of a night life. You will want to stay away from the huge resorts on the Mayan Riveria. They are gorgeous but you can't really leave and go anywhere at night if you are loking to hit different spots in the evening. There are lots of excursions for your parents from Cancun.

In Thailand you could go to Phuket. There is some amazing dive spots and night life but your parents might get limited for sights to see. It all depends on how much sightseeing they want to do.

3. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

If it's diving you are after, the how about the Similan Islands and Ko Lanta in Thailand? These areas are considered to be some of the best in the world. As for nightlife, i dont think any beach resort in Mexico is gonna beat Thailand's famed nightlife.

I lived once in Mexico, but delighted to say im now in Thailand - i prefer it here, sorry to the Mexico fans!

4. Posted by melawasi (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

I also would vote for Thailand. I have never been to mexico but from what I’ve heard Thailand beats mexico by miles! Ko tao or ko lanta are 2 great wee islands for diving snorkling water sport beautiful scenary and beaches.. there are loads of beach bars where there is always a wee party happening. Another option is krabi where there is more options to choose from in terms of scenery, nice hotels/ resorts and night life.. all the best

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 7y

Quoting yex

Hi can anyone kindly help?. we are planning a christmas break for about 10 nights to either Thailand or Mexico but would like some advice. me and my husband will be travelling with our 19 year old daughter and our parents in their 70's who like culture and sights. We ( including our daughter) are keen scuba divers and even keener party animals, so ideally want a place where we can dive during the day and party at night plus somewhere that the parents can visit in the day. ( they alos like nice hotels!) We are looking at Mexico or Thailand but lost for the best location in each country. Any help is really appreciated.

Cheers

I would choose Thailand over Mexico. I have been to both and Thailand is much nicer. If you just want to dive you can fly to somewhere closer to your country and just dive. But if you go to Thailand or Mexico you should also see some of the sights in those countries. Some of the better tourist attractions may not be close to dive spots.

For Thailand, if you go there you ought to visit Chiang Mai too! Not too much diving in that area, most of the good diving is further south. Spend a few days in Bangkok at the beginning, experience a new culture, take some tours. If your initial flight is into Bangkok then also spend the last night there so you don't have to worry about your connecting flights being late.

One bad thing about Thailand at Christmas time is that this is "high season" for hotel pricing, there will be more tourists mucking about too! That time of year has some of the best weather though.

Good luck.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I'd vote for MEXICO, its XMAS, and if I can afford to go to the Mexican reviera, why would I think about places like Puke it, I mean Phuket. Ofcourse, Thailand is beautiful! But its Xmas and the Mexicans know that party better.

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

By the way, there is no diving in Chiangmai.

8. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

In regards to #6

The Mexicans may know how to celebrate X'mas (they do it very religiously) but it is the Thais who sure know how to party it up for the New Year!

If it's New Year celebrations you are after, Thailand wins hands down.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2009, at 03:17 by frank_bkk ]

9. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 7y

Definitely Thailand. So much cheaper than Mexico all round. Guaranteed good weather. Most people you will meet speak English. Great shopping (I have to admit to spending Xmas Day shopping in Bangkok). Cheap flights to get around.

I didn't like Cancun much. A nice but very expensive tourist trap.

10. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 7y

Wow, there really is so much choice within the two countries! I have travelled extensively through both. Here is a run down of some places you could consider (I've put a little star next to the places I've actually been - feel free to PM me if you want more details):

Thailand
*Koh Samui - Island. Pretty good all rounder. Good for parties, diving, walks, few sights but not many. Very much a package destination, but if that is what you are looking for, then great. If not, you can get away from all that if you stay away from the main Chaweng beach (which is however the best beach!).
*Krabi - mainland - again a good all rounder. There are many different beaches you can consider in the area. Great for sea kayaking also.
*Koh Pha Ngan - party island accessible by boat from Samui, gorgeous beaches, easy to hire car/bikes to explore island. Careful where you stay - e.g I doubt your parents would like Hat Rin (the full moon party beach!). Koh Tao also nearby and has great diving (but little else, so wouldn't recommend you stay there).
Phuket - Island, probably similar to Koh Samui.

Mexico
*Cancun - bog standard purpose-built beach resort town. Apparently good for partying but didn't fancy it. No culture. Pretty grim. Diving apparently good around the coast here.
*Isla Menjures - little island off the coast of Cancun (about 45 mins on frequent ferry). Has more of a traditional & laid back feel than Cancun. Nice beaches. Not a huge amount to do during the day, but easy enough to get to main land.
*Tulum - beautiful beach, nice Mayan ruins along the beach. Fairly small sleepy town, so folks may be a little bored after a few days. Nightlife not great.
Playa del Carmen - is supposed to be fab for partying but haven't been there so can't comment! Not sure about diving, but this is the Caribbean, so I presume it's pretty good!
Acapulco - speaks for itself!

Have you considered Bali? I reckon it has everything you want and would suit all of you. You can base yourselves in Legion, near Kuta - the night life is fab (tried and tested!), you can learn to surf if you feel the instinct, there is a wealth of things on Bali for your parents to do and everything is close and easy to get to. I hear the marine life is amazing around the island too. Another good place to be based on Bali is Senur (quieter than Kuta, but your folks might prefer it) and definitely visit Ubud (inland town, famous for it's art, lovely places to eat, easy to get to beach by car, fairly low key nightlife). Mexico and Thailand are great, but it's hard to suggest a place that has partying and diving for you AND keep your parents amused. Also, a lot of the main beach destinations in Thailand especially, and Cancun in Mexico, are relatively void of any culture and there isn't much else around those places. As Bali is an island with everything within easy reach, you can easily get away from the resorts and visit the more cultural places. December is technically the wetter time of year in Indonesia but in reality, this doesn't seem to affect Bali in the same way and it is essentially little different to the dry season.