Mention Thailand and instinct takes our minds to hot days spent on the beach with an ice cold beer. While that is time well spent, why not try a different side of Thailand this year? Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, offers warm days, cool nights and little rain. December is the perfect time to wander through the old city, take in the temples and enjoy the amazing cafe culture. Feeling a little more adventurous? Head to the hills for a hike or wash and feed an elephant or two.
Fly to: Chiang Mai International Airport
Flight time: 2 – 3 hours
Best for: Cafe culture, food, hikes, elephant sanctuaries (no riding!)
Sassy tip: Northern Thai cuisine is different from the dishes in the South. Get your hands on a bowl of khao soi, and thank me later.