Being one of the most sought after tropical destinations, Bali welcomes million of foreign tourists every year. Along the year, number of visiting tourists significantly increases in certain periods known as peak season. During the peak season price of all tourism-related products increases, and even if you can afford the price, availability is getting very difficult.
The situation also applies to luxury services including private villa accommodation. With its continuously increasing popularity, Bali villas are now even more popular than resort hotels, and getting one available in peak season is only possible if you make your booking way in advance, even more than a year ahead.
Other than holiday season in the tourists’ origins, these periods are also related to seasonal weather cycle in Bali. By calendar, peak season in Bali falls between July and September, two weeks around Christmas and New Year, and the whole week of Chinese New Year and Easter holiday.
To those who do not want to pay more or hate the crowd of spending tropical holiday in Bali, Phuket is a perfect alternative. Providing almost similar atmosphere and attractions, Phuket has different holiday seasons from Bali. Except for Christmas – New Year period, when Bali is in peak season, Phuket is in low season. The other way round works the same, when Bali is in low season, Phuket is in peak season.
Getting to Phuket is not more difficult than Bali anyway. There are flights available from almost all international hubs like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Jakarta. If you prefer low ware airliners, AirAsia X flies from London and Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur where you can easily find a connecting flight straight to Phuket.
Those who prefer to stay in ultimate privacy of private villa will find Phuket the perfect alternative to overcrowded Bali in its peak season. Most villas will be available and therefore offered at significantly lower price. With a little luck you can get a bargain price of less than 50% off the published rate. Other tourism services such as restaurant, car hire, tours, activities, even souvenir shops are also significantly cheaper and easily available. Talk to your travel agent to find suitable villa accommodation in Phuket.
If you have been visiting Thailand too often you want to go even further, try Vietnam or Cambodia. Luxury accommodation have gone so far even to this newly emerging destination, you can easily find and rent Vietnam villas and enjoy the same level of luxury villa living, just like in more matured destinations. With less tourists coming, you can avoid crowds almost all year round.