Thailand, described as the land of a 1,000 smiles, it is one place where you can be sure of the warmest welcome. From idyllic, unspoilt beaches with turquoise seas and pure, white sands to bustling cities sporting exotic markets, ornate temples and a vibrant, colourful nightlife, exotic holidays in Thailand are a magical and unforgettable experience.
Spend time in the relaxing islands of the south, or explore the jungles, temples and villages of the north which offer a cultural experience like nowhere else in the world.
Trek through lush forests on the back of elephants, visit the hill tribes for a look at a more traditional way of life and enjoy the vibrant markets and historical temples of Chiang Mai.
The Thai capital Bangkok brings together the very best in shopping, sightseeing and pure indulgence. Within this multi-layered metropolis you will find some of the best shopping in the East, a host of fascinating temples and excursions and the very best in spa and relaxation treatments. In fact spend some time here, and you may well grow to love this fascinating city. Top Tip – just wander the streets to take it all in, but be careful, the pedestrian takes second place to the thousands of taxis, buses, motorbikes, tuk tuks, bicycles and private cars! Bangkok’s shopping is renowned, the malls here have become ever more extravagant and high-end, however the markets will always remain the best places to find the bargains, including various knock-off items and original local designer goods. Take time out to visit the Grand Palace as well as Wat Phra Kaew, the palace temple housing the Emerald Buddha, constructed entirely from translucent green jade. And as the day becomes dusk, head to a roof top bar to watch the sun go down over the soaring skyscrapers. In the eve, this city of royalty and religion comes alive and though the city’s frenetic pace and infamous congestion can be overwhelming, a stop in Bangkok is a must for anyone travelling in Thailand.
The oldest and most traditional Thai resort combines the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. And while most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for foreigners and Thais alike. Besides it’s great 5 mile long beach Hua Hin provides the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand while it’s yet virtually undiscovered as an international Golf destination. Today’s visitor to Hua Hin will still sense this special atmosphere and old world charm. Besides sun-filled days on the mile-long beach there are leisure activities for the whole family from watersports to golf. The area around the town let’s you discover fabulous parks and peaks, caves and waterfalls. In the evening the winding roads with a great variety of shops make a great stroll. And the restaurants built on stilts into the sea offer superb seafood in the legendary and unsurpassed preparation of the Thai cuisine. Easily reached by road from Bangkok, an onward flight is not necessary.
Chiang Mai is the second most visited city in Thailand and considered the culture capital and gateway to the north. Chiang Mai is host to one of Thailand’s most famous night markets however the real reason for visiting Chiang Mai is the sightseeing. If Thai temples are your thing, then Chiang Mai has a lot to offer — the hill-top Wat Doi Suthep is the crown jewels of a vivid collection of traditional Thai temples and we also recommend a visit to the Long Neck Hill Tribe and if you’re up for it, an elephant jungle trek and river rafting, or combine all three for a thrilling full day out!
Thailand’s largest island, it remains the most popular, with beautiful hotels and beautiful beaches combining with a busy nightlife and excellent shopping opportunities. Phuket is the most developed and westernised of Thailand’s beach destinations however with over a dozen beaches and bays to choose from, you can opt for the crowds and activity of Patong one day and follow it with a hidden-away bay the next. Each beach in Phuket offers a different vibe and each holiday can be tailored to the individual, ask us, we know all the best spots. From Phuket you can do an easy road transfer to Krabi for a fantastic combination itinerary or include Phi Phi as a day trip or overnight add on.
Easily reached by road transfer from Phuket, Khao Lak is not yet as well known as Phuket. This is great as gives rise to more privacy and exclusivity, less commercilaistaion and a beautiful beach. Khao Lak is popular as a departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan and Surin Islands. The park is home to one of the most famous dive sites in the world. In addition the islands feature pristine reefs, making it home to some of the best snorkelling in Thailand.
Few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry. Phi Phi’s beauty is also unmistakable. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. A 2 or 3 night stop in Phi Phi is highly recommended.
For picture postcard scenery, Krabi is a must! In Krabi you will find white sand beaches combined with spectacular limestone formations. Much quieter than Phuket Ao Nang still offers its fair share of restaurants, bars and markets. Without the crowds or commercialisation it remains a popular choice for those seeking peace and relaxation, whilst still having access to nightlife and shopping.
A popular alternative to Phuket, Koh Samui also combines well with city stops in Hong Kong or Singapore. With white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and all-day sun, Samui is a great choice and also makes an excellent combination with Koh Pha Ngan. The most well known beach is Chaweng, here you will find the majority of hotels, restaurants, bars and a popular night market, or choose a more isolated spot for an escape from the crowds.
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Most well known for its full moon parties, these occur monthly and attract visitors from all over the globe. For a party not to be forgotten book early as most establishments book out during this time. Or avoid it all together, travel when the party-goers have left, and enjoy relaxation in some of the most isolated beaches in Thailand.
Pattaya combines well with Bangkok and is reached by an easy 3 hour road transfer. A popular choice for those wishing to avoid the add on flight from Bangkok, Pattaya offers its visitors great beaches, fantastic resort hotels and a steady supply of nightlife. With the introduction of 5 star hotels and mass tourism, Pattaya is becoming more popular as a main stream beach destination however it remains not for the easily offended. With a previous reputation for sex tourism, most of the night-time entertainment is centered around spicy cabarets, massage parlours, and go-go bars.
A perfect combination with Koh Samui, this stunning little hideaway is fast becoming known as one of Thailand’s best getaway spots. Away from the crowds and commercialisation, Koh Lanta offers pure relaxation and with generally calm waters and broad beaches it is an ideal family breakaway. For those wanting to keep busy there is excellent diving, and snorkelling, to be had plus a host of other excursions from kayaking and elephant riding to back country bicycle explorations.
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