Discova Thailand Destination Guide 2023/24

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Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

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Porjai Chaiwongyart (Nuk) Operations Manager, Thailand

Sawasdee ka and welcome to the beautiful ‘Land of Smiles’!

My name is Nuk and I’m the Operations and Reservations Manager in Thailand. I love welcoming travellers and introducing them to the many charms of my homeland. From the famous tropical islands and white-sanded beaches in the South, to the alluring rice fields and lush mountains in the North, there’s our buzzing and fast-paced capital, Bangkok, and the relatively untouched north-eastern region, Isaan. I believe it’s this unique blend of traditional and modern that makes Thailand so special, along with the friendly locals, mouthwatering food and magnificent temples.

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Myanmar

Mae Hong Son

Chiang Mai

Lamphun

Laos

Chiang Rai

Phayao

Andaman

Sea

Nan

Lampang

Phrae

Khuan Sirikit

Uttaradit

Tak Sukhothai Phitsanulok

Mae Sot

Kamphaeng

Phet

Loei

Nong Bua Lamphu

Phetchabun

Phichit

Uthai Thani

Chai Nat

Nong Khai

Undon Thani

Sakon Nakhon

Gulf of Tonkin

Nakhon Phanom

Khuan

Khao

Laem

Kanchanaburi

Khon Kaen Xé Banghiang

Maha Sarakham

Nakhon Sawan

Kalasin Mukdahan

Mekong

Chaiyaphum Roi Et Yasothon Amnat Charoen

THAILAND

Sing Buri

Suphan Buri

Bangkok

Samut Shakhon

Lop Buri

Nakhon Ratchasima

Sara Buri

Ubon Ratchathani

Buriram Surin Si Sa Ket

Mae Nam Lam Dom Noi

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Nakhon Nayok

Prachin Buri

Chachoengsao Sa Kaeo

Chon Buri

Samut Songkharam

Phetchaburi

Sattahip

Prachuap

Si Racha

Phatthaya

Rayong Trat Chanthaburi

Khiri Khan

Gulf of Thailand

Chumphom

Ranong

Khuan

Koh Samui

Phangnga

Vietnam

Chie

Lan Surat Thani

Krabi

Phuket

Trang

Nakhon Si

Thammarat

Phatthalung

Songkhla Pattani

SatunHat Yai

Yala

Narathiwat

Malaysia

Thailand

Climate & Weather Averages in Thailand

Sounth China Sea

* The actual climate in Thailand’s Regions can vary a bit.

Thailand’s climate can be divided into three seasons. The most popular time to visit the Southeast Asian country is from November to February when the weather is cool and dry. Whilst there’s usually just a small drop in temperature in the South, the North can get quite chilly during these months – especially at night. In March, the temperatures start to rise, with April being the hottest month, until the southwest monsoon brings regular downpours and high humidity from May to October. In Thailand’s south, the Andaman coast sees heavy rains and storms, with some islands being completely closed during this time. The Lower Gulf coast, on the other hand, experiences most rainfall from September to December, brought by the northeast monsoon.

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Celebes Sea
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Bangkok Chiang Mai Phuket
Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Cold Temperatures can rise up to 32 ºC during the day but at night can plummet to 15 ºC or lower. Warm Temperatures usually between 22 ºC and 32 ºC Hot Temperatures rise above 32 ºC Rain Regular rainfall with high humidity and temperatures usually between 25 ºC and 33 ºC
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Things to Know Thailand

Population

69 million

Capital City Time Zone

Bangkok

UTC +7 ICT Indochina Time

Language

Thai (official), Lanna, Pak Thai and numerous other local dialects

Currency Visa

The country’s official currency is the Thai baht (฿). ATMs are found throughout Thailand, accepting most debit and credit cards, whilst banks and money exchange counters exchange most major foreign currencies.

Whilst visa requirements differ depending on passport country of origin, most Western nationals can enter Thailand on a 30-day visa exemption (by both land and air). Those planning on staying longer in the country need to apply for a single-entry 60-day tourist visa at a Thai embassy or consulate before entering the country; this can be extended by 30 days at a Thai immigration office. Note that all passports must be valid for at least six months and travellers must provide proof of an onward ticket when entering the country. As travel policies change regularly, it’s best to check the official government website for the latest regulations before visiting.

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Festivals

Experiencing local traditions

Songkran

Songkran marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is the country’s most important festival. From April 13 to 15 (the duration can vary in some regions), families come together, pay respect to elders and visit temples to pray and make merit. Water plays an important role during Songkran; traditionally, Thai people clean their house before the celebrations, pour scented water on Buddha images and monks’ hands, and splash each other with water as a form of cleansing of bad spirits. Whilst these traditions continue to exist, Songkran has grown into a full-on water fight with people celebrating by soaking each other using water guns and buckets of water.

Loi Krathong

Also known as ‘the festival of light’, the Buddhist celebration usually takes place in November and is one of the most beautiful festivities in Thailand. People participate by releasing small decorative boats, called ‘krathongs’, into the rivers or lakes as a means of thanking the water goddess and letting go of misfortune. These small krathongs are usually made of banana leaves, decorated with flowers and adorned with a lighted candle.

Available Fleet

In Thailand, Discova owns and operates a fleet of 31 vehicles and two speedboats.

These are Discova-branded speedboats for which we have a long-term rental agreement.

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Phuket Alu-Shark Multi-Hull 35-Seater 2 Engine Powered Speedboat Mono-Hull 35-Seater 2 Engine Powered Speedboat Bangkok Toyota Commuter D4D 9 Seats Toyota Camry Phuket Toyota Commuter D4D 9 Seats
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Toyota Camry

Ace of Hua Hin Resort

Ace of Hua Hin is a boutique-inspired lifestyle beach front resort catering to high-end travellers in search of a stylishly cool escape and immersive local experiences in Cha-Am and Hua Hin. Set against the sparkling blue sea, the resort has an elegant modern design, 118 light and airy rooms and suites, and a centrally placed swimming pool directly adjacent to the beach.

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Responsible Travel Initiatives

Carbon Impact Correction

We partnered with Path Net Zero in early 2023 in order to provide our partners with an international, certified carbon emissions calculator. We can now measure the carbon emissions of the Discova tours you book for your travellers, and find alternative, lower-impact solutions.

Social Enterprises...

...are an easy and sustainable way to give back to local communities. In Thailand, we work with social enterprises that empower and create opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community.

Local Community

From service-learning projects for educational travel groups to homestays and cultural activities run by local hosts, our community-based tourism projects are designed to support the sustainable development of the communities whilst allowing travellers to experience the local life in Thailand. In Om Goi, Chiang Mai, one of these projects proved particularly successful thanks to the support of visiting travellers – watch the video here.

Protecting Children

The ChildSafe Movement trains individuals and organisations and provides them with the tools to protect children and youth. Your travellers can rest assured that they follow child safeguarding standards when they travel with Discova, and that all of our global staff are ChildSafe trained, from our tour guides right to our top management teams.

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What to Eat

Local flavours and delights

Som Tam Thai

A refreshing salad made from shredded green papaya mixed with a vibrant concoction of fresh chillies, garlic, dried shrimp, palm sugar, peanuts, lime, tomatoes and long beans. This signature dish encompasses salty, sweet, spicy, sour and bitter flavours all in one!

Khanom Chin

This local favourite is fermented rice noodles, with a delicate texture and slightly sour taste, topped with a choice of curries and fresh vegetables. Typically found on the street rather than restaurants, this is a must-try dish if you get the chance!

Mango Sticky Rice

One of Thailand’s most popular desserts, and for good reason! Fresh mango served with glutinous rice sweetened with sugar and coconut milk, topped off with a sprinkling of crispy mung beans. An indulgent dish perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

“One of my all-time favourites is Pad Krapow. It’s a classic Thai dish made of Holy Basil stir-fried with a choice of meat. If you want chicken, ask for ‘gai’, pork is ‘moo’ or if you’d rather have it with mushrooms, add the word ‘hed’. Pad Krapow is usually topped with a fried egg and served with a portion of rice. Beware it can be quite spicy! If you prefer less heat, ask for ‘phet noi’.”

Explore Our Regions

Cross Chiang Mai Riverside

Guests are invited to experience the world-class Cross Chiang Mai Riverside Resort in Thailand, featuring 29 elegant suites, gardens dotted with century-old tamarind trees and an infinity pool. The resort has won prestigious awards, including the “Gold Award” at the 13th Thailand Tourism Awards 2021 and Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2018-2019 for Best Hotel Architecture.

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Chiang Mai & the North

Bangkok & Surroundings

Gulf of Thailand

Koh Samui & the Southern Gulf of Thailand

Phi Phi islands
Lampang
Phuket & the Andaman Coast
Chiang Rai

Bangkok & Surroundings

Whilst Bangkok may seem overwhelming and intense at first, once you find your feet in the Thai capital’s busy streets it quickly turns into an exhilarating destination. It’s locally known as “Krung Thep”, meaning the City of Angels, but perhaps a more fitting moniker would be the City of Contrast. Rustic roadside vendors compete with chic rooftop bars, bustling night markets stand side-by-side with modern, air-conditioned shopping malls and ancient temples strike a balance with the frenzied traffic and lively nightlife.

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1. Ultimate Family Fun

Travellers meander along the canals on a traditional longtail boat to experience another side of Bangkok. They can get interactive at a museum on Thai identity and visit the Artist Village, and immerse themselves into the colourful and fun-filled Bangluang district, teeming with lively local life.

2. Street Food

An indulgent tour of Bangkok’s famous and diverse street food, from the local to the Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed Pad Thai Restaurant. Visitors can experience the city’s vibrant and entertaining nightlife and culinary scene on an exciting EV tuk tuk ride with a knowledgeable local guide.

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The Discova Difference: Upgrade their culinary tour to an eco-friendly one with an electric vehicle tuk tuk and reusable lunch boxes for take-away dishes.

3. Bangkok Through Local Lanes

A discovery of Bangkok in a new light with a double-decker bus and local city transport, all while being environmentally-friendly. An expert local guide will take travellers to major landmarks and off-the-beatenpath gems. They’ll take a stroll through the city’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and get an exclusive glimpse into local city life.

4. Thai Dipping Sauce Workshop Tour

Travellers can experience Thailand’s unique cuisine and observe the creativity of its people. Guests will create three signature Thai dipping sauces for meat lovers, seafood lovers and fruit/dessert lovers, and sit down to enjoy delicious dishes at a stunning riverside restaurant.

The Discova Difference: A truly special way to explore Bangkok’s highlights, hidden cultural treasures, and daily life, using unique modes of city transport with the company of an expert local guide. The Discova Difference: An exclusive collaboration with our hosts ensures this authentically Thai experience is one that only a small number of visitors to the country will experience, taking away Thai cooking skills and secrets to share back home.

Recommended Hotels in Bangkok & Surroundings

Theatre Residence

Theatre Residence, formerly known as Patravadi Theatre, was Bangkok’s first openair theatre and a centre for contemporary performing arts in Thailand. Located in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace, here guests can experience an authentic old-world atmosphere. The residence boasts 85 fully-furnished units with an open-air swimming pool and the Theatre Riverside Restaurant.

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Cross River Kwai

Cross River Kwai is located beside the most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River in Kanchanaburi Province, with a spectacular backdrop of mountain ranges and blue sky. Every room offers uninterrupted panoramic river views over the idyllic countryside, while the modern design meshes seamlessly with the natural surroundings to satisfy the spirit.

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Cross Vibe Bangkok

Sukhumvit Hotel

Cross Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit is a design hotel, situated only few minutes-walk from Onnut BTS Station, ideally located adjacent to main Bangkok business district, shopping malls, supermarket, BITEC, local restaurants and bars. The hotel features 145 uniquely designed rooms, as well as 121 luxury residences, casual dining, signature cocktails, a 24-hour gym, salted water pool and pool bar, a spa, and more.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Guests can enjoy urban serenity amongst 11 acres of greenery at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. With a complimentary shuttle boat to take them to the city’s charms, they can explore deeper with Streetwise and Klong Gurus tours. Theatrical culinary displays and cultural entertainment provide a unique insight into the destination, while Anantara Spa offers a tranquil sanctuary.

Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Seaside elegance, traditional grace, warm homely touches, and modern flair welcome guests at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin. This exquisitely designed resort offers spacious yet cozy rooms, luxurious pavilions with private pools, recreational facilities for relaxation, and delicious local and European dishes.

Cross Pattaya Pratamnak

Cross Pattaya Pratamnak is a luxury hotel reminiscent of a colonial mansion, situated amidst a forest of mature trees and overlooking the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Easily accessible to the main city of Pattaya and the friendly coastal town Jomtien, the hotel is located in a high-end residential district and thus provides a tranquil oasis for its guests.

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Chiang Mai & the North

Once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai exudes a laidback and peaceful charm. Remnants of the former city wall enclose its historic Old Town, dotted with numerous ancient temples, but travel beyond these boundaries and you’ll soon be surrounded by scenic mountains and beautiful jungle, hiding colourful hill tribes, elephant sanctuaries and stunning waterfalls, as well as the infamous Golden Triangle – the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet – to the very north.

Thailand Tattoo Culture Tour Private 1

The Insider’s Chiang Mai Tour 2

Chiang Dao Trek and Waterfall 4

Chiang Rai

Phayao

Chiang Mai Nan

Lamphun

A Trip to Thailand’s Floating Pagodas 3

Lampang

Phrae

Mae Hong Son Khuan Sirikit

Mae Sot Tak

Kamphaeng

Phet

Phetchabun Phichit

Uthai Thani

Nakhon Sawan

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Laos Myanmar
White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

1. Thailand Tattoo Culture Tour Private

Guests will experience a unique oneon-one session with a local monk who practises traditional Lanna Sak Yant. They will uncover stories of Thailand’s culture, history, and belief behind the art of tattooing, as well as why Buddhist monks in Thailand practise the tattoo art form.

2. The Insider’s Chiang Mai Tour

A fun-filled, half-day Vespa adventure discovering the hidden gems of Chiang Mai. Your clients will journey through busy alleys and winding roads to explore an array of extraordinary sites both within and outside the city. Highlights include a hilltop Buddha statue, an authentic market and a laid-back arts and crafts village. The tour will culminate at one of the most remarkable temples in the city.

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The Discova Difference: This tour is an exclusive experience provided by Discova only.

3. A Trip to Thailand’s Floating Pagodas

Visitors explore the hidden gems of Northern Thailand on this full-day adventure, combining culture, nature and local life. They will marvel at the mystical sight of Thailand’s floating pagodas resting atop cloud shrouded mountain peaks, and can take a bath in soothing natural hot springs before finding regional specialities at a local market.

4. Chiang Dao Trek and Waterfall

A cultural exploration of Chiang Dao district that begins with a look into the traditions of Karen villagers, with demonstrations of Karen weaving. Afterwards, visitors move on to Lisu village, where they can go trekking, passing through farmland and meeting villagers on the way. The trekking ends at Palong village, where visitors will gain knowledge about the Royal Project and its effects on the local people. Lastly, they’ll take a nature walk along trails to a beautiful waterfall.

The Discova Difference: Most day trips to Lampang focus on the temples in the town centre. On this tour, we include a trek up to the rarely visited floating pagodas, one of the unique highlights of Northern Thailand. The Discova Difference: Visitors positively impact the community by generating stable income and creating job opportunities. The tour also provides interaction with the community and an understanding of their customs and rituals.

Recommended Hotels in Chiang Mai & the North

CHIANG RAI

The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa

At The Legend Chiang Rai, guests will enjoy an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architecture, local artwork, hand-plastered white walls, and 76 Studios and Villas. Set on 7 acres of lush riverside parkland, with no building taller than a tree, the resort offers a true “back to nature” experience, all just 5 minutes from downtown Chiang Rai by car.

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Cross Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel

Cross Vibe Chiang Mai Decem is a vibrant retreat hotel in Nimman, Chiang Mai, with a cool, funky design, loft-style rooms, and a vertical garden that shelters the saltwater pool. Whether your clients are looking for a go-slow holiday or a fun-filled adventure, this is the place to be.

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Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort A Vegan Retreat

The myriad of cultural highlights of Chiang Mai surround this this unique design hotel, tucked away in a quiet lane. The resort is located in the heart of the city, just a 5-minute walk from Tha Pae Gate, and offers easy access to nearby attractions such as Sunday Walking Street, Wualai Walking Street, Chang Noi Street and Phra Singh Temple.

Raya Heritage

Guests at Raya Heritage experience a clean, contemporary take on traditional Thai design. One-of-akind furniture, artefacts and accessories, sourced from and often crafted by local artisans, bring northern Thai culture’s simple, elegant approach to life. Surrounded by tranquil natural beauty and the Ping river, visitors can relax and explore the region’s unique charms.

The Riverie by Katathani

A gem of Thailand’s northern-most province, Riverie has been renovated and transformed into a classiccontemporary five-star hotel to rival Asia’s leading resort properties. The resort applies international management standards to welcome guests from around the world for pleasure, leisure, meetings and conventions.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Surrounded by a 160-acre bamboo forest and gardens, Anantara Golden Triangle offers guests the thrill of adventure in northern Thailand. With its mountain breeze and jungle lushness, this historic Chiang Rai hotel overlooks the border with Myanmar and Laos, offering access to unique cultures, natural riches and cultural sites.

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Phuket & the Andaman Coast

It’s time to discover Thailand’s world-famous beaches with a trip to Phuket. Spend a day at sea and explore some of the Andaman’s most beautiful islands on our Phi Phi Island Explorer tour or take a break from sunbathing and learn more about the Phuket’s history and culture on our Phuket Heritage Walk. Foodies will love our Phuket Streets Eats tour, a perfect introduction to the island’s fiery flavour.

Sarasin Bridge

Sai Kaew Beach

Mai Khao Beach

Sakhu

Sai Cape

Phuket International Airport

La Wa Yol Island

Ngam Island

Kung Bay

Thep Krasatti

Na Kha Yai

Na Kha Noi

Son Cape

Pa Khlok

Si Sunthon

Gulf of Phuket

Lam Chiek Cape

Kamala

Kathu Patong

Karon

Ko Kaeo

Ratsada

Si-Re Island

Phuket City

Chalong

Hiking to Big Buddha Tour 4

Rawai Lon Island

Ko Yao Yai

Phi Phi Explorer by Speedboat 1

Kaeo Yai Island

Kaeo Noi Island

Bon Island

Coral Island

Phuket Local Treats Tour 2

Phuket

Phi Phi Islands

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Old Town Walking Tour 3
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1. Phi Phi Explorer by Speedboat

A day of basking in the sunshine on this day-long speedboat excursion to the famously beautiful Phi Phi Islands. Along the way, guests will have the opportunity to stop at picturesque spots to swim in the crystal-clear waters and catch a glimpse of the stunning underwater life with some snorkelling.

2. Phuket Local Treats Tour

Guests can embark on a whirlwind culinary journey to taste the flavours of Phuket on this evening quest. They can sample a selection of the unique local dishes of Southern Thailand while taking the time to explore some of the area’s cultural highlights along the way. Guests can experience the nightlife of the Phuket Town area and admire panoramic views from the famous Khao Rang Hill Viewpoint.

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The Discova Difference: We’ve designed the schedule so that your travellers visit the most stunning locations at the least busy times.

3. Phuket Old Town Walking Tour

An insightful half-day walking tour of mulitcultural Phuket. From a bustling local market and magnificent colonial architecture to a uniquely-built temple and an attractive museum, your travellers will discover the various cultural influences that have shaped this picturesque city.

4. Hiking to Big Buddha Tour

We recommend getting active and exploring Big Buddha on foot rather than sitting in a car. Phuket has a lot of jungles to explore and visitors can get lost in the beauty of nature. At the end of the day, they can relax in a hidden café in Kata with a stunning view of the ocean, or take a dip in the water of Karon, a 3-kilometre stretch of smooth golden-sand beach.

Recommended Hotels in Phuket & the Andaman Coast

KRABI

Beyond Resort Krabi

Beyond Resort Krabi blends naturally into its surroundings, the architectural style using freeform curves and low-rise design in a harmonic union with the gentle world of beach and woodland. The property offers 129 luxurious rooms and suites, with spectacular sea and garden views.

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Paradise Koh Yao

Paradise Koh Yao, located on Koh Yao Noi Island, offers a quiet tropical getaway in the Phang Nga area. The largely untouched island is surrounded by beaches, reefs, and national parkland, providing a tranquil escape from the bustle of nearby Phuket and Krabi, both reachable by boat in less than an hour. Uniquely nestled into its own bay, the resort is the only accommodation in the area, offering an undisturbed stay.

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Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort

Guests of the Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort can enjoy a luxurious stay in one of 151 spacious rooms and elegant suites, all with a balcony or terrace. They can also choose from one of seven secluded villas with private plunge pools, or outdoor terraces with lush tropical gardens. At the beachfront Edgewater Restaurant and Bar, they can relax in the swimming pool and jacuzzi while taking in views of the Andaman Sea.

TreeHouse Villas

TreeHouse Villas is located on the remote northern tip of Koh Yao Noi, is an adults-only luxury resort offering spacious airconditioned villas dotting the border of lush tropical forest, towering limestone cliffs, and 400 metres of private beach. Travel to the island is only available by boat, with the resort providing transfers from airports and hotels in Phuket and Krabi.

Novotel Phuket Resort

A 4-star hotel located near Patong Beach, Novotel Phuket Resort stands out for its breathtaking sea view. Perfectly situated on the green hills above Kalim Bay, Patong Beach, Novotel Phuket is the resort of choice for guests looking to escape everyday life for some much-needed peace of mind.

Mida Grande Resort Phuket

Guests at Mida Grande Resort Phuket can bask in the beauty of the Contemporary Sukhothai architecture and soak in the peace of the west coast of Phuket near Surin and Bangtao beaches. Amenities include a main swimming pool, 4 rooftop pools, a restaurant, pool bar, 2 gyms, 2 kid clubs, and a rooftop bar.

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Samui & the Southern Gulf of Thailand

Thailand’s Gulf coast is largely overshadowed by the island trio of Samui, Pha Ngan and Tao. Whilst Koh Samui, the biggest and best-known among them, has transformed from a backpacker haven into an upscale beach resort, it’s the laid-back vibe and infamous full moon parties that lure most travellers to Koh Pha Ngan. Koh Tao, the archipelago’s smallest island, on the other hand, has established itself as Thailand’s foremost diving destination.

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Koh Ngam

Koh Rod

Koh Lae

Koh Sano Ban

Koh Pae Yat

Koh Hin Tak

Koh Wua Ta Lap

Koh Tai Pao

Koh Ka

Koh Wa Yai

Koh Him Dap

Koh Wa Katang

Koh Pra

Koh Sam Sao

Koh Pee

Koh Phai Luak

Koh Wua Te

Koh Tao Pun

Koh Mod Dang

Koh Lak

Koh Pha Luai

Koh Tu Koh Kluai

Nanthon Town

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Tean Island Koh
Lipa Noi Big Buddha Maret Taling Ngam Mae Nam Bo Put Ko Samui Ko Pha Ngan Around The Island 4
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Healthy Samui Coco Life Tour
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1. Bottle Beach Hiking

Guests taking this jungle route to Bottle Beach, located in the northeast of Koh Phangan, will experience one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Secluded from excess development, the long white, sandy beach (known also under its Thai name ‘Haad Khuad’) is enclosed by hills covered in lush greenery and coconut palms.

2. Healthy Samui Coco Life Tour

A charming cycling excursion that involves local insight into coconut products of all kinds. Guests can visit a coconut farm and learn how to plant them and enjoy trying a variety of coconut-based products. They’ll have lunch featuring coconut ingredients and enjoy juice at a beach bar. They can also indulge in a relaxing massage with coconut oil.

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3. Angthong Marine Park Sightseeing & Snorkelling by Speedboat

Angthong National Marine Park is a paradisiacal haven of mountains and beaches, waterfalls and lakes. Your travellers can hike, snorkel, swim, kayak and relax in the many wonders of the archipelago, discovering breathtaking viewpoints, tiny fishing communities, and the unbelievable underwater world swimming beneath them.

4. Around the Island

Visitors will have the perfect opportunity to get a true feel for Samui and its un-spoilt beauty. They will be taken to several memorable landmarks of the island, including the Big Buddha, Panoramic Viewpoint, Grandpa-Grandma rocks and a stunning waterfall.

Recommended Hotels in Samui & the Southern Gulf of Thailand

Explorar Koh Samui - Adults Only Resort and Spa

Explorar Koh Samui prides itself on offering an indulgent escape in adults only peacefulness. Designed with discerning guests in mind, they will find stunning views, 125 spacious suites and villas and the iconic 50-metre infinity pool. Guests can enjoy tranquil sunset poolside experiences, unwind in the hummingbird sanctuary, exhale with the holistic wellness retreat and savour fine-dining on the private beach.

Explorar Koh Phangan - Adults Only Resort and Spa

Located in Haad Rin Nai Beach on Thailand’s renowned Koh Phangan, Explorar Koh Phangan is home to the Full Moon Party. The property boasts direct beach access to golden sands, shallow turquoise waters and otherworldly sunset panoramic vistas. The perfect escape, featuring 72 stylish and contemporary rooms, suites and villas, vibrant events and local, healthy cuisine.

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Buri Rasa Village Phangan

Guests at Buri Rasa Village Phangan can escape to a hidden paradise in Koh Phangan, with exceptional accommodation featuring indoor and outdoor living spaces, stunning views, and direct access to a swimming pool. The Beach Club @ Buri Rasa serves up Thai, BBQ, and Western cuisines with a dynamic flavour, and live entertainment nightly. Your clients can expect tranquility, beauty, and friendly personalised service for a memorable holiday.

Buri Rasa Village Samui

Buri Rasa Village Samui is a true oasis in the heart of Chaweng, surrounded by enchanting traditional southern Thai dwellings. With modern facilities and premium services like complimentary amenities and activities, guests can enjoy the best of Samui in luxury. The Beach Club serves up the freshest seafood, breakfast, a la carte dishes, and snacks. Located 15 minutes from the airport, Buri Rasa is close to Chaweng’s shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui

Exuding simplicity, balance and harmony, Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui is a thoughtfully curated hideaway in a private bay, sitting on 28 acres of breath-taking tropical land which includes a long stretch of sandy beach frontage on the north-eastern side of the island.

Melia Koh Samui

An oasis of wellness on a fascinating island, Melia is an impeccable fusion of the stunning maritime environment in southern Thailand and the tropical luxury of a premium-quality hotel. Located on the peaceful Choeng Mon Beach, this incredible hotel provides exceptional facilities, exquisite services and a location near all the main attractions on the island.

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Sample Itinerary Thailand

11 Days Thailand – From Bangkok to the South

They say that to truly discover Thailand, one must explore both its major landmarks and lesser-known parts of its welcoming cities. For an even more immersive experience, invite your guests to take an overnight train down to Southern Thailand and visit Khao Sok, a place where nature meets adventure. Along the journey they can delve into the beauty of the south with a program that covers lively markets and food tours, breath-taking natural sites and scenic island explorations.

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Khuan Khao

Laem

Sing Buri

Suphan Buri

Kanchanaburi

Nakhon Pathom

Ratchaburi

Nakhon Ratchasima Buriram Mun

Lop Buri

Sara Buri

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Samut Shakhon

Samut Songkharam

Nakhon Nayok

Prachin Buri

Nonthaburi

Chachoengsao

Samut Prakan

Chon Buri

Si Racha

Phatthaya

Sa Kaeo

Sattahip

Prachuap

Khiri Khan

Rayong

Chanthaburi

Trat

Chumphom

Gulf of Thailand

Ranong

Koh Phangan

Koh Samui

Khao Sok

Phangnga

Phuket

Surat Thani

Krabi

Phi Phi islands

Trang

Satun

Nakhon Si Thammarat Phatthalung

Songkhla

Hat Yai

Pattani

Yala

Narathiwat

Bangkok: Day 1-2

Arrival in Bangkok, with a welcome dinner at Cross Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit. The following day is spent enjoy a fantastic 4-5 hour boat and bicycle tour exploring the iconic sights and backwaters of the city. This includes a local Thai lunch in the grounds of a community temple and a long-tail boat cruise down the Chao Praya River.

Floating Markets

Discovery: Day 3

Travellers get to explore three of Thailand’s most renowned markets, just a couple of hours’ drive south of Bangkok. This includes an over 100-year-old floating market. In the evening, they will take the overnight train from Bangkok Central Railway Station to Surat Thani Province.

Surat Thani and Khao

Sok: Day 4-5

Arrival in Surat Thani, and transfer to Khao Sok. Here clients will experience the stunning Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park. An expert guide takes them on a full-day journey of hiking, cave exploration, swimming and relaxing on the floating bungalows in this tranquil environment, with opportunities to spot some incredible wildlife.

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Koh Phangan: Day 6-7

Free time at leisure on a laid-back paradise island.

Phuket & Phi Phi Island

Hopping: Day 8-11

Travellers get to explore three of Thailand’s most renowned markets, just a couple of hours’ drive south of Bangkok. This includes an over 100-year-old floating market. In the evening, they will take the overnight train from Bangkok Central Railway Station to Surat Thani Province.

Phi Island, Thailand

Phi

Cross Vibe Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Standard Room with Breakfast

Our Jungle Camp

Standard Room with Breakfast

Praiwan Raft House (or similar class)

Simple Raft Run of House with Meals

Explorar Koh

Phangan - Adults Only Resort and Spa

Superior with Terrace with Breakfast

The Nap Patong

Day Light Room with Breakfast

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BANGKOK KHAO SOK KHAO SOK LAKE KOH PHANGAN PHUKET
more information about this itinerary or to customise and make it your own, contact our team of destination experts at: agents@discova.com
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Incentive Travel & Corporate Retreats

Thailand’s natural beauty, unique culture, and world-class hospitality provide the perfect backdrop for corporate retreats and team-building activities. Whether it’s an island getaway with soothing spa treatments, exciting food and nightlife excursions or a quiet mountain retreat, this diverse and inviting destination offers a variety of activities and experiences to suit any corporate need.

Lush and sun-kissed Phuket has become a particularly popular spot for corporate retreats and incentive travel. Teams can revel in luxury resorts and villas while soaking up the stunning tropical beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

From visiting iconic landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew to exploring the bustling night markets, taking a Thai cooking class, or indulging in a traditional Thai massage, Bangkok offers a wide range of experiences for corporate travellers. With its convenient location, efficient public transportation, and abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Bangkok is the perfect choice for incentive travel programs.

Phuket Bangkok Chiang Mai

For those looking for a more secluded setting, the mountainous region of Chiang Mai is also a fantastic choice, offering a peaceful retreat with a unique cultural experience.

Activities can include exploring ancient temples, hiking through the jungle, visiting an elephant sanctuary, and experiencing local customs and traditions. Chiang Mai offers a range of accommodations and venues that can facilitate productive and engaging corporate getaways.

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Educational Opportunities

We ensure our innovative range of themed programs and educational tours for adults and students make a positive impact and provide opportunities for inspiration, exploration and learning.

In partnership with the local community, district authority and village chiefs, Discova’s educational travel experts have set up a community-based tourism project in Om Goi District in Northern Thailand. Home to the Karen ethnic minority people, the

remote mountainous region is difficult to access and one of the most impoverished in the country. By setting up this initiative, we offer educational groups access to a range of service-learning experiences and immersive activities that promote cultural exchange whilst ensuring the sustainable development of the community. All groups are accompanied by Discova’s facilitators, providing translation services and cultural guidance.

Community Health Promotion

In partnership with agencies, universities and local health authorities, Discova provides clinical placements for faculty-led medical and nursing students and professionals in Om Goi. Mobile clinics are conducted to control, protect and promote health through check-ups, vaccinations and health education. Medical groups work in the clinics to treat ailments under supervision of the local health care practitioners.

Service Learning

Educational travel groups can take part in a range of building projects which have been carefully selected through a community needs analysis. In Om Goi, groups have supported the community by helping in the construction of several vital water filter systems for the whole village, as well as a kindergarten playground. Discova’s educational experts provide well-informed project management, ensuring groups contribute effectively to the development of the communities and donations benefit the projects directly.

Cultural Immersion

From gaining a different perspective to being adaptive to different environments – there’s no better way to learn about a different culture than by immersing into the community life. In Om Goi, educational groups can experience local lifestyles through homestays and a variety of cultural activities, that range from cooking classes and rice farming to hands-on craft workshops and countryside hikes. The residents have been trained and financially supported to become service providers, creating additional revenue streams for the host communities.

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Bangkok

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Bangkok 10400

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Tambon Chalong, Muang Phuket

Phuket 83130

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Phuket Chiang Mai

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