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THAILAND Set within a lush tropical landscape, the Kingdom of Thailand is a kaleidoscope of cultural and sensory contrasts. A proud Buddhist nation, tranquil, resplendent yet always compelling, Thailand has long delighted in their distinctive culture. Diversity lies with the irresistible combination of breath-taking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, glorious spa treatments and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. The beaches attract people from all over the world, the shopping on offer also draws in the crowds, the nightlife lively to say the least and the delicious cuisine is definitely something to write home about. You could visit Thailand dozens of times, but you’d have to work awfully hard to run out of options. Thailand truly is a magical destination with something for all.
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Thailand is a fantastic year-round destination for festivals. Loi Krathong Lantern Festival occurs in November and falls on the full moon so people celebrate by floating beautiful lotusshaped lanterns atop the water. Visit in April and take part in the Buddhist festival of Songkran when entire cities take to the street for a colossal water fight. Head north in February to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival when the city flourishes.
1 / KEEP CALM & CURRY ON From regionally diverse curries to bowls of street-side noodles, Thai cuisine makes every mealtime an indulgence, but the food’s akin with the temperature – hot! Ease yourself in gently with Bangkok flavours; central Thailand is where you’ll find the sweeter Thai Green Curry, while Massaman is commonly referred to as the ‘training curry’ because it's so mild. When you're ready to add some heat, head north and order Kaeng Pa – Jungle Curry, this one boasts an almighty 60 chilies per serving! For something extra special, visit The Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai, Phuket. With a sea-fronting row of vendors selling fresh seafood, and restaurants eager to prepare it. Simply purchase your fish and choose how you’d like it cooked.
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2 / BAGGING A BARGAIN Firstly, cash is king in Thailand and makes all those purchases easier. Secondly, bartering is key to surviving Thailand’s chaotic market culture. Start by knocking 50% off the asking price and go from there. Advertised prices in shops are to be adhered to but you’ll still find a variety of goods surprisingly cheap. In Bangkok alone, visit Rod Fai Night Market, located in an abandoned railway station and Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest bazaars.
5 / BEACHSIDE BLISS Combine the white of the sands with the green fronds of tropical palm trees, add in the golden sparkle of the sun dappling on the blue ocean, and it’s highly likely you’ve made your way to one of Thailand’s gems – the beach. For a picture-perfect paradise, head to west Railay Beach near Ao Nang. Accessible only by foot, there's champagne sand and tranquil water and it is famed for its stellar rock climbing, with over 700 routes bolted into its cliff facades. The gently curving seabed at Hua Hin Beach makes it a safe option for swimmers, with jet skis and banana boats on the water adding to the activity list.
4 / KEEP IT COOL You’ll be wanting to cool off from the heat and you’ll want a suitable pool to do it. Some offer swim-up bars to keep you cool inside and out, while you might want a shallow pool for the younger guests or one with a few waterslides. Direct access to the pool from your room is a possibility or even your own private plunge pool or Jacuzzi is a great idea if it’s just you and a plus one travelling. Find yourself an infinity edge pool where you can daydream, relax and enjoy the amazing vista on offer.
6 / WELLNESS & RELAXATION Massage and medicine is synonymous with Thai culture. Day spas and spa resorts adorn the country and there are various temples that provide massage in its most authentic form. Wat Po in Bangkok offers ancient therapies in a communal open-plan pavilion, which is in-keeping with local culture. Traditional Thai massage doesn’t require the removal of clothes so ensure you’re wearing something loose-fitting. Beach masseuses can usually be found frequenting the beaches between November and April, especially on Patong Beach. And then there’s the Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, situated at the edge of a serene lagoon in Koh Samui. Switch off your smart phone and escape daily life. With detoxes, spa treatments and yoga programs, health is the primary focus here.
Shopping, temples, tuk tuks and smiles, Bangkok is a city that pulses with chaos to give you a sensory overload. Vibrant and sprawling, it’s steamy and ritzy and glittery all at the same time with nowhere else in the world quite like it. Known to the locals as the ‘City of Angels’, Bangkok is a madcap mix of traditional Thai culture, merged with modern western framework of high-rise buildings, motorways and shopping malls.
Not to be missed sights include the enormous array of Wats (temples), with their glistening glass mosaics, gold statues and towering Buddhas. If you’re heading to Bangkok for the shopping, you will not be disappointed as markets and malls dot the city. A shopping highlight is Asiatique, located on the riverfront boasting 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants and the prices are cheap cheap cheap! Whatever you plan to do, you will not be bored in Bangkok – that’s why this wonderful city has won the most visited city two years in a row. It’s a city not to be missed.
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This chic, urban style hotel is Bangkok’s first ‘Fashionable Lifestyle Hotel’. Located in Bangkok’s elite and accessible boulevard, along North Sathorn Road, you can enjoy a choice of dining outlets, tapas and drinks on the 38th floor with views over the skyline. With great facilities including a spa, fitness centre and rooftop pool. Surasak
Centara Watergate Pavillion
Standing proud in the heart of the Pratunam shopping district and above a shopping centre, this hotel boasts a fantastic central location. Modern facilities combined with smart interiors makes for a comfortable stay. Enjoy an evening drink at WALK, their rooftop lounge bar, and look out across the stunning skyline of Bangkok. Chit Lom
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok Think ‘industrial chic’ and you’ll conjure up images of this hotel’s unique concept. A contemporary and luxurious design that will provide you with an unparalleled experience. An artistic, well appointed, luxury hotel with high ceilings and expansive windows, this is truly a funky and hip hotel.
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Pathumwan Princess Hotel
Clear your credit cards and pack lightly, you’ll need the extra space for all your purchases! Situated directly above the famous MBK shopping centre and near four other malls, this hotel is a shopper’s dream. If you need a break from shopping, try the Olympic Club gym, one of the largest in Bangkok, or the Desheli Diamond Treasure Spa. National Stadium
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
An elegant hotel situated on the legendary Chao Phraya River with all rooms offering magnificent river views. With luxurious facilities including two swimming pools and a spa. Offering a complimentary shuttle boat to “ICONSIAM” the new shopping mall directly opposite the hotel and to the Skytrain for access to the city's main attractions. Saphan Taksin
Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri
Located in the heart of Bangkok, experience a heavenly stay like no other and enjoy all the convenience of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Just a short walk from well-known shopping complexes and entertainment districts. Choose from Studio Rooms and One, Two or Three Bedroom Suites with fully-equipped kitchen, cutlery, glassware and daily servicing. Ratchadamri
THAI COOKING SCHOOL
BANGKOK TEMPLES TOUR
Thai cuisine is one of the country’s cultural heritages and is renowned internationally. Spend half a day discovering true Thai tastes and enjoying traditional and practical Thai recipes that you can take home to impress your friends.
Visit three of the most famous temples in Bangkok – the temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Pho with its reclining Buddha and a magnificent monastery built out of white Italian marble. After the temples you’ll stop at a local jewellery and handicraft factory and showroom.
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The former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, is home to many ancient ruins and artworks. Five dynasties have ruled this kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese. Picture many Buddha statues and beautiful gardens and you will come away with a true appreciation of Thai architecture.
Visit an authentic floating market – ‘Damnoen Saduak’, where you will see locals selling everything you can imagine from their boats. The afternoon is full of Thai culture at the Sampran Riverside, where Thai villagers create traditional handicrafts.
RIVER KWAI TOUR Visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Stopping in the local town, you’ll visit the Allied War Cemeteries and museum before taking an hour train ride on the historic Death Railway. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking a long-tail boat ride along the Kwai Noi River.
BANGKOK CANAL TOUR BY BOAT AND BIKE Pedal through alleyways to discover atmospheric neighbourhoods, lesser-known Buddhist temples and important sites like the Grand Palace. Board a boat on the Chao Phraya River to explore hidden canals and find golden temples and historic landmarks en route.
ROYAL GRAND PALACE AND BANGKOK CANALS Take a tour of Bangkok’s canals (or klongs as they are known) by boat. See the serene family homes and temples dotted along the waterways which inspired Bangkok’s reference as the “Venice of the East”. Stop at the Grand Palace complex including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
EVENING TUK TUK FOOD TOUR Enjoy an evening of culinary delights in this exciting city. Jump on your private tuk tuk and whizz around Bangkok for a night of eating and adventure. Experience local street food, regional specialties and sweet surprises. Finish the night in Chinatown for some of Bangkok’s most famous street food.
STREET FOOD TOUR
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Eat your way through Bangkok with a selection of street food tastings inspired by famous Chef Gordon Ramsey. Tantalise your taste buds with these must-try dishes and mouthwatering desserts including satay skewers, fish cakes, traditional rice noodles, banana fritters and the old favourite Pad Thai.
Muay Thai (also known as Thai boxing) is the national sport of Thailand and dates back to the 16th century. Before fighting, the boxers perform a ritual called the wai kru ram muay to show respect and ask for protection. A mustdo in Bangkok, thrilling and entertaining to watch in person.
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Conveniently located just 2.5 hours from Bangkok, the area is lined
with oceanfront resorts and offers a great escape from bustling Bangkok. Combining the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of an active fishing port, this coastal town has been a favoured summer retreat for Thai royalty since the 1920's. Hua Hin boasts a deep crescent of platinum sand lapped by temperate waters, but there’s more than just beach to this mountain framed head-turner. With seas that are warm throughout the year, frequent dips and shoreline swims are a daily occurrence at Hua Hin. The seabed curves softly and safely so it’s ideal for pint-sized toe-dippers as well as less confident swimmers. For the more adventurous, be treated to jet skis and banana boats, nearby mountain hiking and if you like your transport to be of the hooved-variety, horse trekking is both great value and well supervised. If you’re still thirsty for an activity, kayak the local wetlands or travel 10 kilometres out of Hua Hin and tee off at Black Mountain Golf Course. 18-holes hide amidst Thai jungle and an old pineapple plantation. Because not all beach-goers are beach-goers, they’re golf-goers instead.
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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas
Perfectly positioned overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, this impressive property is a member of the reputable Small Luxury Hotels of the World, so a high standard is assured. The prominent location on Hua Hin Beach makes it easy for that morning stroll to make the first footprints in the sand, before sitting down to a delicious breakfast at the Rocks Restaurant and is only a short stroll into the centre of Hua Hin with its famous night markets and entertainment. All rooms encourage time outdoors, each having a deck area with a daybed and a private pool. If feeling social, head to the resort pool, with comfy loungers facing the beach, but if after some quiet time, the reading room or Cape Spa might be more suitable.
Location is one of many selling points at this majestic resort. The spacious grounds and 7 kilometres worth of beachfront are due to it being the original resort in the Hua Hin district. The architecture and charm of another era are combined nowadays with modern features to deliver an experience for the most refined traveller. SPA Cenvaree will impress with luxurious treatments, children will appreciate the playground, kid’s pools and the kid’s club and adults and children alike will be wowed with the choice of dining options on offer. With each wing of the resort offering a pool, there will be a sun lounger waiting for you.
Pattaya lies south east of Bangkok and is only a 2 hour drive away, a perfect spot to add onto your Bangkok stopover.
This is Thailand’s action-packed beach destination, with an array of sporting opportunities both on land and water including golfing, game fishing and scuba diving. Unless of course it’s rest and relaxation you crave, in which case there are beach chairs and umbrellas lining the Pattaya shore, where wandering vendors will cater to your every need: from barbequed shrimp to a foot massage. Pattaya is certainly a Thai beach resort that meets your every need. It’s hot and hectic in Pattaya and you won’t be short of choices in accommodation or dining options, with an excellent range of restaurants helped by a population that has a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far. Make sure you try some of Thailand’s freshest seafood at any of the many seafood restaurants.
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort
At the southern end of Pattaya Beach, just past the vibrant and entertaining Walking Street, is the tropical hideaway of Siam Bayshore. Established gardens lead to the beachfront, home of one pool overlooking the beach and where cold drinks are served all day. Head back towards the sand in the evening for the delicious BBQ buffet which takes place every night accompanied by live music. Several other dining establishments at the resort provide many different cuisines to tempt your tastebuds. Children will enjoy the water slide at the kid’s pool and mum and dad can relax nearby under the shade of a palm tree.
This unique ‘lost world’ themed resort features a water park that will appeal to guests of any age. Jacuzzi's and a lazy river require minimal effort, whereas the 12 waterslides or lap pool are a different story. Kids will spend hours at Monsoon Island playing with water buckets and dodging water geysers. When you need to refuel, choose from eight dining venues at the resort or catch the complimentary shuttle to the Central Festival Pattaya shopping centre for even more choice. Return to your spacious room at the resort and enjoy the view from your private balcony while deciding on what luxurious treatment at SPA Cenvaree to indulge in.
with white sandy beaches, stunning resorts, luxurious spas and shopping galore, it is no wonder why Phuket attracts visitors from around the world year after year!
Probably one of the most well-known beaches in Phuket, Patong is the central tourist beach with pulsating nightlife centred on Bangla Road. Come here for shopping bargains, literally hundreds of restaurants and great nightlife. Further south are the main resort beaches of Karon, Kata and Rawai, providing a village atmosphere yet in a quieter setting, so plenty of space for relaxation or a great family holiday. North of Patong is the less crowded beaches of Kamala and Surin and just 10 minutes from the airport is Nai Yang, with a laid-back atmosphere and away from the crowds.
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Ideally located in a quiet oasis, this hotel is only a short stroll to the beach along with famous Bangla Road. Three low-rise buildings all feature a selection of spacious room types, elegantly decorated in bright colours with modern twists. With pool tables and live bands, the hotel's own Banana Pub is great for entertainment and a cold beverage.
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This large resort boasts 448 rooms, weaving its way around four beautifully sculptured swimming pools. Find the swim-up pool bar and stay cool while perusing the cocktail list. The younger generation may choose to be entertained at the kids club and they’ll also appreciate the shallow kids pool for a splash around. The Sunset Bar is a great way to remind yourself you are at the beach, with the sea breeze greeting you as you sip away on that well-deserved evening drink. Extended happy hours are at various venues throughout the resort, and head to the Lobby Lounge to enjoy the live music nightly. Location is key and with vibrant Patong on your doorstep, you’ll have no shortage of places to dine or shops to check out. The beach is easily accessed and is a great place for a morning stroll. Rooms are modern in décor, spacious and are complete with a balcony - the perfect place to plan the next day’s venture.
Pool access rooms allow direct entry to the swimming pool – great for a quick dip!
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
This property is perfectly situated on a secluded stretch of white sand on Tri-Trang Beach with restaurants, entertainment and shopping only a short drive away at Patong Beach. Featuring a wide range of facilities that are ideally suited for both couples and families. Relax by one of the three lagoon style swimming pools or treat yourself at the day spa as the kids make new friends at the kids club.
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Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort & Spa
On the outskirts of Patong is this comprehensive beachfront resort nestled in a secluded cove. With just a 5 minute drive to Patong, you can remain close to the action or relax away from the hustle and bustle. You’ll be spoilt for choice with 10 restaurants and bars offering the world’s most popular cuisines. With a recently renovated free-form pool, this resort just keeps getting better. Stylish guest rooms and suites capture the charm and elegance of Thai design, whilst blending naturally into the lush tropical landscape. Located in a secluded cove so the beach is pretty much all yours to find the perfect spot to spend the day.
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Laid out like a small village and among well kept tropical gardens, this resort is located in the heart of Karon Beach with the perfect blend of shopping and restaurants at your doorstep. The central feature of the resort are its three well designed swimming pools, great for splashing around in with the kids. With a relaxed atmosphere, ultra friendly staff and family rooms, it makes for a great stay.
Beyond Resort Karon Boasting a beachfront location, this resort is tucked away at the southern end of Karon Beach, offering a quiet haven. The Beyond Resort Karon offers free WiFi in guests’ rooms and common areas. Featuring stylish, contemporary rooms with balconies overlooking the Andaman Ocean, two swimming pools and Kanda Spa. With an “adults only” concept, making this the perfect stay for couples or friends.
Located on the outlying rim of the Karon area, this small intimate resort is located hillside amid coconut trees. Guest rooms are simple and all feature a private balcony or terrace with garden or beach views. Three swimming pools can be found tucked away within the resort grounds – be sure to head to the pool with the bar next to it! Overlooking Karon Lagoon, The Beach Restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes or Karon Beach restaurants are a short walk away.
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa
This contemporary Asian design resort is set back a short distance from the beach on a slight hillside. Its elevated position ensures great views with a peaceful and private setting. Comprising of two wings, each wing houses its own pool complex. For those looking for more shopping, entertainment and nightlife choices, a complimentary shuttle bus to and from Patong Beach operates daily.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket Across the road from the beach, within walking distance to the shops and entertaining areas of Karon. This resort provides stunning service and a peaceful natural setting. A large kids centre with Play Zone and kids pool with slide provides plenty of activity, while the spa with 11 elegant Thai-style rooms provides an oasis to unwind in.
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Centara Karon Resort
Made up by four residential zones – The Terraces, The Lagoon, Tropicale and The Cabanas, this resort spans across 13 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The Terraces offer spectacular views of the resort gardens, Karon Beach or Karon’s skyline. The Lagoon is a great choice for families with the spacious Deluxe Rooms accommodating up to two adults and two children (under 12 years). Tropicale Rooms are designed for guests who are seeking a more luxurious stay. For those who want the ultimate in privacy, The Cabanas are set within a garden location and come complete with a Jacuzzi pool and sun beds. When you’re under the sun, choose from three swimming pool areas to relax by and for the kids there’s a separate children’s pool with waterfall and water slides. In the evenings, nightlife abounds within and around the resort. The Mix Bar offers snacks and refreshments along with pool tables and great tunes.
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The Old Phuket
This resort offers the best of both worlds for accommodation choices. Set in two wings, the Sino Wing mirrors memories of 19th century South East Asia, with Sino-Portuguese style and creation; whilst the Serene Wing offers immaculate rooms designed for modern day comfort. Both wings feature a swimming pool and all rooms have their own private balcony or terrace with either mountain views or magnificent pool views. Pool Access Rooms are also available in the Serene Wing making it the perfect room choice for enjoying a refreshing dip whenever you feel. Great for families, the Deluxe Family Rooms offer bunk beds within a spacious room and with the newly opened Kids Club, the kids are entertained at this property. A mere stroll will see you at the stunning Karon Beach or take up the complimentary resort shuttle to nearby Patong and weekend market.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Experience this expansive resort which incorporates a private villa area as well as a hotel section. Secluded on the northern end of Karon Beach, the resort offers direct beach access with lush green hills behind the resort. With a unique classical Sino-Portuguese style throughout, the resort features an extensive water park with four swimming pools including a main pool, Jacuzzi pool, children’s pool and an adult only pool plus the lazy river, waterslides, waterfalls and other aquatic activities within the water park – all of which are free to access by in-house guests. Elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites are a great place to escape the heat, all with an extensive private furnished balcony or terrace facing the breath-taking views of the Andaman Sea. If being pampered sounds like you, head to SPA Cenvaree for a relaxing treatment. With an indulgent menu to choose from, you’re bound to find something that suits.
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This traditional resort, near the idyllic sands of Kata Beach, is a mere stroll from Kata Village and within easy reach of Phuket Town and its vibrant local markets. Escape the heat of the sun on your own private balcony or terrace. Opt for a drink at the swim-up pool bar or simply lounge pool side by one of three large swimming pools. For a spot of pampering head to Warintorn Spa where the menu offers an array of treatments, all using natural herbs and spices.
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Centara Kata Resort This small resort is tucked away from the village of Kata amongst lots of lush tropical vegetation, but still within easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants in the area. A great family resort with rooms and facilities to allow space, especially in the Family Suites which offer a separate bedroom to the living and dining area as well as a kitchenette. Three swimming pools and waterslide, as well as Just4kids Club add to the experience.
Beyond Resort Kata
Standing on the golden sands of one of the worldâ€™s most picturesque beaches with spectacular views of Kata Bay and nearby Pu Island is this 275 rooms and suite resort. Set along the beach in lush tropical gardens creating a peaceful and exotic atmosphere for total relaxation. Palm trees, two beachside pools and a tranquil fountain in the lobby add to a sense of relaxation and timelessness.
Small and intimate with just 76 rooms and villas. Featuring Pool Access Rooms all leading straight from the balcony into the giant freeform swimming pool. For the ultimate romantic holiday upgrade to a Private Pool Villa, with your own plunge pool and sala within a private compound. Located just a few minutes walk from Kata Beach for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Covering near 850 metres of the stunning Kata Noi Beach, Katathani enjoys breath-taking sunsets. Set in two main wings, choose between the Thani Wing with Beachfront Suites or for a tropical setting across the lane, the Bhuri Wing. Perfect for the little ones, the Aqua Play Zone provides great fun and entertainment along with four childrenâ€™s pools scattered throughout the resort.
Try the massage, pedicure and manicure by local massage therapists and beauticians in the garden - great value for your Baht!
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Located in the stunning southern region of Phuket, this stylish resort features three beautifully landscaped free form pools and tranquil tropical gardens. Dine poolside at Jamaica Restaurant or perhaps enjoy a drink at one of the swim-up pool bars. A visit to the spa centre should be on the agenda and take advantage of one of the shuttle buses to different beach areas. Head to the foreshore nearby and visit the Gypsy village which has local markets and restaurants and also home to Promthep Cape which boasts beautiful sunsets. Rooms are inspired by natural elements.
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Upgrading to a Deluxe Pool Access room is ideal for couples as they include a private terrace and direct access to the swimming pool.
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Sunwing Kamala Beach
If you are travelling with the family, this is the resort. Located directly on the white sands of Kamala, this is a great fully-contained family resort. Lollo the Giraffe and Bernie the Bear look after the comprehensive kids program, catering to children of all ages, while parents get a deserved quiet moment alone. Family Suites cater for larger families and the onsite facilities cater for all of your holiday needs.
Cape Panwa Hotel
Nai Harn Cape Promthep
In a quiet corner of southeast Phuket and an exclusive beach lies this luxury retreat. A mix of suites and villas blend throughout the coconut grove gardens offering stunning views out to the secluded beachfront. For the ultimate luxury, stay in one of the Two Bedroom Villas, each boasting their own private pool. With a nearby night market, as well as a 20 minute shuttle from the resort to the boutiques, shops and restaurants of Phuket town. Cape Panwa has all you need for a perfect getaway. CafĂŠ Andaman serves Thai and international dishes while fresh seafood is available at Top of the Reef. Light snacks and refreshing beverages can be enjoyed at the beachside Bamboo Bar.
Literally push the boat out, and charter one of the resort's private yachts to spend the day exploring the surrounding islands and coastline.
PHI PHI ISLAND BY SPEEDBOAT
SPLASH JUNGLE WATERPARK
Enjoy sightseeing by speedboat around the islands and swim inside a famous lagoon “Pileh”, Viking Cave, Monkey beach and Loh Samah. During your excursion you will stop for snorkelling and swimming. Buffet lunch is included and then time for more relaxation on the beach of Bamboo Island or Rang Yai Island.
One of Thailand’s most impressive waterparks. Numerous waterslides offer a range of fun, from the easygoing Lazy River to the exhilarating Boomerango. Or you can pamper yourself at the spa and sunbathe in the gazebo while the kids splash around. Located in central Phuket, this waterpark has something for everyone.
PHANG NGA HONGS BY STARLIGHT
PHUKET BIKING TOUR WITH THAI MUANG TURTLES & WATERFALLS
This tour is a must. Explore the hongs and caves in the afternoon before watching a dazzling sunset. When nightfall arrives, revisit the caves and witness the real magic; bright stars that carpet the sky, fireflies glinting, and amazing phosphorescence in the sea.
Thai Muang is a small Thai coastal town on the Andaman Coast in between Phuket and Khao Lak. Despite having a great coastline, deserted beaches, national parks, waterfalls and a Sea Turtle Sanctuary in the vicinity, it is often over looked by tourists.
PHUKET COOKING CLASS An early start will see you head to the markets where you will purchase fresh ingredients for your lesson. Gain knowledge and tips from cooking demonstrations before you begin to cook up a storm. Afterwards enjoy your mouth-watering creations.
KH AO L AK
EXPLORE KHAO LAK
Just under an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport you'll find
this 20 kilometre long stretch of beautiful beaches along the Andaman Sea coastline, Khao Lak. A great alternative to Phuket, however a lot less touristy. Think relatively unspoiled nature, uncrowded beaches and beachfront resorts, a great place for a relaxing, peaceful holiday. Khao Lak is made up of three main areas each with their own beach. Bang La On is the most tourist friendly area, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained and just a short walk to the towns beach, Nang Thong. Bang Niang, with a more Thai feel, home to the outdoor market held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and Khao Lak’s nightlife centre. Khuk Kak, definitely the least touristy of the three so a great place for a more local feel. Khao Sok National Park is an hours drive from Khao Lak. Here you can experience nature activities like jungle trekking, waterfalls and river rafting, a great place to explore for the day if you are looking for some adventure. Two hours north you will find the Cheow Larn Lake, an artificial lake created in 1982, surrounded by limestone cliffs and rainforest jungle, this area is inhabited by many animal species.
Beyond Resort Khao Lak
The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani
With a white sand beach on your doorstep and an adult only concept, this resort is the perfect place to escape to with your loved one. Get comfortable on sun loungers under the palm trees on the beach with the scintillating ocean just steps away or recline under an umbrella on a daybed nearer to the pool. If it’s some downtime you are after, grab a book from the resort library and a drink from the bar and enjoy the calm surroundings. For the epitome of relaxation, Kanda Spa has skilled therapists, high-quality ingredients and a beautiful setting to make you want to return again and again.
A star along Nang Thong Beach, The Sands mixes this sublime beachfront location with elegant rooms, plenty of food and beverage outlets to tempt your tastebuds and facilities to energize, entertain or relax. Aqua plays a big part in the resort – with lazy rivers, water slides, Jacuzzis and a myriad of swimming areas. For direct entry to the water from your room, a pool access room is a must and be sure to enjoy a drink in the water at one of the two swim-up bars. Floating Market, the main restaurant overlooks a natural lagoon, or head to the beachfront Talay Restaurant for an alfresco meal.
PH I PHENGL I I S L AN D EXPLORE PHI PHI ISLAND
Located just a 45 minute speedboat or a 90 minute ferry ride from
either Phuket or Krabi. The Phi Phi Islands are one of the superstars of Thailand. Made up of six islands, including the most famous, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The Phi Phi Islands conjure up images of white sand beaches, long-tail boats and a chilled vibe, and that’s exactly what you get. Koh Phi Phi Don, the only inhabited island of the six, offers a variety of destinations all within the one island. Central Phi Phi Don, located near Tonsai Bay (where the ferries will land) in the south, is the liveliest place and has plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. Laem Thong, located on the north eastern coast, is where you will find a long strip of beach perfect for sunbathing, snorkelling, scuba diving or simply doing nothing. Located at the eastern end of Tonsai Bay, Long Beach, is separated from Central Phi Phi Don by a narrow jungle path accessible by foot. Come here for pure tranquillity.
© Zeavola Resort Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Zeavola Resort Phi Phi Island
With the shimmering Andaman Sea on your doorstep and swaying palm trees creating an amazing vista, this resort is the dream setting you’ve imagined. Start the day with a stroll along the 800 metres white sand beach, watching long-tail boats expertly manoeuvre the shallow waters. A large infinity pool with a swim-up bar entices you away from your traditional Thai style bungalow. With plenty of sun loungers, the pool area can easily keep you captive until the sun goes down. A game of tennis, the option to learn to dive at the PADI dive centre or a massage may tempt you away before heading to dinner at one of the three restaurants on offer.
When lush greenery meets a pristine white sandy beach, and is interspersed with just 53 spacious villas, the result is the charming Zeavola Resort Phi Phi Island. Rooms are inspired by the surroundings with teak timber featuring strongly to bring about an ambient Thai setting. The Tacada restaurant, located by the beach, serves delicious bites during the day, but its best enjoyed at night as a candlelit meal under the blanket of stars, feet in the sand, waves lapping in the distance, all with sumptuous cuisine. The Zeavola Spa is definitely worth a visit – local ingredients enrich the experience tenfold.
KRABI & KOH LANTA
World-renowned for the craggy limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, lush jungle and stunning natural scenery, Krabi, located on the Andaman Coast just east of Phuket is very quickly becoming the new hot spot. If you want to be amongst the action, with shops and restaurants at your doorstep, then Ao Nang is the place to be. Further south along the coast, the islands of Koh Lanta have emerged from a sleepy Thai backwater into a relaxed getaway for travellers. They come for the beaches and nearby dive spots of the marine park.
Ao Nang Beach
Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort
Discover amazing Ao Nang from a cliffside retreat. Kick back in a spacious room or hillside villa, with private balconies decked out with daybeds or plunge pools.
Phi Phi Island
The view from the infinity pool is reason enough to swim and chill, and if reclining on a sun lounger is your plan for the day, just sit back and order drinks and bites from Pano Pool Bar. Stay local and get in on the Ao Nang action, or explore the natural beauty of Krabi, Phi Phi and beyond. For stunning sunsets, head to the rooftop and catch the show with cocktail in hand at The Peak.
Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa, Krabi
This family friendly resort, mere moments away from the sandy Noppartthara beach, will attract young and old alike. Kids will enjoy the kid’s club and be drawn to the children’s pool area, complete with water slide, while adults will be making the most of getting drinks delivered to your sun lounger poolside from Coco’s Pool Bar. Family suites with bunks suit the families and couples are sure to be pleased in the Pool Access Rooms, giving direct access to the water. A short walk leads you to Ao Nang for a dose of shopping or local restaurants, then return for a therapeutic treatment at SPA Cenvaree.
Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach
Lying beachfront at the popular Ao Nang area of Krabi this contemporary resort not only offers space and activities for children with the largest kid’s club in Krabi and a great free-form swimming pool for the youngsters, but also a quiet retreat for couples in the form of their adult-only wing, complete with its own pool and swim-up bar. Modern rooms await all guests with views of the resort pool or scenic Ao Nang Bay. Nearby to the resort is a promenade of shops and restaurants, but be sure to return to the resort’s Wave Bar in time to enjoy the live music and the magnificent coastal views of Ao Nang Beach.
KRABI & KOH L AN TA
Cha-Da Thai Village
Traditional Thai architecture inspired buildings are dotted among the tropical gardens, making it worthy of its name. The well spread out resort has a spa for relaxing and a gym if feeling active. The three swimming pools, including one just for the kids, will keep you cool and Ao Nang beach is a short 10 minute walk away. If you don’t want to beat the feet, catch the complimentary shuttle and be relaxing on the sun loungers provided at the Beach Club even sooner. Enjoy the sea breeze under the shade of your umbrella. The Rotisserie Restaurant at Cha-Da Thai Village serves a gorgeous meal with a view to match – enjoy the glistening blue water of the Andaman Sea as you enjoy your freshly made Pad-Thai. Delicious cocktails are served at Cats Eye Bar as well as local beers, and be sure to order a drink or two from the pool bar. Rooms have lighter interiors than the public spaces, providing an inviting retreat from the sun and the balcony provides a lovely place to contemplate just how lucky it is you found this gem.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
Absolute beachfront, hidden away in its own private alcove, and accessed only by the hotel’s boat shuttle, this resort overlooks emerald waters in a bay that is blessed with limestone cliff faces rising up to enhance the horizon. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is a tropical paradise. Whether you seek a romantic hideaway or a relaxing stay with your family, you’ll enjoy spacious accommodation to suit your needs and the balcony ensures you’ve got your own private space to put your feet up and savour the view. Spend your days on the white sand beach or by the two-tiered swimming pool. If feeling active try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer - sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking - or even learn to dive at the PADI Dive Centre. The fitness centre is where you can enjoy a pilates or Muay Thai class. Kids have their own pool, so you’ll know they’ll be happy, that’s if they aren’t spending all their time at the kid’s club! With Camp Safari for the little ones and E-Zone for teenagers, all ages are entertained. Deluxe Garden View
Cha-Da Beach Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta
Picture-perfect beachfront and covering seven acres of manicured gardens, this Koh Lanta resort is home to the largest lagoon style swimming pool in the area. Laze away the day under a sun umbrella, switching between reading a good book and the drinks menu. The swim-up pool bar will encourage you to stay in the water for longer with an excellent choice of beverages to choose from. Younger guests are also well catered for with their own swimming pool and a kid’s club, with books and games at their disposal. Spacious suites with a balcony or terrace are an oasis of luxury. Enjoy the view of the gardens or pool, before stepping inside to your airconditioned sanctuary. Indulge in a relaxing experience at Vimala Spa. Be pampered from head to toe with an aromatherapy massage or just treat the toes with a reflexology treatment. Head beachside to Sa-Bai Beach Bar for cocktails and Thai cuisine while listening to live music. Time your visit to watch the sun dip below the horizon for another day. Continue to the Pailin Thai Restaurant where views of the ocean continue and enjoy mouth-watering Thai dishes. Gold Suite
T H AI WEL L NES S
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Resort, Koh Samui Located amid a tropical landscape with a beautiful beachfront on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, take a unique approach to wellbeing and personal fulfilment with a stay here. Providing a serene environment, rooms and villas are surrounded by granite boulders, streams and tropical vegetation, with nature’s presence felt through semi-open bathrooms, outdoor terraces and balconies. With a resort vision ‘to bring together diverse traditions and cultures in a nurturing, healing environment from which people can explore and embrace life’s potential’, the resort offers synergistic wellness experiences combining healing therapies from east and west. Cuisine, service, style, environment and architecture are all designed to support and enhance the therapies. Integrating ancient and contemporary holistic medicine and healing traditions with over 70 services on the menu, embark on individual wellness programs. Choose à la carte services or supplement a program with extra à la carte treatments, anywhere between 3 to 14 night packages.
Two Bedroom Pool Villa
Relax and Renew
Personal Yoga Synergy
Introduction To Detox
4 days/3 nights
4 days/3 nights
4 days/3 nights
Designed for people in need of the time and place to step back from their life and recover balance, renew their energy, replenish their spirit and relax. Experience a range of therapies drawn from diverse healing traditions and a variety of holistic activities to de-stress, replenish depleted energy levels and boost the immune system. Optional complementary and alternative medicine treatments and private sessions may be recommended, dependent upon individual needs. The least intensive of all of the programs, this is ideal for people looking for a gentle and relaxing wellness holiday.
Offering private one-on-one yoga sessions with customised instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from experienced Indian therapists, this personal yoga and wellness retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Daily yoga sessions are tailored to individual skill level and goals. Customised instruction includes asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. These can be adapted to fulfil a range of goals – addressing physical limitations, developing a regular home practice or intensifying existing practice.
Ideally intended for people new to detoxification and cleansing, this package is a great starting point for many health goals. This simple and effective program features delicious and healthy detox cuisine as well as a range of holistic therapies for cleansing the body, mind and spirit. Guests can expect improved health on all levels including internal balance and increased energy and vitality. This program is ideal for those wishing to combine detox with other à la carte wellness treatments and therapies.
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EXPERIENCE KOH SAMUI
To Koh Tao
A tropical island paradise, Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Siam. Once a backpacker’s dream back in
To Koh Phangan
the 70’s, today the island is bustling with tourists from around the globe. 11
Mae Nam Beach
Bophut 1 Beach
Koh Samui Airport 9
Nathon Pier 3
Namung Waterfall 2 5
Taling Ngam Beach
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Bang Kao Beach
The most known area, Chaweng, is a 7 kilometre stretch of beachfront lined with resorts and packed with restaurants, markets and a bustling nightlife. Water sport enthusiasts rate this area as second to none as it’s all available here. At night time the beach stays alive and you can pretty much bar hop your way along the beach. If you are wanting something a little quieter, head to Bo Phut or Lamai. Bo Phut, a charming beach village, is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui and is one of the few places that retains some of the island’s original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. Lamai Beach is the second largest resort area on the island, but offers a more laid-back atmosphere. As well as the beaches, Koh Samui’s interior is filled with coconut plantations, rice paddies and some lovely waterfalls, so allow some time to explore this beautiful island beyond its coastline.
KOH SAM UI
Ibis Samui Bo Phut
Bright, bold and trendy with a beautiful beachfront setting. The perfect value vacation retreat for couples or families, featuring Family Rooms with bunk beds and a PlayStation to keep the kids entertained. Offering tropical gardens, fun activities, and three inviting beachfront swimming pools for ultimate relaxation.
Centra Coconut Beach Resort
This small resort offers a secluded location along the south western tip of the island, with views across to Koh Tan and Koh Matsum, both renowned diving and snorkelling spots. With just 55 rooms you have the choice of pool view, pool access or villas, all with modern furnishings. There is an all-day dining restaurant, a bar as well as a swim-up pool bar.
Pick up a kayak at the beachfront and paddle yourself along the coastline, or head offshore for the secluded beaches and snorkelling on Koh Matsum.
Deluxe Twin Room
Baan Samui Resort
Mediterranean influenced with an Aztec feel, this bright resort is found in the heart of Chaweng Beach. With a unique style, rustic and fresh guest rooms in a low rise setting, all overlook the tropical gardens. Great for lazing around, the large lagoon-style pool is perfect for a cool retreat in the heat of the sun. With an open air set up and a soft sea breeze, dine at the Moon Dance Restaurant positioned on the beach.
Pavilion Samui Villas & Resort
Leave the kids at home! This resort oozes romance and style. Being a small, intimate resort there is plenty of space for all. Choose between a Deluxe Balcony Suite or Plunge Pool Suite, nestled amongst the tropical gardens. Something to celebrate? Why not treat yourselves to a magnificent Beachfront Grand Pool Villa â€“ 160 square metres of private beachfront.
Bandara Resort & Spa, Bo Phut
This chic resort has three swimming pools with one on the beach looking out towards Koh Phangan. The stylish rooms all have large balconies with day beds and ceiling fans, perfect for relaxing with a cool drink. The villas are fabulous with a high wall around a tropical garden, an outdoor bathroom, a three metre private pool and large sala with dining area and day beds to escape the heat.
Novotel Chaweng Beach Kandaburi Resort & Spa
Located at the northern end of Chaweng Beach, this resort offers the best of both worlds, away from the hustle and bustle of central Chaweng, along with tranquil surroundings. Set on both sides of the road, you have the choice of Hillside Rooms amongst the gardens or the Beachside Rooms. The large rooms are great for families and reflect an exotic yet modern taste.
In need of a decent NZ latte whilst on holiday? Head across the road to the NZ barista and theyâ€™ll sort out your coffee fix.
KOH SAM UI
Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort & Villas Set in exotic tropical gardens, waterfalls, streams, fountains and ponds, as well as white powder sand and views of nearby tropical islands, all ensure an unforgettable experience. Combining Thai architecture with modern European conveniences, the well appointed rooms and villas have their own Jacuzzi for two, allowing you to rejuvenate in a tranquil setting.
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Sareeraya Villas & Suites
A legend in the making and in tune with the very soul of Koh Samui! Experience the zenith of Thai hospitality expertise while steeped in ‘oriental chic’ tropical luxury. With only 49 exquisitely appointed suites and pool villas you can be assured of a personalised service rarely found in such a sought after location. A stunning resort infinity pool also offers a swim-up bar to watch the sunset from.
With villas ranging in size to an impressive 347 square metre Presidential Suite, and the majority having their own private pool, this resort is bound to surpass the expectations of the most discerning traveller. You probably won’t feel the need to leave your villa, however if you do, you’ll also find a stunning beachside pool, two fabulous restaurants and even a kids club.
Dine beside your own pool with a private in-villa BBQ. Your own personal chef and waiter will cater just to your tastes.
With a range of rooms and villas available it is no wonder this resort is known for its romantic ambience. On a lovely setting at the northern end of Chaweng Beach, all the rooms and villas have ocean or garden views. The pool is down near the beach and has a swim-up bar, plus you have a choice of three restaurants to dine at.
Located in the heart of Chaweng, and just a stroll to a vast range of local restaurants, bars and shops. We love this beachside resort for its traditional Thai style village layout and wide range of freshly renovated accommodation. Opt for the rooms or villas, both having a private terrace which overlooks either the lush gardens or pool.
Melati Beach Resort & Spa, Bo Phut
Nora Buri Resort & Spa
Sheraton Samui Resort
This beautiful family-friendly resort is set in an idyllic location on Chaweng Noi Beach. With a luxury brand name backing her, nothing has been left untouched. With Mediterranean design influences, this hillside property offers a free-form beachfront infinity pool and a salt-water garden pool with whirlpool area. Enhance your stay with access to three restaurants and two bars serving local and international dishes. Visit Glow Spa for some well-deserved pampering, or enjoy an invigorating workout at Sheraton Fitness.
AROUND THE ISLAND
ANGTHONG MARINE PARK
Head to Ladd Koh View Point for panoramic views of Chaweng Beach before marvelling at the strange natural formations of the Grandma and Grandpa rocks. You’ll also stop at Namuang Waterfall, Nathon Town and Big Buddha for more stunning views.
You’ll be enchanted by the wonderland composed of green isles, clear blue lagoons, mysterious caves and rock formations of Thailand’s second largest national park. Located 45 kilometres northwest of Koh Samui, the journey takes about 2 hours by boat.
KAYAKING IN ANGTHONG MARINE PARK
KOH SAMUI COOKING CLASS
On route to Angthong Marine Park, stop at Koh Mae Island – here a short climb rewards you with stunning views. Kayak along secluded beaches and explore until you reach Koh Wau Talab. Enjoy a swim and snorkel before sailing back to Koh Samui.
If you love Thai food and have an interest as to what key ingredients go into make any staple Thai dish, then you’ll want to partake in this cooking class. Learn to cook three scrumptious meals plus acquire the secrets to make the perfect Thai curry paste.
KOH SAM UI
KOH SAMUI ISLAND CRUISE AND SNORKEL FULL DAY TOUR Discover the beauty of Koh Samui’s unspoiled beaches on this island cruise and snorkel full-day tour. Float along pristine shorelines, over crystal blue waters and swim and snorkel with brightly coloured tropical fish. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch with fellow travellers and your friendly guide.
Wat Chiang Man
Wat Hua Khwang
Unlike others in the city, this low rise boutique resort’s design is based upon the Lanna architectural heritage. This resort offers a peaceful retreat, set in lush tropical surroundings with a full range of recreational facilities, including the large lagoon style swimming pool, swim-up pool bar, the exceptional SPA Cenvaree, two restaurants and a daily shuttle service into the city centre.
Located in the heart of Chiang Mai with only a few steps from Chiang Mai’s night bazaar and close to the Ping River, the hotel’s contemporary interior complements its traditional Thai Lanna architecture. From the rooftop pool there are spectacular city views, and the atmospheric dining scene serves both local Thai dishes and classic international specialities. The hotel is perfect for culture buffs and adventure seekers, with easy access to hundreds of temples and sightseeing in and around Chiang Mai.
Deluxe Double Room
Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
Located in downtown Chiang Mai, this large hotel offers a range of room types as well as restaurants and bars, including Malibu Bar – perfect for a cocktail. Opt for some pampering at Varee Spa offering a range of treatments all guided by the three pillars of well being – mind, body and soul.
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Inspired by its European roots within the culturally rich Lanna in northern Thailand is this well positioned hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai. Experience an intricate blend of contemporary expressions from modern interior designs, vibrant staff, high tech amenities and great restaurants and bars. To top of your stay you also have the benefits of an outdoor pool and a spa for some pampering.
Shop for a bargain at the Night Bazaar located in front of hotel, which is open 7 days a week.
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa
Chiang Mai- Lam
Charoen Prathet Rd
Pratu Chiang Mai
Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai
Wat Chedi Luang
The Phae Gate
Three Kings Monument
Suan Dok Gate
High in the hills in the far north is Thailand’s second largest city. Renowned for its colourful cultures and traditional living practices of the many hill tribes, Chiang Mai boasts a striking mountain backdrop and hundreds of temples and monasteries still alive with Buddhist monks in residence. Chiang Mai’s heart is its ‘Old City’, an area surrounded by vestiges of walls and moats adding to the city’s charm.
C H I ANG M AI
Chang Phuak Gate
C H I ANG M AI
EVENING KHANTOKE DINNER AND SHOW The food in this region is very different to the rest of the country. Traditionally northern families sit on the floor and eat around a ‘Khantoke’, a small circular table. Enjoy a meal of several northern dishes, along with a graceful show of northern Thai dancing, including the fingernail dance.
CHIANG MAI EVENING STREET FOOD TOUR Explore Chiang Mai’s colourful night markets with a local on an evening food tour of the city on foot and by songthaew. Bring an appetite for this small-group Chaing Mai food tour, which includes samples of eight market foods.
CHIANG MAI DISCOVERY BY SEGWAY Discover this enchanting city on a unique and unforgettable Segway. See famous temples, great restaurants and landmarks, people watch in the markets and neighbourhoods as you glide along. You have a guide in front and one in the back, assuring safety and no traffic issues during your ride.
DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE AND CITY TOUR
BAAN HONGNUAL COOKERY SCHOOL
In a city boasting over 700 years of history, this tour gives a great overview. The most significant temple in Chiang Mai, the 600 year-old Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is where you’ll find the copper-plated Chedi, topped by a five-tier gold parasol, which contains relics of the Lord Buddha.
When cooking, various local spices that enhance your health and physical well being are used as ingredients. Visit a local market to learn how to choose produce, and learn about the herbs and spices used in Thai cooking. Proceed to the school for your cooking class followed by lunch.
C H I ANG M AI CHIANG MAI TO THE SOUTH
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS Journey back in time to the ancient kingdoms of Thailand with this enchanting eight day tour. Start your adventure in Chiang Mai, before continuing to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, two UNESCO World Heritagesites that both served as capitals of Siam. Your odyssey ends in bustling Bangkok, the capital known as the ‘City of Angels’.
Day 3: Chiang Mai – Lamphuan – Lampang – Sukhothai Visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai then relax with a scenic drive to Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-site covering the ruins of the ancient Sukhothai.
Day 5: Ayutthaya – Kanchanaburi Drive through landscapes virtually untouched by the passage of time before arriving at Kanchanaburi, a quiet town at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai. Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Nakhon Pathom – Bangkok After breakfast travel to Nakhon Pathom to visit Phra Pathommachedi stupa temple. Continue to Bangkok, where your evening is at your leisure. Day 7-8: Bangkok Indulge yourself with a traditional Thai massage, delight your taste buds with the amazing local flavours or try your hand at bartering at the markets. Make the most of one last morning before your arrangements end.
Highlights worth seeing along the way Chiang Mai – The fragrant ‘Rose of the North’ was capital of the Lanna Kingdom founded by Mangrai the Great in the 13th century. Sukhothai – Explore the well-preserved ruins of the former capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Ayutthaya – Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage-site of what was one of the world’s biggest cities during the early modern period. Kanchanaburi – Visit the notorious ‘Death Railway Bridge’ that inspired the World War II novel and film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Damnoen Saduak – Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of Thailand at the colourful floating market – one of the most enchanting images of the country. Bangkok – A city of extremes with action on every corner. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the teeming Chinatown and take a long-tail boat through the cities canals, the choice is yours.
Departures: Thu & Sun Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, air conditioned transportation, sightseeing, entrance fees & English speaking guide
Day 1-2: Chiang Mai Enjoy this beautiful city, whose history dates back over 700 years. Visit the most significant temple, the 600-year-old Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Day 4: Sukhothai – Uthai Thani – Ayutthaya A spiritual start to the day as you join locals in offering food to Buddhist monks. On arrival to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Siam, see the temple of Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit.
C H I ANG RAI
EXPLORE CHIANG RAI
The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos
and Myanmar meet. Locally it is known as Sop Ruak, as it is also where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River. The rivers form the natural borders between the countries. Chiang Rai is the nearest city to this point, once a hub for the opium trade it is now a laid-back destination with a diverse range of attractions. With hill tribe country on your doorstep, treks and hiking excursions are a drawcard for many visitors. Catch the nightly light display at the clock tower that doubles as an elaborate roundabout. Designed by the same artist is the White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun. Intricate and detailed, it is an impressive Buddhist temple and unique, even for Thailand. At the other end of the scale is Baandam Museum, interestingly weird yet fascinating with art displayed from sources that might call for eyebrow raising. While in town, try the quintessential northern Thai dish of khao soi – soft noodles in a curry broth. There are plenty of coffee bars for that morning shot, most of Thailand’s best coffee beans are grown in the province.
Deluxe Garden View Room
The Riverie by Katathani
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
An elegant and modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Chiang Rai that has been renovated to reflect a touch of Thai culture and history throughout. Rooms have plenty of space and natural light. A large swimming pool, complete with water slide for the younger guests and swim-up bar for older guests, is a great asset to the hotel, as is the Riverie Spa. Blossom Restaurant has the option of dining inside or outdoor overlooking the river, while the Peak Wine and Grill is the rooftop bar and is the highest restaurant in the city. It’s a must-visit for spectacular views and delicious food.
Located along the Mae Kok river, and set among beautiful gardens complete with a tranquil lake and majestic 100-year-old rain trees. Relax in the calm waters of the three-tiered swimming pool located next to the lake and river. Surrounded by mountain scenery and history, the neighbouring area is waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the local culture, discover ancient ruins, Buddhist shrines and ethnic hill tribe villages. After a day exploring, relax with a drink and tapas at the poolside Chill Bar, or the resort’s shuttle will take you to the Chiang Rai Night Market for ‘fresh from the wok’ street food.
LUXURY I S LAND H I DEAWAYS
Whether it’s a romantic getaway or your dream honeymoon, Thailand has the perfect balance of adventure, culture and relaxation to suit every couple’s wishes. As the saying goes, good things take time. It rings true with these stunning resorts. They require a little bit more time and effort to reach, but they are truly unique. Dine by candlelight along the beach, savour a romantic cruise around the islands or simply relish the offerings provided by your luxury hotel and resort. Their locations may not have been heard of before, but once you’ve been you’ll remember them forever, creating lifelong memories as you go.
© Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa This gem of a resort has beautiful accommodations that blend into the hillside location wonderfully. Featuring well-crafted timber interiors, the rooms and villas are strategically placed over 18 acres of tropical landscaped gardens to give meaning to the term room with a view. Overlooking a bay where sparkling blue water meets golden sand and only the occasional boat in the distance, you can be assured of a peaceful stay. Taking advantage of such a serene environment is the By the Sea Restaurant & Bar. Nature is the main backdrop here with waves lapping nearby as you enjoy outdoor dining at its finest. Visit at night to be truly mesmerised by the night sky. A private dinner on the beach can be arranged as well, making you feel every bit unique as the stars twinkling above. The large swimming pool is the ideal place to spend the day, or even if you can only find time for a short time poolside between a gym session, cooking class and a yoga lesson. If you’re too relaxed to walk to your room at the end of the day, not to worry, the resorts own wooden car service can drive you to your room. Stop at the library first to pick up a book, then carry on relaxing on your own verandah.
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Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort Be captivated by the stunning scenery at this newly built resort along the shores of Klong Prao Beach on the island of Koh Chang. Tropical gardens peppered with palm trees provide a perfect backdrop to the glistening blue water and white sand beach that houses traditional Thaistyled accommodations. The resort is well positioned along the sunset coast of the island to give a great farewell to the sun each day. The spacious rooms feature a four-poster bed and gorgeous bathrooms. They are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the resorts swimming pool by the beach and a sun lounger with your name on it. Nearby is By the Sea Restaurant and Bar, serving an array of Thai and Western dishes, and a view out over the ocean. Dine outside with the waves only metres away. Spend more time with the calming sound of the surf around you by opting for a beach massage. Be pampered by skilled therapists who use products that have ingredients added from the resorts own garden. Explore more around the resort by participating in a Jungle Trek or Fishing Trip that are offered by the resort. If staying nearer to home is more what your day looks like, just grab a kayak or some snorkelling gear and head to the emerald water. Garden Villa
Cape Fahn, Koh Samui Situated on a lush private island, just a hop away from Choeng Mon Beach on the north-east corner of Koh Samui is a location you’ll remember forever. A member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Cape Fahn’s range of stand-alone villas are exceedingly spacious, all feature their own private plunge pool and offer uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Thailand. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The property offers wonderful recreational facilities such as an outdoor pool, fitness studio and reading room. There are outstanding restaurants on this island paradise, from beach dining to signature restaurants with stunning sunset views and a cocktail menu to match. You can easily spend a day relaxing on the white sand beach, or utilise the kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling gear if feeling more energetic. A visit to the elegant Cape Spa will truly make your stay unforgettable. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Cape Fahn Hotel hits the spot in many ways. Ocean View Pool Villa
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood An outstanding resort on an idyllic island, Soneva Kiri is on the point of Koh Kood, Thailand’s fourth largest, yet least populated, island. Board the private plane in Bangkok, enjoy the 75 minute flight to the resorts own airport island before a short speedboat ride to the resort. From your first glimpse of the resort you are enveloped in the luxury and serenity that the resort exudes. Comprised of 36 private pool villas with a beach or rainforest setting, but all are furnished to an impeccable standard and all are complete with your own butler and an electric buggy. There is no shortage of amazing dining locations – a treetop pod, a lantern-lit building on stilts accessed only by boat, clifftop overlooking the ocean, a cave or even in your own villa to name a few. Food will be as spectacular as the setting you choose. Visit the observatory with the resident astronomer and marvel at the sky filled with stars, walk the forest with an ecologist and be wowed by beautiful butterflies, discover the marine life at the coral reef or just indulge in a spa treatment. With so many experiences to try, you won’t know where to start. Two Bedroom Junior Beach Pool Retreat
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TreeHouse Villas, Koh Yao Noi Koh Yao Noi, translated to Little Long Island, is home to a truly exceptional adults only resort. The TreeHouse Villas are located near the tip of this island, about an hour’s boat ride from Phuket or 25 minutes from Krabi, and blend into the surrounding jungle as one would expect of a treehouse! Designed with comfort and views in mind, and with your own plunge pool and day beds, there may be no reason to leave your villa, but you will want to visit Roots restaurant with amazing sea views and cuisine to match or visit Al Fresco for a meal right on the beach with your toes in the sand. The Serenity Spa is well worth a visit too. Many treatments take place in the spa complex, tucked away in a jungle setting in open-aired areas, but the beach or in your villa are also options. The Clubhouse is the centre of the resort and home to the swimming pool with loungers both in the water and surrounding it on the large patio, as well as Roots, the place to enjoy a drink while overlooking Phang Nga Bay. Organise a dinner on the beach at a table and chairs carved in the sand for a truly exceptional experience. Partake in a village tour, go for a bike ride or learn some trade secrets in a cooking class with many activities offered at the resort. TreeHouse Villa
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa Situated within a tranquil cove, 20 minutes by speedboat from Phuket, this resort spans 38 acres, has lush tropical gardens and views that never get boring. The concept of a luxury resort, complete with rooms featuring indoor and outdoor spaces with plenty of natural timber throughout, and all the while keeping the natural environment at its best has been adhered to here. Get out on the blue water with a kayak or paddleboard and give snorkelling a go. The resort has complimentary bikes to explore inland, or stay within the resort and have a Thai boxing or dancing class. A number of dining experiences are on offer, but for a panoramic view of the Andaman Sea, a meal at Saaitara Restaurant is a must. With bi-fold windows expanding the view from every direction, enjoy Mediterranean and Thai cuisine from this clifftop establishment. It is also home to the infinity pool. The other pool is located nearer to sea level with a manmade waterfall, creating a relaxing natural atmosphere to embrace the sun. Spa treatments vary between the Ayurvana Spa complex, the Saaitara Massage centre and the Beach Hut, but whatever your pick, you will walk away feeling rejuvenated. Ocean View Pool Villa
Cape Kudu, Koh Yao Noi A member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Cape Kudu is definitely deserving of its inclusion. A 20 minute speedboat ride from Krabi, or less than a 1 hours journey by car and boat from Phuket airport, delivers you to this elegant and stylish resort. The infinity pool overlooks the islands that surround Koh Yao Noi. Surrounded by comfortable bean bags, enjoy comparing the shimmering shades of blue in pool and sea. A man-made terrace with sand underfoot has been provided nearer to the water. For a snorkelling experience, embark on a trip to hidden lagoons. The beach promenade is also home to a swing to catch the sea breeze and where moonlight cinema screenings take place. Rooms are modern with light décor and furnished with comfort in mind. Relax on your balcony or head to the reading room, which houses a pool table. The Hornbill Restaurant is the main dining establishment on the premises, with an international menu. Keep an eye out for the namesake of the restaurant, the bird with a magnificent bill, that flitter around in the trees outside. Café Kantary is a one stop shop for a light snack and Long Island Bar the place to discuss the events of the day. Discover many stunning deserted islands dotted around the island by the resorts own yacht. Deluxe Room
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