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Contents General Information
Accommodation Ratings 6 Tips for your Thailand Holiday
Bangkok Accommodation Bangkok Sightseeing
Koh Lanta & Krabi Island Hopping
Experience Koh Samui
Koh Samui Accommodation © Tourism Authority of Thailand
Hua Hin & Pattaya
Koh Samui Sightseeing
Koh Phangan & Koh Tao
Chiang Mai Sightseeing
Chiang Mai Touring
Beaches, Nature & Elephants Package
Chiang Mai Accommodation
Bangkok to the North
Bangkok to the South Peregrine & Intrepid Touring
Patong Accommodation Karon Beach Accommodation Kata Beach Accommodation North & South Accommodation Phuket Sightseeing
Phi Phi Island & Khao Lak
Elephant Hills Packages
General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your Travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is based in New Zealand dollars. Closest Skytrain Station Look out for our “gems” of information scattered throughout our Thailand brochure.
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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!
First thing’s first – bartering, which is key to surviving Thailand’s chaotic market culture. Start by knocking 50% off the asking price and haggle from there.
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!
Rod Fai Night Market is an open air-bazaar located in an abandoned railway station just behind Bangkok’s Seacon Square Shopping Mall. Selling eclectic keepsakes, it’s open from 5pm until midnight, Thursday to Sunday. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest bazaars and there’s even a complimentary electric train to take you from one district to the next.
Thailand is a fantastic year-round destination for festivals. During Loi Krathong Lantern Festival which occurs in November and falls on the full moon, Thai people celebrate by floating beautiful lotus-shaped lanterns atop the water; the landscape erupting into an ocean of illumination.
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.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the touristy canal market with longtail boats and ladies in bamboo hats, but for something similar and less crowded, Amphawa floating market is open every weekend from noon until evening, just 50 kilometres from Bangkok.
April marks the Thai New Year and the Buddhist festival of Songkran; the end of the dry season and the start of annual rains. To wash away their sins, entire cities take to the street for a colossal water fight. Then there’s Chiang Mai which flourishes in February due to its Chiang Mai Flower Festival, while Bo Sang Umbrella Fair is all about beautiful umbrellas. Explore the villages of Bo Sang and San Kamphaeng, watching local artisans paint intricate paper brollies.
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Railay Beach flanks a small peninsula just south of Ao Nang. There’s an east and west Railay Beach but it’s west where you’ll stumble across a picture-perfect paradise. Accessible only by foot, there's champagne sand and tranquil water. Railay is also famed for its stellar rock climbing, with over 700 routes bolted into its cliff facades.
Massage and medicine is synonymous with Thai culture. Day spas and spa resorts litter the country and there are various temples that provide massage in its most authentic form.
The Splash Jungle water park will keep you cool on a balmy day. About an hour's drive from Patong, younger kids love the aqua-play swimming pool while the six-level wave pool and 335 metre 'lazy river' are great for all ages. You don’t need cash here because there are scanable wristbands.
The gently curving seabed at Hua Hin Beach makes it a safe option for swimmers, with jet skis and banana boats on the water, nearby mountain hiking and supervised horse trekking. Divers should make a beeline for Koh Tao in the Gulf of Siam. With both PADI and SSI courses available, Koh Tao qualifies thousands of certified open water divers every single year.
Wat Po in Bangkok offers ancient massage 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.
Phuket Aquarium has been wow-ing pint sized marine lovers since 1983. Visit at the weekend and catch the live shark feeding between 11am and 11.30am. Alternatively, hop into a giant plastic sphere (which can fit two people, so you can accompany your child) and enjoy a day of zorbing. This all-weather activity covers 190 metres of rolling hills which you’ll roll down within a plastic ball. Suitable for six year olds and up.
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 highrise 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’ll 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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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, a spa, tennis court and a spacious garden area. Offering a complimentary shuttle boat to the Skytrain for access to the city's prime shopping areas and main attractions. Saphan Taksin
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Think ‘industrial chic’ and you’ll conjure up images of this hotel’s unique concept. With aggregated concrete floors and walls, exposed wooden beams and bolts, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re sleeping in a warehouse – a very artistically appointed, luxurious warehouse with high ceilings and expansive windows. This is truly a funky and hip hotel. National Stadium
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
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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.
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.
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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 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.
Bangkok Temples Tour 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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Ayutthaya by River Cruise 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.
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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.
Experience all of the wonders of Chinatown’s frenetic market environment and narrow alleyways by bicycle. See scenes of classical wooden-framed homes on stilts, mothers doing their daily washings, and kids splashing away the tropical heat as you cruise along the canals. Finish with a bike ride through Bangkok’s greenery, a pleasant surprise from this sprawling metropolis.
Street Food Tour 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 mouth-watering desserts including satay skewers, fish cakes, traditional rice noodles, banana fritters and the old favourite Pad Thai. Save some room for dessert because the banana fritters and mango sticky rice are not to be missed!
Evening Siam Niramit Show This spectacular show takes you on a journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Siam, showing you highlights from their glorious past and history as well as many of the traditions. The special effects such as flying angels will amaze you!
Royal Grand Palace & Bangkok Canals Take a tour of Bangkok’s canals (or klongs, as they are known locally) 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 as well as the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks.
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Explore Hua Hin
Pattaya lies south east of Bangkok and is only a 2 hour drive away, a
onveniently 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 1920s. Hua Hin boasts a deep crescent of platinum sand lapped by temperate waters. But there’s more than just beach to this mountain framed headturner. 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.
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.
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. 18holes 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 and Villas Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Cape Nidhra Hotel
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The Bayview Siam Bayshore Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort
Chiang Mai 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.
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The Imperial Mae Ping
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 over live music from their residential band. 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.
The Imperial Mae Ping hotel is ideally located in central Chiang Mai. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the night bazaar, only 10 minutes drive from the airport and to various cultural attractions. The 371 well furnished rooms and suites with personalised services are complemented with facilities designed to accommodate every need of business and leisure travellers.
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
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.
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 right in front of the hotel. Open 7 days a week from dusk until around midnight
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Baan Hongnual Cookery School 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.
Experience Southeast Asia’s original zipline tour and only one where you have a chance of sighting the wild Gibbons. Sample beauty and adventure deep inside one of Thailand’s most pristine rainforests. Soaring through the jungle, you'll enjoy the same spectacular views as its highest inhabitants!
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 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 neighborhoods 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 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.
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Lanna Life & Culture 4 days/3 nights Experience unforgettable local encounters with the traditions and culture of this Northern Thailand region. With historical sites, local villages and local food to tantalise your taste buds you’ll be sure to learn something new. Explore Chiang Mai’s history dating back more than 700 years ago, be a traditional farmer for the day and cook like a local Thai chef. Day 1: Chiang Mai Start with a village walking tour in the old town of Chiang Mai. See Wat Umong, Wat Duang Dee, the Three Kings Monument, the shrine to King Mengrai, Wat Chedi Luang and much more. The evening is all yours, perhaps experience a Northern style Khantoke dinner with traditional performances or head down to the vibrant night bazaar. Day 2: Chiang Mai – San Patong Jump on your bike and venture off along the Ping River to Wat Koh Klang, a local Buddhist temple. Enjoy a short break at a local organic farm before cycling to Wiang Kum Kam. Finish your cycle tour in San Patong where you will enjoy a sunset yoga class in the afternoon. Day 3: San Patong – Phrao This morning travel to Phrao village where you will receive your traditional farmers shirt for your day as a local. Learn about the history of rice cultivation, the different species of rice and the tools used in rice fields. Exercise your cooking skills and make the staple Thai dish of steamed sticky rice. Head to the organic garden and collect the ingredients needed for your cooking class where you will learn the secrets of Thai cooking. Day 4: Phrao – Chiang Mai Start your morning with a sunrise cycling trip along a rural country road to a village market where you can purchase local biscuits and garlands to offer the monks at a local Buddhist temple. Enjoy the scenic route on your way back via canals and rice fields to enjoy a Lanna-style breakfast.
Departures: Daily (01 May-31 Oct 17) Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all entrance fees & tours, English speaking local guide & airconditioned transportation vehicles.
Highlights worth seeing along the way Kaomai Lanna Resort – Set in a natural area, the rooms are former tobacco curing barns that are now decorated in contemporary Lanna style with colonial style teak wood furniture. Wat Chedi Luang – Built about 600 years ago and was one of the most impressive temples in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately the chedi (stupa) was mostly destroyed within a few hundred years of its construction by mother nature. This temple actually used to house the most important object in Thailand – the Emerald Buddha. Chiang Mai’s Old Town – Discover the area’s rich culture dating back more than 700 years to the founding of northern Thailand’s Lanna Kingdom. Wiang Kum Kam – Also known as the 'ancient lost city'. As history tells it, King Mangrai relocated the capital of the Lanna Kingdom from Chiang Rai to the old city of Wiang Kum Kam on the banks of the Ping River in 1288.
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Attracting visitors from around the world year after year it is no wonder why â€“ with white sandy beaches, stunning resorts, luxurious spas and shopping galore! 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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Contemporary style, this resort is centrally located in Patong, and within easy walking distance to local markets and the nightlife of Bangla Road. Featuring three large free-form swimming pools with swim-up bars and some rooms offering pool access, thereâ€™s plenty of space for all. Relax and rejuvenate your senses with some pampering at Spanakarn Spa.
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Patong Merlin Hotel
This large resort, with over 400 rooms, weaves its way around four beautifully sculptured swimming pools. There is a choice of five bars and restaurants, fitness centre and spa as well as an internet corner. 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.
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach This newly opened property is perfectly situated on a secluded stretch of white sand on Tri-Trang Beach with restaurants, entertainment and shopping are 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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Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
At the southern end of Patong Beach, this resort is sectioned into two wings, the Main Wing and Busakorn Wing, featuring Pool Access Rooms as well as three main pools throughout the resort. With fragrant frangipani and coconut trees dotted around the resort you wouldnâ€™t think just a 15 minute walk would have you in the heart of the buzzing Patong nightlife. For families there is a range of themed suites and lots of facilities and activities for entertainment.
Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort & Spa
Lying on the outskirts of Patong is this comprehensive beachfront resort. With just a 5 minute drive to Patong, you can remain close to the action or relax away from the hustle and bustle. Having undergone a recent refurbishment, this resort is now looking better than ever. Stylish guest rooms and suites capture the charm and elegance of Thai design, whilst blending naturally into the lush tropical landscape.
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Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa
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. 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 Beach, 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 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 seven elegant Thai-style rooms provides an oasis to unwind in.
Karon Beach Accommodation 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.
Deluxe Family Studio at The Lagoon
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. Great for families, the Deluxe Family Rooms offer bunk beds within a spacious room. Pool Access Rooms are also available in the Serene Wing making it the perfect room choice for enjoying a refreshing dip whenever you feel. Or if relaxing at the beach suits, a mere stroll will see you at the stunning Karon Beach. The shopping and entertainment area of Aroona Karon is also within walking distance, with bustling Patong a tuk-tuk ride away.
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.
Head out for the evening just a short walk along the beach for some great local restaurants, or perhaps stop in at the Karon Night Markets
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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 two 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
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 free-form 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.
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.
Kata Beach Resort & Spa
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 Chang Noi Kids Club provides great fun and entertainment along with four childrenâ€™s pools scattered throughout the resort.
For a romantic getaway look no further. The Shore at Katathani offers private pool villas located hillside overlooking the emerald sea
North & South Accommodation
Nai Yang Beach Located in the stunning southern region of Phuket, this stylish resort features three beautifully landscaped free form pools and tranquil tropical gardens. Ideal for couples, the Deluxe Pool Access rooms include a private terrace with sunbeds and direct access to the swimming pool. Featuring two restaurants, swim up bars in the three free form pools, spa as well as shuttle buses to different beach areas. Close by is the gypsy village down by the foreshore which has local markets and restaurants as well as Promthep Cape which boasts beautiful sunsets.
Bang Tao Beach
Koh Maprao (Coconut Island)
Kathu District Phuket Town
Sunwing Resort 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 minimart offers everything.
Cape Panwa Hotel In a quiet corner of Southeast Phuket 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 great selection of restaurants and bars within walking distance, Cape Panwa has all you need for a perfect getaway.
Karon Beach Chalong Bay
Koh Lon Nai Harn Cape Promthep
Be captivated by this truly unique and imaginative resort. With tropical breezes and a panorama of ocean, this resort is steeped in history of tin mining and sprawling rubber plantations. Historic details and surreal twists meet Thai warmth â€“ rough timber and sleek polished metal, sun-kissed beaches and a palette of ochre and rouge. The resort offers numerous romantic spots amidst lush foliage and floating magically on the softly lit lagoon, The Slate's jewel crown, Black Ginger rests â€“ a combination of rare Thai cuisines with a fusion of flavours to entice your palette complete with a unique ambience.
Phi Phi Island by Speedboat
Phang Nga Hongs by Starlight 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.
Get out to Phi Phi before the crowds! A speedboat is the way to go. Discover the paradise of Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was filmed. Enjoy water activities before seeing the 'Viking Cave', where swallow bird nests are collected to prepare the infamous 'bird nest soup'. Lunch is also included.
Phuket Biking Tour with Thai Muang Turtles and Waterfalls 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. Note: Tour excludes National Park Fee
Evening Siam Niramit Show As with the Bangkok show, this spectacular evening takes you on a journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Siam, showing you highlights from their glorious past and history as well as many traditions. The special effects will amaze you.
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.
Phi Phi Island & Khao Lak
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Explore Phi Phi Island
Explore Khao Lak
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 world-famous with its stunningly beautiful bays and beaches featured in the movie 'The Beach'. 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. Koh Phi Phi Ley is an uninhabited island located 1.5 kilometres off the southern tip of Phi Phi Don. With stunning vertical limestone rocks jutting out of the sea topped with luscious greenery and small sandy bays. Here you will find the famous Maya Bay, a bay of aquamarine water surrounded by limestone cliffs and white sand beach. If you are looking for a great snorkelling spot make sure you head to Loh Sama Bay. Located on the south side of the island and only accessible by speedboats or longtails, here you will find beautiful coral and tropical fish.
ust under an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport you will 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. Just over an hour's drive is the Khao Sok National Park. 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.
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Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort Zeavola Resort & Spa
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Khao Lak Merlin Resort Beyond Resort Khao Lak The Sands Khao Lak
The Sands Khao Lak
Elephant Hills Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with these highly intelligent, sociable creatures? At Elephant Hills, Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp, you will have an experience like no other. There is no riding the elephants, the purpose of the camp is to be educated about these giant mammals. The Elephant Camp comprises of 35 luxurious, tailor-made tents and has successfully been operating for over 10 years. The floating Rainforest Camp, one of the world’s only luxury floating tented camps, was opened in 2011 and is situated on the emerald green waters of Cheow Larn Lake. Both camps are situated in the Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand, close to popular beach destinations like Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi and Koh Samui. Elephant Hills offers two to four day soft adventure tours in and around the breath-takingly beautiful nature area of Khao Sok National Park.
More About Elephant Hills • All meals and all transfers from Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak or Koh Samui are included. • Spacious tents have comfortable bedding, en suites and power. • Kids up to 16 years travel FREE in May, Jun & Sep. • All activities included, with entertainment nightly, cooking demonstrations and much more. • Fully trained, English speaking Thai tour guides. • All packages are suitable for most levels of fitness. • Elephant Encounter – you can wash them and feed them but you can’t ride them! • Award for best Elephant Camp in Thailand for Elephant welfare – the 'Thailand Green Excellence Award'. • National Geographic World Legacy Award Finalist in the category “Conserving the Natural World” • We love their Children’s Project – Elephant Hills facilitates donations and turns cash into much-needed equipment and stationary. • Trip Advisors winner in 2015 for Travellers Choice and Hall of Fame. • Eco-friendly with the Rainforest Camp being solar and wind powered.
THAILAND Khao Sok & Sri Phang Nga National Parks Cheow Larn Lake
Rainforest Camp Surat Thani
Takua Pa The Elephant Camp Khao Lak Phang Nga INDIAN OCEAN Krabi Phuket
Elephant Hills Packages
Beach & Rainforest Nature Safari
Jungle Lake Safari
2 days/1 night
3 days/2 nights
3 days/2 nights
A 2 day adventure around Khao Sok National Park where you can enjoy a unique elephant experience and see the many types of wildlife in this area.
A 3 day adventure with canoeing, a cruise in a Burmese junk, jungle trekking and a visit to the many mangroves in the area.
A 3 day exploration staying around Cheow Larn Lake. If you like being on and around water, this is for you.
Day 1: Elephant Hills Camp Transfer to the camp and enjoy an elephant experience and a river canoe trip drifting down Sok River. The evening is at leisure and overnight in luxury safari tents.
Day 1: Khao Sok National Park Transfer to Khao Sok to board a classical Burmese junk for an afternoon on the water. Later transfer to Elephant Hills Camp.
Day 1: Elephant Hills Camp Transfer to the camp and enjoy an elephant experience and river canoe trip drifting down Sok River. The evening is at leisure and overnight Elephant Hills Camp.
Day 2: Elephant Hills Camp Awake to the sounds of the jungle. Explore the bush by foot. Late afternoon transfer back to your hotel or the airport.
Day 2: Elephant Hills Camp Morning elephant experience and a river canoe trip drifting down Sok River. The evening is at leisure and overnight in luxury safari tents. Day 3: Elephant Hills Camp Wake up to the sounds of nature and explore the jungle by foot. Weather permitting lunch will be served in the rainforest. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel or the airport.
Day 2: Elephant Rainforest Camp Enjoy a lake exploration by long-tail boat on Cheow Larn Lake before transferring to the Rainforest Camp. Afternoon at leisure to explore the area with a possibility of a night safari. Day 3: Elephant Rainforest Camp Awake to the sounds of the jungle. Explore the bush by foot. Late afternoon transfer back to your hotel or the airport.
Inclusions: Return hotel/airport transfers from Phuket, Koh Samui, Khao Lak or Krabi, fully trained guide, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & activities
Inclusions: Return hotel/airport transfers from Phuket, Koh Samui, Khao Lak or Krabi, fully trained guide, 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners & activities
Inclusions: Return hotel/airport transfers from Phuket, Koh Samui, Khao Lak or Krabi, fully trained guide, 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners & activities
Price Guide From: $499
Price Guide From: $729
Price Guide From: $799
The price guide shown is per person (minimum 2 people), based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Children under 7 years are not permitted at the Elephant Rainforest Camp.
Krabi 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.
Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Krabi, Ao Nang Beach
Nestled on a lush green hill slope you are near the shopping and entertainment areas of Ao Nang with the beach a short walk away. Ideal if you want to share your time at the beach with some excursions, as well as shopping. At the end of a busy day sip on a cool refreshing tropical drink at the Aonang Buffet Restaurant or retire to your private balcony in your contemporary style room.
Lying beachfront at the popular Ao Nang area of Krabi this contemporary resort offers space and activities for families or quiet retreats for couples. Modern rooms await you with views of the resort pool or scenic Ao Nang Bay. Creating splashes of fun, the waterslide in the free-form swimming pool will keep the children entertained whilst adults can be pampered at the Let's Relax Spa. Be sure to check out Wave Bar to enjoy the magnificent coastal views of Ao Nang Beach.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Absolute beachfront, hidden away in its own private bay, and accessed only by hotel boat shuttle, this resort boasts emerald waters and a natural park, 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 with views of the gardens and the beach, a choice of dining venues, and many opportunities to relax. Spend your days on the beach, by the pools or in the stunning SPA Cenvaree, or get active sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking or learning to dive at the PADI Dive Centre. The resort’s exceptional facilities also include a free-form swimming pool complete with children’s pool and Jacuzzi, a kids club with Camp Safari for the little ones and E-Zone for teenagers, and a fitness centre for the more active guests.
The buzz of Ao Nang is a short speedboat ride away. Come here for endless shopping and restaurants specialising in fresh local seafood
Koh Lanta & Krabi Island Hopping
Explore Koh Lanta
Krabi Island Hopping
Koh Lanta, an excellent hideaway known for its long white beaches
The Krabi Province offers some of the best island hopping in the world
Popular with tourists looking for a quiet holiday and keen divers. Koh Lanta is the closest island to the famous Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa sites which are some of the best dive sites in Thailand with one of the world’s highest amount of whale shark sightings. For the snorkelers, you won’t be disappointed, snorkel directly off some of the beaches or head out to the outer islands for the best spots.
Poda Island is a highlight, with over one kilometre of long white beach with amazing coral reefs off the shore and only a 25 minute long-tail boat from Ao Nang. Hong Island, is another island you will see featured on many postcards. With a 20,000sqm lagoon located in the centre surrounded by limestone cliffs, this place is total and utter bliss. For something truly unique head to Tup Island where you can walk across a strip of sand between three islands during low tide, make sure you make it back in time, or you’ll be swimming.
(nine to be exact), stunning scenery and coastlines dotted with more than 70 small islands. Located only 70 kilometres from Krabi Town it’s a perfect alternative to Krabi.
The beaches are sure to impress. Think long, fine, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Klong Dao is one of our favourites, with plenty of international food, music and bars and a 3 kilometre long beach that’s never too busy so you’ll always find your own little spot. For spectacular sunsets, head to Relax Beach and for pure beauty, Kantiang Bay was voted one of the top ten tropical beaches in the world, here you will find excellent corals for snorkelling.
with 154 islands off its coast, from inaccessible rocks offering amazing snorkelling spots to larger islands boasting long white, sandy beaches.
Situated in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Krabi, you will find the Koh Yao islands. Boasting photogenic landscapes, mangrove forests and sandy east coast beaches. Make sure you take a boat out for the day into Phang Nga Bay to explore the surrounding islands of this beautifully scenic area.
To truly enjoy and explore the beautiful area we recommend you stay at least 5 nights.
For those looking for a local experience, Koh Klang is a charming island only 5 minutes by long-tail boat from Krabi Town. See how the locals make a living as fishermen and rice farmers and get to know more about their way of life.
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Our favourite places to stay & favourite things to do:
Cha-Da Beach Resort & Spa Crown Lanta Resort & Spa
Cha-Da Beach Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa Half Day Krabi 4 Islands Tour Includes: Pranang Cave, Tup Island, Chicken Island & Poda Island Full Day Hong Island Tour Full Day Koh Klang Eco Day Trip
Centara Grand Beach Resort
To Koh Tao
A tropical island paradise, Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Siam. Once a
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backpacker's dream back in the 70s, today the island is bustling with tourists from around the globe. The most known area, Chaweng, is a seven 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 itâ€™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 Samuiâ€™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 Samui Accommodation
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.
Bandara Resort & Spa, Bo Phut
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.
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.
Pavilion Samui Villas Resort, Lamai
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 Jacuzzi Room or Plunge Pool Suite, nestled amongst the tropical gardens. Something to celebrate? Why not treat yourselves to a magnificent Grand Pool Villa â€“ 160 square metres of private beachfront.
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
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.
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.
Koh Samui Accommodation
Nora Buri Resort & Spa
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.
Sareeraya Villas & Suites
A legend in the making and in tune with the very soul of 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.
Melati Beach Resort & Spa, Bo Phut
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.
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
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.
Centara Grand Beach Resort
With a prime beachfront location on Chaweng Beach, this awardwinning resort is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. You will be spoilt for choice with eight exceptional dining outlets including a bakery. If that’s not enough, outside the front gate you’ll find many more options as you’re located right in the heart of Chaweng itself!
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.
Koh Samui Sightseeing
Angthong Marine Park
Boat Cruise around Samui
Angthong Marine Park 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.
Experience Samui Island by an offshore cruise. Pass by Big Buddha, Choeng Mon Bay, Chaweng Bay and Lamai Bay. Stop for lunch at Koh Tan and Koh Madsum. Swim and relax before setting sail back up the west coast and passing by the Forbidden Five Rock Islands.
Around The Island 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.
Kayaking in Angthong Marine Park 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.
Koh Samui Cooking Class 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 Phangan & Koh Tao
Koh Nang Yao
Explore Koh Phangan
Explore Koh Tao
Located a 30 minute ferry ride from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is a
large, mountainous island covered in coconut trees and surrounded by white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. Renowned for its famous monthly Full Moon Party at Haad Rin beach that attracts thousands of young party goers. However during the rest of the month the island is a peaceful paradise calling your name. Blessed with some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches, most of which are only moderately developed. Head to Thong Nai Pan beach, located on the north-eastern part of the island for great accommodation options, a variety of restaurants and a great beach. The main village of Haad Rin has a beautiful beach with plenty of accommodation, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. During Full Moon Haad Rin does get very busy so it's best to explore the other beaches over this time. Diving and snorkelling are also highlights, with shallow coral reefs surrounding the island with plenty of tropical fish. For something a little different head to Wat Pho located in Baan Tai. Offering Thai massages for only $6 an hour and featuring a traditional style sauna heated by burning wood with herbs such as lemon grass.
With easily accessible, diverse diving right off its shores and plenty of places to gain your PADI certifications, there’s no denying the fact that this is one of the top diving destinations in the world. The shallow, crystal clear waters of Koh Tao feature abundant marine life including turtles, stingrays, barracudas, fish and reef sharks. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a keen diver to come here, you can simply enjoy any of the many bays and beaches around the island. Jansom Bay is one of Koh Tao’s beautiful, private beaches, offering clear, emerald waters filled with marine life, soft powder sands and interesting rock formations. The island is also home to a Hawksbill and Green turtle breeding ground and certain scuba diving centres have helped reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles out in the wild.
For one of the best Thai dinners on the island make sure you check out My Friend restaurant located at Haad Rin Beach.
Take a day trip out to Koh Nang Yao, three islands connected by two strips of white sand that serve as a beach during low tide. Famous for great snorkelling and diving spots as well as clear, blue waters, a perfect place to relax with barely anyone next to you. Don’t forget to try out the world’s only zip line between two islands!
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Panviman Resort Santhiya Resort & Spa
Santhiya Resort & Spa
ccessible by boat from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Koh Tao is located 45 kilometres north of Koh Phangan. Once an island almost exclusively for scuba divers, Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is one of the most beautiful islands in the Gulf.
Charm Churee Villa Koh Tao Bamboo Huts The Haad Tien Beach Resort
Charm Churee Villa
Beaches, Nature & Elephants Package
Khao Sok & Sri Phang Nga National Parks
9 days/8 nights Want to explore some of the best Thailand has to offer? Make the most of your holiday by experiencing Koh Samui and Phuket as well as Thailand’s national animal – the elephant. With the option to simply relax, or get out and about, you can tailor-make this package to however you want it. We have put together some our favourite activities to see and do during your time in this wonderful country. Day 1-3: Phuket Welcome to Thailand! Spend the days relaxing by the resort pool, enjoying a relaxing massage or maybe head out on a day tour to the famous Phi Phi Island.
Cheow Larn Lake
Day 5: Elephant Hills Explore the emerald waters of the Cheow Larn Lake on your way to the Rainforest Camp, the world’s first luxury floating tented camp. Day 6: Elephant Hills – Koh Samui Awake to the sounds of the jungle and explore the bush by foot. This afternoon transfer to Surat Thani for your ferry to Koh Samui. Day 7-9: Koh Samui Welcome to Koh Samui! Perhaps check out the wonderland of Angthong Marine Park. Or you might want to learn how to cook this delicious Thai food you have been sampling at a Thai Cooking School. Please note this package can also be done in reverse. Departures: From Phuket or Koh Samui Inclusions: 3 nights 3-star accommodation in Phuket and Koh Samui with breakfast daily, 3 Day/2 Night Jungle Lake Safari at Elephant Hills & unescorted seat in coach airport transfers in Koh Samui & Phuket.
The Elephant Camp Khao Lak Phang Nga
Now that you’re refreshed hit the shops of Patong. Remember to barter! This evening perhaps head to the Siam Niramit Show for a night of special effects and a tasty dinner. Day 4: Phuket – Elephant Hills Transfer to the Elephant Hills Camp for an unforgettable elephant experience, where you will prepare, feed and wash the elephants. This evening retire to your luxury safari tent in the middle of the jungle.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Thai Food – Thailand is renowned for its cuisine, and Phuket and Koh Samui is abundant with fresh ingredients and seafood. There is an array of restaurants to choose from and can be found all over. Be sure to order a few dishes and share amongst the table so you can truly experience more of the flavours and local dishes without restricting yourself to just the one. Cheow Larn Lake – Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and lush rainforest this lake is a hidden gem. Take a walk into the deep dark jungle in search of wildlife and creepy crawlies. Or perhaps grab a kayak and practice your gibbon calls in the hope they come to greet you. Nightlife – At night time the areas of Chaweng in Koh Samui and Patong in Phuket come alive and you can pretty much bar hop your way along the beach. If you are staying in the area, stroll along the beach as the sun is going down and find a spot that takes your fancy to enjoy a sundowner. Markets – Offering anything and everything you can imagine, from sunglasses, shoes, bags, hats, electronics to movies and artwork. It’s a fun way to give your bartering skills a go and a great cultural experience for anyone visiting Thailand.
Price Guide From: $1325
The price guide shown is per person (minimum 2 people), based on low season travel.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram Temple, Ayutthaya
Bangkok to the North 8 days/7 nights Discover the historical and natural wonders of Thailand with this tour from Bangkok in the centre to Chiang Mai in the north. Visit the country’s main heritage sites such as the Ayutthaya and Phitsanulok, meet the real king of the jungle at an elephant camp in Chiang Mai and explore the infamous Golden Triangle, one of the world’s leading opium-producing areas. Day 1-2: 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. Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Phitsanulok Palaces, temples and monkeys are on the menu today. Continue to the former capital of Ayutthaya to see the ancient temples of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Mahathat and Wat Phanan Choeng. Day 4: Phitsanulok – Sukhothai – Lampang Head to Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat to join the locals in their morning prayers and offerings in this historic temple. Depart for Sukhothai to explore this ancient city packed with historical landmarks. Day 5: Lampang – Phayao – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai Explore the wonderful Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Continue onto the outskirts of Chiang Rai to visit Wat Rong Khun, a dazzling temple built in the 1990s. Then onto the famous Golden Triangle. Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai Start the day at the vibrant Chiang Rai morning market. Enjoy a long-tail boat on the Mae Kok River to visit a hill tribe village. End the day in Chiang Mai and a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Day 7-8: Chiang Mai Enjoy a day of wildlife and nature in the jungles near Chiang Mai with a visit to the Thai Elephant Care Centre. Spend the next day at leisure exploring the “Rose of the North”.
Departures: Sat & Tue
Golden Triangle Park
Chiang Rai Chiang Mai
Highlights worth seeing along the way 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. Ayutthaya – Ancient capital of Siam and the location of a haunting UNESCO World Heritage-site. Sukhothai – A historic former capital with well-preserved ruins of temples and palaces. Golden Triangle – Get the camera out for your selfie in three countries at the same time – Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Rai – Stroll through the morning market to find some local treasures and see the famous bridge crossing to Myanmar. Chiang Mai – Visit a tribal village, cruise along the river on a long-tail boat, take in the views from the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep temple and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with Thai elephants.
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts & 5 lunches, air conditioned transportation, sightseeing, entrance fees & English speaking guide from day 3-7. Price Guide From: $1089
Wat Rong Khun
The price guide shown is per person. twinshare (minimum 2 people), based on seat in coach.
Angthong Marine Park
Bangkok to the South
15 days/14 nights Experience the best of both worlds on this tour from Bangkok to the south. Explore Bangkok and its exciting vibe, then leave the hustle and bustle behind as you make you way down to Southern Thailand where the waters are blue and the weather is hot!
CAMBODIA Hua Hin
Day 1-3: Bangkok Enjoy a day at leisure in Bangkok exploring this exciting city. Head to Museum Siam to learn about how the Thai identity has developed over the years as well as a long-tail boat around the Klongs (canals). Day 4-7: Bangkok – Cha Am – Surat Thani On your way out stop at Damnern Saduak floating market before enjoying the next few days in the beautiful resort town of Hua Hin. On day 7 board your overnight train to Surat Thani. Day 8: Surat Thani – Khao Sok Make your way to Khao Sok and explore this charming area. Day 9: Khao Sok – Cheow Larn Lake Take a boat trip on the famous Cheow Larn Lake, surrounded by limestone cliffs and lush rainforest and enjoy a short walk to Pakarang Cave. Day 10: Khao Sok – Samui Arrive by ferry and spend the afternoon by the pool or perhaps a relaxing massage.
Cheow Larn Lake Khao Sok National Park
Angthong National Park Koh Samui Surat Thani
Highlights worth seeing along the way Damnern Saduak floating market – The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Don’t forget to barter! Hua Hin – This coastal town offers year round warm waters, and water sports galore. Spend your days doing as little or as much as you want.
Day 11: Angthong National Marine Park Experience this enchanting wonderland composed of bulbous green isles, clear blue lagoons, mysterious caves and strange shaped rock formations.
Khao Sok National Park – Nature lovers you are in for a treat! This beautiful area offers nature activities such as jungle trekking, waterfalls and river rafting.
Day 12-15: Koh Samui Enjoy this small slice of paradise and the warm waters of Samui. Take in the night life of Chaweng and explore this island for yourself.
Angthong National Marine Park – Grab your snorkel and fins and explore the crystal clear waters of these 40 islands.
Departures: Daily Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, overnight train, daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, air conditioned transportation, sightseeing & entrance fees.
Bangkok Klongs – Experience a more traditional way of living along the quiet canals. See classical wooden-framed homes on stilts, mothers doing their daily washings, and kids splashing away the tropical heat. Wat Arun – Best known as the “Temple of Dawn”, this Buddhist temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. Located on the riverside and made up of colourfully decorated spires, with a very different design to other Bangkok temples.
Price Guide From: $1999
Damnern Saduak floating market The price guide shown is per person. twinshare (minimum 2 people), based on seat in coach.
Peregrine & Intrepid Touring Trust us, Thailand looks a lot better without a coach window in the way. The trick is to get amongst the locals and feel the ground beneath your feet. Intrepid and Peregrine are the leaders in small group tours. They focus on small groups, expert local leaders and real life experiences. There’s the ancient capital of Sukhothai, the glittering temple complex at Doi Suthep and the night bazaars of Chang Mai. Then there's cruising through Bangkok’s canals and rivers, active adventures, walking tours, historical highlights and culinary adventures. Whatever your style and budget, they’ve got an itinerary to match.
Real Food Adventure – Thailand
8 days/7 nights
19 days/18 nights
An adventure in flavour, experience the fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai food a worldwide phenomenon on this culinary journey.
Explore the contrasting north and south of Thailand. From ancient ruins to sandy beaches, Thailand always has something new to discover. From Bangkok’s bustling streets to Chiang Mai’s temples to Phuket’s beaches.
Tour Highlights: -- Discover a world of Thai food beyond the obvious (albeit delicious) dishes of Pad Thai and Thai Green curry – experience new Thai tastes, like ‘boat noodles’ and khao soi in Ayutthaya -- Whip up northern Thai khantohk specialties with Aoi outside of Chiang Mai, and live Thai life from a local's perspective with a homestay -- Experience the eye-opening and surprising world of Thai food markets, filled with unpredictable tastes and found in unexpected places -- Get ready for a hands-on masterclass in Central Thai cuisine in Kanchanaburi, browsing the market to pick fresh produce before feasting on your creations
Tour Highlights: -- Marvel at the best of Chiang Mai's stunning temples and ancient treasures -- See Bangkok from a different, quieter angle -- Hike through the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest in Khao Sok National Park, then retire to unique luxury tents overlooking the jungle -- Cruise between the beautiful islands of Koh Ra and Koh Khai – swim, snorkel, and feast on fresh fish -- Encounter the other side of Phuket on a walking tour of Old Phuket town -- Board a traditional Thai wooden sailing boat for an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling, followed by dinner under the stars
Departures: Set departures between Jan-Dec 17
Departures: Set departures between Oct 17-Apr 18
Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, 1 night homestay, overnight sleeper train, 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners & Experienced guide throughout
Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, 1 night lodge, 2 nights boutique tents, 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners & Experienced guide throughout
Price Guide From: $1395
Price Guide From: $5215
Chiang Mai H’mong Lodge MYANMAR Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi/River Kwai BANGKOK
Surat Thani Khao Sok
The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date
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