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Thailand, also called the Land of Smiles, is the most popular tourist destination in South-East Asia due to its wealth of natural beauty, culture, gorgeous islands, beaches and the mouth-watering food.
Thailand has many types of landscapes on offer. The mountainous regions of the north with its valleys filled with swirling fogs and mists create a stark contrast to the plains of central and northeastern Thailand. Eastern Thailand’s plains and hills offer fertile land ripe for jungle and agriculture, and as with southern Thailand, offers some of the most attractive beaches and islands on the planet. Of course, all this nature is set against Thailand’s metropolitan areas; Thailand is home to some major cities, including Bangkok, the country’s capital and largest city.
Currency: Thai Baht
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. Phuket nestles in Andaman Sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline, located 867 kilometres south of Bangkok. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush tropical landscape – all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays. The most famous beaches are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. Phuket and its islands are ideal for sailing, diving & snorkelling, golfing and all kinds of sports and entertainment you can wish for. You can also take a trip with a submarine to discover the colourful marine lives under the sea. There is plenty of holiday accommodation available ranging from standard bungalows to 5-star hotels.
Phuket has lots to offer the intrepid traveller; whether it is sailing through cliffs, diving through underwater cave systems, lounging on white sand beaches, snorkelling amongst turtles, visiting elephants and gibbon sanctuaries, trekking through the rainforest or bathing in a waterfall. Sail along Phang Nga Bay on a kayak under monumental cliffs and through secret lagoons making your way through ‘Hongs’ which are enclosed lagoons. Visit Old Phuket town has a mismatch of Sino–Portugese architecture in an array of brightly coloured mansion buildings, adorned shops with flowers and lanterns and a vibrant nightlife. Discover Wat Chalong temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Phuket. Although built in the 19th century, the majestic building still looks untouched and glistens gold with delicate adorning’s. Take a trip to James Bond island, the hugely popular tourist destination, easily recognisable by its uniquely inverted islands. It may just be worth a visit just for the cruise from Phuket island through the limestone cliffs to the island. Take a tour of Coral & Racha Islands on this day trip from Phuket. Get picked up from your hotel and whisked around the tropical islands for a day of luxury lounging, snorkelling and have the option for extra activities such as beach diving, parasailing or banana boat riding.
Ko Samui is regarded as a more reserved and higher brow sister island to Phuket and Bangkok, away from the urbanites and nightlife this island is beautifully serene and offers a multitude of stunning beaches and lagoons. The mountainous rainforest hides stunning waterfalls.
Internationally renowned for its emphatic nightlife, tourists will travel from all over the world to experience Bangkok and experience the diverse and ostentatious city.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Thailand has different seasons across the country, for example it can be the rainy season on theeast coast but not on the west. Although itis hot all year round wherever you are, the rainy season is between May and October and sea conditions can be unsettled.
Thai (English is widely spoken).
Airlines include Thai Airways, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
FLYING TIME FROM UK:
Approx. 12 hours.
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Club Med Phuket: Adventure Meets Luxury in Thailand
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Explore Thailand and Cambodia’s diverse wonders on this tour of vibrant rainforests, historic temple ruins and hidden art.
Delve into the wondrous world of exotic and tropical Thailand on this memorable journey. Explore the glittering temples, heavenly beaches and vibrant street food culture of this fascinating land. With a maximum tour size of just 14 people, you’ll get a personalised experienced from the tour leader from start to finish, with long drives kept to a minimum and comfortable transport throughout.
A paradise of culture and tranquility on the island of Phuket. A Family Resort welcoming children of all ages, with children’s club facilities from 4 months old.
The resort is on the beautiful palm grove on Kata Bay beach. The resort offers sea views, kids clubs, and activities such as golf, Thai Boxing, snorkeling, yoga and the resort even has a Flying Trapeze School with circus activities. This resort is one of club Med’s best with baby club for babies as old as 4 months.
This part of Thailand encompasses all of your wildest Asian dreams, from bustling beaches, perfect beaches, islands and highlands.
Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture and religious monuments, this 12 day tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rau, and Chiang Mai.
This nine-day tour immerses you in ancient restorative practices, yoga sessions, and healthy food that will leave your smile beaming and your soul stirring.
The spoils of Southern Thailand are no secret, but like in so many other paradise-like pockets of South East Asia, there’s always more to discover.
With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, soft white beaches and bright blue skies, tantalizing seafood and a host of shopping spots, our journey from Thailand down to the Malay Peninsula is sure to delight.
Discover the many attractions of exciting Bangkok then travel northwards through Thailand to the city of Chiang Mai. Along the way, visit ancient ruins and stunning temples, before your journey comes to an end in the relaxing coastal resort of Cha-Am.
Beach buffs, spa lovers, sanctuary seekers and those looking for private living at its most opulent will have their every wish fulfilled in this no-luxury-overlooked enclave. A superbly equipped beach club is complemented by an exclusive golf club offering a scenic 18-hole challenge.
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