21 October 2016
Thailand is Asia in miniature, representing its natural beauty, incredible culture and history as well as some of the warmest people you could ever wish to meet. With such diversity, the only question is which side of Thailand do you want to see first? Between tropical jungles, chaotic cities and a heavenly coastline, Thailand has rich rewards for the adventurous. Beach fans will also be in their element, and with so many to choose from in Thailand, it’s so easy to find one which fits your unique vision of perfection. From peaceful seclusion at Khao Lak to Phuket parties which last from sunset to sunrise, it’s all here waiting to be discovered.
Travel Counsellors recommend: Ziplining in Chiang Mai What better way to see the jungle than on a zipline? Chiang Mai boasts the longest ziplines in Thailand; with some reaching over 600 metres in length! A guaranteed day of fun, you’ll be guided by instructors across the course. Generally it takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete a full course. After a short safety talk you’ll find a fun physical activity and a new way to explore Thailand. There are a few options to choose from that all aim to give minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment. Pack your GoPro so you don’t miss out on capturing the incredible nature around you as you whizz past!
Raise yourself from the soft warm sands of Thailand’s idyllic beaches to discover some awe-inspiring cultural and historic sites. With a strong Buddhist heritage, you’ll never be far from an ornate temple complex – with Wat Pho and Wat Arun two of Thailand’s most popular attractions. Or for a less strenuous journey, there are plenty of palatial buildings in Bangkok with fascinating histories. It’s impossible to discuss Thailand without mentioning the food. Bold and fresh flavours which pack a punch are a feature of Thai cuisine, and you don’t need to book a table to get consistently excellent seafood, stir fries and curries. Thailand’s street kitchens offer delicious fayre at great value prices. Coupled with a superb selection of teas, beers, wines and fresh juices, you can always dine in style in Thailand. Thailand’s largest island and its wealthiest province, Phuket is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the South’. Explore natural beauty at the cliffs of Phang Nga Bay, or the beaches around Krabi. Alternatively, head to one of the party capitals of Asia at Patong Beach. Plus, the sunsets are sublime. It’s impossible to visit Bangkok and not be affected in some way. Hot, humid and in-your-face, but with the most cosmopolitan feel of any city in the continent, Bangkok is a place with something for absolutely any taste or interest – and over 14 million people swarm the city every day to do just that.
The Andaman Sea offers dive sites considered to be among the top ten scuba destinations in the world. It boasts crystal clear water, spectacular reefs and rock formations, plus a colourful selection of marine life. Even if you’re a complete beginner, there are a wide range of scuba schools to help you join in! In the western world, massage is a soothing treatment to ease away the stresses of everyday life. In Thailand, massage is a way of life. Bringing together therapeutic elements, spirituality and philosophy, the opportunity to visit a spa while in Thailand is not one which should be passed up lightly.