Thompsons Holidays

Thailand 2008/9

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A stunning golden temple in Chiang Mai

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Land of Smiles

Thailand

Dream the destination... Live the journey.
Contents: 2-3 Thompsons for Thailand 4-6 Bangkok 7 Pattaya 8 Hua Hin & Cha-Am 9-11 Phuket 12 Koh Samui & Koh Chang 13 Phi Phi & Koh Lanta
Situated in the heart of South East Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, inspiring temples and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms, draws more visitors to the region than any other country. Thailand’s natural wonders are matched only by its cultural marvels and variety is indeed the spice of life. Shopping is an absolute must whilst in Thailand, with a selection of Thai silks, cottons, silverware, handicrafts, jewellery and an array of sporting and leisurewear. Savour some authentic Thai cuisine, a mixture of Chinese and Indian culinary traditions which keep their own unique character. Experience the excitement of a Thai boxing show or scuba dive in the pristine clear waters of the Gulf.

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CAPITAL CITY: Bangkok “Krung Thep” LANGUAGE: Thai. English is spoken CURRENCY: Thai Baht Approximately THB100 = ZAR23.72 VISA: No visa is required for SA passport holders AREA: 1,865 km2 TIME DIFFERENCE: SA time +5 hours HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: None

Thailand - Land Of Smiles

14 Krabi & Khao Lak 15 Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Thailand is an all year round destination and enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. - Hot and dry (Mar-Jun) with an average temperature of 34 degrees - Rainy with plenty of sunshine (Jul-Nov) average 29 degrees with 87% humidity - Cool (Dec-Feb) 20-30 degrees average temperatures, although slightly colder up north. Please note that hotels featured in this brochure have been graded according to the hotel’s official star rating in Thailand.

WHAT THINGS COST
These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (Thai Baht) Beer large Bottle of Wine Fried Rice/Food Hall Bottle Water 950ml Buffet Meal Taxi Fare Meter THB THB THB THB THB THB 35 -65 350-500 60 10-30 300 - 500 35 per km

• Skimpy shorts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts and
other beach-style attire are prohibited when entering temples.

• What is LAGS? You may only carry liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your hand

luggage in containers that have a maximum capacity of 100ml each, all packed in one re-sealable, transparent plastic bag, capacity of the bag must not exceed one litre.

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Bangkok - “Krung Thep”
SIGHTSEEING

Bustling, charming and bursting with colour, you can’t help being captivated by Bangkok’s vitality. You’ll find both a modern metropolis and a mysterious untamed Orient, where colourful markets with eastern music clash with the sound of crowded roads and honking car horns. City And Temples Tour - Half Day
Visit the three most unique temples - Wat Trimit, with its striking 3-meter tall golden Buddha, then travel through Chinatown to Wat Pho, the temple of the largest reclining Buddha and the Chedi of the kings, also Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple. Lastly visit Wat Benchamabophit, a fine modern Thai temple

Grand Palace in Bangkok

★★★

Eastin Bangkok (formerly ‘The Empress Bangkok’)

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TIP: Great location for shoppers market - great value for money

LOCATION: Formerly ‘The Empress Bangkok’, this hotel is located in a prime area, situated in the heart of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Shopping area with convenient access to Sukhumvit and Silom. ACCOMMODATION: The 299 spacious guestrooms are tastefully decorated and offer a variety of services to make your stay more enjoyable. FACILITIES: A poolside bar, a fully equipped business centre offering Wi-Fi internet facilities, meeting rooms, a fitness and sauna centre, lobby lounge, a restaurant and coffee shop.

from THB3144 per room per night
★★★ PLUS

Narai Hotel

from THB691 pp

Floating Market Of Damnoen Saduak & Rose Garden Tour - Full Day
Visit the bustling, famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak, about 110 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive. A short trip by long-tail boat brings you to the floating market, which offers plenty of photo opportunities. Continue by coach to Nakorn Pathom, where you can admire the world’s highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi”. From here it is a short drive to the picturesque Rose Garden a lovely resort with beautifully landscaped gardens, where you will enjoy an International Buffet lunch. A cultural Thai village show starts every afternoon with demonstrations of handicraft skills, Thai boxing, and sword fighting. There are also performances of traditional ceremonies, and an outstanding elephant show. After the show, coach transfer to your hotel in Bangkok.

TIP: An excellent hotel suited to the business traveller

LOCATION: Situated in the heart of the most prominent business and entertainment district on Silom road and close to the expressway. ACCOMMODATION: Boasting 469 spacious rooms and suites, fully equipped with all the amenities to suit and fulfill your requirements. The comfortable accommodation and unsurpassed service, ensures that you have a truly wonderful and memorable vacation. FACILITIES: Ideal for meetings, conferences and receptions. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium. Onsite restaurants serve Sukiyaki and an International buffet of Italian cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. from THB2131 per room per night ★★★ PLUS

Indra Regent Hotel

LOCATION: Close to the popular wholesalers market ‘Pratunam’ and near to major tourist attractions. It also offers easy access to entertainment and dining areas within an arcade. ACCOMMODATION: All 439 air-conditioned rooms offer good in-room amenities such as satellite TV, IDD phone, tea & coffee making facilities, in room safes, mini-bar and radio. FACILITIES: The hotel boasts 4 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, a spa and fitness centre.
TIP: Excellent shopping location and value for money

from THB2345 per room per night
★★★ PLUS

Windsor Suites Hotel

from THB1459 pp

Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights* from THB3456 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

TIP: Perfect hotel for families because rooms are so spacious

LOCATION: Downtown, just off the main street, close to Asoke sky-train station and shopping centres as well as the Queen Sirikit National Convention centre. ACCOMMODATION: A total of 460 spacious suites offer guests comfort. In room amenities include a separate living area with a sofa and TV, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. FACILITIES: Outdoor swimming pool area, fitness centre, Aromatherapy spa facilities, a restaurant downstairs offering huge buffet spreads over breakfast and lunch.

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Bangkok - “Krung Thep”
SIGHTSEEING

Siam Niramit - Journey To The Enchanted Kingdom Of Siam
Travel back through time into the history and culture of the Kingdom of Siam, a land of beauty with cultural treasures that have descended down through centuries. What was life like in old Siam? Find out for yourself at the Thai village where the unique architecture, music and costumes are revived. And not only can you see how Thailand’s delicate and ornate handicrafts are made, you try to create them yourselves! Savour the world-famous flavours of Thai cuisine at Sawasdee Restaurant. The delicacy of each Thai dish is elegantly presented and complimented by the charming traditional Thai decor.

Grand Palace - Temple of the Emerald Buddha

★★★ PLUS

Bel-Aire Princess

Show including buffet dinner from THB1731 pp Show excluding buffet dinner from THB1407 pp

TIP: An excellent value hotel with bonus offer!

LOCATION: This small boutique type hotel is located just a few minutes away from the Nana sky train station. It offers close proximity and easy access to the major shopping areas. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms have recently been renovated to a classic contemporary style offering you a spacious and comfortable stay. Amenities include tea & coffee making facilities, mini-bar, IDD phone, safes, satellite TV and DVD in the higher category rooms. FACILITIES: An outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and lobby bar. They also offer a Thai Cooking school course.
Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights* from THB4309 per room per night

Thailand

★★★★

Radisson Hotel

New! Dinner Cruise On The Apsara
A truly charming and unforgettable night aboard the “Apsara”, the new Sanctuary in the midst of Bangkok’s bustling environs. Choose to dine with Apsara I, the sophisticated cruise with the capacity of 64 guests serving contemporary Thai cuisine from Saffron, Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant. It will bring you an elegant and indulgent dining experience while sailing along the peaceful waterways of the Chao Phraya River and affording the most spectacular and colourful sights and scenes of Bangkok riverside.

TIP: Free shuttle service to shopping areas, subway and Pratunam markets

LOCATION: Conveniently located with easy access to all major shopping and entertainment areas, as well as the new Bangkok Airport. ACCOMMODATION: The recently renovated and spacious air-conditioned rooms offer all the amenities and comforts. The huge deluxe rooms are perfect for families as they offer lots of space and excellent value with two queen beds. FACILITIES: A fully equipped business centre, 24-hour room service, gift shop, outdoor swimming pool, health club and aerobics studio. There is also a Jacuzzi, a spa, with steam and sauna rooms
Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights*

from THB2624 per room per night

★★★★

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

from THB3901 pp

TIP: A prime location and good quality rooms & services

LOCATION: In the heart of Bangkok city with direct access into the famous MBK shopping centre. ACCOMMODATION: All 445 rooms are tastefully decorated and offer spacious comforts. Executive suites offer a separate lounge area with access to the new club lounge, which is perfectly suited to the business traveller. FACILITIES: Dining options include Bangkok’s best Korean restaurant, an Italian and Thai option, 2 bars, bakery, pool café, swimming pool, tennis & squash courts and one of Bangkok’s biggest fitness clubs.
Stay 5 Nights, pay 4 Nights*

Bai Pai Cooking School
One of Thailand’s most recognized and best cooking schools. Participants learn the art of Thai cooking by preparing food in small classes with all the necessary cooking tools. An entertaining and fun way to experience the taste of Thailand. Includes a recipe book and your delicious cooked lunch.

from THB5427 per room per night

★★★★

Arnoma Hotel

LOCATION: In Bangkok’s major shopping, business and entertainment district and within walking distance of the Chidlom sky-train station. ACCOMMODATION: 369 rooms and suites offering you both comfort and style. Amenities include a fully stocked mini-bar, cable TV, in-house movies and a PC connection point. FACILITIES: 2 restaurants and a coffee shop. There is also a small kiosk, a mini supermarket, a hairdressing salon and children’s play area.
TIP: Excellent location and perfectly suited to families

from THB3633 per room per night

from THB1925 pp

*Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

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Bangkok - “Krung Thep”
SIGHTSEEING

River Kwai With Elephant Ride And Bamboo Rafting - Full Day Tour
Fascinating, nostalgic and unforgettable sums up this day tour to Kanchanaburi province. Only 130kms from the city, the jungles and rainforests offer an opportunity to ride an elephant and enjoy bamboo rafting. Visit the war cemetery and “Bridge over the River Kwai”, then continue to Takilen, where you board the local train for a short journey on the most exciting stretch of the “Death Railway”. Lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Kwai River. In the afternoon we visit the Sai Yoke Elephant Camp. Enjoy a one-hour trek on the back of an elephant and then embark on bamboo rafts floating down the river (chances are, that you will get wet – please bring along a change of clothes!).

A taste of Thailand

★★★★

Holiday Inn Silom

Thailand

TIP: Particularly recommended for the business man and families

LOCATION: On Silom Road, which is the heart of Bangkok’s commercial centre. It is close to Surasak sky-train station and the Patpong evening market ACCOMMODATION: 700 fully furnished rooms offer guests in-room comforts such as air-conditioning, IDD telephone, Satellite TV, mini-bar and more. FACILITIES: The restaurant and lobby have recently been renovated. The hotel also offers guests the use of a health club, swimming pool, business centre and three dining options.

from THB4470 per room per night
★★★★PLUS

Amari Watergate

from THB2510 pp

LOCATION: Within walking distance from the Pratunam wholesalers street market and the World Trade Centre. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms are spacious offering guests contemporary and modern finishes with excellent views of the city. FACILITIES: There is a selection of 5 different restaurants and 2 bars, boasting one of Bangkok’s best ‘Su’ chefs. Leisure facilities include an open air swimming pool, a fitness centre and spa.
TIP: Excellent location for shoppers market with superior comfort

Stay 3 Nights, pay 2 Nights*

from THB7482 per room per night

★★★★★

Siam City Hotel

Royal Grand Palace Tour - Half Day
One of the highlights of any visit to Thailand, the stunning Grand Palace, is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Bangkok.

TIP: Conveniently located hotel offering good quality rooms

LOCATION: Next to the Siam City shopping centre and a short walk from the Phaya Thai sky-train station. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms have recently undergone a renovation and offer guests a comfortable, classical Thai type ambience. FACILITIES: Specially designed ‘Club Siam Deluxe Rooms’ allow guests entrance onto the Club Siam floor where full meeting and conference facilities are available. They also boast one of the most popular lunch buffets at their award winning restaurant. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and more.
Stay 3 Nights, pay 2 Nights* from THB4522 per room per night

★★★★★

Banyan Tree Bangkok

from THB896 pp
Other top selling hotels available on request: Amari Atrium hotel; Royal Orchid Sheraton; D’ma Pavilion; White Palace Hotel; Century Park Hotel; Dusit Thani Hotel; JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok; Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok; Baiyoke Sky Hotel; Sofitel Silom; Manhattan Bangkok Hotel and lots more.

LOCATION: An award winning hotel, in the heart of the central business and embassy district, close to Lumphini Subway station. ACCOMMODATION: The 216 immaculately furnished suites, offer spectacular views over the city and the Chao Phraya River. FACILITIES: With a selection of 8 restaurants and 3 bars, a gymnasium, swimming pool and day spa, you’re set to enjoy an unforgettable stay.
TIP: One of the best spa experiences in the world

Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights*

from US$238 per room per night

*Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

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Pattaya
SIGHTSEEING

Once a tiny fishing village, Pattaya has developed into an international playground. Colourful and alive with activities, it’s known as the ‘Ibiza’ of Thailand. Less than 2 hours drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is the Capital’s closest beach resort and home to an extensive assortment of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and water-sport facilities in Thailand. The ‘Pattaya Music Festival’ is held in March along the beach and town. This jamboree includes three days and two nights of partying with a Three-stage free concert music festival of Pop, Rock, Country, Hip-hop, Jazz and Indy type music.

Colourful Traditions and Customs

★★★★

Siam Bayview Hotel

Coral Island - Full Day (Incl Lunch)
Sail across the sparkling aqua-blue water of the Gulf of Thailand. You can relax, swim, dive, snorkel or simply enjoy sunbathing. A buffet lunch is served on the island. Thereafter board a glass-bottomed boat to view the beautiful coral formations around the island.

TIP: Excellent for those who want to be where it’s all happening

LOCATION: In the centre of Pattaya Beach strip close to ‘Walking Street’ with loads of shopping and nightlife close by. ACCOMMODATION: A well maintained resort with decent sized rooms offering either ocean or mountain views. Air-conditioned rooms are comfortable offering you tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, IDD telephone as well as a CD player/radio. FACILITIES: 3 restaurants and 3 bars with evening entertainment. There are also 2 outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis, tennis courts and a massage room.
Stay 3 Nights, pay 2 Nights*

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from THB3325 per room per night

★★★★

Siam Bayshore Hotel

from THB608 pp

Alcazar Show (Evening show)
Experience the new wave of transvestite performers in Pattaya. Prepare to be entertained in grand style by 500 crews and professional entertainers presenting artistic impersonations through songs and tales accompanied by a fantastic modern sound and light system.

TIP: Recommended that you upgrade to Tropical Deluxe revamped rooms

LOCATION: This perfect picturesque Pattaya Bay hotel is situated on the southern tip of the bay. ACCOMMODATION: 270 rooms and suites in 12 connected low-rise pavilions, spread amongst 20 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. All rooms have balconies and offer guests comfortable amenities expected from a 4-star resort. FACILITIES: 4 restaurants and 2 bars, a seafood barbeque area, for a romantic dining experience, 2 swimming pools, a spa, tennis courts, fitness centre and lots more.
Stay 3 Nights, pay 2 Nights*

from THB3591 per room per night

★★★★

Hard Rock Hotel

from THB608 pp

Tiger Zoo (Incl. lunch)
Depart for Si Racha Zoo. Watch the shows involving trainers with tigers and crocodiles. You may choose to hold and take photos with tiger cubs.

from THB913 pp

TIP: Perfect if you’re looking for all round family entertainment

LOCATION: Situated along the beach front only eight minutes walk from the heart of Pattaya’s entertainment and shopping area. ACCOMMODATION: 320 musically themed rooms with balconies offering satellite TV, mini-bar, personal safe, CD players, tea & coffee making facilities and Japanese design bathtubs. FACILITIES: Leisure facilities include a swimming pool with resident DJ to get you rocking, gym, games area, kid rock club, sand pool, restaurants providing a selection of meals for both adults and children and a good spa. ★★★★

Bangkok & Pattaya - 7 Nights
• Return airport to hotel transfers • 4 Nights at the Bel-Aire Princess hotel in Bangkok • A half-day city and temples tour in Bangkok • Return transfers to and from Pattaya • 3 Nights at the Siam Bayshore hotel in Pattaya • Full Day Coral Island experience

from THB4611 per room per night

Amari Orchid Hotel

from THB15176 per person sharing
Other top selling hotels also available on request: Thai Garden Resort; Mercure Hotel Pattaya; Royal Cliff Beach Resort; Dusit Resort Pattaya
TIP: Try Mantra Restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience

LOCATION: At the quiet northern end of Pattaya Bay, with close proximity to the beach, shops and entertainment areas. ACCOMMODATION: This resort features the luxurious 5-star hotel ‘Ocean Tower’ and the idyllic 4-star ‘Garden Wing’, comprising of a total of 525 luxurious rooms and suites offering guests a wealth of accommodation options FACILITIES: 2 swimming pools both including Jacuzzis, 4 restaurants and 3 bars, offering innovative dining experiences with exotic mouth watering options.

Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights* from THB5155 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods Special terms and conditions apply

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Hua Hin & Cha-Am
SIGHTSEEING

HUA HIN is one of Thailands most popular seaside resorts among overseas visitors and Thai’s - noted for its traditional fishing port with lots of seafood restaurants. CHA-AM a pine-lined beach, 40kms south of Petchaburi and only 20kms from Hua Hin. Once a fishing village, it is now the home of the ‘Summer Palace’ built by King Rama VI in 1923.
Splendid Sandy Beaches of Hua Hin

★★★PLUS

Springfield Beach Resort

Hua Hin By Night
Depart the hotel by pedal trishaw for downtown Hua Hin, to visit its old and unique railway station. Explore the local night market and then continue to the fishing pier to watch the incoming boats unload their catch for auction. Enjoy a Thai dinner, served at a local restaurant on the beach. Wednesday’s only approximately from 17h00-21h30

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TIP: Family focused resort offering a friendly home away from home feel

LOCATION: Between the cities of Hua Hin and Cha-Am, on Thailand’s east coast, some two hours south of Bangkok. ACCOMMODATION: Each of the beach resort’s eighty-seven rooms presents a panoramic sea view. FACILITIES: Conference and seminar rooms, a banquet room with a seating capacity of 50-150 guests, a free-form giant swimming pool, exercise room, sauna, steam room, game room, jogging tracks, restaurants, party rooms, tennis courts, playgrounds, Lobby Bar, Garden Terrace and Seaside Terrace.
Stay 5 Nights, pay 4 Nights*

from THB3354 per room per night

★★★★

Anantara Resort & Spa

from THB1034 pp

Petchaburi (Incl. lunch)
Travel from Hua Hin to the beautiful palace of King Mongkut. Continue to the north of Khao Wang to explore the cave sanctuary of Khao Luang (Great Hill). Proceed to Wat Mahathat. The large white prang of this temple can be seen from a distance - a typical late Ayuthaya / early Ratanakosin adaptation of the Khmer prangs of Lopburi and Phimai. Final stop is Petchaburi town. Wednesday only approximately from 08h30 - 15h00
TIP: A perfect setting for romance and relaxation

LOCATION: On the Gulf of Siam, this resort is reminiscent of an ancient Thai village. ACCOMMODATION: Designed with both style and comfort in mind, rooms come equipped with satellite TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning, tea/ coffee making facilities and high speed internet services. FACILITIES: Whether you’re lounging by the beachfront pools, kayaking down the coastline, strolling through the markets of Hua Hin or mountain biking to ancient and serene temples, you’re sure to remember a visit to Anantara Resort and Spa.

from THB4841 per room per night
★★★★

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

from THB 2048 pp

TIP: Good value for money in a great location

LOCATION: Well situated in the heart of Hua Hin, close to shops, restaurants and markets. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms are elegantly decorated in warm tones to compliment the polished wooden floors. Spacious and comfortable rooms include balconies that all face the Gulf of Siam. FACILITIES: A large pool and a world class spa. A selection of 4 restaurants, 2 bars, including the Hua Hin brewing company, tennis courts, a gym and children’s facilities make this resort perfect for families.

Golf and Spa Getaway - 7 Nights
INCLUDES: • Transfers • 2 nights in Bangkok at the Windsor Suites Hotel including breakfast • 5 nights in Hua Hin at the Springfield Beach Resort with daily breakfast • Petchaburi tour • 20% off Spa treatments at the Windsor Suites Hotel Special golf rates available.

from THB4890 per room per night
★★★★

Evason HuaHin Resort & Six Senses Spa

from THB23280 pp
Other Hotels also available on request: Sofitel Central Hua Hin; Hua Hin Marriott Resort

Stay 6 Nights, pay 5 Nights* from THB4191 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

TIP: Upgrade to Pool Villa suites for an unforgettable experience

LOCATION: On the beach front, south of Hua Hin lies this mystical resort offering you sheer indulgence and unforgettable memories. ACCOMMODATION: 55 Pool Villas, all with their own private pool, personal butler service, outdoor bathtub and shower. Some villas also offer a Spa Suite option with a spa steam room, fitness centre and treatment area, all permanent features of the room. FACILITIES: 3 restaurants, 1 bar, a day spa, gymnasium, swimming pool, watersport activities as well as a kids club and babysitting services.

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Phuket
SIGHTSEEING

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the South’ because of its irregular shape. It is situated in the Andaman Sea, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Offering the visitor some of the best shopping, seafood restaurants and watersports, it is an ideal all round destination for families, honeymoon couples and adventure seekers.

Clear sparkiling waters of the Andaman Sea

★★★

Sunset Beach Resort

Phuket Explorer
Start with a scenic drive to a viewpoint along some of Phuket’s beautiful beaches. See an elephant familiy and enjoy a 10-minute ride on elephant back. Visit Phuket’s most famous temple, Wat Chalong and then continue to Phuket town. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to an old Chinese mansion in Phuket Town. A tour of this well known house where many famous Hollywood movies were made gives you a historical perspective of Phuket and its great Chinese influence. Your guide will explain its antique Chinese and European interior. Coffer/tea and snacks will be served.

TIP: Free shuttle service into the centre of Patong Beach

LOCATION: Overlooking the sea at the quieter end of Patong beach but not too far from all the entertainment, restaurants and shops. ACCOMMODATION: 131 rooms. Deluxe rooms are spacious with balconies that overlook the large rock pool area with waterfall and Jacuzzi. Junior suites are large and offer good value for families. FACILITIES: Whether you’re dining on a delicious meal at the ocean-view restaurant, lazing by the rock pool, enjoying cocktails at the ‘Flintstones’ pool bar, or just relaxing in the Jacuzzi, this resort offers excellent value for money.
Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

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from THB1796 per room per night

★★★

Seaview Patong Hotel

LOCATION: Superbly situated on the quieter end of Patong beach, but conveniently close to the main shopping and entertainment areas. ACCOMMODATION: 141 air-conditioned guest rooms face the sea and Patong bay. Amenities include IDD telephone, refrigerator, tea/ coffee making facilities, cable & satellite TV FACILITIES: 4 restaurants, pool and beach side bars, an arcade, 2 swimming pools, a spa and gym as well as evening Thai dancing entertainment.
TIP: A top selling property, trusted and loved by South Africans

from THB1635 pp

Stay 8 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB2770 per room per night

★★★

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga
Transfer by air-conditioned minibus to Phang Nga province. At Kok Kloi, a short pit stop is made at a gas station. Continue to Phang Nga town and visit the local food market. Arrive in the village where the elephants wait. Acquaint yourself with these gentle giants, then hop “on board” for your elephant ride through the jungle. Continue the trek through the jungle on foot to a waterfall, where you can take a refreshing swim in the cool water, while your guides set up a picnic lunch. There will be some free time to relax or explore the jungle before you get back on your elephant for the return trek to the village. Transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Andaman Seaview Hotel

TIP: A popular hotel amongst South African families

LOCATION: A short drive away from Patong Beach, on the beautiful Karon Beach ACCOMMODATION: 161 rooms have air-conditioning and face the ocean, thereby affording guests a pleasant view of the Andaman Sea. In room comforts and amenities include mini-bars, tea & coffee making facilities, cable TV, IDD telephone. FACILITIES: Swimming pools and a pool bar, a restaurant serving continental food all day, a bakery for those with a sweet tooth, a spa, fitness room, children’s playground and internet access.
Stay 8 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB2795 per room per night

★★★PLUS

Burasari Patong

from THB3383 pp

Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights* from THB3772 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

TIP: Try a delicious local speciality at Floyd’s Brasserie

LOCATION: This boutique resort is a few steps away from the main Patong Beach. Close to a wonderful array of entertainment and Jungceylon, the new international shopping centre. ACCOMMODATION: 186 luxurious rooms are set in an idyllic garden retreat with serene pools and gentle waterfalls. FACILITIES: Floyd’s Brasserie, has a menu personally created by Keith Floyd himself - a must for food lovers, 2 bars, 2 swimming pools, spa and massage services, private beaches and indoor board games with plenty of other facilities.

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Phuket
SIGHTSEEING

Phang Nga by Speed Boat
Visit one of the most famous bays in Asia, the location of the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Discover the amazing landscapes of Phang Nga at Panak and Hong Islands. Visit Tapu Island. Continue to Ping Kan Island, named for its peculiar arrangement of a smooth rock, resting on other rocks. Explore the labyrinth of mangrove swamp and pass through some caves with amazing stalactites. Enjoy lunch at Panyi Island, a Muslim village built on pillars. Continue by speed-boat to Khai Nai Island, where you may snorkel, swim or simply relax on the beach.

Lazy days on a secluded tropical beach

★★★★

Patong Beach Resort

from THB3514 pp

Thailand

Jungle Safari Khao Sok (Incl. Lunch)
Khao Sok National Park features spectacular rainforest jungles and limestone mountains. Experience the jungle on a canoe trip down the Sok river where you will enjoy spectacular scenery with our tour guide pointing out the wide variety of bird and reptile species along the way. After a traditional Thai lunch, visit an elephant camp to see them being fed and hear about their conservation. End your tour with a short ride on elephant back, for a birds eye view of the jungle.

TIP: A perfect resort for families and another one of our favorites

LOCATION: Right in the centre of Patong Beach, only 3 minutes walk to the beachfront and conveniently close to local shops, restaurants and nightlife. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms are elegantly decorated in Thai style with facilities that include a mini-bar, TV, safe deposit box, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers, umbrellas, bathrobes and slippers. FACILITIES: 2 swimming pools, jacuzzi, beauty salon, shopping arcade, restaurants, spa, sauna and fitness centre as well as a children’s pool and playground. There is also a dive centre and car hire desk.

from THB3003 per room per night
★★★★

Amari Coral Beach Resort

TIP: A stunning resort offering value and unforgettable views of the Bay

LOCATION: In a secluded headland at the quiet end of Phuket’s most popular beach Patong. ACCOMMODATION: Air-conditioned and well-appointed rooms, are tastefully decorated and fully equipped, featuring bright colours with a contemporary Thai design. All rooms have balconies offering guests stunning sea views. FACILITIES: 2 swimming pools, a fitness room and a diving centre. The renowned Sivara Spa is set on a lush tropical hillside offering guests a range of massages and treatment options.
Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB4540 per room per night

★★★★

Aquamarine Resort & Spa

from THB3488 pp

Phi Phi Island by Speed Boat
Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Boat Lagoon Marina. Select your snorkelling equipment for size while having free coffee, tea and soft drinks. Arrive at Phi Phi Ley Island and discover the magical landscape of Maya Bay (the movie “The Beach” was partially filmed here). Discover Lho Sa Mah Bay (swimming sightseeing and snorkelling) and Phi Leh Cove (sightseeing), continue to the “Viking Cave. Continue to Khai Nai Island and enjoy a great lunch at a beach side restaurant. Free time to sunbathe and swim. 16:00 hrs: Return to Phuket Boat Lagoon by speed boat and transfer back to your hotel. from THB3584 pp

TIP: : Honeymooners - upgrade to the Villas with Jacuzzi baths

LOCATION: Beautifully located on the hillside of Kamala Bay with magnificent views across the Andaman Sea. ACCOMMODATION: All rooms have private balconies which overlook the ocean and carry a distinct Thai style through-out. Rooms offer spacious and comfortable furnishings with little added touches here and there. FACILITIES: The resort has 3 swimming pools, four restaurants, a bar and spa. The warmth and friendliness of the staff, will keep you coming back year after year.
Stay 8 Nights, pay 4 Nights*

from THB3192 per room per night

★★★★

Andaman Cannacia Resort

Stay 8-9 Nights, pay 7 Nights* from THB1995 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods. Special terms and conditions apply

TIP: The honeymoon suite offers an outdoor balcony Jacuzzi

LOCATION: Ideally located on Kata beach, near the Kata Shopping Plaza and only 20 minutes by car to Patong beach. ACCOMMODATION: 115 well-furnished rooms, equipped with all the necessary in room amenities to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable stay. Rooms have recently undergone a renovation and now offer private balconies. FACILITIES: The traditional Ban Yen restaurant serves up typical Thai dishes as well as international cuisines. Recreational activities include swimming pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna or beauty salon.

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Phuket
SIGHTSEEING

Karon Beach of Phuket

★★★★

Peach Blossom Resort

The Elephant temple in Phuket

TIP: A modern and new resort offering great value

LOCATION: Modern luxury resort situated in the middle of lush gardens overlooking the white sands of Kata and Karon beach and the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. ACCOMMODATION: 9 Pool Villas, 10 Grand suites and 101 Grand deluxe rooms. Guestrooms are decorated in a modern classic contemporary style and offer panoramic views of the ocean and natural surroundings. FACILITIES: Swimming pool, massage centre, fitness room, kids club, dining area where breakfast, daily snacks and dinners are served.
Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB2112 per room per night

★★★★

Thavorn Beach Village & Spa

TIP: This resort boasts its own beach with a variety of rooms

LOCATION: Situated in Nakalay Bay, this typically Thai styled resort is built in lush tropical gardens. Although it offers its own beach, the hotel is only 10 minutes from Patong Beach. ACCOMMODATION: Ocean Villas are set up on the hillside, with beautiful seaviews and a private Jacuzzi on the balcony, whilst the 3-star bungalows are located on the beach. FACILITIES: A huge swimming pool and separate kids pool, a selection of 3 restaurants and 3 bars, a spa, gymnasium, tennis courts and water sport facilities.
Stay 5-8 Nights, pay 4 Nights* from THB2432 per room per night

Thailand

★★★★PLUS

Bundarika Wellness Resort & Spa

Spoil yourself with a Thai massage

TIP: Villas are regarded as one of the best in Phuket

LOCATION: In picturesque Layan Beach, on the peaceful and idyllic northwest coast of Phuket. ACCOMMODATION: Villas are free standing and private, with individual swimming pools offering expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces surrounded by lush tropical gardens and lavish lotus ponds. Bedrooms offer an entertainment unit with TV, CD & DVD players FACILITIES: A Wellness Spa, Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation, library, sport & adventure activities, gym, Thai boxing, scuba diving and more.
Stay 4 Nights, pay 3 Nights* from THB15 002 per room per night

★★★★★

Sheraton Grand Laguna Hotel

TIP: Highly recommended for couples as well as families

LOCATION: Set on an island within an island, against a dazzling backdrop of powdery white beaches and a sparkling indigo lagoon. This is one of Thailand’s best hotels, located on Bang Tao Bay. ACCOMMODATION: 423 beautifully appointed guest rooms and villas offer guests a touch of luxury with spacious rooms that compliment the exotic culture and bring a touch of elegant opulence. FACILITIES: Beautiful pools stretch throughout the resort with waterfalls, children’s pool and two Jacuzzis, 6 restaurants, some of which have won awards, a bar, baby sitting facilities and kids club.

from US$161 per room per night
★★★★★

Banyan Tree Phuket

Thai handicraft Other top selling hotels also available on request: Phuket Graceland Resort; Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort; Novotel Phuket Resort; Holiday Inn Resort Phuket; Horizon Beach Resort; Royal Paradise Hotel; Kata Beach Resort; Karon Beach Resort; Hilton Phuket Arcadia; Katathani Phuket Beach Resort; Woraburi Phuket Resort.

Stay 7 Nights, pay 6 Nights* from US$517 per room per night *Bonus nights offer only applicable over certain date periods Special terms and conditions apply

TIP: World’s Best Travel and Leisure Awards winner 2007

LOCATION: At Bang Tao Bay, on the northwestern coast of Phuket Island, The Banyan Tree Phuket is part of Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first ever integrated resort. ACCOMMODATION: 150 luxuriously appointed villas fringing a salt water lagoon and exuding seclusion, luxury and romance. This exotic hideaway boasts only the finest facilities and ambience. FACILITIES: An award winning spa, the Laguna Phuket golf club has an 18-hole course, water sport activities, fitness centre, wedding chapel and a choice of 7 different restaurants, bars and so much more

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Koh Samui & Koh Chang
SIGHTSEEING

KOH SAMUI - Once an ‘untouched’ back-packers haven, the island with its beautiful, powdery white sandy beaches, sparkling clear waters, delicious seafood and vibrant nightlife, has grown to become a fully-fledged tourist resort area. KOH CHANG - Elephant Island as it is otherwise known, is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park which comprises of an archipelago of 52 islands, With its many beautiful beaches, scenic waterfalls and some of the most popular snorkelling and dive sites.

Sunshine, Sandy Beaches and Sparkling Waters

★★★★

Chaba Cabana Resort & Spa - Samui

Thailand

Samui Island Half-day Tour
Visit the Big Buddha, the view point between Chaweng and Lamai Beach. View strange rock formations at Hin Ta and Hin Yai, the mummified monk at Kunaram Temple and the Namuang waterfall where you will see monkeys at work. Stop at Nathon Town for browsing or shopping.

TIP: A good value hotel with options for both families and couples

LOCATION: Situated on the northern coast of beautiful Chaweng Beach, offering guests a quieter retreat. Walking distance from shopping, dining and entertainment options. ACCOMMODATION: All air-conditioned rooms feature private balconies or terraces offering satellite TV, IDD telephones, mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, in-room safes and bathroom amenities. FACILITIES: Leisure facilities include a swimming pool with sunken pool bar, a massage centre and Heavena Spa as well as a restaurant serving both Thai and international cuisine.
Stay 8-14 Nights, pay 7 Nights* from THB4660 per room per night

★★★★

Amari Palm Reef Resort - Samui

from THB960 pp

Koh Chang Safari
An alternative way to explore the National Park, start with an elephant trekking tour in the undisturbed island rainforest. Visit the colorful fishing village of Bang Bao on the southern tip of the island where lunch is served at a local restaurant.

LOCATION: Situated in the northern and quieter end of Chaweng Beach, only 5 minutes walk to shops, restaurants and nightlife. ACCOMMODATION: All 187 spacious guest rooms combine contemporary Thai décor with first-class amenities such as in-room DVD players, private balcony or terrace and air-conditioning. FACILITIES: These include 2 swimming pools, a diving centre, Sivara Spa with a full range of facial and body treatments for ultimate pampering, as well as a selection of excellent fine dining options.
TIP: This hotel offers excellent family options

Stay 3 Nights, pay 2 Nights*

from THB6860 per room per night

★★★★PLUS

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort - Samui

from THB1686 pp

So Much More to Explore! 8 Night Package - Bangkok & Koh Samui
INCLUDES: • Return transfers and ferry • 3 nights stay in Bangkok • 5 nights stay in Koh Samui • Half day Samui Island Tour

TIP: Make use of the free introductory scuba course offered here

LOCATION: Centrally situated in the heart of Chaweng beach and close to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. ACCOMMODATION: The resort has a total of 140 rooms. Guests are offered a choice of Villas, bungalows or hotel rooms each with a private terrace overlooking the garden or pool and surrounded by manicured tropical gardens. FACILITIES: Excellent leisure facilities and restaurants for families and couples. It offers 2 swimming pools and a children’s pool, fitness centre and health club with sauna, 2 restaurants and bars.
Stay 9 Nights, pay 7 Nights*

from THB7405 per room per night

★★★★

Amari Emerald Cove Resort - Koh Chang

from THB22 421 pp
Other top selling hotels also available on request: Banana Fan Sea Resort, Chaweng Buri Resort Baan Samui Resort & Baan Haad Ngam Boutique

TIP: Discover this best-preserved part of Thailand.

LOCATION: Situated on the secluded Klong Prao Beach in Koh Chang which is 315km south east of Bangkok. ACCOMMODATION: The resort has 165 rooms tastefully decorated in contemporary Thai style with solid wood furniture offering a world-class service with spacious, well-equipped rooms. Private balconies in all rooms offer guests either a mountain or sea view. FACILITIES: A 50-metre lap pool, a Jacuzzi and children’s pool, a selection of 3 restaurants and 2 bars. The Sivara Spa offers a full range of treatments to help guests relax and unwind.
Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB5553 per room per night

Special terms and conditions apply

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Koh Phi-Phi & Koh Lanta
SIGHTSEEING

KOH PHI PHI ISLAND - A picture perfect island of scenic hills, awesome limestone cliffs, long beaches and emerald waters. Situated in the Andaman Sea, it is only an hour’s ferry trip from Phuket or Krabi.
Typical Family Thai Beach Experience

KOH LANTA - Situated off the west coast of Southern Thailand, Koh Lanta comprises of two adjacent islands Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi. From Krabi airport, the travelling time is about one and a half to two hours by mini bus and ferry. The islands boast white sandy beaches with clear aquamarine waters, set in mountainous jungle and offering visitors a tranquil tropical island experience with traditional charm and natural beauty.

★★★PLUS

Holiday Inn Resort - Koh Phi-Phi

TIP: A good value resort in an excellent location

LOCATION: Situated on the north coast of the island on Laem Tong Beach, which happens to be one of the best in Phi Phi. ACCOMMODATION: 80 bungalows built on the beachfront, scattered around more than 20 acres of lush tropical gardens. The air-conditioned bungalows are 37sq meters and all feature a private balcony and outdoor furniture. These offer guests a king size bed as well as a single bed allowing 3 people to share a room. FACILITIES: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a swimming pool, day spa, gym, tennis courts, water sports and boat trips as well.
Stay 10 Nights, pay 8 Nights* from THB5457 per room per night

Thailand

★★★★

Phi Phi Island Village Resort & Spa

Unknown Lanta
Explore the beautiful and unknown eastside of the island, by visiting one of the biggest shrimp farms, Thung Yee Pheng Village, where you will meet a local family who works in the rubber industry and see what a traditional house looks like. Embark on a fantastic boat trip through the mangrove forest stopping at small islands between Ko Lanta Noi and Ko Lanta Yai. Visit the biggest temple on Lanta Island where you will have time to talk to the monks and learn more about their world. Travel through Lanta Old Town, Sea Gypsy Village, where you will experience culture as it was more than 100 years ago and much more.

LOCATION: Nestled amidst an atmosphere of tranquillity surrounded by lush vegetation on its own 800 meters of private beach. ACCOMMODATION: 100 Thai style bungalows comprising of luxurious hillside pool villas, beachfront suites, as well as deluxe and superior bungalows. FACILITIES: 3 bars and restaurants, a large swimming pool with swim up bar, a private beach, mini theatre, internet café, a spa, tennis courts, gift shop and water sport activities,
TIP: A beautiful resort with loads of activities

Stay 8 Nights, pay 6 Nights*

from THB8104 per room per night

★★★★

Layana Resort & Spa - Koh Lanta

from THB1518 pp

TIP: Beach Villas are limited here so book early!

LOCATION: Set against a picturesque backdrop of forested hills and facing the white sands of Phra-Ae beach. ACCOMMODATION: The resort features 50 luxurious guest rooms and suites complete with balconies commanding mountain and sea views. These offer either king-size or twin beds with goose-down duvets and large day beds. FACILITIES: With leisure facilities such as an inviting swimming pool, a spa, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hobie-cat, beach volleyball, island excursions and sightseeing tours there is lots to see and do.
Stay 10 Nights, pay 8 Nights* from THB4191 per room per night

Bangkok, Phi Phi and Lanta Explorer
INCLUDES: - Return transfers and ferry trips - 2 nights stay in Bangkok - 3 nights stay at Phi Phi Island - 3 nights stay at Lanta

★★★★

Chada Beach Resort & Spa - Koh Lanta

from THB24447 pp
TIP: Beautifully located resort with many facilities

LOCATION: Beautifully set on 8 acres of prime white sandy beachfront, reflecting modern comforts bundled with traditional Thai charm and hospitality. Situated on Klong Dao beach. ACCOMMODATION: 196 suites, each featuring their own private balcony or timber deck area, with over-sized bathrooms that include a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath. FACILITIES: 4 stunning swimming pools, a kids club, 2 restaurants, several bars, a games room, a Vimala Spa, sauna and steam room, a library and internet lounge.
Stay 10 Nights, pay 6 Nights* from THB5518 per room per night

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Krabi & Khao Lak
SIGHTSEEING

KRABI - Only a short flight from Bangkok, Krabi is unquestionably one of Thailand’s most stunning destinations and a rising star in the tourism industry. Its major attractions are located largely along its extensive coastline which contains several well known beaches and bays as well as numerous off-shore tropical islands. KHAO LAK - Located just north of Phuket and Krabi, is one of Thailand’s most beautiful tropical beaches, offering visitors a peaceful and relatively untouched retreat. An ideal destination for families and those seeking to get away from it all

Powdery Soft Sandy Beaches

★★★★

Aonang Villa Resort - Krabi

Thailand

Krabi Mangrove Tour
By long tail boat explore the mangrove forest and visit Kanab Nam Cave, where you will have time to walk around and take amazing pictures. Visit a local fisherman’s house to view many of Andaman Sea’s most spectacular animals. Lunch is served in Krabi town’s most popular restaurant “Ruan Mai”

TIP: Quality rooms in a well situated location

LOCATION: A perfect location, just steps away from the powdery soft sandy beaches of Ao Nang. Within easy walking distance from shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. ACCOMMODATION: There are 2 separate accommodation wings offering spacious airy rooms with modern amenities. Rooms have a private balcony with simple, comfortable interiors furnished in a contemporary Thai style. FACILITIES: There are 2 large free-form swimming pools, a children’s play area, table tennis, gift shop, 2 restaurants, a lobby and pool bar.
Stay 7 Nights, pay 5 Nights*

from THB2273 per room per night

★★★★ PLUS Krabi Thai Village Resort - Krabi LOCATION: The newest resort to grace the picturesque Krabi landscape, situated in a peaceful haven, within walking distance of Phra Nang Bay, which is one of the more popular beaches. ACCOMMODATION: The 120 fully air-conditioned deluxe rooms reflect contemporary and Ayutthaya Thai elegance and are set on 7 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Rooms offer all the usual amenities and comforts expected of a luxury resort. FACILITIES: A sparkling swimming pool, with separate children’s pool and a swim up pool bar. There are 2 restaurants and lobby bar.
Stay 8 Nights, pay 4 Nights*

from THB2508 pp

TIP: A resort set to become a favourite luxury hideaway

from THB5310 per room per night

Khao Lak Safari
Start with a one hour Elephant trek through the Jungle accompanied by an experienced guide. Then take a 4x4 jeep to the national park for a jungle walk that leads you to a secluded waterfall where you may swim. Buffet lunch is then served in a coffee plantation. Enjoy a one-hour bamboo rafting tour along the stream of a cool mountain creek before transferring back to your hotel. Note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes, loose comfortable clothes. Bring a small bag with a change of clothes in case you get wet, sun protection, hat and beach towel.

★★★★PLUS

Tubkaak Krabi - Krabi

TIP: 2006 Thailand Tourism Award for Outstanding Resort Category

LOCATION: Situated in a superb location, overlooking the ocean and surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Krabi. ACCOMMODATION: Luxury rooms and suites in Villa style feature contemporary Thai decor. Relaxing interiors and an oriental, outdoor tropical bathroom featuring a sunken bath FACILITIES: The resort offers a gourmet restaurant, a gorgeous spa with plunge pool, a tropical garden where hammocks gently beckon with the onshore breeze and a free form pool. A perfect place to relax and unwind.

from THB7126 per room per night
★★★★

Takolaburi Cultural Resort & Spa - Khao Lak

from THB3434 pp
OTHeR TOP SeLLING HOTeLS ALSO AvAILABLe: Railay Bay Resort & Spa; Andaman Holiday Resort; Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort; Krabi Resort; Rayavadee Resort; and Khao Lak Orchid Beach.

TIP: Resort was featured in ‘Best Paradises in Thailand’ booklet

LOCATION: An exclusive deluxe resort nestled along the beautiful and undisturbed Pakarang Cape, Khao Lak’s premier beach, with white sand and clear sparkling waters. ACCOMMODATION: 100 spacious rooms and suites with private balconies or terraces, modern design blended with cultural decor. Junior and Honeymoon suite villas offer their own private swimming pools and complimentary high speed wireless internet access. FACILITIES: Leisure activities and sporting facilities, 4 swimming pools, gift shop, library and Khao Lak’s foremost spa.
Stay 8 Nights, pay 6 Nights*

Special terms and conditions apply

from THB2397 per room per night

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Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai
SIGHTSEEING

CHIANG MAI - Founded in 1296 and dubbed as the ‘Rose of the North’, this is Thailand’s second largest city and the gateway to the country’s north. A city rewarded with rich historical and cultural heritage and many beautiful temples. CHIANG RAI - Located about 785 kilometers from Bangkok, this is one of the most rural of areas with ethnic villages, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites and Buddhist shrines. It is also the northernmost province of Thailand, located within the Golden Triangle area where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet.

Doi Sutep Temple in Chiang Mai

★★★ PLUS

Empress Hotel - Chiang Mai

LOCATION: 10 minutes drive from the airport and 15 minutes-walk from Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar. ACCOMMODATION: Renovated in 2004, the hotel comprises of 375 rooms equipped with the usual in room amenities. FACILITIES: Dining options include a cafe, a bar and 3 A-la-carte restaurants. The hotel also offers wireless internet access, a selection of shops, a nightclub, conference room and hairdresser.
TIP: A good choice of downtown hotel

from THB2118 per room per night

Thailand

City & Temples - Chiang Mai
During this half-day tour, you will visit Chiang Mai’s largest fresh market (Waroros) and the following temples built between 1345 and 1401: Wat Phra Singh; Wat Chedi Luang; Wat Chiang Man and Wat Suan Dok.

★★★★

Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel - Chiang Mai

from THB538 pp

LOCATION: Situated in the heart of the city, only a few minutes’ walk from the famous Night Bazaar. ACCOMMODATION: All 450 spacious guest rooms offer hairdryers, mini-bar, colour TVs, IDD telephones and a decor which takes its theme from the classic Lanna era. FACILITIES: These include a beauty salon, business centre, restaurant and coffee shop, sauna, massage, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.
TIP: Well situated and centrally located hotel

Elephant Safari & Boat Trip on the Kok River - Chiang Rai
Take a one-hour boat ride to small but interesting villages and hamlets along the Kok River. Arrive at Baan Ruammit, a fair-sized Karen village and elephant camp. Enjoy a two hour ride on the back of an elephant through the jungle to Baan Huay Mae Sai, a Yao hill-tribe village, where you will stop for a picnic lunch.

from THB1705 per room per night
★★★★

Royal Princess Hotel - Chiang Mai

from THB3886 pp

TIP: Famed for its association with Thai aristocracy

LOCATION: The hotel is situated in the heart of Chiang Mai, providing a gateway to the region’s stunning scenery and the fabulous Night Bazaar with its traditional Thai arts and crafts. ACCOMMODATION: 198 air-conditioned and well appointed rooms were designed with elegant Lanna style decor in natural muted colours. In room amenities include satellite cable TV, IDD telephone, internet connection, tea/coffee making facilities and a personal safe. FACILITIES: Lobby bar, swimming pool, tropical garden terrace and poolside bar. Fitness centre, Garden cafe and 2 restaurants both offering a variety of cuisine. from THB2202 per room per night ★★★★

Kantoke Dinner - Chiang Mai
Dine comfortably on floor cushions to a traditional northern meal at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Enjoy a spectacular performance of traditional northern Thai dances by a renowned troupe of beautiful dancers.

Dusit Island Resort - Chiang Rai

from THB410 pp
TIP: Make sure you stay at this hotel when visiting Northern Thailand.

LOCATION: Situated on an island in the Mae Kok River, Thailand’s northernmost province. Close to Chiang Rai city centre. ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is of a high standard, spacious and comfortable. Rooms offer inspiring views of the river and the hotel’s tropical gardens and are all equipped with modern amenities. FACILITIES: 4 restaurants, Lobby Lounge, Cellar Pub and Peak Lounge. Sporting and leisure facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, Yogi ancient Thai massage, herbal sauna, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, snooker and games room.

from THB3633 per room per night

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