Thailand Destination Guide
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When it comes to touring Phuket, you'll never run out of choices. Choose your destination depending on your budget, personal preferences or age. The best thing about Phuket is that it has something for everybody from varying activities to a range of Phuket accommodation prices. There's a multitude of parks, beaches and forests that are waiting to be discovered. The artistically inclined can revel in Phuket's rich history and culture, while the food lover can rejoice in its gastronomic delights.
There's good news for the party animal as well - Phuket has an extremely vibrant nightlife.
This Phuket Destination Guide and our Phuket tour page tell you all you need to know about the highlights and must-see's of a trip to Phuket. We also provide some useful general information about your trip to Phuket.
Beach lovers, check out our Top Five Beaches in Phuket and for those who like to see what there is beyond the sun and sand, check out our ideas for getting off the beaches in Phuket.
Popular Hotels on Patong Beach in Phuket
Popular Hotels on Karon Beach in Phuket
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Bangkok is a haven for those who are adventurous and love creative chaos and a nightmare for those who value their personal space and do not want to get lost among jostling, exuberant crowds or deal with heavy traffic and hot weather. However, this dynamic city has so much on offer for your enjoyment, that you will not want to miss the opportunity to stay at one of the Bangkok hotels .
Bangkok is a curious mix of tradition and modernity and you will find something unexpected on every street. Contemporarily styled Bangkok hotels and offices overlook shoddy buildings that sit next to intricately sculpted temples with beautiful gardens. On this site you can also learn the history of the famous Khao San Road.
There is so much to see and do in Bangkok. The nightlife of the city is famous with its Muay Thai boxing matches, its glamourous ladyboy shows, and dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya River. Perhaps even more famous is the Thai massage that is sure to cure any body aches you might have and leave you feeling energised and fit. Then there are the spas where you can indulge body and soul and return rejuvenated. If you are thinking of shopping in Bangkok, this is the place where you will find amazing bargains. The there's the food - Bangkok offers a foodies delight and the restaurants in Bangkok offer such huge variety! And there is much more to love Bangkok for. Why not find out for yourself on your next Bangkok tour?
Among Bangkok's 30 temples, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha with its 45 metre deity covered in gold leaf is the largest. The Floating Market of Bangkok is famous and holds many floral and vegetable delights for travellers. After sunset, with the coming of night, this city of kings, temples, and indulgences comes alive. Bright neon signs and music lure travellers to a multitude of bars and nightclubs, and those infamous 'girlie joints' that give the Patpong district its aura of hedonism.
Popular Hotels on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok
Popular Hotels on Khao San Road in Bangkok
Popular Hotels in Silom in Bangkok
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The relaxed and leisurely pace of life, teamed with the gorgeous beaches, appealing Koh Samui hotels, and beautiful mountainous locales on this tropical island, has made Koh Samui the most popular travel destination in Thailand. Numerous Koh Samui hotels, resorts, bungalows, and restaurants line the sunny and sandy Koh Samui beaches bordering the stunning turquoise waters here. The nightlife is quite lively too. Learn about the famous Full Moon Parties in nearby Koh Phangan, and read what we think are the best Koh Samui beaches.
Visitors from all over the world love the laid back lifestyle on this little piece of paradise.
Koh Samui's attractions are not limited to its beaches and there is a lot to see and do. It has something for everyone. It is equally popular for its adventure sports, water sports, wonderful food and great shopping. Some favourite holiday activities here are diving off Koh Tao, catching all the sights on the island, enjoying the Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan, or for a more relaxing day, visiting a day spa in Samui.
Although most visitors like to spend the day on the beaches and go party hopping at night, there are other things to do on the island. Bang Rak has a huge statue of Buddha, while Lamai has a rather amusing pair of rocks. Na Muang is one among several waterfalls. Water sports are a popular activity, with the most diving being done at Koh Tao or at the Angthong Marine National Park. Diving day trips can be booked at dive shops, most of which are near Chaweng beach. Most dive boats leave from the Bophut pier. Taking a tour in Koh Samui to see the sites is also a poular activity and makes getting around easy.
The weather in Koh Samui is sunny and warm for most part of the year. The peak holiday seasons are from December to March, and again from July to August.
Travellers pick Koh Samui Thailand to get away from urban life and enjoy the island's white beaches and the clear warm waters. The most complicated decision one has to make is choosing on which beach to stay!
For anyone who wants to comprehend the history of Southeast Asia and learn about the birth of Thailand, Sukhothai travel is a must. The literal meaning of the word Sukhothai is ‘Dawn of Happiness', appropriate as it was the very first Thai state to be formed. That is why it is known as the 'birthplace of Thailand.'
There is a lot to see and do in Sukhothai as there are three historical parks with many tales to tell. Relics of twenty temples, known as wats, and other monuments can be found. Check out our Five Must-see Temples of Sukhothai list! Wat Mahathat, a royal chapel in the olden days, is the largest and most exotic temple of the Sukhothai period, and it's most well known. All the wats had water bodies like pools with lotuses blooming in them. These ponds were the source of water for the town in ancient times and were believed to enhance the purity of the wats. There are also several ruins under restoration in the Old Sukhothai Historical Park.
Sukhothai is split in two - New Sukhothai and Old Sukhothai. While New Sukhothai epitomises modern Thailand, Old Sukhothai represents the city's rich past. Old Sukhothai lies 12km to the west of New Sukhothai, and in a striking contrast to Ayuthaya, where ancient ruins can be found all over town.
Though the Sukhothai Kingdom was at its peak for only a relatively short period, Thailand thrived under its rule. Culture and art blossomed in this period, leading Thais to compare Sukhothai to Athens. The depiction of Buddha with a slight feminine or unisex touch is what makes Sukhothai art stand out. It is this feature that has brought Sukhothai a place of pride in the World Heritage List. The Thai alphabet and language are believed to have originated in Sukhothai. Several forms of Khmer alphabets were systematically arranged into order to make it suitable for Thai words, by the illustrious King Ramkhamhaeng in 1283.
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand. It is also the busiest city in northern Thailand, with a large number of travellers adding to the hustle and bustle. Its location on a plain 316m above sea level gives your Chiang Mai holiday a picturesque setting. The mountains surrounding the area and the lush greenery everywhere are great for trekking and experiencing the lives of the Chiang Mai hill tribes. Chiang Mai is much quieter than Thailand's capital city and has a notable expatriate population. There are many Chiang Mai hotels to accommodate the large number of visitors to the area. Chiang Mai has a historical role as the ancient capital of Thailand.
A history spanning 700 years has given Chiang Mai a rich and varied cultural heritage. Visitors find the local festivals, arts and traditions very interesting as they are unique in their own way. A great way to experience them is by going on a Chiang Mai tour. The existing customs and traditions have evolved through the years, incorporating new features from all expatriate communities who came to live here. Chiang Mai has endeared itself to the Asian populace as the top destination for living in Asia, bagging the highest number of votes in a recent poll.
While on a Chiang Mai tour, you will find that the three things to see and do according to the locals are catching a view from Doi Suthep, relishing a bowl of kao soi and go shopping and getting yourself a Bo Sang umbrella. We've also created our own list of favourite activities in Chiang Mai to help.
Religion has always been an important facet of Chiang Mai's culture. The city has in fact functioned as the hub of northern Thailand's religious activity. Buddhism held sway in the Lana era with many temples being built in this era. Even now around 85% of the Chiang Mai populace follow Buddhism. 1,253 temples stand testimony to this fact. The Chiang Mai Buddhist Association serves as the venue for several notable religious events and rites. The Buddhist Youth Club also functions from the same premises. Religious talks and lectures are arranged by the club on Buddhist holidays known as the wan phrase.
Chiang Mai is pretty hot in summer, which falls during March to June. Crisp clear skies seem to magnify the dry and barren countryside at this time of the year. During July to October the rain gods smile on Chiang Mai, with the countryside and surrounding mountains getting an emerald sheen with the abundant rainfall. Visitors flock to Chiang Mai during November to February, the winter months. The clear sky, cool weather and multitude of things to see and do make a Chiang Mai holiday irresistible, with multi-hued flowers adding to the effect.
Popular Hotels in Chiang Mai
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