Close your eyes and picture it: crystal clear blue waters lapping against golden sandy beaches, or the sounds of a bustling market brimming with exciting sights and smells. This is just a taste of the excitement and beauty that awaits travellers in the vibrant and enchanting South-East Asian Kingdom of Thailand. Known for its abundant tourist attractions, rich cultural heritage and friendly locals, Thailand has become one of the world’s most beloved vacation destinations. With so much on offer, deciding what to do and see first can be a challenge, so we’ve come up with the ultimate go-to guide for exploring the Land of Smiles. Happy travelling!
Thailand is famous for its hundreds of islands located in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The larger, more popular islands, such as Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Phuket are indeed a sight to behold, the latter of which offers visitors a variety of fantastic activities to participate in.
At Club Med Phuket, you’re not just guaranteed pristine beaches and spectacular marine life. In fact, there is something for everyone, including the kids. From scuba diving to a quiet pool, there will be something to occupy your time no matter what your mood may be. And while you’re out enjoying the delights of Thailand, you can leave your little ones at Baby Club Med, Petite Club Med or Mini Club Med, depending on their ages and interests.
Shopping is also a huge part of visiting Thailand and there’s no greater shopping experience than that of the floating markets. There are a number of these colourful “boat shops” found near the capital city of Bangkok. Spend the morning haggling with vendors over fresh tropical fruit and veg, or sampling the array of local dishes prepared fresh in the floating kitchens on board – it’ll be an experience to remember. For a more commercial shopping experience, be sure to visit the famous Khao San Road, where you’ll find everything from clothing to souvenirs and traditional Thai products.
Temples and palaces
Satisfy your need to explore your more cultural side during your vacation by visiting one or two of the magnificent temples and palaces dotted around Thailand. The most well-known of palaces is undoubtedly the Grand Palace, residence of the King and the source of immense pride for its authentically beautiful architecture. Some notable temples are Wat Po (home to the famous Reclining Buddha), Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).
Authentic Thai massages
After all the exploring, your body is bound to be in need of some rest and relaxation. Thailand can offer you just that with a variety of spa treatments and authentic Thai massages by professionally-trained masseuses. What better place to enjoy a Thai massage than in the Land of Smiles itself?
Thailand is a magical place, one that has successfully managed to maintain a rich heritage while simultaneously welcoming Western influences. It’ll take a single visit for it to find a special place in your heart and become somewhere to which you’d be happy to return again and again. The next time you’re planning a holiday, why not consider a Thailand holiday package?
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