Whether you are looking to experience the madness of Bangkok, with everything from the Floating Market to its vibrant street life, trek through unspoilt jungle in Chiang Mai or relax on some of the world’s most stunning beaches on the islands such as Phuket or Samui, Thailand has it all. Mesmerising sunsets, beautiful flora and fauna and an underwater ‘garden’ filled with spectacular corals and tropical fish make it a breathtaking destination, whichever way you care to look. The nation is steeped in culture and rich history too, and its strong, predominantly Buddhist, ethos offers a relaxed and gentle way of life and an omni-present inner calm, even when you are in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Trek through virgin jungle or rainforest, either on foot or on the back of a majestic elephant. Find picturesque water-falls, see and hear the tropical birds and monkeys and look for tigers. Dive with Leopard sharks and lion fish, swim through coral gardens, sunken wrecks or pirate caves and find hidden beaches, such as the Emerald Cave at Koh Mook.
A land with a rich cultural identity and history, Thailand is renowned for its many ornate temples and saffron-clad monks, chanting as they have done for centuries. See the Giant Buddhas up close to get a true perspective of their vast scale or visit sacred places that are said to house splinters from the bones of Buddha himself.
Thailand is renowned for its delicious aromatic and flavoursome, if somewhat spicy, cuisine. The senses are bombarded by the mouth-watering aromas emanating from the abundance of restaurants and cafes, or from the street vendors serving delicious seafood straight from the ocean and an array of meat and vegetarian dishes. Do not be afraid to ask for less/no chilli (ask for your dish “mai pet”, meaning ‘not spicy’) if that is your preference, although often local dishes are tamed for Western pallets. If you fancy something a little less fiery, then there are plenty of fantastic, if less traditional, options; everything from pizza to steak or grilled snapper; relaxed and informal under the trees with feet in the sand or high end for a special occasion. Whatever you fancy, Thailand’s eateries will not fail to disappoint or offer something for every occasion or budget.
If temples and trekking are not your scene, then just let Thailand’s natural charm and way of life take hold. People and things tend to naturally move at a more sedate pace, so be patient, relax and have fun! ‘Sanuk’, meaning ‘the essence of fun’, is deep-rooted in the Thai people; it’s infectious and you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear- it’s not called the land of a thousand smiles for nothing!
WHERE TO GO:
For beaches, crystal clear waters and a relaxing break, the islands offer the perfect getaway haven. There are seasonal climate differences between the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan etc.) and the Andaman Sea (Phuket), so take that in to consideration when choosing your destination.
Mountainous areas in Northern Thailand, such as Chiang Mai, tend to be cooler year-round and somewhat less humid. Find 14th Century temples carved with ornate serpents and renowned for their historical treasures.
WHERE TO STAY: APARTMENTS AND VILLAS IN THAILAND
Thailand beach villas are extremely popular allowing guests to watch the perfect sunrise or sunset (depending on location) at the same time as floating in their own private infinity pool, enjoying an ice-cold drink or perhaps both!
As always with Villas, the Villas in Thailand offer exceptional flexibility providing the perfect balance between privacy and isolation.
Whilst for something a little different, a private apartment really does give you that home away from home feel. Our serviced apartments and villas also offer the conveniences of a hotel but are enormous by comparison!
If you have the opportunity, a stop-over for a couple of days in Bangkok is well worth the time too. We are happy to discuss and book your stay in this amazing capital city. Just give us a call on 0800 66 ZOUZA (0800 66 96892) to arrange your perfect itinerary.