Thailand – The Land of Smiles
Thailand has been blessed with oodles of charismatic beaches, picturesque landscapes, serenity-oozing temples, pulsating nightlife and a lot more. A perfect mélange of old and new, Thailand is the only destination where historical wonders rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers, making many jaws drop out of fascination. And the cherry on the top is the typical Thai hospitality good enough to make you fall for this ‘Land of Smiles’.
A perfect destination to drink, dance and dazzle, Bangkok is a haven for mankind. With abundance of shopping lures, lip-smacking dishes, nightlife good enough to make a non-dancer dance and a tapestry of sightseeing delights, Bangkok is a must visit destination for every traveler booking holiday package to Thailand. Plan a visit to Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s largest and most important street, nestling with a string of shopping malls, restaurants, bars, luxury hotels and clubs. Shopping enthusiasts can also head towards Pratunam, known for the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, an imposing 88 storey high structure. Pratunam is perhaps the best place for a shopping spree where one can grab great stuff at knock down prices. Silom is yet another fascinating district of Bangkok that tempts travelers and locals alike with fancy hotels, great restaurants and of course, a throbbing nightlife scene.
In addition to this, the history enthusiasts can head towards Bangkok's Riverside embracing some legendary historical tales. One of the most beautiful scenes of Bangkok, the Riverside charms the souls with the scenes of water-taxis ferrying commuters, glittering temples, mesmerizing palaces & historical landmarks and awe-inspiring luxury hotels.
Travelers seeking just everything under one horizon can explore the Pathumwan district of Bangkok. It is perhaps a great hub to indulge in eating out, shopping and partying to make your holidays of Bangkok worth cherishing. Apart from this, shopaholics can never miss a chance to visit the Night Bazaar and Chatuchak Sunday Market to explore vibrant local markets of the Bangkok city. These markets mirror the energetic lifestyle of the locals and are great places to sharpen your bargaining skills.
How to Reach Bangkok
Bangkok is well connected globally to Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa and Australia with two major airports including the Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport (25 kilometres east of Bangkok) and the Don Mueang International Airport (24 kilometres north of Bangkok). Most international and domestic airlines operate at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, connecting the city by buses, taxis, and Airport Rail Link.
Pattaya is one destination where sun never sets. For those longing for far-stretched beaches, cool breezes and pristine ambience to loosen up, Pattaya is a perfect refuge. Start your tour with North Pattaya to explore the Art in Paradise – a charming art gallery housing optical illusions. Tourists flock here to click an ultimate selfie by posing with smartly designed 3D paintings of dinosaurs, waterfalls and an elephant on a toilet. South Pattaya is home the multihued Walking Street, brimming with sights and sounds. This 500 meters long walk is dotted with uncountable nightclubs, beer bars, restaurants and go-go bars which come alive after twilight. Also, do not miss Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill) exhibiting a highly detailed golden seated Buddha. Being located nearly 100 meters above the sea level, this temple remains on the itinerary of every traveler visiting Pattaya.
Beach enthusiasts seeking some moments of recreation can head towards the Jomtien beach, a perfect refuge to party till wee hours. From fine-dining restaurants to pleasing shopping arcades, this beach is an unspoilt gift of nature.
How to Reach Pattaya
Travelers may find numerous bus services to reach Pattaya from Bangkok which usually take 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. The most frequent departures are from the Eastern Bus Terminal situated adjacent to the Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Road. In addition, those planning to fly can land at the U-Tapao- Pattaya International Airport (located 30 kilometres away from the city) and take a taxi ride to Pattaya.
Magnificent scenery, eye-catching tropical sunsets and glittering blue sea await you at Phuket. This gorgeous island takes you on a tranquil jaunt where you can unwind on the pristine beaches, shadowed with swinging palm trees and smiling sun. Plan a day at the famous Patong Beach presenting a range of water activities, hundreds of restaurants & bars and a bustling nightlife to let you have a whale of a time. Kata Beach is another gem of Phuket making travelers go crazy with its white sands and clear waters. Renowned among family holidaymakers, Kata beach promises stunning palm-lined shores, numerous restaurants, lively nightlife and diverse stay options – only a stone’s throw away from the beach.
In addition to this, Nai Yang Beach is another fascinating beach of Phuket located just five-minute drive south of the airport. Fringed with casuarina trees, the beach offers great picnic areas for locals, and borders shops of souvenirs and food vendors.
Those looking for stay options can plan their stay at Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated destination resort. With deluxe hotels, villas, resorts and tropical parkland sprawling over an area of 1,000 acres, Laguna is a sheer paradise for the adorers of nature.
How to Reach Phuket
Travelers visiting Phuket by air can land at the Phuket International Airport, the second busiest airport of Thailand. The airport is well-connected to Bangkok with daily flights. Those planning to visit Phi Phi and Krabi from Phuket can take the popular ferry service. In addition to this, a road trip from Phuket to Krabi takes just 2 hours 30 minutes and promises beautiful sightseeing.
Phi Phi Island
The beauty of Phi Phi Island has been captured in many movies. It has become a great beguiler for travelers from all across the globe. The island can be approached by taking a boat ride. Visit Koh Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island in the Phi Phi archipelago. The island houses only one beach located in Maya Bay known for being filmed in Leonardo Di Caprio’s famous movie – The Beach. With clear crystal waters, pristine sands and lush tropical vegetation, Maya Bay acts as a must visit destination at Phi Phi Island. Do not miss clicking some jaw-dropping facades of Mother Nature at Phi Phi View Point, situated at an altitude of 186m. Adventure enthusiasts can partake in diving, a popular sports activity in Phi Phi. Among the most remarkable dive sites of Phi Phi Island, Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck are best picks. For the daredevils, the Shark watching tours starting at 06:00 in the morning are great lures.
How to Reach Phi Phi Island
Ferry ride is by far the most popular way of reaching Phi Phi Island. Ferries from Phi Phi take about 2 hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi or Koh Lanta. Do not miss a chance to spend some time on the top deck of the ferry doubles which are great to gain some natural tan.
With its trademark curvy coastline, Krabi Island is a dream destination sprinkled with eye-catching coastal vistas boasting soaring limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, tiny coves and offshore islands. The best part of the beaches located here is their serenity and untouched beauty. One of the most visited destinations of the island is Ao Nang, a small town 20 minutes away from the Krabi Town. This resort town’s beaches are bordered by limestone headlands amalgamating with narrow strips of glittering sands and a clear sea flashing a turquoise hue. The beaches of Ao Nang are ideal for activities like scuba diving, diving and snorkeling. Another gem of Krabi Province is Ko Lanta known for housing more than its fair share of beaches, Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, Khlong Jak Waterfall , etc.
A tour to Krabi can never end without exploring the famous Railey Beach. A soothing mix of astonishing natural splendors, the beach is just right to eye the most dramatic sun-set views.
How to Reach Krabi Island
Krabi International Airport is the main airport serving Krabi. The airport is a just 15-minute drive from Krabi Town and a 25-minute drive to Ao Nang. Krabi International Airport operates daily direct flights to Bangkok. Those planning to visit Phuket or Phi Phi Island from Krabi can take a 90 minutes ferry ride. Krabi is also well-connected with Phuket by road which takes around 3 hours.
A multi-ethnic melting pot, Koh Samui charms mankind with some arresting beaches, which look like a beautiful painting on the canvas. Visit Chaweng Beach lined up with bars and restaurants catering to the needs of all kinds of travelers. Lamai Beach is Samui's second-largest resort area and remains quite with laid back ambience to relax all day long with a chilled beer in hand. Lamai Beach houses adequate accommodation, dining and shopping options, and some soul stirring spas to explore. Bophut Beach is one of the oldest places on Koh Samui known as the Fisherman's Village. Speckled with aging wooden Chinese shop-houses sharing space with modern edifices, it still preserves a Mediterranean feel.
How to Reach Koh Samui
Samui International Airport, also known as Ko Samui Airport, receives streams of travelers longing for a perfect holiday in Koh Samui. The airport also operates daily flights to Bangkok offering the ease of traveling to the holidaymakers. Travelers can also fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then ferry across to Koh Samui. Koh Samui also enjoys ferry as well as road connectivity with Phuket which usually take around 7 hours.
Hua Hin & Cha-am
Hua Hin & Cha-am are ecstasies for those seeking rejuvenating holiday experience in Thailand. Hua Hin presents a perfect fusion of city and sea beautified with a lively ambience, energetic markets, flavorsome street food, far-stretched beaches and a well-designed infrastructure. Hua Hin is ideal to treat your taste buds with authentic seafood available here in abundance. On the other hand, Cha-am, a renowned beach gateway, remains bustling during weekends with locals. Cha-am is perhaps the right destination to plan a Thai-style beach party. Budget travelers often prefer to visit Cha-am over Hua Hin thanks to the number of cheap stay options available here.
How to Reach Hua Hin & Cha-am
Hua Hin Airport is a domestic airport that receives daily flights from Bangkok, connecting the twin resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am with rest of the world. In addition to this, a road trip to Cha-am from Bangkok takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with the trip to Hua Hin taking an additional 30 minutes.