Thailand, Far East
Thailand, the land of smiles, has something to offer every traveller to this destination. If you love history and monuments to explore then a few days in Bangkok visiting all the temples with keep you entertained. For those beach lovers you are just spoilt for choice. If sports your thing then diving, sailing, snorkelling, golf and many more activities await for you to try. Check our Manager Special Holiday offers for the latest holiday deals in Thailand.
People often ask how long and where shoud I go in Thailand. The answer is really down to the individual. Most international flights will arrive at Bangkok airport and from there you can take a road transfer to the nearby coastal resorts of Hau Hin, Pattaya or Cha Am or Ko Chang. If you prefer to visit one of the islands such as Phuket or Koh Samui an internal flight with Thai airways or Bangkok air will be required as well as a visit to the North to Chaing Mai or Chaing Rai to visit the temples and rice fields of the north of Thailand.
Thailand Getting there
Daily direct flights from the UK are available with Thai airways, Eva Air and British Airways/Qantas code share as well as many other airlines offering indirect options to Thailand. Internally Thai airways and Bangkok air provide many connecting flights to the smaller islands of Thailand.
What to do in Thailand
Koh Phi Phi Leh – visit the pristine lagoon of Maya Bay where Leonardo di Caprio filmed the beach.
Phang Nga Bay – visit the scene used in the James Bond film “The man with the golden gun”
Live Board from Phuket to visit the island of Similan and Suri as well as the Merui Archipelago.
Koh Samui – visit the Ang Thong Marine park made up of 42 islands a 90 minute speed boat ride from Koh Samui.. Here you can visit Koh Mae Ko’s lagoon or snorkel at Koh Wao dragon island
Trang – south of Krabi Trang offers transfers to Hat Chao Mai National park and nearby islands including an Emerald cave tunnel to a sea lagoon.
Travel Tips to Thailand
The Royal family are very well respected in Thailand by the Thai people and visitors should show the same respect whilst in the country.
Always cover up when visiting shrines and Buddhist temples, never go topless or wear shorts when inside the temples.
Women may not touch buddhist monks and if wishing to hand something to them, they must pass it to a man to give to the monk.
Thai people do not normally shake hands when they greet one another, instead they press their palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai.
Beware of unauthorised people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672.
Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
Recomended Restaurants in Thailand
Cabbages & Condoms restuarant in Bangkok
Golf Holidays and Golf Resorts In Thailand
There are over 200 golf courses to choose from in Thailand and many at very reasonable prices. The best areas to find golf courses in Thailand are BANGKOK, PATTAYA, KANCHANABURI, HUA HIN/CHA’AM, PHUKET and CHIANG MAI. If you are thinking of a golf holiday then contact goeasy travel now to help plan the perfect golf holiday using our Golf Holiday Planner
Other Sports in Thailand
Game fishing trips are offered from Pattaya, Phuket and Krabi.
Horse riding from Hau Hin Cha Ama. wind-surfing, sailboating, water-skiing, jet-skiing and para-boarding are available at, or near, most main beach resorts.
Honeymoon in Thailand
If you are considering a honeymoon in Thailand then a call to our office will help you to quickly plan the best itinerary for you. Our agents have the knowledge of many wonderful honeymoon hotels available in Thailand. If you are looking for total peace and relaxation then try on of the Thai hide away islands such as Khao Lak, Phi Phi, Koh Chang, Koh Yao, Koh Samet or Koh Lanta. These islands are perfect for a few days hide away from the rest of the world then twin with a few nights in the city of Bangkok and or one of the more lively resorts such as Phuket or Koh Samui. Let goeasy travel plan the perfect honeymoon for you by sending your requirements on our Honeymoon Holiday Planner
Weddings in Thailand
For all weddings in Thailand you must firstly apply for a license in Bangkok and this must then be translated into English. In order to do this we recomend a stay of 4 nights in Bangkok not including a weekend stay as you will require at least 3 working days to process the wedding license. Speak to one of our Overseas wedding planners to help plan you beach wedding Wedding Abroad
Legal documents required; Proof of identity, proof of over 18 years of age, proof of being single (decree absolute if divorced, previous marriage certificate and spouses death certificate if widow/widower), change of name deed if applicable, adoption certificate if applicable, passports valid for at least 6 months. A minimum divorce requirement may be required as well as translation of documents.
The beach resorts in Thailand
Central & East
Things to do while in Phuket
Phuket is the most comercialised of all the islands but does offer the most options to explore the south of Thailanad. There are may day trips to experience and at night the area of Patong comes alive.
Check out Patong for the shopping and nightlife. They have a new mall called Junceleyon that is great for souveniers. The bottom floor is all you need to bring presents back home. The bars get seedy at night but if you’re young that’s probably the fun place to be.
Go on the island tours!!! This is the only way to see the true beauty of the area. Our favorite is the Phi Phi island tour. Phang Na Bay is also nice and many do this with sea kayak tours of the sea caves which is amazing. If you want to see the Similan Islands you can only go Nov – April so plan accordingly. All the trips include snorkeling in crystal clear waters and private beaches.
Fantasea is a great place for a night out. Its a small theme park with a wonderful Vegas style show. Take a pass on the buffet dinner and the VIP tickets. We did both and wish we didn’t waste the money. The theatre is small so you can sit anywhere and see fine. You can ride elephants here and feed them before the show.
This is a fun show of all the “ladyboys” dressed up in drag. We had a good time watching them all. If you get a chance to go I would.
Siam Safari Elephant trecking:
This is a must do if you’ve never done it before. You get to ride the elephants, watch them perfom, feed them and see how the caretakers live. It’s alot of fun once. It’s a pricey tour so we didn’t go this time around.
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Thailand is a wonderful destination to visit with many sights to see and the most wonderfull beaches to relax on. Thailand is made up of 76 provinces with Bangkok being the capital city.
Rent a car from Bangkok airport and drive out to the country or down the coast to the beaches of Pattaya or Hau Hin to name just a few. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the new airport servicing Bangkok which is situated 24 kilometers from the city centre.
Diving in Thailand
The best time to dive in Thailand is from October to April in the Andaman Sea and May to September in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao provides excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities and is just a short hop from Koh Samui. Resorts to stay at for the best diving are PHUKET, KHAO LAK, KRABI and KOH SAMUI. You will find underwater caves to explore, coral reefs of the Surin Islands marine national park and lagoons of the Ang Thong marine national park to name just a few.
The best routes to the airport from Bangkok are as follows:
1. Bangkok-Chon Buri Motorway (Highway No. 7)
2. Km.15 Bang Na – Trat Highway
3. Rom Klao Road
The road system is good in Thailand and well posted with signs written in English. An international driving license is required. Driving is on the left hand side of the road, the maximum speed limit in thailand is 60KM/h in the towns and between 90 and 120KM/h on the expressways and country roads. Seat belts are compulsory and drink-driving laws apply.
Essential Information about Thailand
Capital City – Bangkok
Language – Thai, English, Chinese
Currency – Baht
Electricity – 220V
Flight Time – average from London 11 hours
Time Difference – GMT +7 hours
For more information browse the official website for the Thailand Tourist Board
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