Explore what Thailand has to offer
THAILAND doesn't appeal to everyone however it does have a lot to offer culturally.
The food and drinks can vary depending on how adventurous you are but overall it is not that different from what you can get in any of our resorts or hotels here in Australia and with the Aussie Dollar around the 26 to 27 Thai Baht for one of our dollars it makes Thailand a reasonably priced holiday compared to other European or Western destinations.
You have the option of visiting one of its many picturesque islands, the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or a few nights in the mountain city of Chang Mai, Phuket is generally the most popular of the above destinations.
Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city of 10 million people. As Thailand's capital it has long been the base of Thailand's cultural, political, commerce and financial sectors.
This city once known as the Venice of the East is set on the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok has a fascinating network of canals to explore. A great place to base yourself in Bangkok is the Indra Regent Hotel or the Pathawan Princess hotels. Very popular with Australians, they are 3 to 3.5 star rating but very clean and located not far from the shopping district and the Pratunam Markets. Whilst in Bangkok there is plenty to do and see besides shopping.
A city and temple tour is great way to get your bearings and learn a bit about the city. They will pick you up from your hotel and take you places like the Flower Market at Pak Klong and Wat Po, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, past the Royal Palace before visiting the Marble Temple and all its galleries.
A tour with a difference is the Floating Markets with the River Kwai added on. Not for everyone but a very popular tour with tourists. The markets are on the outskirts of Bangkok. The entire market is made up of Thai boats filled with fresh produce. The tour will then move on from the market to the River Kwai made infamous during World War II, now a war museum and cemetery of allied soldiers who perished in atrocious conditions building the notorious Death Railway.
After a few days in Bangkok a short flight from the capital will see you arrive in Phuket. Known as the pearl of the Andaman Sea, it is Thailand's largest island and most visited tourist province, with superb white sandy beaches, tropical inland forests, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife.
Finding somewhere to stay in Phuket is not hard with hotels and resorts everywhere and a price range to suit any budget. The Novotel Phuket Resort offers great value for money for families with its restaurants and kids club.
Another option to consider after a few hectic days in Bangkok is to take a flight north to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is Thailand's second city, but in terms of quality of living, tourist attractions and development potential, it is second to none in Southeast-Asia and arguably the world. The city is famous for her friendly people, beautiful women, refined handicrafts, cool climate and stunning mountain scenery. More than three-hundred temples, among them some of the most beautiful and revered in the entire Buddhist world, give the city an atmosphere of calmness and timeless elegance. Attractions to experience when you visit Chiang Mai include things like tiger kingdom, zoo safaris, limestone caves, tree top zipping, abseiling, paragliding, golf, bicycle/ motorcycle/ dune-buggy riding, cooking schools, dragon boat river rides, day/ night markets, night bazaars, bars and clubs, orchid and butterfly farms, snake farms, national parks, royal palace, museums, hot springs, silk and silversmith factories, handicraft villages, folk dance dinners, trekking, Thai massages and more
Thailand is a holiday destination where there are always specials too. Jetstar, Thai Airways, British Airways, Qantas Airways all have reasonable priced airfares. A fantastic Thailand getaways price is 8 nights, 1 hour massage, THB2000 resort credit plus more from $999* per person twin share. Valid on select dates from May 1 to October 31, 2016. But hurry offer ends March 24, 2016, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited. Terms and conditions apply.