Thailand Holidays

Discover the Experience

 

Thailand Holiday Packages 2016

The word amazing epitomises Thailand. The experiences on a Thailand holiday are diverse and fascinating. Think beautiful natural landscapes, scenic beaches, colourful festivals, timeless cultures, traditional and modern cuisines; world-class spa; trendy shopping scene and vibrant nightlife. With so much to see and do, you can create your very own Thailand adventures and journey to the ‘Land of Smiles’.

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Thailand - Your Style of Holiday



Cuisine

Thai food has become one of Australia’s favourite cuisines, evident from the proliferation of Thai eateries across major cities. The cooking style varies reflect the regions’ produce and tradition but the dishes are all about a balance of texture and an explosion of flavours. Fresh ingredients is the key to great Thai cooking, you’ll find a plethora of food items in local markets. In traditional Thai cooking, spices and herbs are featured in abundance. Thai food is all about fresh and low-fat qualities as ingredients are sourced fresh. An important aspect of Thai food is hospitality and friendliness. The enjoyment of good companionship and eating is a favourite past-time that’s ingrain in Thai’s culture.

We recommend the following for a holiday with a culinary theme.

  • When holidaying in Thailand, be adventurous and try some of the most popular dishes in small food stalls and restaurants
  • Enjoy dishes created in the royal court and palaces of Siam (old name for Thailand) passed down through many generation's of chefs
  • Enrich your culinary experience and enrol in a Thai cooking school that caters for both amateurs and food enthusiasts alike. You get to spend half a day preparing authentic dishes hands and learn about traditional cooking techniques.
  • Visit a market to see local and new ingredient

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Culture

Thailand has one of the richest history and culture in the region and remains the only country that’s never been colonised in South East Asia. The culture embodies the warmth and diversity of the Thai people, so take in some time and absorb what Thailand has to offer. We recommend the following for holiday with a cultural theme.

  • There are over 400 temples in Bangkok with distinctive Thai’s architecture. There are three ‘must-sees’ for all holiday makers – the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Wat Arun is known as the Temple of Dawn and is a major landmark in along the Chao Phraya River in Thailand. Wat Pho houses one of the biggest statues of The Reclining Buddha and is definitely a sight to behold.
  • Songkran, also known as Thai’s New Year is a festival full of rituals and activities. The festivities begin with the parading of the Phra Buddha on the grounds outside the Grand Palace. Experience merit-making rituals, Miss Songkran beauty pageant and water splashing activities in Bang Kumphu area and Kao Shan Road.
  • Enjoy the Floating Markets or Damnoen Saduak just outside of Bangkok. Besides souvenirs, you can find colourful fruit and vegetables, meat, spices, fresh flowers and snacks sold on boats. You’ll also get to go through the marshes and stilt houses on a long-tail speedboat and see local residences on water.
  • Enrol in a Thai cooking school and learn to make practical dishes at home.
  • Thailand’s festival of lights, Loi Krathong is held annually in November and features dazzling firework displays, food fair, folk dances, cultural performances and more. The sights of thousands of candles and joss sticks drifting downstream on ornately decorated mini hope floats will stay with you forever.
  • Go on an excursion or day trip to Ayutthaya Designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll see well preserved ruins of temples and palaces of the former Thai Capital.

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Romance

Honeymooners and couples will find Thailand enticing. With plenty of islands, beaches and world class resorts, the country is perfect for a romantic getaway. We recommend the following for a romantic getaway.

  • For romance and intimacy, check out white sand beaches, luxurious spas and secluded resorts along the coast and islands
  • Hire a long-tail boat in Phuket or Koh Samui and discover your own secluded beaches. Take a picnic lunch and relax the day away.
  • Enjoy wonderful massages and other spa treatments for couples
  • Indulge in some of the best seafood at places along the coast
  • Stroll along beautiful beaches or through rice paddies with your loved one
  • Enjoy a luxury stay in the many resorts and hotels in Thailand

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Family Fun

Thailand is increasingly considered a great holiday destination for families. It’s safe, affordable and plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. Many family-friendly facilities are offered within hotels and resorts on the many islands, beaches and cities. We recommend the following for a family escape.

  • Take a tour of the Grand Palace in Bangkok and a day trip to the Floating Market.
  • Take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River to see great views of Bangkok or hire a long-tail boat to explore the city’s Klongs or canals
  • Escape to Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, Koh Samui or Krabi for wonderful seaside towns, water activities such as snorkelling and relax in beach side resorts
  • Ride an elephant
  • Have fun at Pattaya’s amusement parks, Phuket’ FantaSea or Siam’s Park
  • Visit Chiang Mai Zoo and the Night Safari
  • Kids can learn to cook, master batik-painting, swim till their hearts’ content or play in wonderful kids club

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Adventure

Whether you’re an explorer at heart, an adventure seeker or craving for new experiences, each region in Thailand will provide a different experience and satisfy all levels of enthusiasts. For an adventure getaway, we recommend the following.

  • Whitewater rafting in Chiang Mai
  • Kayak, canoe, snorkel and dive in waters filled with beautiful marine life
  • Jungle safari and wildlife discovery in Chiang Mai, Phuket and Khao Lak
  • Discover secluded beaches and islands around Krabi, Koh Chang and Phi Phi Island
  • Explore Thailand’s hilltribe villages with an overnight stay
  • Go on a boat along the mighty Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to neighbouring ancient towns
  • Rock climbing on the spectacular coastal cliffs or Railay Beach in Krabi
  • Trekking in Koh Chang and discover a beautiful four-storey waterfall

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Relaxation

Thailand is the perfect destination for a bit of R&R. You can go for a totally laid-back and relaxing escape or mix it up with a bit of adventures, shopping and nightlife. Regardless of your relaxation style, Thailand is the best place in Asia for your retreat. For relaxation, we recommend the following.

  • Travel beyond Bangkok and Phuket to experience secluded escape in other destinations including Hua Hin, Khao Lak, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Chang, Koh Samet and Krabi
  • Go island hopping and seek your own private beach by hiring a long-tail boat and driver for the day
  • Relieve your stress with a traditional Thai massage
  • Indulge in the many world class spas, wellbeing and health centres located within or outside your resort and hotel. Take part in detox programs, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, solar baths or meditation to achieve wellbeing
  • Hua Hin is home to luxury resorts and spas usually grace by movie stars, models and business leaders

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Nightlife

When night falls, the streets of major destinations come alive. There are plenty of entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy. For nightlife, we recommend the following.

  • Patpong in Bangkok is the most famous night market in Thailand – experience the hustle and bustle and stalls selling souvenirs
  • Order your own recipe or have a recommended drink mixed by international bartenders from pedigree Bangkok nightclubs and bars
  • Relax with a few beers at Khao Shan Road, dance at a trendy club along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok or visit rooftop bars with amazing views
  • Check out the markets, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Pattaya
  • Visit Phuket Fantasea, a cultural theme park including where you can see elephants, traditional Thai dances, magical illusions, acrobatics and indoor pyrotechnics
  • Have a taste of Full Moon Parties in Koh Phangan, held each month on the beach

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Shopping

It’s no secret that Thailand is a shopper’s paradise with great range, value and quality for gifts and souvenirs. Pamper yourself with plenty of retail therapy! For shopping, we recommend the following.

  • Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin are famous for their local markets. Expect great bargains for clothes, home wares, handicrafts, paintings, furniture, handbags, shoes, jewellery and more
  • Visit the massive Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok
  • Buy tailored clothes – they are great value and the workmanship is top notch
  • Shops in impressive malls including Siam Paragon and MBK Centre
  • Brave the tiny laneways of Patrunam market in Bangkok

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