November 28, 2012

Quick Thailand Travel Guide: Where to go

Thailand is a truly magical holiday destination. With its exotic culture, delicious Thai food, stunning scenery and fantastic shopping, Thailand remains one of the most popular and affordable overseas holiday destinations for South Africans. Whether you are jetting there this holiday season, or simply dreaming of visiting, this is a quick overview of what you can expect from Thailand’s most popular holiday spots.


How to get there: Daily flights operate via various Far East destinations and the Middle East. Thai Airways currently offers four direct flights to Bangkok from Johannesburg weekly. NB: From 14 January 2015, Thai Airways will no longer fly to and from South Africa to Thailand.

How to get around: Taxis, tuk-tuks, skytrain, underground rail, local buses, car hire and motorbike taxis. Around the riverside area: Express boats, river taxis, longtail-speedboats and ferries.

What to expect: Bargain filled shopping malls, bustling markets, temples, cruising the lively Chao Phraya River, tuk tuk rides, delicious Thai food, ladyboy shows and Thai massages.

How to get there: From Bangkok – Direct flights from Bangkok to Phuket.

How to get around: Taxis, local buses, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks, car hire and motorcycle hire.

What to expect: Phuket is Thailand’s most popular island with lots of tourists, dazzling beaches, shopping and a lively nightlife. Enjoy water sports and spa treatments before enjoying a legendary night out. Phuket is ideal for families, honeymoon couples and adventure seekers. 

How to get there: 45 minutes by speedboat  and 90 minutes ferryboat ride from Phuket.

What to expect:
The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in South East Asia and the ultimate tropical getaway in Thailand. These picture postcard islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley, offer fine, white sandy beaches and breathtaking rock formations rising from vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life. When taking a break from the beach, be adventurous and enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling or kayaking. 

How to get there: Direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi Airport. Daily ferries also operate between Phuket and Krabi via Phi Phi Island, - the journey can take up to 4 hours.

How to get around:
Taxis and local buses.

What to expect:
Krabi is located along the Andaman coast and is one of Southern Thailand’s most picturesque provinces with perfect beaches. The province is famous for its natural beauty, characterised by the karst limestone scenery that can be seen throughout the entire area. The coastline, 160 km long, is dotted with bays, coves and outcrops of limestone mountains rising up from the sea, creating a fascinating seascape of tropical islands. The tropical islands, palm fringed beaches, forest waterfalls and caves attract more and more sun-seeking adventure-bound tourists each year. 

How to get there: Fly from Bangkok, Singapore, Phuket or Pattaya.

How to get around: Taxis and jeep, motorbike and bicycle rental.

What to expect: Thailand’s third largest island is marked by sandy beaches, mountains interiors and coral reefs. Made popular by backpackers, the island has now blossomed without losing its rural charm. White sandy beaches and clear blue seas sparkle in the sunlight against an idyllic background of lush green hills. Koh Samui is more laidback than Phuket and is perfect for a romantic getaway. Lazy days lead to sundowners and dinner while the buzz of the village nightlife is just minutes away. 

If you could go anywhere in Thailand, where would you go? Comment below and let us know - we love to hear from you!

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