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.
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 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.