April 30, 2015

5 Tips for planning your Thailand holiday

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for South African travellers but, as with any destination, it’s important to know what you want from your holiday to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. Here are 5 tips to make sure your Thailand trip suits you to a T.

Thinking of Thailand? 
Here are five great reasons to visit.

(1) Where to go
The first step towards answering where to go is to ask yourself, what do you want?
Beach-time and relaxing? Shopping? Culture and temples? Vibes and a party? Active outdoor activities like hiking? Off-the-beaten track exploring away from the tourist crowds?

Shopping and culture? Don’t skip Bangkok. Yes you can shop till you drop, but there’s also a wealth of fascinating cultural experiences that you shouldn’t miss. A Bangkok city tour takes in must-see sights such as the Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha, while a day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya or a visit to the floating market of Damnoen Saduk are must-dos.  

Beach and nightlife? Phuket is the most popular Thai island so expect tourist crowds. There are also 2 distinct areas of Phuket: Patong is vibey with a busy nightlife (ideal for travellers wanting to party) while Karon is quieter and perfect for relaxing (ideal for families and couples). Great day trips from Phuket are the Phi Phi and “James Bond” islands.
To experience one of the famous Moon parties, head to Koh Phangan.
Krabi is a popular tourist island but more laid back than Phuket.

Relaxing/quieter beach time? Try Koh Samui (Thailand’s third largest island), Khao Lak (great sunsets), Koh Tao, Koh Lanta (an undeveloped jewel and a true idyllic retreat) and Koh Phi Phi. 

Read more about the different Thai islands here.

Get back to nature? Head to Cheow Larn Lake in the Khao Sok National Park where you can drift off to sleep in floating tents dotted around the lake surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature.

Exploring the forests and waterfalls of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, enjoying elephant back safaris and rafting the rivers, is also a must. 

(2) How to get there
When Thai Airways announced last year that they were no longer flying from South Africa direct to Thailand, there was fear that Thailand would no longer be good value for money. Thankfully prices don’t seem to have been too negatively affected, although you will spend longer in the air. Some good airline options are Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar going via their respective hubs as well as SAA codeshare flights.

(3) When to go
Although Thailand is a year-round destination, there are best times to visit depending on where you’re going.  The cooler, dry months are from November to March. The warmer months are from April to October when you can expect cooling showers. Between April and September is the best time to visit the eastern islands, such as Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, and between October and March is the best time to visit the western islands such as Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi.

(4) Visas
Just one of the perks of visiting Thailand, South African passport holders don’t need a visa!

(5) What things cost
Thailand is a good value for money destination for South Africans.
1 South African Rand = 2.78 Thai Baht (approximate as of 30 April 2015).
Go with an empty suitcase because trust us, you’re going to easily fill it with all the great shopping bargains. Sampling the unique & delicious street food is a must and makes for cheap dining. 

There are fantastic packages to Thailand which are great value for money and usually include flights, accommodation and breakfast. 

Luckily for you, Sure Travel consultants are Thailand experts and can give you all the inside info on how to make Thailand suit you to a T.  Find your nearest Sure Travel agency here

Have you visited Thailand? Comment below with your Thailand tips and stories. We’d love to hear from you!

April 24, 2015

Sure Travel Consultants Forum 2015

Sure Travel consultants from around the country jetted in to Joburg on Saturday 18th April to get “in the zone” for the annual Sure Travel Consultants Forum at the Birchwood Hotel.

Our Sure Travel superstars got zoned in to how to give their clients an even more memorable customer experience.

Happy consultants + happy preferred partners = happy customers. 

All kinds of creativity were let loose with the making of Sure Travel’s very own Happy music video, as well as tackling the popular Gangnam Style. Watch Sure Travel’s Happy video here & Sure Travel Gangnam Style here. 28 teams of consultants and 28 preferred partners came together to show off their moves - all in a day’s work for these Sure Travel superstars!

Sure Travel consultants not only have superb musical talent and rhythm; they also love keeping their clients happy. Speaker Errol van der Merwe gave some great tips on improving sales and the “customer xperience” while Gerry and the Dream Team ensured all had a Sure-tastic day of teambuilding.

View more photos on the Sure Travel Facebook page.

Thank you to our primary sponsor TIC and our other valued partners Amadeus, AvisBudget, Beachcomber, British Airways, Emirates, the Holiday Factory and Turkish Airlines for their sponsorship.

Looking for a travel agency that will keep you happy?  Then contact your nearest Sure Travel agency here.

April 1, 2015

Sure Travel sponsors Leef Jou Reis

Travel the world from the comfort of your couch with Sure Travel and Gerrie Pretorius, multi-platinum singer and presenter of kykNET’s popular Leef Jou Reis (Live Your Journey) travel programme. Sure Travel is a proud sponsor of season 3 of Leef Jou Reis.

Watch the launch promo of Leef Jou Reis season 3.

The season kicks off with Gerrie travelling to Dublin, Ireland, in the first episode airing on Friday 3 April at 21:00 on KykNet Channel 144. Here's a quick teaser of the first episode.

Watch our Sure Travel sponsored African Wild Dog, Bala, come to animated life in the ad breaks. Read about Bala and why we chose to support African Wild Dogs.

Missed the show? Watch repeat episodes of Leef Jou Reis on:
Saturday, 4 April - 13h30
Sunday, 5 April - 11h30
Monday, 6 April - 00h30
Tuesday, 7 April - 10h30 and 22h30
Wednesday, 8 April - 17h30

Read more about Gerrie and Leef Jou Reis in the Sure Travel Journey magazine. Pick up your free copy at a Sure Travel agency.