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Thailand

Thailand is a wonderous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city and friendly people who epitomise Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.

BANGKOK
As the political, economic, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience. Every Thailand holiday should include a visit to Bangkok, or Krung Thep, ‘the city of angels’ as it is known to its inhabitants. While the immensity of the city and the chaos of its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enchanted by the variety of attractions it offers – from exotic temples, which epitomise Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which have made shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday. For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty, magnificent palaces, classical dance performances, numerous shopping centres, and a still functioning traditional way of life, especially along the canals and the Chao Phraya River, the ‘River of Kings’, which winds through the city. Bangkok truly is the “Venice of the East”.

PHUKET
Phuket is one of those destinations that come to mind when we talk about sea, sun and sand! For many years it has been visitors to Thailand’s favourite island destination. There is a wide choice of accommodation to suit everyones budgets. Phuket offers its visitors an abundance of activities that form part of its natural heritage of sea, sand, sky, beach, forest, and world renowned diving sites.

KRABI
Krabi is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago! Attractions include hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.

KOH SAMUI
Koh Samui, the third largest island in Thailand, is the second most popular island destination in the kingdom. Koh Samui features spectacular beaches, outstanding dining, and a comprehensive array of activities including cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. Koh Samui has secluded beaches that are the exclusive domain of luxury 5-star resorts, family-friendly beaches with shallow shores, and shopping, dining, and nightlife venues that make the island a paradise both day and night.

CHIANG MAI
Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality. Chiangmai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture co-existing side by side. The city features centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. Chiangmai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding are one of Chiangmai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf.

CLIMATE
The weather in Thailand is generally marked by three seasons, the rainy season (Jul – Oct), hot season (Mar – Jun), and cool season (Nov – Feb), though the climate is generally pleasant year round.

CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
Local currency is the Thai Baht. US Dollars and most popular currencies are accepted and will be changed for Thai Baht. All major credit cards are accepted.

LANGUAGE
The Thai language is the official language of Thailand. English is widely spoken

TIME DIFFERENCE
GMT +7

VISA REQUIREMENTS
SA passport holders do not require visas. All other passport holders should check with their relevant local embassy. Visitor’s passports must be valid at least six months after their date of return.