– by International Travel Consultant Kylie Bergset
Some first hand travel tips from our staff.
Thai cuisine is a celebration of the fresh and fragrant. Whatever your reason for visiting, the abundance of delicious flavours will make you want to extend your stay.
Don’t leave Thailand without tasting Phat Thai- Invented in the 1930s by a Chinese-Thai chef, this dish of thin rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu and shrimp, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chilli has subsequently reigned as the poster boy for Thai cuisine.
Few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket. The winding coastal roads along the west coast of this 540-square-km island offer stunning views and easy access to some of the world’s finest beaches.
Whether you want to sample the frenetic pace of Patong or find solitude on a remote stretch of sand in the north, Phuket’s beaches have it all for the sun seeker. Many also have nearby restaurants or wandering food sellers, so there is no need to interrupt your bronzing for lunch. Just remember to keep applying the sunscreen! The monsoon rains of May-October can bring unpredictable swimming conditions, so heed the posted flag warnings.
Phuket has views that would make a landscape painter rush out and buy an easel and brushes and the great thing is that you don’t have to trek halfway across the country to appreciate them. Whether it’s a sunset-watching spot, a 360-degree panorama of the south of the island, a vista from the top of Phuket Town or a glimpse of swathes of tropical lushness it’s all within your grasp in minutes. All you need is wheels.
It’s a matter of taste, of course, as some prefer the ‘outside-in’ aspect of viewing the island from a yacht or tour boat. Others prefer life way up in the clouds, looking down from on high while others favour the exact opposite.
Krabi is a popular beach destination on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast. There are over 130 islands in the Krabi Archipelago and many of them have gorgeous beaches and knock-out coastal views. With the gradual over-commercialization of Phuket and Koh Samui, more people are choosing Krabi instead as their idyllic beach getaway. It is an accessible destination that provides the ideal balance between convenience and lifestyle. Other than Ao Nang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach, Railay Beach is very popular in Krabi as well.
Spend the day visiting and exploring one of the world’s most beautiful islands. From morning till late afternoon find out what tropical island paradise is really like and exactly why ‘The Beach’ was filmed here. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet before exploring the nooks and crannies of Phi Phi Don with its magical turquoise sea and colourful shopping.
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