Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring glittering Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and spectacular islands marked by turquoise oceans and white sands, diverse wildlife, and great culture and food.
Along with a fascinating history and modern capital city, Thailand radiates a unique charm which lures tourists, holidaymakers, honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.
Often heralded as the “Land of Smiles”, the people of Thailand welcome tourists wholeheartedly and are happy to share what their country has to offer.
Thailand is a Mecca for shopaholics from across the world. From local shopping markets to high-end malls, shoppers are spoilt for choice, particularly for items such as silk, fine handicrafts, pearls, silver and gold.
Thailand's booming tourist economy, driven largely by Hollywood (the country has been the setting for The Man with the Golden Gun, The Bridge over River Kwai and Alex Garland's The Beach), has resulted in the opening of a number of expensive and luxurious international hotels.
However, those looking for the rustic splendour of the beaches and islands will find plenty of cheap and comfortable accommodation.
The size and geographical diversity of Thailand provide for a variety of activities - snorkelling, diving and a host of watersports are very popular around the Islands, while inland enthusiasts can trek into the mountains or cycle across the flat river areas of the northeast.
Snuggled between Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Malaysia, Thailand is a country with extraordinary contrasts and an idyllic escape for those who yearn to get away from the daily rut.
PERFECTLY BY THE BEACH
The Patong Merlin Hotel is situated in Patong and a fabulous beach across the road - Phuket's exotic area. Nestled amongst acres of swaying coconut palms and flowering gardens, the Merlin weaves its way around four beautiful aquamarines sculptured swimming pools in a labyrinth of curved walkways and meandering paths.
There is easy access to the sparkling sandy beach and the quaint street markets. An enchanted ambience and smiling attentive staff ensure your visit to Phuket's playground in the sun is as memorable as it is magical.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach is situated on secluded Tri-Trang Beach, a five-minute drive from Patong Beach and offers 414 rooms in 4 storey wings situated amongst 12 acres of swaying coconut palms and tropical gardens.
ROBINSON CLUB KHAO LAK
Robinson Club Khao Lak is directly situated on an unspoiled beach in the midst of the lush tropical landscape, Khao Lak awaits with all its beauty. Active holidaymakers can look forward to a wide variety of sports or take time to unwind in the secluded gardens. This beachfront property is family friendly with great kids entertainment.
PERFECTLY NESTLED BETWEEN THE GOLDEN SANDS OF KATA BEACH
Kata Sea Breeze Resort is perfectly nestled between the golden sands of Kata beach and the green inland hills. Offering excellent value for money, Kata Sea Breeze Resort is a cosy place to stay with 330 guest rooms and suites, 4 swimming pools (one with a swim-up pool bar), pool bar and restaurant dining, signature ‘Z’ bar and a relaxing indoor and outdoor spa. A few moment s walk will bring you to centre of Kata and the beach just beyond
BEST WESTERN PREMIER BANGTAO BEACH RESORT & SPA
Located on Phuket’s West Coast Bangtao Beach, this modern beachfront resort features two wings, a Main Building Wing and a Villa Wing in well maintained tropical gardens, is ideal for beach lovers and caters for families, couples and honeymooners.
SINO-PORTUGUESE STYLE ON BEAUTIFUL KARON BEACH
Heritage, modernism and atmosphere combine to create a striking beauty in the heart of the city's most exquisite Karon beach with the convenience of a step away shopping and restaurants and a short walk to the beach. The Old Phuket – Karon Beach Resort provides guest with an alternative to enjoy a unique holiday with the best of both worlds accommodation spread over two distinct wings: The Sino Wing and the Serene Wing