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.
The only hotel that is truly on the beach in Karon Bay. The hotel is nestled in a quiet corner of the beach and provides a cosy and intimate retreat. Beyond Resort Karon has 81 comfortably appointed deluxe rooms and suites in an exclusive waterfront setting within walking distance of one of Phuket's most popular shopping, dining and entertainment districts.
PHI PHI ISLAND
Surround yourself with striking seaside views, secluded sandy beaches and the soothing sounds of nature at the Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island. Sheltered by palm trees and ringed by the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the resort specialises in postcard-perfect views and warm welcomes.
ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY WHERE LUSH JUNGLE MEETS SERENE SEA
Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway almost lost within a luxurious natural tropical backdrop, yet still only steps away from the sweeping expanse of Phuket's Karon Beach.
With its relaxed pace and warm welcomes, this is a place from which to escape from every day and find serenity, relaxation and the inner tranquillity that only natural beauty can bring. And all of this is just one hour's drive away from Phuket Airport.
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.
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.