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.
The Seaview Patong Beach Hotel is a firm favourite with South Africans and is located at the quieter southern end of Patong Beach, just over the road from the beach. The restaurants, markets, shops and entertainment precinct of Patong is only a short stroll away. I prefer to be close to the action, but also far away from the maddening crowd which makes the Sea View Patong one of my favourites!
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
Situated on a secluded beach, the Amari Phuket offers a unique location with panoramic views over Patong Bay, Superb service, well-appointed guest rooms, a Breeze Spa and a variety of fine restaurants make this hotel the perfect spot to relax.
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.