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End of Term Vacation – Visit Thailand

Thailand is up there with the most amazing places in the world to visit, if you have some spare cash left over from your student loan and wish to explore the world, then we would highly recommend Thailand.

They say a holiday changes you, there’s one thing for sure you will come back with some unforgettable memories and a depth of knowledge.

Before you travel, do your research and find out as much as you can. Thailand incorporates a great deal of influence from India, China, Cambodia, and the rest of Southeast Asia so their culture and values are very different to ours.

Thailand is definitely one of those places to pop on that bucket list, here you can do it all – from soaking up the rays with a Pina Colada on the beaches of Phuket and Kata Noi, elephant trekking and bamboo rafting in Phang Nga, to partying on Phi Phi island.

Whether you’re looking to shop, party, sunbathe, wine and dine or explore you’ll be able to do all of this and more in Thailand.

Phuket

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations and a great place to start your adventure before heading off to the neighbouring islands.

Here it can get extremely busy so when choosing your accommodation, be prepared for noise until the early hours.

If you are on a budget, try to find a hotel close to the beach as this will save you a lot in taxi rides, everyone thinks Thailand is cheap but now it has become more commercialised the prices have rocketed. A Tuk Tuk ride can set you back around five pounds each way if you are staying in the mountains.

If you have a little more to spend and are looking for something more luxurious and peaceful, head up to Kathu to the Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa. This hotel is amazing!!! and has everything you need to completely relax.

You can’t stay in Phuket and not try Bangla Road, It’s a little tacky but definitely a must.

Phuket has a reputation as a partying hotspot, with its bright neon lights, loud music and large crowds. There are go-go bars, ladyboy cabaret shows, discos and clubs hosting events with some well renowned international DJ’s.

Phi Phi Island

You can’t visit Thailand and not go to Phi Phi Island, it’s just a short 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferryboat ride from Phuket. The ferry is usually a lot cheaper but if you suffer from travel sickness, the speedboat might be a better option. This can be booked anywhere on the main strip, Phuket Leisure Travel and Tour Co have an english speaking owner and can advise of other places to visit as well as booking cheap flights to other places in Thailand.

The islands are literally picture perfect, it’s really why you come to Thailand. The scenery is unbelievable and will literally change your outlook on life, that is of course if the sun is shining.

Thailand is renowned for its tropical climate so don’t expect it to be sunny, all day every day. You will usually find it may rain during the afternoon but within hours it can be blazing sunshine again.

Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don (this is where you will find most hotels) and Phi Phi Lee, this is where you will find the world-famous Maya Bay.

Maya Bay is an amazing place but be sure to check out the different options for getting there. It can get extremely busy and takes away it’s beauty when too crowded.

When visiting the island, opt for a early morning visit or a package that includes a longer stay so you can witness the sunset and swim amongst the glowing plankton. Even better, if you can get booked up, sleep aboard Maya Bay will guarantee an amazing experience.

Exploring the island and surrounding areas

There is so much to do when in Thailand so be prepared to spend a small fortune, everything can be done on the cheap but bare in mind, hygiene and cleanliness is not like at home. Stock up with your bacteria wipes and hand sanitiser and always take a small pack of tissues out with you.

Most people will experience food poisoning at some point when in Thailand, so the more prepared you are the better.

If you are looking for an adventure, there is so much to see and do, such as visiting the famous James Bond island by speedboat. This trip includes exploring the neighbouring islands; Panak Island, Ice Cream Cave, canoeing at Hong Island and visiting Koh Panyee sea gypsy village.

Another great trip is bamboo rafting and elephant trekking in Phang Nga, this is a completely different experience to what you will receive at the beach resorts, you will really get the chance to experience the Thai culture and witness the wildlife that you won’t see elsewhere else.

If you are looking at booking excursions, do be careful. Not all companies are reputable, the elephant is a sacred animal in Thailand however not all are respectful of that, so don’t be afraid to ask questions before handing over your money.

Here are some of Thailand’s best bits and what you can expect to see when visiting this beautiful Country.

 

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