Most people are thinking about their summer holiday at the moment, but what are you doing this winter? A little winter sun is always something to look forward to when it is freezing outside!
Thailand is the perfect place to get some winter sunshine with temperatures of 26C – 29C. But which area in Thailand should you go to?
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The largest of Thailand’s islands, Phuket lies dreamily in the balmy waters of the Andaman Sea, on the western side of the mainland.
The resorts on the west coast of Phuket are internationally renowned holiday destinations. The main beach resort of Patong is the party hotbed of the island and a stroll up Soi Bangla (Bangla Street) after dark confirms Patong as a pretty happening place.
The more laid back, family style resorts of Kata and Karon or Surin and Kamala Beach in the north are definitely less frenetic than Patong, but have their own attraction.
This is an area of immense natural beauty with dramatic limestone cliffs, eerie caves full of roosting bats and the clearest, cleanest water imaginable.
Paddle a canoe through a narrow, meandering cave mouth, dip low to avoid the dripping stalactites and emerge into dazzling sunlight and a wondrous hidden lagoon encircled by high walls of dense foliage and deep greenery. This is a boat trip to take your breath away.
Quaint tuk tuks are the main form of transport on the island and it is a fun way to travel when temperatures are high! Go on an elephant trek, play some frisbee golf or enjoy a bout of Thai boxing.
Kamala Beach is host to “Fantasea Phuket”, a fabulous evening theme park and showcase of the island’s heritage and culture which features a huge cast of actors, trapeze artists and performing animals in an absolute extravaganza and carnival village atmosphere.
This 4-star hotel is located on the coastline of Phuket Island and was established in 1992. It is a short drive away from the Patong Beach and the nearest station is not available. The Hotel has a coffee shop, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre/gym. All 350 rooms are equipped with minibar, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning.
Pattaya is Thailand’s second biggest tourist attraction after the capital city itself, Bangkok. Located on Thailand’s east coast on the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is hugely popular both with foreign travellers and native Thai holidaymakers.
A low cost of living, a favourable climate and exotic lifestyle all combine to draw visitors and Pattaya remains Thailand’s holiday jewel.
Pattaya Beach is already well known to Irish visitors as the resort simply thrums with life virtually 24 hours a day. An amazing array of restaurants, lively bars, fun pubs, music venues, cabaret shows and chic cafes line the beachfront.
You will doubtless get to experience a different way of life on a holiday in Pattaya. Aptly named Walking Street comes alive at night with mime artists, stall holders, hawkers and vendors.
Daytime activities in Pattaya centre around the beach where parasailing, jetskiing and boating are popular pastimes. The climate is tropical with a fairly distinct wet and dry season; however, even in the rainy season downpours are often gone as soon as they arrive. The broad sweep of bay is backed by the high-rise skyline of Pattaya city, so there are plenty of shopping options away from the beach.
Holidays in Pattaya offer other brilliant attractions including Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Funny Land Amusement Park, Underwater World Pattaya and cultural diversions with mesmeric traditional dance shows. Visit the wonderful Wat Khao Phra Bat temple to see the awesome Buddha standing more than 18m high.
Conveniently located in Central Pattaya, within an easy distance to the beach, nightlife and shopping that the city has to offer, the boutique Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya still manages to envelop you in a cocoon of comfort and quiet. Intimate in size and stylish in design, the hotel has a cosy 79 rooms and suites.
Bangkok is the capital and largest city in Thailand, Bangkok is a cosmopolitan melting pot which enthrals at every turn. Vast and sprawling, Bangkok is fast moving, riotously colourful and raucously noisy and, with a population of over 11 million souls, it’s probably not surprising!
Bangkok holidays are tailor-made for sightseeing as the city has wondrous temples or Wats, ancient traditional buildings, great modern architecture, street markets, fascinating palaces and risque nightlife. A city that does not rest, Bangkok is full on in every sense and taste, smell, sight and hearing are awakened as never before.
The Chao Phraya river runs through the city and bisects various areas in what sometimes appears like a concrete jungle. Sukhumvit Road is a long stretch where upmarket restaurants, glitzy clubs and naughty nightlife venues are visited by international visitors.
The area of “Old Bangkok” is home to the stunning Grand Palace and Wat Pho or take a ferry across the river to see Wat Arun. Siam Square has a lot of high-end hotels and sophisticated shopping malls where the futuristic Skytrain intersects.
Exploration of a few of the hundreds of temples is a must on any Bangkok holiday where reclining Buddhas and Emerald Buddhas and the gentle saffron-robed monks from the delightfully unique flavour of this marvellous city.
Another must on the travel itinerary with any Bangkok holiday is a floating market where rural life is lived on the water. Long canoe-like boats are paddled by women who peddle their wares or cook and serve steaming bowls of noodles.
Heaven for retail therapy, Bangkok has shopping at every level. Designer stores, street markets, glitzy malls and night markets offer every conceivable item that you ever wanted or thought you wanted. Buy a swathe of gorgeous Thai silk and have a custom-made suit; choose a quality gem and have it fashioned into a pretty ring or buy some handy kitchen utensils made from coconut shells.
More cultural events, such as a relaxed dinner cruise or traditional dancing show are delightfully different and show the rather more sophisticated side of Bangkok nightlife.
Located in Bangkok city centre, close to the business area of Sathon Road and Rama III and only 10 minutes from Surasak BTS station. The contemporary guest rooms are fully equipped with Internet access, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and satellite TV. Howard Lane all-day dining restaurant offers Asian and Western inspired buffet specialities and a la carte menu, relax with a drink and snacks at the Mocca Lounge. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, business centre, library, room service and laundry service.
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