7 nights at the 4 star plus Village Coconut Island
WELCOME TO THAILAND
Or should we say, welcome to Paradise. Thailand is blessed
with some of the world’s most-enviable beaches and a myriad of off shore
islands ensuring your holiday will be filled with watersports, hammocks and sunset
strolls along the water’s edge. Some areas are super-vibey while others offer a
more serene experience.
A QUICK GUIDE TO THE
MOST POPULAR SPOTS…
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is undeniably
the country’s most popular beach destination. With a vibrant nightlife,
bustling market stalls, a family atmosphere or romantic seclusion. This island
paradise offers a vast selection of hotels, and the beaches supply every kind
of vibe! Head to Patong Beach if you feel like a party or being active. Kata
and Karon Beaches are great for families and couples. The range of activities
available is fantastic; canoeing, hiking, white water rafting, scooter hire and
best of all – diving and snorkelling.
Phi Phi Island is located 2 hours by ferry from Phuket (some
resorts also offer a speedboat service). You’ll be collected from the ferry by
long-tail boat and taken to your resort; all of which are located in the north
of the island, a quieter area, for that true getaway experience. Phi Phi is
nature at its best; towering limestone cliffs shelter white, sandy beaches
leading to aquamarine bays filled with marine life; perfect for diving and
snorkelling or simply taking it easy and letting the stress of modern life slip
away. There are no roads on Phi Phi so once you settle into your resort your
only mode of transport is a longtail boat (and some haggling with a local for
the right price!). Make sure that you won’t need an ATM!
Krabi is a 2 hour overland trip from Phuket through
countryside terrain and local villages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Krabi’s sheer limestone cliffs will welcome you to where over 130 islands rise
majestically from the sea, and secluded beaches are accessible only by
colourfully adorned long-tail boats. Krabi is about getting out and exploring
nature - sea caves, exotic marine life, rock climbing, beautiful National
Parks, hot spring waterfalls, the spectacular turquoise waters of the Emerald
Pool and Tiger Cave – a cliff monastery in a jungle valley.
Lak is on Thailand’s mainland west coast, an hour north of Phuket and stretches
along the Andaman coastline. It is a less crowded tourist destination close to
the Phang-Nga area’s rugged natural beauty. There are a couple of towns and and
beautiful white-sand beaches – all scattered along a 24 kms stretch so it never
feels too busy. For travellers who like their holidays less frenetic the easy
going local feel of Khao Lak is perfect. There are a variety of good local
restaurants and of course great shopping easily reached from most resorts by
taxi and Khao Lak has its own night market for late-night snacks and shopping.
Nature lovers can soak up the slower pace and go hiking around
Chong Fah’s waterfalls or explore the Kho Sok National Park which is around 2
hours drive, home to elephant sanctuaries, one of the oldest rainforests in the
world and floating camps so is a delight for anyone with a love for the
outdoors. For keen snorkellers and divers, the Surin and Similan Islands are
some of the best places to dive in Thailand and are just two hours from Khao
Lak by boat. The islands form part of a protected national marine park and are
open between 15 October and 15 May annually.
Thailand’s tropical climate has three main seasons:
Hot: March to
Rainy: July to
Cool: November to
Average temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C
The monsoon season in the Andaman Sea (West coast/Phuket and
surrounds) is from approximately May to October. The monsoon rains are
generally short and heavy, clearing quickly and days of constant rain are rare.
The national language is Thai, although English is widely
spoken in Phuket, Krabi & Phi Phi.
The currency is the Thai Baht which is better for bargaining
and shopping in markets. US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.
A service charge is already included in all prices. Tips, in
general, are not mandatory, and you should only give them if you are really
content with the service offered. Waiters, bellboys, porters, restroom
attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.
5 hours ahead of South Africa.
Thailand brags of many festivals throughout the year; one of
the most famous being the Songkran Festival in mid-April which washes away all
the bad spirits and celebrates the traditional Thai New Year. Basically,
Songkran is all about getting wet, so be prepared to be squirted with ice
WHAT TO WEAR
Light, cool clothes are sensible. Shorts (except knee length
walking shorts), sleeveless shirts, tank tops and other beach-style attire are
considered inappropriate dress when not actually at the beach or in a resort
It is important to show respect
for the Thai Royal Family. Revealing attire is not allowed in religious
shrines. Do not climb over or sit on Buddha monuments. Do not touch or give
anything directly to a Buddhist monk if you are a woman. Thais greet each other
by pressing their palms together called ‘wai’. It is rude to touch people on
their head or point your feet at people or an object.
The electric current is 220 volts AC (50 cycles) and the
majority of electrical outlets take a round, two-pronged slim plug.
Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or
passing through a designated contaminated area. Drink only bottled water and
avoid ice unless you know is made from bottled or boiled water. Be cautious
when eating from food vendors on the street.
WHAT TO PACK
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked
luggage is 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg
and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear,
perfect for the day
- The dress-code for dinner is usually smart
casual and gents are required to wear long trousers
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need,
and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea
to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV
channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Mosquito repellent
- A hat or cap
- A beach bag
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage
in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim
when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage
shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand
luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford
it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you
have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and
jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or
credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have
the best time ever!
- Return flights to Phuket on Qatar
- Return resort transfers
- 7 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Villa
- Breakfast daily
- All taxes; levies and surcharges (estimate)
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
Standard terms and conditions apply.
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