Cheap Holidays to Thailand
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A holiday to Thailand will certainly awaken your senses. If you are looking for plenty of new experiences then Thailand will definitely deliver. From vibrant bustling cities, exotic island beaches, National parks, peaceful scenic villages, friendly people, ancient temples and fantastic food – Thailand has it all and promises a holiday you will never forget. Hotels range from impressive hotels and skyscrapers to stunning resorts with beautiful beaches and spas.
Where to stay
For a taste of Thai city life with its bustle and nightlife as well as incredible shopping, look no further than Bangkok. Siam Square is a good central location with easy access to the Skytrain and close proximity to the major shopping malls and markets. There are also lots of great places to eat here.
The Khao San area is one of the cheaper areas to stay in the city having a good range of mid-range and budget resorts. It’s close to lots of cultural attractions and is home to the famous tourist street, Khao San Road, which has shopping, dining and nightlife.
If you are looking for a more romantic atmosphere on holiday, then consider the island paradise of Phuket. Phuket has more than 30 beaches with white sands, turquoise seas and palm-fringed beaches. The area has plenty of options for accommodation including mid-range and cheap hotels. There are also lots of lovely villages and plenty of places to eat.
Chiang Mai is located 435 miles North of Bangkok in the valley of the Ping River and offers a myriad of experiences for the adventurous traveller. Here the modern meets the ancient and you can see state of the art buildings cheek by jowl with ancient temples all against a backdrop of misty mountains. There are many experiences to be enjoyed here including great nightlife, shopping for antiques and crafts and of course a Thai massage. It’s also a great place to stay if you are on a budget holiday.
What to see
A visit to the Grand Place of Bangkok is an essential part of your Thailand holiday. As well as admiring the beautiful architecture you can also see the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the greatly revered Emerald Buddha which dates back to the 14th century.
About an hour’s drive from Bangkok is the wonderful ancient city of Ayutthaya. Here you can wander around the astonishing ruins and take in magnificent temples, palaces and statues. The Wat Phra Ram Temple and Wat Chaiwatthanaram monastery are highlights of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, don’t miss the overgrown Buddha head behind Mahathat Temple which has become something of an iconic image of this incredible location.
There are many natural parks throughout Thailand, but one of the highlights of many trips is the Elephant Nature Park, a rehabilitation centre for old, abused and injured Asian Elephants. Here these beautiful creatures are able to live out their lives in peace under the care of an expert team. They are free to wander the park and, best of all, interact with visitors!
Pattaya Walking Street
The Walking Street is 1 kilometre of bars, nightclubs, massage parlours, music bars and restaurants. It is known as a red-light district; however, it has become a more inclusive tourist destination with plenty of places to eat and street performers entertaining you on your walk. Not ideal for a family visit but quite an experience, nonetheless.
Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan
Every full moon throughout the summer months, Haad Rin beach fills up with people ready to drink and dance the night away by the light of the full moon. The bars stay open all night and the beach is crammed with fire dancers, drink vendors, dance stages and DJ’s. Painting yourself with neon paint is a compulsory activity for this spectacular night out!
Khao San Road
Khaosan Road is famous for its busy bars, restaurants, street food vendors and nightclubs all packed into a busy street flashing with neon signs. The area is popular with backpackers and offers cheap places to stay, eat and drink the night away.
What to eat
A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without sampling some phad Thai - a spicy noodle stir-fry with shrimp, bean sprouts and egg, seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chilli. Another mist is khao phat which is fried rice, this is a staple food in Thailand and comes in endless variations. Khao phat puu is a version of the dish containing crab and egg. Kai Yang is made from chicken marinated in fish sauce, coriander root and garlic and then grilled. It is often served with sticky rice and a green papaya salad – delicious.
Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market. This 35-acre market in Bangkok is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. There are sections for antiques, crafts and souvenirs as well as for clothing and accessories. In fact, you can buy pretty much anything here. There’s also a food area where you can stop for a well-needed snack and rest.
Pick up some silks and fabrics! Thailand is renowned for beautiful silks and fabrics. Stop by Jim Thompson House in Bangkok and see Thompson’s major collector of Southeast Asian Art - then pick up a high-quality silk gift or souvenir to take home.
Fast Facts about Thailand
- Direct flight time: 11 hours 15 minutes from London
- Transfer time from Bangkok Airport to the city centre: 30 minutes
- Time Zone: GMT +7
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Average price of a domestic beer: £2.50 - £3
- Average price of a bottle of wine: £12-17
- Number of Brit tourists per year: more than a million