Carmen Rodrigues, branch Manager at St Helier Travelmaker, visited Krabi, Chiang Mai and the beautiful island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand. She experienced white sand beaches, turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, waterfalls and exotic wildlife.
Carmen says ‘Thailand is the perfect holiday destination for those planning a two week holiday or an epic backpacking trip.’
Krabi Town is a bustling transport hub on Thailand’s southern west coast where there is no shortage of restaurants, gift shops and bars.
- Yoga: There is an array of yoga centres and retreats and many hotels offer yoga classes as part of their amenities.
- Island hopping tours: The Islands of Daeng, Paradise and Hong Lagoon are highly recommended.
- Restaurants: Krabi offers a range of restaurants, all serving a range of food and often playing music or sport.
Where to stay
For high-end luxury the 5* Phulay Bay Ritz Carlton is perfect.
Alternatively, you could stay at the 4* Beyond, which is a modern beachfront property.
Centra by Centara Phu Pano is a good budget option.
Koh Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi is a nature filled island in the Andaman Sea, also known as Thailand’s best-kept secret.
- Visit local villages: Local villages offer an authentic insight into the life of locals with Koh Yao Noi villagers farming, fishing, tapping rubber and swinging in hammocks strung up under their stilted homes.
- Beaches: Koh Yao Noi’s beaches are well known for their golden sand and turquoise water, offering a range of activities from diving and snorkelling to sea kayaking and rock climbing.
- Rice planting and cooking lessons: Both of these are a must do if available at your resort.
Where to stay
Paradise Koh Yao is a boutique resort and spa in close proximity to a national tropical rainforest – it’s perfect for those seeking relaxation, privacy and love being surrounded by nature.
There are also a number of budget family-run bungalows on the island, such as Sabai Corner Bungalows.
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern capital and the ideal escape from the whirlwind pace of Bangkok.
- Visit a number of Buddhist temples: There are so many to choose from and none of them disappoint. The top temples to visit include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Pra Singh.
- Take a city tour: The Tuk Tuk Club tour for example explores the rural outskirts of Chiang Mai and includes bathing with elephants.
Where to stay
The 5* RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort is only a 20 minute transfer from the airport and offers beautiful rooms inspired by the Lanna Kingdom culture.
What you need to go before you go
To enter Thailand for up to 30 days, British Citizens are visa exempt. The only requirement for visitors is to hold a passport with six-month validity and two blank pages.
There are no compulsory vaccinations to travel to Thailand but it is advisable to visit a GP well in advance of travel in case vaccinations or malaria tablets are required. Visitors should also avoid tap water and ice.
Thailand’s weather is at its best between the months of December and April.
Modest clothing must be worn, including covering knees and shoulders, when visiting temples or religious buildings.
The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. A travel money card, available from Travelmaker, is recommended to avoid high ATM fees and ensure better protection from card fraud.
On the whole, Thailand is a very affordable holiday destination.
Your local Co-operative Travelmaker can help you create and book the perfect cruise whether you’re new to cruising or are repeat customers.
Contact your Co-operative Travelmaker for more details:
Travelmaker by Design, 22 La Colomberie, St Helier, Tel: 784400
Travelmaker 57 Don Street, St Helier, Tel : 784300
Travelmaker Grand Marché, St Peter, Tel : 784480