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Family Fun in Bang Tao Beach, Phuket

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Family Fun in Bang Tao Beach, Phuket

Heading to Phuket on your next family holiday? Oh some people have all the luck! While this tropical Thai haven is often regarded as an epitome party destination, the 8km stretch of pristine shoreline on its western side, Bang Tao beach, is steadily gaining a superlative reputation of one of the best family-friendly corners of Thailand. The waters are crystal clear, the beach immaculately maintained and the natural surrounding landscape simply breathtaking. Activities for both young, and young at heart, abound; so finding activities to keep you and your youngest tots entertained and happy is a piece of cake. Book your gorgeous Phuket holiday villa in Bang Tao Beach and come discover the very best family-fun activities around. Horse Riding on the Beach Ever dreamt of riding a valiant stallion along a beautiful beach at sunset? Well dream no more! One of Bang Tao’s most popular activities would have to be horseback riding on the beach and is specifically geared towards families. Experienced and capable local handlers will hold on to the rains and guide your child on a relaxing, yet awe inspiring ride, from the horse ranch near the Laguna Complex, through the nearby golf course and all the way to the sea ...

Best reasons to holiday on Kamala Beach, Phuket

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Best reasons to holiday on Kamala Beach, Phuket

It may be hard to imagine, but there are still plenty of hidden gems to be found in Phuket. Kamala beach, on the western shores of the Thai holiday treasure, is one of those unspoilt spots locals and a few tourists are trying hard to keep secret. Kamala’s relative distance from the almost overly-famous Patong has ensured it retains an authentic and relaxing atmosphere, and the beach offers the discerning traveller an unperturbed and blissful vacation. Book your holiday rental villa on Kamala beach when next visiting Thailand and enjoy a corner of heaven most others have yet to discover. Kamala beach attractions Kamala Temple is the spiritual centre of the village, and a gorgeous seaside temple for the visitor to explore. While the temple was almost completely reconstructed after the Boxing Day tsunami, the temple site is very ancient, and is still revered for its historical and cultural importance. At the Wat Baan Kamala you can admire colourful and intricate paintings, Buddha statues and a gorgeous bell tower. Just don’t forget to dress conservatively, no matter how hot it gets! At the other end of the Kamala spectrum is one of Phuket’s most popular tourist attractions, which attracts crowds from all over ...

Rainy Day Guide to Bang Tao Beach, Phuket

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Rainy Day Guide to Bang Tao Beach, Phuket

Bang Tao is one of the most desirable beaches in Phuket. Actually, make that Thailand. The beach seems to stretch endlessly here, and the town’s transformation from small tin mining hub to superlative resort destination draws in families and couples who don’t mind being just a tad protected from the boisterous crowds of Patong. If sun bathing, swimming and relaxing is on the agenda for your next Thailand vacation, then you may just have discovered your little corner of paradise. While Bang Tao is mostly associated with the enormous Laguna Resort, keep in mind that this only takes up the northern corner of the beach, leaving you with plenty of kilometres of pristine beach at your disposal. Yes, whole kilometres! Bang Tao Beach holiday rentals apartments are varied and offer tourists brilliant options to suit all tastes and budgets. From opulent villas to more subdued lofts, you’ll find the best of Phuket right on the sparkling shores of this magnificent beach. Only one question remains however: if this is THE place to worship the sun and enjoy the surf, what does one do when it rains? The answer is quite simple: loads! From spending a day in a spa, to taking ...

Snorkeling Day Trip From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

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Snorkeling Day Trip From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Nestled cozily in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand is a tiny little haven of pure deliciousness. Koh Tao a world-renowned diving mecca, and is slowly emerging at the forefront of Koh Samui’s most popular day-trip destinations. It’s hard to imagine that this tropical paradise was once a detention island for political prisoners. Blimey, even we would contest a political point or two if a few years here would be our punishment! Glistening white sand, abundant sea life and perfect year-round temperatures are what await you in Koh Tao...an island that’s almost too perfect for words. Visiting on a snorkeling day trip from Koh Samui is absolutely imperative, and a great way to get away from it all for a few hours. To make your planning even easier, we’ve compiled a guide to the easiest and most enjoyable ways to discover this priceless gem; so book your Koh Samui holiday villa today and come see for yourself what paradise looks like. Activity agents abound on Koh Samui, and tours offered are quite standard; so shop around for the best deal, and have an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Tour by speed boat... The most popular option is the day-trip from Koh Samui by ...

From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, Thailand

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From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, Thailand

The Gulf of Thailand, on the country’s southern coast, is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and for good reason. Here is where you’ll find the two most divine tropical islands you could ever dream of visiting: Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. While Koh Samui boasts infinite options for accommodation and dining, including spectacular Koh Samui holiday villas, Koh Phangan is where you’ll want to head to on a memorable day out. Three quarters of the island is a protected National Park, there are innumerable secluded beaches to soak the sun in, and the snorkelling options are almost endless. Basically...Koh Phangan is what Koh Samui used to be like two decades ago, before the crowds converged and turned this isolated Crusoe-style haven into a buzzy tourist hub.There are two ways you can experience Phangan on a day trip: either join an organised tour, or hop on a ferry and organise the day to your liking. Whichever travel-style you choose, you can be guaranteed of an unforgettable day in paradise. Organised sailing trip There are many nooks and crannies on Phangan which are only accessible by boat so, if you plan on joining a tour, we highly recommend you book a ...

The Perfect Week-End for Couples in Phuket

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The Perfect Week-End for Couples in Phuket

As your aircraft approaches Phuket island off Thailand’s south-western flank you observe at least three different shades of the water below. Just as you’re taking in this surreal sight, your partner, grabbing your arm, hisses, “I think we’re diving straight into the sea!” Thankfully, before she starts screaming, the plane lands on the runway barely 200 metres shy of the great blue yonder. After checking into your Patong Beach rental, the two of you do a brief recce of the place and find it chock-a-block with boutiques, eateries, pubs, massage parlours and the ubiquitous tour operators waving their mind-boggling assortments of Phuket experiences, bungee-jumping to scuba-diving. The same evening you decide to catch the much-ballyhooed Simon Cabaret. Now you’ve heard it’s performed by the famed Ladyboys of Thailand so you go in expecting close-shaven drag queens crooning in falsetto. But what voluptuous figures? What delicate faces and dulcet voices? Are these people really transvestites? For ninety minutes you sit spellbound by the choreography, the costumes and the lilting music. Lined up for the next morning is the Phuket city tour. Sharp at ten, a Toyota van picks you up from your hotel and races southwards, forging through thick tropical vegetation ...

Boat Trips from Phuket’s Chalong Bay

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Boat Trips from Phuket’s Chalong Bay

Due to its sheltered position, Chalong Bay has evolved into the main boat harbour (and scuba diving centre) on Phuket. Here are some of the wonderful destinations you reach from here in the morning, then be back by the evening to enjoy a sundowner cocktail. Lon Island (or Koh Lon) lies only 20 minutes from Chalong Bay. It is where the majority of the Muslim community of the southern islands live, and is famed for beautiful beaches. Coral Island (or Koh Hae) is another little stunner with three fabulous beaches, crystalline waters and lush, tropical interior. It lies on the threshold of Phang Nga Bay national park, one of the most breathtaking seascapes in the world. The islets of Phi-Phi were one of the worst hit in the terrible tsunami of 2004 and although re-building has been swift, that should be good enough reason to visit this beautiful location and support the local economy. Phi Phi offers wonderful scuba diving and snorkelling and fine white sandy beaches. One of them was used as location for the ultimate paradise-lost film ‘The Beach’. Koh Racha are actually two islands; Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi (meaning ‘big’ and ‘little’). Closest to Calong Bay and Phuket ...

Discovering Thai Food in Phuket Town

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Discovering Thai Food in Phuket Town

Food is an integral part of any trip to Thailand. Thai is one of the world’s great cuisines, now exported to most parts of the world. And whilst you may love its aromatic and pungent flavours at your favourite Thai restaurant back home, a trip to Thailand will extend your appreciation even further. Cooking classes have taken off all over Thailand. In Phuket Town one of the most respected cookery courses is run by Pat Tienthong, a native who spent many years in California working as a chef. Although Pat imparts her knowledge on traditional Thai dishes, her classes take place in a modern kitchen in her beautiful Phuket home, and after enjoying your own meal you’ll be able to relax in her lush garden. (Tel. + 66 (0) 76 263 366) for reservations). Just outside of Phuket Town, the Phuket Thai Cookery School digs deeper, offering one to five day courses that include an introduction to Thai ingredients and a market tour. After preparing the dishes, they are eaten by the students on communal tables in front of a beautiful private beach. Perhaps you already know a bit about Thai food and want to give it a go ...

The Big Buddha on Koh-Samui

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The Big Buddha on Koh-Samui

The Big Buddha is the most famous landmark in Koh-Samui, mostly because of the size of the statue which can be seen from many miles away and especially from the air when planes land and take off. The big Buddha is twelve metres high and its bright, shiny gold glints in the sun above shops and restaurants that lie at its base. The Buddha is sitting at the top of a row of wide steps that are decorated with dragons. Constructed in 1972, the Buddha resides in the PhraYai Temple on the island’s northern shore and is popular with visitors and locals alike. When the sun goes down the Buddha is bathed in floodlights and appears to be the island’s great guardian. Thai citizens always visit the Big Buddha first, when visiting the island, and to ensure that their prayers are answered will offer gifts of food or burn sticks of incense.There is a centre for meditation near the Buddha’s base and a market within the temple grounds where Buddhist and Brahmin souvenirs can be bought together with many other items including hats and T-shirts. In the air, is the sweet aroma of cooking from the Thai restaurants that cater ...

Getting around Koh Samui, Thailand

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Getting around Koh Samui, Thailand

The island of Ko-Samui is a perfect blend of Thai hospitality, beautiful Koh Samui holiday villas, ideal climate, fine white sandy beaches and a turquoise sea. If you want to get around on the island there are plenty of ways you can do it.Hiring a taxi is simple though not inexpensive but there are plenty available. The taxis are usually metered which solves the negotiating problem but it is always wise to get a price in advance. Cheaper than taxis and a lot less comfortable but immensely popular are the pickup trucks that are called songthaews. They simply pick up passengers and pile then in the back. It’s a lovely way to travel for relatively short journeys. If possible, it is advisable to avoid motorbike taxis but if you have to take one, make sure that you agree a price before climbing aboard. It is also advisable to always wear shoes and wearing a helmet is compulsory. A safer option and one that is much more fun, is to hire a motorbike yourself. The secret is to hire one with a very low cc as the slower you go the safer you will be. Motorcycle accidents are frequent so taking care and ...

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