Flights to Thailand
Flights to Thailand
Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Bangkok is one destination not to be missed. Despite it being the busiest city in the country, a visit to Bangkok can actually start off slow. Check out one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic temples, the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun, against the skyline of Bangkok’s bustling city.
Continue down the path of old Bangkok by revering in the majestic sight of The Grand Palace. In the day, the beautiful architecture of the palace leaves many in awe, and at night, its gold sheen brightens the darkness, making it suitable for further photo opportunities.
Get an authentic Thai experience at the floating markets, where dozens of wooden boats selling items ranging from fresh coconut juice to intricate souvenirs drift down the river alongside you. Alternatively, visit the famous Bangkok Chinatown, where the streets are bursting with life featuring street food, street stalls and the highest concentration of gold stores in the city. The Chatuchak Market is also sure to make an impression due to its sheer size, volume and diversity of goods and services available - shop till you drop.
When you’re done for the day, stand by the Chao Phraya Riverside to take in the picturesque scenery, or head to Khao San Road for cocktail bars, western music and fusion restaurants. If you are tired of sightseeing, you can ice-skate at the Siam Discovery Centre to cool off in the tropical climate, and even Go-Kart at an affordable rate.
Getting to Bangkok is most convenient by plane. Once there, take the Skytrain and Underground rail system to get to the main shopping and entertainment arenas of the city. Historic and cultural sites are best explored via river taxis or express boats. For a reliable mode of transport anytime, you may consider the taxi, which is relatively affordable and available, but for a more exhilarating ride, try out the Tuk Tuks.
If you seek sunshine, head to the ever-popular Phuket. The Andaman Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to clear water and an abundant underwater life. Snorkelling is also a popular activity in these crystal clear waters, while surfers can look forward to hitting the waves here as well.
Continue on the adventure trail by zipping through the sky 40m above the forest treetops at the Flying Hanuman or go on an elephant trek. Otherwise, challenge yourself with a go at wakeboarding and cable-skiing at the Kathu Waterfall. Those with children would enjoy the Splash Jungle Water Park at Mao Kai Beach, complete with slides and water rides for a fun-filled day outdoors. If the weather is not to your favour, you can occupy your day indoor at places such as the Dino Park, a themed golf course, or try your hand at Muay Thai.
Getting to Phuket by plane is the most convenient, but you can choose other unconventional options such as by car or bus, which gives you more opportunities to sightsee along the way. Once there, you can choose to rent a car or motorcycle. Alternatively, you can stick to the conventional taxi or bus to take you around. Tuk Tuks are available as well, even though at times they’re usually clustered around Patong,m making it difficult to flag one down elsewhere.
In comparison to other more ‘touristy’ destinations, Chiang Mai features a more down-to-earth and rustic vibe. It is a beautiful place worth exploring. Adventurous souls can try white water rafting or hop on an ATV. Chiang Mai’s ATV tours allow you to drive around the countryside, zooming down steep terrain and manoeuvring through forested areas in an exhilarating trip. For something even more adrenaline-charged, you can be your own Tarzan as you zipline across canopies and treetops for a whole 2 hours via different routes and platforms.
Food lovers can head to the Palaad Tawanron Restaurant to enjoy Thai cuisine 300 feet above ground, where the view of the city skyline at night is truly breath-taking. Do not miss out on the night bazaars either, where goods and services are provided at slashed prices. Nevertheless, don’t forget to haggle!
Getting around Chiang Mai is simple and similar to Phuket - the usual rental of cars and motorcycles are available. However, in Chiang Mai, the most common form of transport is the Songthaews (long-bed trucks with seats to carry passengers) and Tuk Tuks, which are fast and convenient.
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