COUPLES & BEACHES
Thailand’s incredible choice of things to do can sometimes be baffling, but to ensure there’s no battling, here’s a few classic couple conundrums
“Thailand is a shopper’s paradise – she’ll be in heaven and I’ll be bored rigid.” Solution: Guys will love haggling for electronic gadgets or trying daring street food like fried insects.
“She wants to go scuba diving. I don’t dive but don't want to be left out” Solution: Non-divers can usually join the dive boat for a smaller charge and snorkel, or sunbathe, joining up for meals.
“With all those cheap courses and caddy fees, I just know I’m going to be a golf widow.” Solution: Treat yourself to an afternoon in the spa and he can even join you for his & hers massages afterwards.
“She loves chilling out with a book on the beach but I get bored if I sit still for too long.” Solution: Try rock climbing in Krabi, trekking in Koh Chang, diving in Phuket, or kayaking In Koh Samui.
“He’s keen on watching Thai boxing (Muay Thai) but it looks rough to me." Solution: Take some fun classes together or do your own thing and enrol in yoga or meditation classes.
Thailand has a spectacular 2,500km coastline so whether your clients want a full facility resort or a quiet flop, they’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are some of the favourites...
Phuket Patong ~ the lively one Watersports, diving, shops and fast food by day, bars, cabaret and restaurants by night.
Karon ~ the compromise Close to Patong with a more relaxed nightlife. Dino Park Mini Golf, Karon Temple and the local market are nearby.
ALL TOGETHER... Some things you’re bound to both agree on… • Cocktails for £3, a large bottle of beer for under a pound
• Lunch for two from just £7
• Tailormade suits and silk dresses starting at £30 • Hire a scooter and explore together
• Partying in Bangkok’s cutting-edge clubs and bars
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Kata ~ the family favourite A palm- fringed beach with a good variety of accommodation and shops. Good for surf, especially from May to October.
Kamala ~ the hidden gem A tranquil, calm bay and fishing village surrounded by forest, close to FantaSea.
Paradise ~ the quiet one No jet skis allowed and safe swimming year- round. Snorkelling, kayaking and bodyboarding available.
Rawai ~ the original The longest- established tourist beach and a good jumping off point for excursions to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
• Krabi’s Tubkaak Beach is very quiet, has great views of the Ko Hong archipelago and a selection of four and five star hotels
• Koh Phangan's white-sand beaches include the perfect cove of Haad Rin
• Visit Phi Phi's sister island and the stunning Maya Bay - film set for The Beach
Surin ~ the top-end one Known as 'Millionaire's Row', with celebrity haunts Amanpuri, Twinpalms and The Chedi amongst the luxury resorts.
Samui Chaweng ~ the popular one Samui’s longest beach, Chaweng has the highest density of bars and restaurants, plus massage salas and watersports.
Lamai ~ the party animal Quiet by day, Lamai comes alive at night, with nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Lamai town has supermarkets and banks.
Bophut ~ the romantic one Traditional and well-preserved with boutique hotels and restaurants. Day trips leave from here to Koh Tao and Phangan.
Maenam ~ the all-rounder Visitors can
THAI GLOSSARY Hat: beach
Ao: Bay Koh or Ko: Island Tham: cave
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