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plenty of action on land and off-shore. KRABI: lower-key than Phuket, but there’s still plenty of adventure excursions on offer for older kids. KOH SAMUI: among the few Asian resorts who’s best weather coincides with the UK school summer holidays. Plenty of attractions and learner diving at Koh Tao.


SONGKRAN Children will love Songkran (Thai New Year) where they can join in all the fun of this traditional water-throwing festival


POPULAR FAMILY OPTIONS PATTAYA: an easy drive from Bangkok, Pattaya has the most family-geared hotels and attractions. HUA HIN AND CHA AM: driveable from Bangkok and quiet in the week, this is a good destination for youngsters. PHUKET: biggest, best-loved resort with


DAY TRIPS FROM BANGKOK AYUTTHAYA: explore ruined temples and palaces 5o miles north of Bangkok BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI: history comes off the page at the ‘death railway’ built by allied prisoners of war. SAMPRAN RIVERSIDE: a cultural park about an hour from Bangkok that puts on cultural experiences, elephant and martial arts shows and lets visitors try arts and crafts activities for themselves. DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET: combines well with Sampran Riverside or Kanchanaburi. CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM: an interactive museum with a host of entertainment for children that will teach


them about culture, science, nature and the environment. TREE TOP ADVENTURE: With facilities in Pattaya, Krabi and Koh Chang, this venture into the jungle canopy is a real thrill-seeker for older children who can explore the treetops on rope bridges, swings and exhilarating ziplines.


RIVER RAFTING Families will love rafting on the river at Chiang Mai where their very own ‘pole man’ will take them on a guided water tour.


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or over two decades The Tongsai Bay has remained one of the leading family-owned


resorts on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Set amidst lush tropical gardens on a hillside


overlooking a secluded bay, The Tongsai Bay comprises 83 suites, cottages and villas. All rooms offer mesmerising ocean views and spacious terraces enabling guests to enjoy their natural surroundings.


Beachfront Suites are located in a three-storey chalet-style building fronting onto a beautiful free-form swimming pool with the beach beyond – perfect for families. Cottage Suites stand amidst coconut trees and tropical gardens on a hillside looking out to sea. Each cottage varies slightly in shape and size, to gain the best sea view. All cottages feature a bathtub on the terrace. The Tongsai Grand Villas at the resort are sumptuous with large open-air terraces complete with a gazebo, bath tub, dining table and


sunbathing furniture. A number have private 21 sq. metre swimming pools. The Tongsai Bay offers guests two swimming pools (a freeform swimming pool and a half- moon pool overlooking the sea), a tennis court, exercise room, games room, watersports and three separate restaurants for your dining pleasure – Chef Chom's for traditional Thai cuisine, Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar, on the beach, for both lunch or dinner, and The Butler’s for that extra special evening. After a busy day let your mind and body unwind at the resort's unique Prana Spa where massage and spa treatments are gently administered by expert spa therapists. To keep you in contact with the rest of the


world, wi-fi is available throughout the resort, as well as complimentary internet service. So come and be pampered at Koh Samui's exclusive oasis – The Tongsai Bay.


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