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There’s always a reason to visit Thailand, and its beautiful beaches, wonderful culture, top shopping, fabulous hotels and superb weather are just the tip of the iceberg


service levels, an innate friendliness and sense of fun. And of course there is the fabulous Thai food, with which so many UK residents are already familiar thanks to some 2,500 restaurants across the country. Beyond its obvious natural and cultural attributes, the reason for Thailand’s continued popularity is its constant reinvention. New hotels are popping up all the time, not only increasing choice but also keeping prices keen.


A Thailand is


great value at any time of year so you really can enjoy ‘luxury for less’


You don’t need to wait for the right season to visit Thailand; different resorts see their best weather at different times of the year, and even off-peak usually means just an hour’s warm shower before the sun’s back out – a fair pay-off for the keen hotel deals. Of course, Thailand is great value at any time of the year and great quality too so you really can enjoy ‘luxury for less’. Upgrade your hotel and upgrade your lifestyle! Thailand is also a big hit with honeymooners but it can allow you to feel that extra bit special whatever the occasion. We hope you find this guide useful, and for further suggestions please see www.tourismthailand.co.uk.


” It Begins with the People...


Front cover illustrations: Tina-Lee McDougall Publishing Director/Managing Editor: Alan Orbell Writer: Debbie Ward Publisher: Sally Parker Editor: Steve Hartridge Group Editor: Jo Austin Journalists: Andy Hoskins, Julie Baxter &


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Whole new areas of the country are also yet to be fully explored. Khao Lak, the quieter beach resort and dive base near Phuket, is a rising star, while the leafy northeast has also opened up to tourism in recent years.


re amazing beaches your top requirement? Maybe it’s fascinating culture? Or perhaps shopping? Great golf courses? Or something more active, like trekking or diving? Want to scrub down an elephant, or have yourself scrubbed and massaged in a spa? Party under the full moon, or just hang out in a hammock? Thailand offers all these experiences and many more, all with world-class


Contents FEATURES


5 Thai Choices 6 Beaches 9 Spas & Massage 11 Activities & Adventure 13 Eco-Tourism 14 Family Holidays 16 Weddings & Honeymoons


HOT SPOTS 18 Bangkok 19 Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai 20 Phuket 22 Pattaya 23 Hua Hin & Cha Am 24 Krabi 25 Koh Samui


USEFUL INFORMATION 26 Stopovers & Airlines 27 Getting out & about 28 Festivals, Fam trips & Roadshows 30 Map of Thailand


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