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WHY THAILAND MAKES THE BEST HOLIDAY.

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In Thailand, the treasures are extensive and rarely cost a fortune. Home to glorious beaches and year-round warm water, every day you can dine on traditional Thai cuisine, schedule a massage or delve into a culture rich in heritage. Dreamy as it is, that’s not all you need to know. Here are some of the questions we most often hear about this incredible destination.

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1   |   Why do Kiwis love to holiday in Thailand? 
Thailand is the ideal destination for a relaxing beach holiday, but one which is quite different to the Pacific Islands. Kiwis are attracted to the food, culture, heritage and accessibility to world-famous hot spots such as Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui. In addition, prices are compelling. Ask us about bonus night offers and deals that allow you to double your stay for the same price.

 

2   |   For total relaxation, where do Kiwis prefer to stay?
Kiwis can’t get enough of the beach, so we’re never straying too far from Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi, among other idyllic hangouts.


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3   |   How can I choose which island is best for me?
It really comes down to what type of holiday you’re after. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are you looking for a big resort with lots of facilities and plenty of amenities just outside the door? Or would you prefer something smaller and more compact with a real island paradise feel, like Koh Samui?

You might want to stay in a small and intimate island resort, such as an offshore island offering 5-star luxury resorts. Think about the experience you're after and then discuss the details with your House of Travel consultant.


4   |   Why do families go?
Due to its immense popularity boom a few decades back, Thailand has embraced tourism and become exceptionally family friendly. Your consultant can run through all the resorts boasting massive kids’ clubs and water parks (that’s not a typo, actual water parks within your resort). Over the years, kids’ clubs have been fine-tuned to accommodate every type of tyke, from toddlers to tweens and teens, everyone’s looked after.


5   |   Why do couples rave about it?
Because competition is fierce, there are exceptionally good value couple’s holidays all year round. For a fuss-free getaway, couples love Thailand for the tranquillity and the beach, as well as the food, culture and evenings that can be low-key, or the perfect occasion to let your hair down together. Either or. 


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6   |   What type of accommodation is there?
Resorts. With Thailand being as tourist-centric as it is, there are a huge array of resorts available. From budget to blow out. Have a chat with one of our consultants and they will help narrow down your search.

Huts. There are fewer huts than you might imagine. These were once the epitome of a Thailand beach break, but are now quite commercialised. However, we can still help find you find that genuine experience.

Unusual. Unique getaways still exist. Ask us about wellness retreats at the Kamalaya resort in Koh Samui, or intrepid temple stays with monks.

Deal-tastic. The deals in Thailand are year-round competitive. Bonus night offers are common and often you can buy a week in a resort and get an entire week free.


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7   |   What are the must-dos?
Aside from beach days and super cheap massages, and between the temples and night markets, we always encourage travellers to visit Chang Mai. As the former capital, it’s home to a lot of fascinating history, and the food is next-level delicious. Spicier than other regions, it’ll blow your socks — and your taste buds — off. 


8  |   Bangkok sounds rowdy. Is it just for backpackers? And how can I avoid that?
Thailand’s capital does have quite the reputation, especially in Patpong, the ‘entertainment district’, but never judge a city by its ping pongs. Scratch a little deeper and you’ll find a beautiful metropolis of historic landmarks and elegant temples still worth your time. Food is also a major draw card, from hawker to luxury, Bangkok is chock full of tasty cuisine. Roof top bars, such as Vertigo at the Banyan Tree Hotel are a highlight, and many people don’t know this, but Bangkok is very green. Check out Lumphini Park, at 142 acres it even features a lake with boat rentals.


Try heading somewhere a lot more sedate such as the island of Koh Chang. Flights from Bangkok only take an hour and it’s far less commercialised than the capital. Remote and jungle-covered, despite’s Thailand’s raucous notoriety, you’ll soon feel a million miles from anywhere. 


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9  |   How much time is needed to see Thailand in its entirety, including Phuket?
Most holiday-makers take advantage of resort deals in one place for their entire stay, and with the beach outside and easy dining just footsteps away, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you’re keen to move around, to see the culture-rich area of Chang Mai, or to fly down to Phuket and Samui, you’ll want between 10 days and two weeks to really make the most of it!


Tempting, right? Some of our best holidays are just a click away. Better yet, come chat to one of our friendly travel experts. We love matching Kiwis with their perfect holidays.


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ABOUT ANNA SARJEANT

As a self-confessed travel addict, the majority of my wage, time and daydreams are spent seeing as much of the planet as my pay packet will allow. My love for a good jaunt may have been brought on by an inquisitive mind, but I am more inclined to think it was induced by several childhood holidays spent in a rain-lashed caravan. Up a mountain. On a farm. In Britain. Bored.

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GETTING THERE

There are a range of airlines flying out of Auckland to Thailand — either via Bangkok to the islands or via other Asia gateways, depending on the airline. Flight times range from 12 to14 hours including your transit time.

WHEN TO GO

The weather is warm year-round! Monsoon season (the rainy season) can vary: It officially runs from June until October. But in the south, rains can last until late November.

VISAS

No visa is required for a tourist stay up to 90 days, but it’s good to check with your consultant. It’s always a good idea to have a printed itinerary with proof of accommodation and return flights in case it’s requested.

CURRENCY

Thai Baht

GETTING AROUND

We recommend regional flights for travelling between Bangkok and the islands. Smaller islands are easily accessed by boat transfer.

HEALTH

It's safest to drink bottled water here.



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