Guide to a Beach Vacation on the Thai Islands

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  • Thailand

  • Bangkok

  • Phuket

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • International Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Island-Life

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Thailand is a dynamic and intriguing destination in Southeast Asia where there is something for everyone to do. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a new culture, get some R&R on the beach or stay in luxury and unique hotels and resorts, Thailand is the place to be. There are many beautiful and must-see areas of Thailand and, in this guide, I will focus on the Thai Islands. Thailand has plenty of islands that have been developed for tourism.

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Where to stay in Thailand

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Six Senses Samui

Luxury resort with beautifully appointed villas with outdoor showers and views of the Gulf of Thailand.

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  • Complimentary 50-minute massage per person, for up to two guests.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

In Chiang Rai, a conservation-focused camp families love, with views of the Mekong River and an adventure-filled all-inclusive package.

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  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Soneva Kiri

The best of barefoot luxury, with breezy villas, over-water bungalows and an open-air cinema.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Thailand

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Krabi island-hopping by catamaran. Thailand is the home of many islands with beautiful and relaxing beaches that are a must-see! What better way to have that experience than to go island-hopping where you can cruise in style, enjoy a quick swim or snorkel and relax on the beach! Not to mention the many landscapes with breathtaking views!

Elephant experience. If you are looking to do something fun and different or if you are simply an animal lover, this is for you. Thailand has many elephant sanctuaries where you can go and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can even spend the day helping out the elephants by planting, growing and preparing food, and overall just being of help to the sanctuary!

Thai cuisine cooking classes. Who doesn't love food?! Thailand offers many different cooking classes where you can learn how to make authentic Thai cuisines, and build your culture recipe knowledge bank and you can do it with a view! Many places offer these classes on beautiful beaches.

Cultural experiences. Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha if you are interested in getting a glimpse of Thai culture and would like to view and explore their temples, you might want to consider taking a look at these places! You'll get to witness the monks and view their daily chants.

The museum of floral culture. Perfect for lovers of flowers you will have the opportunity to see a unique flower exhibition. The museum has a focus on Thai floral culture and its impacts on the Thai lifestyle.

Cruise to Camel Rock, Ao Nui and Ao Loh Dalum. Thailand has many pristine sights and you don't want to miss this one! A great way to spend your time in Thailand and visit many islands, this located in the Andaman sea.

Ancient Ayutthaya. Known for its preservation of Thai history, Ayutthaya is a stunning part of Thailand filled with culture and history with a lot of room for exploration!

Places to eat & drink in Thailand

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Le Normandie - A fine establishment that offers delicious french cuisine, breathtaking views and has been consistently awarded 2 Michelin stars Le Normandie is a must-try if you ever visit Bangkok.

Sorn Bangkok - This family-owned restaurant is known for its impeccable service and traditional Thai cuisine. Food at Sorn is sustainably sourced from local farmers and slow-cooked to perfection.

Suhring - if you're looking for something different and want to try special german food then this is for you. they offer family recipes using traditional german techniques.

Old city - A must-go for Thai street food. Located in Bangkok, the old city is the place to go for a never-ending amount of street food!

PRU - This restaurant is located in Phuket and offers mainly plant and seafood.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out this guide by Fora Advisor Kim Walters: A Guide to Phuket Island, Thailand.

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