There are few cities on Earth that have quite the same buzz as Bangkok, whether it’s watching the bartering locals at its floating markets, the excited crowds around a Muay Thai combat match, the devoted worshippers heading in to its temples, or the ‘raring to go’ nightlife worshippers lit up by the neon of Khao San Road.
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This photogenic scene of palaces, temples, floating market boats, and t’ai chi-taking park-goers promises enough snapshots to fill any photo album. As well as these much-photographed sights, make sure you fit in time for real-life experiences like dining on street food, and taking time out for a Thai massage. Enjoy a 3-night stay at your Bangkok hotel.
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A reassuring reminder of real Thailand, Khao Lak has just enough traveller luxuries without fading the richness of its spirit, the purity of its beaches, or the vibrancy of its jungle and water adventures. A string of little seaside enclaves, you can beach-hop between shores like popular Nang Thong, tree-shaded Khao Lak Beach, and fashionable Bang Niang.
Khao Lak is ‘national park central’, with its plethora of parks promising endless experiences. There’s stunning snorkelling around Similan and Surin National Marine Parks. There are jungle trails and canoeing at Khao Sok NP. There’s turtle-spotting at Thai Muang NP. And there are treks to bathe in Ton Chong Fa waterfall’s froth at Khao Lak-Lam Ru NP. Enjoy a 7-night stay at your Khao Lak hotel.
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