Thailand Holidays

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It is easy to see why Thailand holidays have become one of the most popular holiday choices for travellers. From its unspoilt beaches, turquoise seas and pure white sands to its busy cities with alluring markets and a vibrant nightlife. If you are the exploring type, Thaliand's turbulent history has left ruins and many forgotten temples and deserted cities for you to discover.

The popularity of Thailand is booming, driven primarily by Hollywood since the region has been featured in many blockbuster films which has seen the opening of many luxurious international hotels. If your'e just looking for an affordable island getaway, you will find a plethora of cheap and comfortable accommodation.

There is a variety of activities to be enjoyed on your Thailand holiday including snorkelling, diving and many watersports which are very popular. If you are a land orientated traveller, you have the option of cycling across the flat river areas or trekking into the mountains. Check out our Thailand Holidays.

Health

Malaria is a risk outside Bangkok and in the major tourist resorts. Physicians advise immunisation against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever. There have been also been cases of bird flu, although the likelyhood of this is very low, providing all poultry and egg dishes well cooked and contact with live birds should be avoided.

Travellers may be suceptible to food and water borne diseases so drinking bottled or sterilised water is definitely recommended. Medical facilities are generally good in major cities, however without insurance, cash or credit card, travellers will not be treated so medical insurance is considered essential.

Customs

Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon so best to be discreet. An informal dress code is more than fine, however beachwear should be reserved for the beach only.

Safety

Thailand holiday travellers should be aware that there is an ongoing threat of terrorism throughout South East Asia so you should be alert whilst in public places and tourist resorts. Do not camp in undesignated areas in national parks and avoid the border areas. Keep an eye on your passports and credit cards avoid carrying much money or jewellery. Be aware of scams involving gems and never accept drinks from strangers.

Since the Asian Tsunami, services and facilities in most popular Thailand holiday destinations that were affected are now operating as normal. During the monsoon season, (September and October) the north, north east and central regions experiences flooding which often causes mudslides and flash floods. Visitors planning a Thailand holiday trekking in the jungle during this time should check conditions with licensed tour guides before leaving.

The Malaysian border is unstable for travel particularly around Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat and Songkhla as fighting has killed and injured many people in public places. Thai authorities have put additional security measures in place throughout the country making most places calm however, visitors should avoid government buildings and military personnel.

Visas, passports and entry requirements

Visas are not required for Australian and New Zealand passport holders for stay up to 30 days. Travellers entering Thailand are required to prove they have sufficient funds to cover the length of their stay, and should hold documentation for return/onward travel. Entry may be refused to travellers of a 'hippy' appearance.

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  • Phuket Flights + 4 Nights

    from $919*

    • Return economy class airfare to Phuket including prepaid taxes.
    • 4 nights accommodation at the 3.5-star Horizon Patong Beach Hotel in a Superior Room.
    • Full Breakfast Daily.
    • BONUS 2 FREE Nights - Stay 4, Pay 2.
    Travel departing from:
    Perth from $919*
    Melbourne from $1039*
    Sydney from $1059*
    Brisbane from $1089*
    Adelaide from $1219*

    Just across the road from Patong Beach, the Horizon Patong Beach Hotel is a modern hotel with excellent facilities. There is a wide choice of recently renovated accommodation types to suit everyone including spacious superior and deluxe rooms, family rooms with kitchenettes and suites. There are two swimming pools, a swimup pool bar, a sports bar with large screen TV and pool table, games room, hotel spa, and 3 restaurants including the best Indian cuisine in Phuket. Patongs shopping and entertainment district is just a short stroll away. .
  • Phuket Flights + 4 Nights

    from $1,129*

    • Return economy class airfare to Phuket including prepaid taxes.
    • 4 nights accommodation at the 3.5-star The Front Village in a Seafront Superior Room.
    • Buffet breakfast daily.
    Travel departing from:
    Perth from $1129*
    Melbourne from $1219*
    Sydney from $1239*
    Brisbane from $1269*
    Adelaide from $1459*

    Set against a backdrop of magnificent mountains and nestled in lush tropical gardens, in a secluded part of Phuket, the Front Village is perfect for an exotic getaway.

    The hotel is a stone throw from the dazzling white sands and crystal clear waters of Karon beach and every elegant guest room boasts stunning sea views. Guests can dine in the stylish restaurant and enjoy the huge free-form swimming pool and jacuzzi.
  • BONUS 2 FREE Nights

    Koh Samui Flights + STAY 7 Nights, PAY 5

    from $1,269*

    • Return economy class airfare to Koh Samui including prepaid taxes.
    • 7 nights accommodation at the 3.5-star Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui in a Superior Room.
    • 1 night accommodation at the 5-star Sama Sama Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport in a Deluxe Room when departing Sydney or Brisbane, due to flight scheduales.
    • Full Breakfast Daily.
    • BONUS 2 FREE nights - Stay 7, Pay 5.
    Travel departing from:
    Melbourne from $1269*
    Perth from $1319*
    Adelaide from $1399*
    Sydney from $1409*
    Brisbane from $1415*

    Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi 3.5*
    Great location at the quieter end of Chaweng Beach. An excellent standard the resort is very well maintained and offers great value modern and comfortable rooms. The rooms are set in blocks around the pool and many have sea views. Recommended to upgrade to a Deluxe Room.

    Sama Sama Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport 5*
    Uniquely located at Malaysia's new transportation hub is the Sama Sama Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Linked by sky bridge to the main terminal, the hotel provides the finest in 5 star facilities.
  • BONUS includes 1 FREE night

    The Shore, Phuket Flights + STAY 5 Nights, PAY 4

    from $2,125*

    • Return economy class airfare to Phuket including prepaid taxes.
    • 5 nights at the 4.5-star The Shore at Katathani in a Pool Villa.
    • Full Breakfast Daily.
    • BONUS 1 FREE night - Stay 5, Pay 4.
    Travel departing from:
    Perth from $2125*
    Adelaide from $2249*
    Melbourne from $2265*
    Sydney from $2279*
    Brisbane from $2309*
    Land Only from $1355*

    The Shore at Katathani is a brand new luxury resort offering a serene setting perched upon a secluded cove commanding an impressive view of the blue Andaman Sea. The Shore consists of 48 romantic pool villa units perfect for a romantic getaway. Facilities include a stunning beachfront restaurant, wine cellar, spa, fitness centre, library, gift shop, orchard and complimentary use of all facilities at its sister resort, Katathani.
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