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					20 Thailand

       The Kingdom of Thailand is the centre of the Indochina
       region and the most developed of the surrounding coun-
                                                                                the land of smiles is an unforgettable experience. We have a wide
                                                                                range of long and short tours in Thailand so you can construct your
                                                                                own holiday and get the balance between sightseeing and relaxing
       tries. Unlike its neighbours it has never been colonised by
                                                                                that is right for you.
       a foreign power which has given it a unique character of its
       own.                                                                     Rightly famed for its spicy cuisine, you will never go hungry in
                                                                                Thailand – whether you choose to eat the ubiquitous Pad Thai (stir-
       From its bustling capital, Bangkok, where the modern world stands        fried noodles) at a roadside stall or enjoy the international quality
       among century old buddhist temples and palaces to the quiet towns        cuisine at an international hotel. Visit the world famous floating mar-
       of the old Lanna Kingdom. From the southern coasts and islands           ket to see all manner of ingredients being sold from small boats and
       where you can relax in secluded resorts of international standard to     even stay in a traditional house and learn to cook Thai food for your-
       the mountains of the north where you can ride elephants through          self. If this is too active for you then you can enjoy beautiful fresh
       forests inhabited by numerous ethnic hill tribes. Thailand is a desti-   food at very reasonable prices while watching a classical dance.
       nation of many contrasts.
                                                                                We can organise arrangements for you all over the Kingdom of
       Our trips are designed to give you the best that Thailand has to         Thailand, whether they appear in this brochure or not, so whether
       offer, from historical sights to natural beauty – all combined with a    you want to just laze on a beach or seek out the culture or history
       high standard of service and hospitality that will ensure your stay in   then Mekong Travel can help you to discover the real Thailand.

        Mae                                                                Highlights of Thailand
        Son         Chiang Rai                     Thailand has spectacularly varied country with a range of scenery and many different
                                                   cultures. Below are some of the highlights that we can show you.
                Chiang Mai
                                                    The tropical islands of Ko Samui and Ko          The ornate Grand Palace in Bangkok and
                              Udon Thani
                Sukhothai                          Samed are ringed with coral and secluded           Wat Po with its 75m Reclining Buddha
                                                            beautiful white beaches                                         q
                       Ayutthaya                                         q                            Wildlife and tropical jungles of Khao Sok
                                                   Thailand’s hot and spicy cuisine, that you               and Khao Yai National Parks
                           BANGKOK                      can even learn to cook yourself                                     q
                            Ko Samed                                      q                         The ruins ancient civilisation of Ayutthaya
                 Hua Hin                             The varied hilltribe culture of Northern      are easily visited from Bangkok and those at
                                                                    Thailand                                Sukhothai from Chiang Mai

       Khao Sok        Ko Samui


                                                                                                                Tours in Bangkok                      21

City of the
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital for more than 200 years, is one
of the world’s most dynamic and fascinating cities. A won-
derful mixture of old and new, it is the centre of the coun-
                                                                            Bangkok sightseeing tours
try’s political, business, cultural and social life, as well as          Grand Palace                      Daily 08:30-12:00 or 13:30-17:00
                                                                         The Grand Palace is the traditional home of Thai royalty and also
just about every other facet of Thailand’s character.                    of the famous Emerald Buddha housed in Wat Phra Keo.
                                                                         Ref GP: Price per person £25.00
In terms of entertainment and leisure appeal, there are few places to
match this ‘City of Angels’. It is little wonder that Bangkok welcomes   Jim Thompson House
millions of visitors a year to experience its unique attractions.        Daily except Sundays, 09:00-12:00 or 13:30-17:00
Quality hotels in Bangkok are exceptionally good value and our           Former residence of the pioneer of the Thai Silk industry now
range of tours will help you explore what the city has to offer.         converted into a museum with many rare objects of Asian art.
                                                                         Ref JT: Price per person £25.00
Moving on
You can combine a few days in Bangkok with almost any of our tours       Floating Market                 Daily except Sundays, 06:00-14:00
– in Thailand and further afield – or with some time relaxing on the     Travel to Damneon Saduak to see the famous Floating Market.
beaches further South. Whatever you decide, you will fall in love        Ref JT: Price per person £50.00
with this city, that manages to be both frenetic and crowded as well
as traditional, spiritual and peaceful – a lot like Asia itself.         Rose Garden                                       Daily 13:00-18:00
                                                                         Visit the picturesque Rose Garden country resort and visit to the
                                                                         Thai Village for a cultural show of Thai sports and folk dancing.
                                                                         Ref RG: Price per person £30.00

                                                                         Ayutthaya                                      Daily 09:00-17:00
                                                                         Former capital of Thailand 90 kms north of Bangkok. Also visit
                                                                         Bang-Pa-In, the old Royal Summer Residence. Ref AYU: Price per
                                                                         person (incl. Lunch) £48.00

                                                                         Day trip to the River Kwai                        Daily 08:30-18:00
                                                                         Bus to ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’. Boat trip to the World War II
                                                                         cemetery. Ref RK: Price per person (including Lunch) £53.00
                                                                                              All tours are by private car with guide.
                                                                         Full details of these tours can be found on

Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok
From Bangkok take the world famous Eastern and Oriental                  The Train
Express and enjoy luxury all the way to Kuala Lumpur or                  The air-conditioned carriages
                                                                         have been lavishly refurbished in
Singapore or alternatively north to Chiang Mai.
                                                                         the 1930's colonial style. There
                                                                         are 13 sleeping cars, two restau-
                                       Making two return trips fort-
                                                                         rant cars, one bar car, one obser-
                                       nightly between Singapore,
                                                                         vation/bar car and a saloon car.
                                       Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok,
                                       the route through mountains,
                                                                         Sleeping Accommodation
                                       tropical rain forests and
                                                                         Stewards attend each cabin around the clock. There are three grades
                                       along beautiful coastlines,
                                                                         of compartment, all with private showers and toilet facilities:
                                       shows passengers a magnifi-
                                                                         Superior (day seat converting to upper and lower bunks); State
                                       cent array of scenery.
                                                                         Compartments(more spacious, with daytime seating that converts to
                                                                         twin lower beds and Presidential Suites (very spacious with twin
Length of Journeys
                                                                         lower bed, armchairs, tables, free bar, extra wardrobe space and
• Singapore to Bangkok is 1,200 miles (1,943 kms.) and takes 52
                                                                         dressing room with vanity console.
hours with two nights and two full days on board.
• Bangkok to Chiang Mai is 433 miles (696 kms.) and takes 21 hours                    For more details and prices please call Mekong Travel.
                                                                          Full details of these tours can be found on
with one night and one full day on board.
22 Hotels - Bangkok

                                                The Oriental                                                                           Sukhothai
                                                                                                                                       Hotel IIIII

                                                                                               A combination of ancient Thai symbols and modern facilities, the
       Situated on the Chao Phraya River, and one of the finest and most                       Sukhothai Bangkok is a low rise hotel with five star luxury with its
       classic hotels in the world, some of the notables who have stayed                       sumptuous silk furnishings, subtle decor and stunning restaurants.
       here (and have had suites named after them) are Joseph Conrad,                          It boasts 224 exquisite rooms and suites, all designed to bring to life
       Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward.                                                       the ancient style of the first capital in the Kingdom of Thailand.
          An atmosphere of calm and a sense of a bygone era pervade this                          The philosophy of management is that guests delight in being
       luxury hotel which offers accommodation with character on the city                      somewhere they can relax, Set amidst 6 acres of landscaped gardens
       bank of the Chao Phraya River.                                                          and pools within the banking and diplomatic areas of Bangkok, the
          Set in tropical gardens on the banks of the river, the Oriental is                   capital of Thailand.
       within easy reach of major business and shopping areas and is thus                         Room facilities include remote control stereo television/radio, in
       suitable for both the business and leisure travellers.                                  house movies, cable and satellite TV, electronic personal mini safe,
          All rooms are equipped with IDD telephone, individually con-                         mini bar, individually controlled air conditioning, deluxe bathroom
       trolled air-conditioning, TV with in-house movies, mini-bar, in-room                    with 2 seater bath tub, separate water closet and shower, telephone
       safe, fruit basket and fresh flowers, hairdryer and butler service.                     in bathroom, 2 separate wardrobes, hairdryer, IDD direct dial tele-
          The Oriental Spa blends Eastern and Western traditions in an                         phone and individual fax numbers, voice mail and personal business
       innovative approach to well-being. The fitness centre is also at the                    kit.
       disposal of guests.
        Prices per person                             Share twin             Single             Prices per person                           Share twin             Single
        1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                £135                £265             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                £78                £155
        1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £145                £285             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £90                £175
        16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request                 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                     Price on request
                                                  Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE                                            Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

       Dusit Thani                                                                               Royal Benja
       IIII                                                                                      III   Hotel

       The Dusit Thani is a modern interpretation of classical Thai style
       reflected in the hotel’s blend of traditional Thai hospitality and the
       most up-to-date facilities.                                                             Royal Benja Hotel, offers you a good standard of service and hospi-
          Located in the heart of Bangkok's major business and entertain-                      tality. It is located on Sukhumvit Road Soi 5 in the vicinity of the
       ment district. The hotel overlooks Lumpini Park, the city's principal                   Expressway and just a few minutes to shopping centres such as
       oasis. Decor and furnishings throughout are of elegant Thai design                      World Trade Centre, Siam Square or business areas on Asoke, Silom,
       with full use made of traditional materials such as silk and teak-                      and just 30 minutes from the airport.
       wood. All rooms feature air-conditioning, cable television, direct dial                    Each of its specially decorative 400 rooms exhibits spacious ele-
       telephones, hair dryer, minibar, voice mail, fax modem and safe.                        gance and unique interior style accommodated with modern luxuri-
          Superior rooms come with either twin or king bed; Suites come                        ous facilities.
       with either king or queen size beds.                                                       Other facilities include:
          Shogun, one of Bangkok's finest Japanese restaurants offers a                               Babysitting                      Conference Rooms
       selection of traditional dishes prepared by master chefs from Japan.                           Restaurant                       Fitness Room
          For recreation, the hotel provides guests with the Dusit Spa and                            Business Centre                  Massage and Sauna
       Fitness Centre with sauna, aerobics, massage, steam room and Spa                               Room Service                     Swimming Pool
       Cafe. An outdoor swimming pool with waterfall, gardens and sun                                 Laundry Service
       deck is also available as well as a golf driving range.

        Prices per person                             Share twin             Single             Prices per person                           Share twin             Single
        1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                 £40                 £75             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                £14                 £26
        1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April              £40                 £75             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £14                 £26
        16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request                 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                     Price on request
                                                  Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE                                            Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

       This is just a selection of our recommended hotels. We can book any hotel of your choice. Prices in Bangkok start from just £14 ppn
                                                                                                            Tours from Bangkok                           23

   Cruise                                                                   Bangkok – Ayuthaya (Monday & Wednesday departures)
The ‘Manhora song’ is a 22-metre long river rice barge that
                                                                            Day 1: Cruise up Chao Phya river. Arrive at Wat Bang Na, a 230 year-
has been lovingly restored and lavishly converted into an
                                                                            old Thai temple for sunset cocktails on deck and overnight on board.
ultra deluxe river cruiser, designed for up to four couples
to explore Thailand’s famous Menam Chao Phraya river in                     Day 2: Visit Wat then cruise to Bang Pa-In (Royal Summer Palace).
                                                                            Afternoon tour of Ayuthaya. Evening return by road to Bangkok.
unmatched luxury and comfort.
                                                                            Ayuthaya – Bangkok (Tuesday and Thursday depar tures)
Built upon the original 40 year old, solid teak hull, the ‘Manohra
                                                                            Day 1: Drive to Ayuthaya, tour, then afternoon tour of Bang-Pa-In.
Song’ features four air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bath-
                                                                            Cruise to Wat Bang Na, a 230-year-old Thai temple for overnight.
rooms, and expansive saloon living and dining area with bar, plus
and ample forward sun deck lounging area.                                   Day 2: Visit Wat then cruise to Bangkok and transfer to hotel.

Your journey allows you to catch a glimpse of life on the river. A can-      Ref: BKKMA1/BKKMA2. ‘Manhora Song’ £385.00 per person for
dle light dinner is served on the deck as you share experiences with         minimum of two people in November and December.
fellow guests, and after a good nights sleep you wake up to perhaps          £335 per person for minimum of two people at all other times.
the highlight of the tour – a beautiful sunrise over the river and an
early morning visit to the riverside temple to make your own tradi-          Ref: BKKMK1/BKKMK2. ‘Mekhala’ £162.40 per person for mini-
tional offerings to the Buddhist monks.                                      mum of two people in November and December.
                                                                             £140.40 per person for minimum of two people at all other times.
This tour can also be taken on the Mekhala, which is a standard class        Full details of this tour can be found on
converted teak barge that follows the same itinerary. (See right).

Thai Cookery Course                                                           Khao Yai National Park

Travel by longtailed boat to a typical Thai House in a Bangkok sub-
urb where you will participate in a professionally conducted two-           This three day tour visits Thailand’s oldest national park. It is con-
day Thai cooking course. Dinner and an overnight stay complete              sidered to be one of the most important of its kind in the world.
this unique and truly Thai experience.                                      Covering 2168 sq km it has some of the largest areas of rainforest in
                                                                            Asia. It has populations of tigers, elephants, gibbons and deer as
Day 1:                                                                      well as various bird life.
Morning and afternoon cooking lesson, including: Tom Yam Kung
Larb Moo (Spicy Thai Pork Salad), Phad Thai (Thai Fried Noodles),           Day 1:
Kaeng Ka-Ri Kai (Yellow Chicken Curry) and Paneang Neua.                    Morning depart for Khao Yai. Overnight at Juldis Khao Yai Resort.

Day 2:                                                                      Day 2:
Morning and afternoon lesson, including: Tom Khaa Kai (Coconut and          All day park tour visiting waterfalls, observation points and salt
Galangal Soup), Phad Phrik Khing Moo/ Kai (Stir Fried Pork or Chicken       licks. Night drive though the park ‘lamping’ for nocturnal wildlife.
and Long-Beans), Kaeng Kai Sai Normai (Chicken Red Curry and Bamboo
Shoots) and Kaeng Kheo Waan Neua (Green Beef Curry).                        Day 3:
                                                                            Return to Bangkok and transfer to your Hotel.
 Ref: CUL03 Departs daily from 01 April '02 - 31 March '03.
 Price £225.00 per person for minimum of two people.                         Ref: KYP3 £185.00 per person for minimum of two people.

  Full details of this tour can be found on     Full details of this tour can be found on
24 Northern Thailand

                       The Lanna                                                  Regent Hotel & Resort

                                                                                  The best available accommodation in Chiang Mai offering luxurious
                                                                                  rooms with traditional Thai design set among 20 acres of land-
                                                                                  scaped grounds. Clusters of Lanna-style pavilions decorated with
                                                                                  rich Thai materials and fabrics, overlook gardens, terraced rice pad-
                                                                                  dies and mountain views. Sixteen palatial Residence Suites housed
                                                                                  in three or four storey villas offer master, guest and children's bed-
                                                                                  rooms with private plunge pools or rooftop penthouse and come
                                                                                  complete with their own Mae Baan (live-in house keeper.)
                                                                                     The new Lanna Spa features seven private treatment suites, two
                                                                                  Thai herbal steam rooms, heated whirlpool and cold plunge pool,
                                                                                  infinity edge swimming pool.
                                                                                     For those that prefer their workouts in-doors, a fully equipped fit-
                                                                                  ness and exercise studio is available for the health enthusiast.
                                                                                  Features include strength and cardio-vascular training equipment.
                                                                                  Outdoor options abound at the resort. The Tennis and Health Club
                                                                                  is managed by Peter Burwash International (PBI). Facilities include
                                                                                  two floodlit artificial tennis courts -- available on a complimentary

                                                                                   Prices per person                           Share twin             Single
                                                                                  1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec               £150                £300
                                                                                  1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April            £150                £300
                                                                                  16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                     Price on request
                                                                                                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

       Chiang Mai was the capital of a kingdom known as Lanna,
       whose cultural heritage can be seen today in the various                   Imperial Mae Ping                                                      III
       temples, festivals and traditions that continue to play a
       vital role in the region’s daily life. Interestingly, the city’s
       original perimeter is still marked by a moat and fortified
       gates. Within this area are numerous ancient temples and
       ruins attesting to a distinguished past.

       Chiang Rai is a quiet, yet historical town with a bustling market and
       a hilltop temple overlooking the Kok River. The scenery of the north
                                                                                  The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai locates conveniently on
       is mountainous with many forests and if you are feeling adventurous
                                                                                  the heart of downtown adjacent to the famous shoppers' paradise
       you can hire your own car and head off to explore on your own. A
                                                                                  "Night Bazaar" and 10 minutes drive from the Chiang Mai
       major reason for visiting Northern Thailand is to see the many hill-
                                                                                  International Airport.
       tribe people residing in the region. Both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
                                                                                     Each of the 371 guestrooms in the 15 story tower has attractive
       make a perfect base for visiting hilltribe villages.
                                                                                  and spacious deluxe interiors offering comfort to make your stay in
                                                                                  Chiang Mai as relaxing as possible.
                                                                                     Guest rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with all the
       Chiang Mai sightseeing tours                                               finest amenities, and offer you panoramic views of Chiang Mai's
                                                                                  famous mountain top temple, Doi Suthep. With its ideal location and
       Half day City Tour                                                         perfect blend of Lanna Thai culture with modern comfort and con-
       A tour of the old city including temples and the city walls.               venience, the Mae Ping provides a hotel experience that even the
       Ref: CMCT. £22.00 per person based on two people                           most sophisticated traveller will look forward to repeating.
                                                                                     Sports and recreation facilities include a jogging track, massage
       Half day City Tour & Doi Suthep                                            services and swimming pool. The landscaped garden is perfect for
       As above but also visiting Wat Doi Suthep on hill outside town.            romantic walks.
       Ref: CTDS. £27.00 per person based on two people

       Full day Elephant Ride & Raft Trip
       Visit elephant camp for forest ride then raft trip along the Ping River     Prices per person                           Share twin             Single
       before visiting a local Hmong village.                                     1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                £10                 £18
       Ref: ERRT. £40.00 per person based on two people
                                                                                  1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £12                 £22

       Full day tour to Doi Inathon National Park                                 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request
                                                                                                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE
       Visit Doi Inathon, one of the top bird-watching sites in Thailand.
       Ref: DINP. £45.00 per person based on two people
         Full details of these tours can be found on     Other hotels are available. Price start from just £10 pppn.
                                                                                                              Northern Thailand                     25

        Classic Tour of the North
Sightseeing highlights of Thailand include a huge variety of
religious and historic monuments; a rich cultural and artis-
tic heritage; museums and beautiful scenery.

Such key elements are naturally included in sightseeing tour itiner-
aries, but Mekong Travel also seeks out the less obvious attractions
- interesting local markets, festivals, wherever these coincide with
travel plans, traditional handicrafts and industries, plus the oppor-
tunity to meet local people in their own environments. Also includ-
ed are opportunities to try regional cuisine and to see typical or
traditional forms of entertainment.

The tour starts with a tranquil river cruise along the the Chao
Phraya River 70 kms north to the former Siamese capital of
Ayutthaya. This UNESCO World Heritage dates from (1350-1767) and
its impressive ancient ruins of temples and palaces are reminders of
the glorious past of this period of Thai history.

The tour continues to Korat once part of the Angkor-centred Khmer
Empire and onto the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai, site
of the first independent Thai kingdom. We end up in the heart of the
fabled Golden Triangle, the mountainous region where the borders
of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) converge, an area populat-
ed by hilltribes whose lives have changed little over the centuries.

                                                                        Day 1: Bangkok – Mekhala
                                                                        Transfer from the hotel to board the Mekhala. Cruise, up the Chao
                                                                        Phraya River passing by the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn.
                                                                        Candlelight dinner and overnight on board at Wat Kai Tia.

                                                                        Day 2: Mekhala – Ayuthaya – Korat
                                                                        Depart for Bang-Pa-In to visit Summer Palace of King Rama V then
                                                                        by longtailed speed boats to Ayuthaya, former capital. Continue to
                                                                        Pimai, to visit museum and Khmer temples. Overnight in Korat.

                                                                        Day 3: Korat – Saraburi – Lopburi – Sukothai
                                                                        Visit the earthenware village of Daan Kwien. Visit to Phra Buddha
                                                                        Badh in Saraburi, then sightseeing in Lopburi. Proceed to Sukothai.

                                                                        Day 4: Sukothai – Sri Satchanalai – Lampang
                                                                        Visit to ruins of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand and Sri
                                                                        Satchanalai, its northern outpost. Proceed to Lampang for overnight.

                                                                        Day 5: Lampang – Phayao – Golden Triangle
                                                                        Visit Emerald Buddha, then depart for Phayao. Continue to historical
                                                                        Chiang Saen, then by longtailed boat on Mekong to Golden Triangle.

                                                                        Day 6: Chiang Saen – Doi Mae Salong – Mae Sai – Chiang Saen
                                                                        Visit Lisu Village then via Mae Chan to visit Yao and Akha villages.
                                                                        Proceed to Doi Mae Salong for lunch then continue to Mae Sai, on
                                                                        Burmese border. Return to Chiang Saen.

                                                                        Day 7: Chiang Saen – Chiang Mai
                                                                        Depart for Mae Chan and stop at the hot spring. Proceed to Chiang
                                                                        Mai then afternoon visits to various handicrafts factories.

                                                                        Day 8: Chiang Mai
                                                                        Visit elephant camp at Mae Taman for elephant ride then visit
                                                                        orchid farm. Afternoon visit mountain of Wat Doi Suthep

                                                                        Day 9: Chiang Mai – Bangkok
                                                                        Flight to Bangkok or one of the islands off of southern Thailand.

                                                                         Ref: CLT9. Price £715.00 per person for minimum of two people.
                                                                          Full details of this tour can be found on
26 North Thailand

      Hilltribe Trek
       Enjoy trekking through natural forest and visit ethnic hill
       tribes whose lives have changed little over the centuries.

       Our hill tribe treks in northern Thailand have been designed to
       show you the rich culture of the numerous tribes that live in the
       mountain regions of the country. These tribes live off the land culti-
       vating crops, hunting and collecting produce from the forest. They
       have strong traditions and religious beliefs and the women still
       dress in colourful head-dress and clothes made and elaborately
       embroidered themselves.

                                  Their lives are very different from the ones     Day 1: Chiang Mai – Lahu Village
                                  we have in the west where we have become         Drive to Pha Mieng. Walk through orchards and down a steep jungle
                                  so reliant on the combustion engine,             path to the waterfall and pool. On to Lahu village and along jungle
                                  telecommunications and electronics,              trails to Hmong village. Afternoon walk to the mountain top and Red
                                  whereas they are more in tune with the           Lahu Village. Visit the animist Lahu temple. Walk along mountain
                                  environment and its surroundings.                ridge to Lahu village. The view from this village is spectacular when
                                  Unfortunately this fragile existence is easily   looking southward down the valley or westward to mountain peaks
                                  damaged and over the past couple of              stretching towards Burma. Dinner and overnight at Lahu Outpost.
                                  decades the increase in tourism has result-
                                  ed in the commercial exploitation of many        Day 2: Lahu Village – Lisu Lodge
                                  of these tribes.                                 Walk to Huay Satern Waterfall, then along stream and nature trail to
                                                                                   Mae Taeng Elephant Camp for an hour's elephant ride. After lunch,
                                It is therefore important that the way of life     white-water raft down the river to the Thai village of Muang Gurt.
                                of these mountain peoples is protected and         Then cycle to Akha village. Afterwards arrive at Lisu Lodge in the
       the benefit of any tourism is shared with those involved. We have           late afternoon and observe hilltribe activities of Lisu and Akha peo-
       put together these tours with our partners in Thailand who have             ple. Evening dinner with Lisu music and dance.
       developed an award winning product working with the tribes
       involved by contributing directly to village life.                          Day 3: Lisu Lodge – Lanna Far m
                                                                                   Cultural tour of the Lisu village with village elder. Then oxcart ride
        Hilltribe Trek Lodges                                                      through farmland and forest to village of Baan Pang Mae Daeng.
                                                                                   Afternoon, visit a Palong Hilltribe before trekking from Karen to Lahu
      Lanna Farm                                                                   village. Continue by road to Lanna Farm for Dinner and overnight.

      A beautiful teak house, surrounded                                           Day 4: Lanna Farm – Chiang Mai
      by rice fields and orchards, which                                           After breakfast bicycle ride to see rural northern Thai life. Visit the
      preserves the best traditional ways,                                         huge reclining Buddha image at Wat Tham Dork Kum and return to
      with a hint of luxury for the discern-                                       Lanna Farm for lunch. After lunch, transfer back to Chiang Mai.
      ing guest seeking natural beauty.
                                                                                    Ref: THT4. £175.00 per person, based on two sharing.
                                      Lisu Lodge                                     Full details of this tour can be found on
                                      Designed in the traditional hill style,
                                      it has been modified for western
                                      tastes with en-suite European style
                                      toilets, comfortable beds and the
                                      highest standards of hygiene.
                                                                                   Mae Hong Son
      Lahu Lodge                                                                   Mae Hong Son is located in the north-
      Lahu Outpost is more rustic. It is in
                                                                                   western corner of Thailand, bordering
      a Lahu village atop a 1600m moun-
                                                                                   Burma. It is a good place to observe the
      tain. It was built in traditional Lahu
                                                                                   customs and life styles of various ethnic
      style by the villagers themselves,
                                                                                   minorities, and is full of scenic spots,
      and accommodates up to 8 people.
                                                                                   including spectacular waterfalls and
                                                                                   caves in addition to numerous ancient
                                                                                   temples of the Burmese style.

                                                                                   Day 1: Flight to Mae Hong Son. Transfer to the Imperial Tara Hong
                                                                                   Son Hotel. Afternoon visit the 200 year old Burmese Temples.

                                                                                   Day 2: Visit the fish caves before continuing to a Karen hilltribe vil-
                                                                                   lage. Elephant trek through jungle to Long Neck Padong tribe.
                                                                                   Women of this tribe wear numerous brass rings around their necks.
                                                                                   Continue by high speed longtail boat to Ban Huay Dua.

                                                                                   Day 3: Explore local market before midday flight to Chiang Mai.

                                                                                    Ref: MHS3. £250.00 per person for minimum of two people.

                                                                                    Full details of this tour can be found on
                                                                                                                            Southern Thailand                             27

Beaches of the South
Thailand's Andaman coast extends for 870 km from the Surin Islands on the northern border with Burma to
the southern border with Malaysia. Hundreds of islands are accessible to small craft from Phuket, many of
them uninhabited, forested and fringed with spectacular coral reefs. While the eastern coast stretches from
Malaysia around to Cambodia and encompasses many small islands and a series of fine white-sand beaches.

By car you can explore inland through Rubber plantations, Coconut, pineapples, bananas, and cashews groves to Khao Sok
National Park the home of many rare and endangered species. The more developed areas offer resorts that blend the latest
facilities with traditional architecture, relaxing Spa's and fresh spicy oriental cuisine. High-class entertainment facilities
including golf courses and marinas for those seeking a more active stay.

The many coral fringed reefs include some of the best in the world, and sport diving
has become a major Phuket-based recreational indus-
try. These waters include more than 850 species of
fish as well as sea turtle other marine reptiles.

                                                                                                                                Car hire in Thailand
                                                                                                                                Hiring a car in Thailand will give you a
                                                                                                                                lot more freedom to travel – whether you
                                                                                                                                go from beach to beach in the South, or
                                                                                                                                explore what the North has to offer.

                                                                                                                                Although an island, Phuket is connected
                                                                                                                                to the mainland by a causeway and so
                                                                                                                                exploring couldn’t be easier. Find a
                                                                                                                                secluded beach or drive to Khao Sok
                                                                                                                                National Park for a night in a treetop
                                                                                                                                guesthouse and a walk through the
                                                                                                                                dense rainforest. Hua Hin lies on the
                                                                                     Ao Prao Resort
Ko Samed island                                                                      Ao Prao is situated on the secluded
                                                                                                                                other side of the country, only a few
                                                                                                                                hours drive away, and the amazing sea-
                                                                                                                                scapes and beaches of Krabi are a short
For those wishing for a short break from the rigours of                              west side of the island but still within   drive away.
travel, the island of Ko Samed is the perfect getaway,                               easy reach of the more lively east
and only a few hours by road and boat from the capital.                              side.                                      In the North, you can explore some of
                                                                                        Recently redeveloped the resort         the more remote hilltribe areas, or drive
The island is part of a national marine park, and although there                     has added a luxury bar and swimming        through the Golden Triangle.
has been development on the East side recently, there are still                      pool areas to its range of secluded
some wonderfully quiet beaches on the West side, including the                       bungalows, beach cottages and suites.      We can organise independent bespoke
fabulous Ao Prao Resort.                                                             There is a beachside bar and restau-       itineraries that can take you wherever
                                                                                     rant that offers quality food and buf-     you want to go in Thailand or just car
Diamond Beach is just a short walk from Ao Prao and has sand                         fets, and is the perfect place to watch    hire, so you can follow your own plan.
so fine you can hear it crunch as you walk on it. When you have                      the sunset.
explored the island you can take a motorboat to neighbouring                            As well as relaxing on the beach,       Prices for a group A vehicle start from
islands to snorkel or dive on a coral reef.                                          they have the only PADI registered         just £150 per week.
                                                                                     dive school on the island, where you
                                                                                     can learn to dive on the small coral
 Prices per person                          Share twin             Single            reef that lies just offshore.
1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec               £23                 £45                The whole resort is tastefully
                                                                                     designed and set in tropical gardens
1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April            £32                 £62
                                                                                     that blend into the forested hillside.
16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request
                                                                                                                                 For more details see www.mekong-
                                        Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE
28 Southern Cruises

       Sail on the Meroja                                                         Day 1: (Monday) Phuket – Phang Nga Bay – James Bond Island
                                                                                  Sail to Northern Phang Nga Bay. Anchor and visit James Bond Island
                                                                                  before sunset, cocktails. Dinner and overnight on board.
                                       The Meroja is an 85 foot ketch
                                       especially designed for comfort-           Day 2: (Tuesday) James Bond Island – Krabi
                                       able cruising the tropical                 Sail to Krabi. Overnight on board at Krabi beaches.
                                       waters of the Andaman Sea.
                                                                                  Day 3: (Wednesday) Krabi – Koh Yung – Bamboo Island - Phi Phi
                                       The yacht offers guests accommoda-         Sail to Koh Yung, Bamboo Island with coral garden for snorkelling.
                                       tion in 5 private cabins all of which      Overnight on board at Phi Phi Island.
                                       are fully air-conditioned and have
                                       their own ensuite bathroom facilities.     Day 4: (Thursday) Phi Phi – Maya Bay – Koh Rock Nok – Koh Lanta
                                       With accommodation for up to 11            Sailing visit to Viking cave and Maya Bay (the beach) then sail to
                                       passengers on extended overnight           Koh Rock Nok. Overnight on board at Koh Lanta.
                                       cruising, the Meroja is the ideal pleas-
                                                                                  Day 5: (Friday) Koh Lanta – Koh Hai & Koh Kradan – Koh Mook
                                       ure boat to explore Phuket's many
                                                                                  Set sail to Koh Mook, Koh Hai and Koh Kradan. Visit famous Emerald
                                       picturesque offshore islands.
                                                                                  cave. Pristine beaches, snorkel.
       Weekly departure Mondays. First departure 1st November, last depar-        Overnight on board off Koh Mook.
       ture 15th April. Guaranteed departure, minimum 2 pax.
                                                                                  Day 6: (Saturday) Koh Mook – Trang
        Ref: MER6 £485.00 per person based on two people in a twin                Morning at leisure then set sail back
        cabin. Single supplement £375 per person.                                 to Pak Meng. Disembark noon - 13:00
         Full details of this tour can be found on   for transfer to hotels or airport.

       June Bahtra                                                                Suwann Macha
       A discovery of Phang Nga Bay,                                              Discover the coastline of Phuket and its sur-
       famous for its limestone rocks                                             rounding islands on a tropical island cruise.
       emerging from emerald waters.                                              At the close of day, sip an exotic cocktail
                                                                                  while a red sun sinks gently over clean
       What could be more enthralling than                                        white sandy beaches. Sparkling transparent
       cruising amidst stunning scenery                                           turquoise waters surround you, inviting you
       aboard an authentic sailing junk. With                                     to dive in and explore the mystery of the
       a total capacity of 80 passengers the                                      undersea world of sea corals and brightly
       June Bahtra boats offer daily depar-                                       coloured fish. The Suwann Macha combines
       tures to James Bond Island and the Sea                                     Western comfort with Asian charm.
       Gypsy Village as well as regular sunset
       cruises. This cruise can be easily com-
       bined with a more extensive discovery                                      Phang Nga Bay Cruises
       of the South.
                                                                                  Program 1: Departs Saturday
       Magical Phang Nga Bay                                                      Day 1: (Saturday) Phuket – Phang Nga
                                                                                  Afternoon set sail to Phang-Nga Bay for sunset at James Bond Island.
       Program:                                                                   Day 2: (Sunday) Phang Nga – Krabi
       07:30  Pick up from the hotel and Embark on board June Bahtra              Visit Sea Gypsy Village and mangrove river delta. Afternoon by a
              and cruise through the enchanting Phang Nga Bay                     deserted island for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.
       11:15  Arrive at James Bond Island and by long tail boat to the Sea
              Gypsy village. Visit the Mangrove Delta and Grotto Cave.            Day 3: (Monday) Krabi – Phi Phi
       13:00 Thai buffet on board. Cruise back to Phuket Island.                  Sail to Phi-Phi. Afternoon free for snorkelling, windsurfing, sightseeing.
       18:00 Return to the hotel.                                                 Day 4: (Tuesday) Phi Phi – Phuket
                                                                                  Cruise around the island. Return to Phuket by air-conditioned
                                                                                  express boat visiting Viking Cave on the way. Transfer to hotel.
        Ref: JBDC Daily departures from 07:00-18:00 hrs
        £45.00 per adult, £35 per child for minimum of two people.                Program 2: Departs Tuesdays
          Full details of this tour can be found on    Day 1: (Tuesday) Phuket – Phi Phi
                                                                                  Morning board express motorboat. Visit Viking Cave on the way to
                                                                                  Phi-Phi. Board Suwann Macha and cruise around Phi-Phi Island.
       Phang Nga Sunset Cruise                                                    Day 2: (Wednesday) Phi Phi – Krabi
                                                                                  Sail to Krabi, afternoon visit Pha Nang. Swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing.
       16:00  Pick up from the hotel by air-conditioned bus                       Day 3: (Thursday) Krabi – Phang Nga
       16:45 Embark on board June Bahtraand cruise through Ko Lawa                Sail through Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island. Exploration of
              to watch the sunset over                                            mangrove river delta and Sea Gypsy Village. Overnight on board.
              Phang Nga Bay.                                                      Day 4: (Friday) Phang Nga – Phuket
       19:20  Buffet dinner on board.                                             Sunrise and breakfast James Bond Island. Sail through Phang Nga
       20:30  Return to Leam Prao pier                                            Bay. Return to Phuket. Transfer to Phuket hotel.
              and transfer to the hotel.
              Arrive at the hotel                                                  Ref: SM4 Prices per person based on two sharing a cabin
              approximately 21:30hrs                                               01 November – 30 April               £315.00 (Single supplement £112.00)
                                                                                   Excluding high season period below

        Ref: JBSC Daily departures from 16:00-23:30 hrs                            19 December – 26 February £350.00 (Single supplement £112.00)
        £32.00 per adult, £22 per child for minimum of two people.                 1 May 2002 – 31 October   £200.00 (Single supplement £65.00)
                                                                                    Full details of this tour can be found on
          Full details of this tour can be found on
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Sea Canoe                                                                       3 day Canoe Tour
Adventure Tour                                                           Day 1: Sunday/Wednesday
                                                                         Pick-up from your hotel by Sea Canoe van. Arrive at Ao Po pier and
                                                                         depart by powerboat to islands. Arrive first island and explore
                                                                         caves and lagoons. Lunch on escort boat. Arrive second island for
                                                                         more cave exploration and circumnavigation. Traverse 300 metre
                                                                         cave to giant lagoon. Arrive and camp on island beach. Basic kayak
                                                                         training provided. Thai seafood BBQ dinner. Paddle by starlight or
                                                                         sunset back to hong, depending on tides. Return to campsite on

                                                                         Day 2: Monday/Thursday
                                                                         Early morning depart for North Koh Yao Noi on escort boat. Paddle
                                                                         North Koh Yao Noi and Big Tree Bay. Hike to the giant ficus. Lunch
                                                                         on board. Paddle to and around Lagoon Island. This island is home
                                                                         to many crab-eating monkeys and giant fruit bats. Board escort boat
                                                                         and depart for Koh Chong Lat in Krabi. Arrive Koh Chong Lat and
                                                                         make camp. Sunset paddle. BBQ dinner.

The rugged, Sea Explorer, was designed as a stable and                   Day 3: Tuesday/Friday
inflatable sea canoe. Because the Sea Explorer can pass                  Paddle around Koh Chong Lat, a 500 metre island with stunning
through gaps less than a meter wide, we can take you to                  cliffs and the "Blue Room" – a three-chamber stalactite grotto.
                                                                         Porpoises are often seen outside the Blue Room, along with mon-
previously inaccessible sites.
                                                                         keys, water monitors, white-bellied sea eagles and bramany kites.
                                                                         Lunch on board. Motorboat to Koh Klui. Circumnavigate Koh Klui.
Pass into the newly discovered ‘Lost World of Hong’ a completely
                                                                         Another beautiful red limestone island with an irregular coastline.
enclosed open-air inland lagoon only connected to our world by
                                                                         Board escort boat and depart for Ao Po pier. Transfer to hotel.
total darkness. Our three-day total-adventure expedition offers
includes starlit nights on romantic beaches and luxury camping
with fully catered meals. Sunrise and sunset canoe trips are espe-
cially popular among photographers and birdwatchers.                      Ref: CT3. Price £352.00 per person for minimum of two people.
                                                                          Includes fully guided use of sea canoe, meals and bottled water
There are guaranteed twice-weekly departures with English-speak-          throughout. All camping gear and waterproof bags.
ing guide on all Sundays and Wednesdays.
                                                                            Full details of this tour can be found on

4 day Khao Sok Safari Tour
Khao Sok National Park is located across a mountain ridge
separating the east and west coasts of the Thai peninsula.
Monsoon rains sweep into these mountains from the Gulf
of Thailand in the east and The Andaman Sea in the west,
making this Thailand's wettest area.

The richness of the tropical forest flora, the abundance of fresh
water and the shelter of the mountains combine to provide an excel-
lent habitat for many species of wildlife - including elephant, guar,
banteng, binturong, languor (or leaf monkey), tiger, leopard, Malay
sun bear, monkey, white-handed gibbon, porcupine, wild boar,
snakes, lizards, bats, hundreds of different butterfly species and
over 180 species of birds, including several kinds of hornbill.

There are guaranteed twice-weekly departures of this tour with English
speaking guide on every Wednesday & Saturday, from Phuket.

Day 1: (Wednesday/Saturday) Phuket–Khao Luk–Khao Sok                     limestone rock landscape on the way to Ao Luk. Arrive at the pier
Drive through farmland to Khao Luk National Park with stop at Lam        and take a cruise through the mangrove swamps and near by sea
Pi waterfall. Proceed to Khao Luk. Lunch and swimming at Robinson        cave. View ancient paintings in stalactite cave and visit Bokarani
Beach. Continue tour over "Cloud Pass," entering Khao Sok National       National Park. Continue to Krabi for lunch. Check in at the hotel in
Park for elephant trekking. Check in at jungle lodge. Evening free,      Krabi town. Afternoon free. Supper in traditional restaurant.
supper and overnight stay in national park.
                                                                         Day 4: (Saturday/Tuesday) Krabi–Phang Nga Bay–Phuket
Day 2: (Thursday/Sunday) Khao Sok National Park                          Depart for Wat Tham Suea (Tiger cave), a monastery on a cliff over a
Option of jungle trek or jungle canoeing. Bamboo rafting through         jungle valley surrounded by limestone rocks. Then take a boat ride
grotto in season. Continue to pre-Thai era temple area after lunch.      to Princess Cave and walk up limestone rocks. Option of swimming
Return to jungle lodge. Late afternoon free. Supper and second           in the lagoon. Later return to Phuket via Phang Nga. Arrive in Phuket
overnight stay in national park.                                         with transfers to your hotel.

                                                                          Ref: SA4. Price £195.00 per person for minimum of two people.
Day 3: (Friday/Monday) Khao Sok–Ao Luk–Krabi
After breakfast, depart for Krabi on upcountry road through bizarre         Full details of this tour can be found on
30 Thailand – Beaches

                                                                                             Banyan Tree

                                                                                             Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman
                                                                                             Sea, the Banyan Tree Phuket is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. A
                                                                                             tropical paradise of extraordinary natural beauty, it has earned the
                                                                                             honour of being voted the 'World's Best Spa Resort' by readers of
                                                                                             Condé Nast Traveller, the 'Best Resort Hotel in Asia' by The Asian
                                                                                             Wall Street Journal and CNBC Asia.

        Beaches of Phuket                                                                       Located at the shores of Bang Tao Bay, its 109 stately villas are
                                                                                             exquisitely furnished, impeccably equipped and tastefully designed
                                                                                             to reflect the rich Thai culture. A quality restaurant features Thai
        The island of Phuket is just an hours flight from Bangkok                            food from Southeast Asia. The Spa Lounge specialises in light and
       and is one of Thailand’s most popular resorts. Sandy                                  nutritious dishes for the health conscious while Sala Terrace serves
       beaches and lush tropical hills make the island the ideal                             seafood dishes, its' speciality being Pacific Rim cuisine.
                                                                                                Entertainment and recreation facilities include 3 tennis courts,
       place to relax. There is a good choice of international stan-
                                                                                             watersports like sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and scuba diving and
       dard hotels and Phuket town offers good shopping and                                  the Banyan Tree Spa for massage, body and beauty treatments
       entertainment. You can visit near by islands or fish the                              including aerobics, yoga and meditation. Golf lovers can have a go
       andaman sea or even join a five day cruise around the                                 at the Banyan Tree Club, an 18 hole golf course with driving range,
       coast.                                                                                putting greens and chipping areas; other activities include a snooker
                                                                                             room, bicycles and tandem bicycles.
       With its magnificent long white beaches, its luxuriant vegetation, its                 Prices per person                          Share twin             Single
       crystal blue sea water, its fantastic undersea scenery, its calm and
                                                                                             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec              £165                £325
       relaxing tropical atmosphere, and its fresh prawns, lobsters and
                                                                                             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April           £200                £400
       other kinds of seafood, Phuket – the Pearl of the South – entices
       many travellers to visit her again and again.                                         16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                   Price on request
                                                                                                                                     Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

       Cape Panwa                                  IIII                                      Karon Beach Resort                                              III

                                                                                             Karon Beach Resort is a small intimate, hotel of just 80 rooms and
                                                                                             suites. All rooms face the sea and overlook the swimming pool, gar-
       Cape Panwa Hotel is built on a hill top overlooking the Andaman
                                                                                             dens and beach.
       Sea. The hotel's beach is secluded, and safe from the westerly
                                                                                                Facilities in the room include individual control air conditioning,
       winds, which means that the sea is calm an ideal for swimming.
                                                                                             private balcony, bath and shower, mini bar and refrigerator, room
          The hotel is self contained, cosy and ideal for those guests who
                                                                                             safe, satellite TV and in house video, IDD telephone and coffee/tea
       seek tranquillity and natural surroundings. With a total of 245 gue-
       strooms, consisting of 218 Superior rooms with single or twin beds,
                                                                                                The Orchid Room is a first class restaurant located on the upper
       14 one bedroom suites, 6 Bungalows with 2 bedrooms and 1 Villa
                                                                                             floor of the hotel, which overlooks the sea and has splendid views of
       comprising 3 bedrooms. A maximum of 3 people can stay in
                                                                                             Karon bay.
       Superior and Suite rooms.
                                                                                                The Lobby has a reading corner with daily newspapers and tour
          With a variety of food and beverage outlets all offering a different
                                                                                             counter. There is a beachside swimming pool and sundeck with
       style of menu. The Cafe Andaman overlooks the hilltop swimming
                                                                                             poolside bar and open air cafe.
       pool, while the Panwa House is a lone mansion amidst the coconut
                                                                                                This hotel offers good value for money in a prime location of
       plantation right on the beach, serving authentic Thai cuisine.
                                                                                             Phuket. It has easy access to all the main sights and yet offers tran-
          The hotels facilities include 2 swimming pools, tennis court and a
                                                                                             quil surroundings.
       games room with a children's corner. Swim or snorkel on the coral
       reefs, windsurf, row or sail from the beach. A boat pier is nearby
       where charters leave daily to nearby islands.

        Prices per person                           Share twin             Single             Prices per person                          Share twin             Single
       1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                £35                 £67             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec               £85                £175
       1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £50                £100             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April           £125                £250
       16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request                  16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request
                                                Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

       This is just a selection of our recommended hotels. We can book any hotel of your choice. Prices in Phuket start from just £20 ppn
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 Santiburi Dusit Resort
                                                                                        The small island of Ko
                                                                                        Samui is just over an
                                                                                        hours flight from
                                                                                        Bangkok. Surrounded
                                                                                        by white tropical
                                                                                        beaches and covered
 Located on Koh Samui's tranquil northern tip, 12 kms from Samui
 airport. The resort faces the superb beach while all around are 23                     in palm trees it makes
 acres of landscaped tropical gardens.                                                  and idyllic tropical
    Like a luxurious private home, individual accommodation is                          hideaway.
 designed in traditional Thai style and well appointed with all mod-
 ern amenities. The 12 Equatorial Suites are duplex style at 88m2 and                   You can spend your days
 comprise a balcony, bathroom and separate shower. Villa Garden                         exploring the island or snorkelling along one of the coral reefs that
 are 58m2 and comprise 1 bedroom with twin/double bedding, living                       can be found off the island. You can also experience a range of water
 room, private terrace, separate bath and shower. Villa Beachfront                      sports and even complete a dive course in the clear, fish-filled
 are the same layout but faces the beach                                                waters that surround its miles of beaches.
    A choice of fine dining is provided by 2 restaurants, Sala Thai,
 specialising in Royal Thai cuisine, and Vimarnak which presents a                      Ko Samui is famous for its giant Buddha statue which towers over
 delicious menu of East meets West dishes.                                              the island and is a ‘must-see’ for any visitors to the island.
    Other facilities include board room, fitness centre, Thai tradition-
 al massage, swimming pool, whirlpool, watersports, tennis courts,                      The 50 km of road that runs around the circumference of the island
 squash courts, mini-golf driving range, volleyball and indoor games.                   makes it easy to explore the picturesque waterfalls, local temples
                                                                                        and numerous beaches by hiring a car or motorbike. The Ang Thong
  Prices per person                            Share twin             Single
                                                                                        Marine Park lies of the south western coast and excursions can be
 1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                 £98                £195             arranged to visit it or any of the smaller near by islands.
 1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April             £130                £260
 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request                 This island is a perfect place to relax after one of our tours and
                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE   makes a great family destination with resorts to cater to most peo-
                                                                                        ples tastes.

 Royal Blue Lagoon                                             III                      White House Hotel                                                IIII

                                                                                        Standing on Cheongmon Beach, The White House Hotel consists of
 Recreating a Thai village, the hotel offers 71 rooms, all with air-con-                several Thai-style buildings and antique furnishings combined with
 ditioning and private balcony. All rooms have colour TV and video                      modern luxury.
 channel, 1 double & 1 single bed, private balcony, IDD telephone,                         Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and the sea, the White
 radio/tape player, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, toiletry               House nestles in a peaceful bay with what is possible the most
 articles, and hair dryer.                                                              romantic beach on the island. Offering privacy & seclusion for com-
    Deluxe Villas are larger than Superior rooms with bathtub, 1 dou-                   plete relaxation.
 ble and 1 single bed, large private terrace. All Deluxe Villas have                       There are 8 Junior Suites and a ground floor Villa plus 16 Deluxe
 been renovated with marble and granite bathrooms, Thai style teak-                     Rooms and 16 Superior Rooms all with Fruit Plate, Flowers, Hair
 wood furniture, decoration fan and remote control air condition.                       Dryer, Coffee & Tea making Facilities, Safe, Satellite TV & Music
    A good selection of facilities include The Laguna Terrace - beach-                  channels, IDD Phone.
 side restaurant with Thai food and international cuisine, La Pladja -                     The restaurant offers a comprehensive menus with only the fresh-
 BBQ restaurant directly by the beach                                                   est ingredients and offers some of the finest cuisine, both interna-
    Facilities include Swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, water-                  tional and local.
 sports centre, beach with deck-chairs, money exchange, car rental,                        What better way to get rid of those aches & pains than having a
 fax, 24-hour reception, airport transfer service, laundry, babysitting,                traditional Thai massage followed by a dip in the adjacent jacuzzi.
 and library. Deep-sea & island excursions can be arranged.
  Prices per person                            Share twin             Single             Prices per person                          Share twin             Single
 1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                 £23                 £45             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec               £30                 £58
 1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April              £40                 £80             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April            £40                 £80
 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request                 16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request
                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE                                           Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

This is just a selection of our recommended hotels. We can book any hotel of your choice. Prices in Ko Samui start from just £23 ppn
32 Thailand – Beaches

       Krabi & Ko Phi Phi                                                                        Aonang Pakasai Resort

                                                                                             A beachfront resort situated on a cliff connecting Ao Nang Beach
                                                                                             and Nopparate Beach, comprised of two low-rise buildings and 11
       For those looking of a quieter beach location the small
                                                                                             houses, rooms with balcony views of The Andaman Sea.
       islands and coves of Krabi province offer some idyllic                                   Deluxe Rooms have bigger balconies than Superior Rooms, some
       coastline.                                                                            of which have views of the sea or garden. Pakasai Suites are twice
                                                                                             the size of Deluxe Rooms, have a private living area and bigger bath-
       Krabi is in the southern province of Thailand on the western                          rooms. Nopparate Panorama is a 2-bedroom suite with separate liv-
       seaboard adjoining the Andaman sea. The coastline covers more                         ing area and jacuzzi looking out to the sea.
       than 130 islands in the Andaman Sea. Natural forest cover the moun-                      Dalah Restaurant serves International and Thai cuisine; Pool Bar
       tainous parts of the province while agriculture includes rubber,                      for light meals by the pool; Café in a Park light meals and drinks on
       palm, mango, coconut, and coffee plantations. Weather in Krabi is                     a sun deck setting; and Anda Arcadian, features International
       typically tropical, providing the province with just two seasons, the                 Seafood dishes from Andaman Sea. Local delicacies are on offer at
       hot season from January to April, and the rainy season from May to                    the deli and Room Service is available.
       December.                                                                                An outdoor swimming pool, a game room and traditional Thai
                                                                                             massage are all-available.
       South of Phuket are a pair of islands known as Koh Phi Phi. Made up
       of steep cliffs, and white beaches surrounded by emerald water,                        Prices per person                            Share twin             Single
       they were recently the scene of the film adaptation of The Beach.                     1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                 £20                 £40
       From here regular boat trips take visitors to snorkel amid the many
                                                                                             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April              £30                 £60
       coral reefs.
                                                                                             16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request
                                                                                                                                       Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE
       The area offers idyllic beaches for the perfect escape from the hus-
       tle of modern life.

       Rayavadee                                   IIIII                                     Pee Pee Island Village
       Premier Resort                                                                                                                                  III1⁄2

                                                                                             Nestled amidst the towering coconut palms and rich vegetation of
                                                                                             Phi Phi Dons', is Pee Pee Island Village. With 84 traditional Thai Style
                                                                                             bungalows, each has it's own exclusive setting and spectacular
       Rayavadee Premier Resort is accessible only by boat and almost                        views of the 800 meters private beach creating a relaxing and
       hidden from view the resort is surrounded by tropical natural envi-                   secluded atmosphere.
       ronment, several hundred hectares of marine national park, majes-                        It also has an extensive range of activities such as The Wana Spa,
       tic towering limestone cliffs and swaying palm trees.                                 The 5 Star Padi Diving Centre, Snorkelling and sightseeing programs.
          This oasis is complemented with luxurious villas set in tranquilli-                Choose from a deluxe, superior bungalow, or standard bungalow.
       ty and has been honoured by the Tourism Authority of Thailand                            All bungalows are beautifully furnished and have excellent facili-
       with the Award of Excellence 1996 for the Best Tourist                                ties including a modern bathroom; a fridge with a mini bar and a pri-
       Accommodation in the Southern region.                                                 vate balcony and air conditioning.
          Rayavadee Resort is located on the Cape Phra Nang in Krabi. It                        Friendly and dedicate staff will ensure that you have a relaxing
       takes about 30 minutes from Krabi Airport to the resort. The jour-                    and memorable stay.
       ney from Phuket Airport to Krabi is about 2 hours and from Krabi                         Pee Pee Island is 48 kilometres east of Phuket and 42 kilometres
       there is another 15 minutes boat ride from the jetty or 5 minutes car                 south of Krabi. Easily accessed from the mainland of either Phuket
       ride from the mainland reception to the resort.                                       or Krabi.

        Prices per person                           Share twin             Single             Prices per person                            Share twin             Single
       1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec               £170                £335             1 May - 30 June; 16 Sept. - 15 Dec                 £20                 £38
       1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April            £175                £350             1 July - 15 Sept.; 16 Feb. - 30 April              £28                 £55
       16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                    Price on request                  16 Dec. - 15 Feb                                      Price on request
                                                Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE                                             Prices correct at time of printing. E & OE

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