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OUR thoughts on THAILAND

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, rich in colourful culture, food and scenery we think that a Thailand holiday has it all. Watch magical sunsets or indulge in the wonderful flavours of Thai cooking, relax and unwind on the beach or in a Spa, shop by Tuk tuk, sip cocktails on the beach, or you can mix it with the locals at a Thai Boxing event, go elephant trekking in the highlands of north Thailand or greet Buddha in one of the thousands of beautifully decorated temples. Thailand’s coastal regions are some of the best in the region and very easy to access and of course even easier because we can arrange everything for you. Thailand's coast line's offer a tropical climate year round, white sandy beaches, warm crystal clear waters, and swaying palm trees. If you are one of those people that can’t sit still for long then take to the water and go diving, fishing, or boat to a deserted island, walk through the wilderness and you might bump into a monkey or hire a scooter and take to the streets like a local, let’s not forget shopping to your heart’s content and the nightlife! All of Thailand’s Islands offer a huge range of accommodation types with excellent value for money. Some resorts specialise in family holidays, others in superior breaks for romantic couples, some offer diving, almost all offer spa's and some provide the best of everything. The Kingdom of Thailand has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. With easy access to all parts of the country by various modes of transport the hardest question to answer is, where should I go? Our Thailand Specialists can help you answer this question.

OUR PHUKET
Located in the Andaman sea of the south western coast of Thailand, Phuket is Thailand’s largest Island. With lovely beaches, forests, world renowned dive sites, nightlife and entertainment as well as spectacular neighbouring islands, there are so many things to do. If you like to be amongst the crowds then the beaches on the south coast like Patong, and the slighter quieter Karon and Kata beaches are generally more crowded while the north remains more tranquil. The popularity of the destination is not only because of the huge range of activities and accommodation options, but also due to the Phuket style of hospitality which never fails to impress visitors from all walks of life. For most of Our Asia clients, it is the number of options for accommodation and activities that the island has to offer to keep them entertained that draws them to Phuket. With a blend of natural beauty, adventure, culture and the opportunity to shop, and enjoy the nightlife the island has many interesting things to see and do.

OUR KOH SAMUI
Situated on the south eastern coast in the gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island known for its pristine beaches, blue waters and scenic landscape. Koh Samui is surrounded by around sixty smaller islands, all of which form the Ang Thong Marine National Park. This makes it an ideal base for scuba diving, snorkelling and island exploration. Chaweng beach on the eastern coast of the island is a 7km stretch of white sand and is the action centre of the island with restaurants, pubs, bars and shopping. Lamai beach further south is a less chaotic version of Chaweng but also has many options for shopping, eating out and nightlife. If you are looking for peaceful beaches, the ones located to the north of the island Bo Phut, Choeng Mon, Big Buddha, Lipa Noi and Maenam are the best options. There are plenty of options, so give Our Koh Samui experts a call and let them help you decide.

OUR KOH PHA NGAN
Koh Pha Ngan is just a short boat ride off the coast of Koh Samui is blessed with some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches, with a still unspoiled interior. Koh Pha Ngan has gained itself a reputation as the party Island and once known as a backpacker retreat due to the well-known Full Moon party, Koh Phangan now however has a range of high standard accommodation so is also a perfect place to relax and unwind on the beach with style and comfort. OUR KOH TAO Koh Tao is a tiny island 45 Km’s from Koh Samui and is world renowned as a prime diving destination in Thailand, if not the world. Non-divers can appreciate the beauty of Koh Tao, as it’s a perfect place to relax on the beach and go snorkelling, or by taking a boat trip around the island to visit Koh Tao’s many gorgeous beaches and bays, hiking to the summit of the island, doing some yoga, or simply relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the view.

OUR KRABI
Krabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast with the main area of hotels being in Ao Nang, Krabi with a dramatic labyrinthine of archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colourful long tail boats. With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, one could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave wanting to discover more.

OUR KOH PHI PHI
Kho Phi Phi is only a 45 minute boat ride from Krabi or Phuket. Koh Phi Phi features towering limestone cliffs that shelter white, sandy beaches and spectacular, aquamarine bays filled with exotic marine life. As one of the premier island destinations in Thailand, where you can choose lively nightlife or secluded isolation depending on which beach you choose to stay at. Whether you enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, or simply relaxing in a hammock, Koh Phi Phi has a beach that will exceed your ideas of the perfect Thailand beach holiday.

OUR KOH LANTA
Koh Lanta is a 25 km-long island off the Andaman coast of Thailand, south of Phuket and Krabi. Renowned for its long beaches, quiet seclusion, and natural beauty both above and below the water, Koh Lanta is a beach lover’s and scuba diver’s paradise and has still retained its laid-back atmosphere and is perfect for anyone who is looking for a Thai island holiday that has not succumbed to overdevelopment but still has many options of accommodation and activities.

OUR BANGKOK
The sheer size of Bangkok with its busy streets can be overwhelming for even the most avid traveller, however once you delve into the many activities the chaotic city has on offer you’ll be glad you stopped to take it all in, and don’t forget to come with an empty suitcase! The shopping in Bangkok is fantastic with the basic street side stalls and markets to the modern malls where you can escape the heat and the hustle and bustle of the Bangkok city streets. If you happen to be in Bangkok on the weekend a visit to the Chatuchak market is a must! With hundreds of stalls you’ll be there all day but when the feet get a little weary pop into one of the Thai massage spots to help you get back on your feet again, night markets Patpong, Saphan Phut, and Khlong Thom offer a colourful shopping experience or for something really different head to a floating market. Bangkok isn’t just about the shopping, though once you start it will be hard to stop, it is also home the Grand Palace with its glittering gold spires and a large number of exotic Buddhist. Accommodation in Bangkok is in abundance for every budget, also getting around Bangkok is easy by taking one of the trains, Taxis or Tuk Tuks, if you would prefer we handle it all for you we have plenty of fully escorted tour options in Bangkok or to the surrounding areas, let our Thailand specialists guide you.

OUR NORTHERN THAILAND
Northern Thailand is quite a contrast to Bangkok and the Islands to the south, surrounded by high mountains and lush forest the ancient cities of the north, Chang Mai and Chang Rai will not fail to please the nature, history and shopping lover in us all. Chang Mai is a great place to take to an Elephants back and head up into the hills to visit the hill tribes who still have a very unique way of life, or meander with the flow of one of the many rivers on bamboo rafts. Make sure you have plenty of room in your suit case as Chang Mai’s famous night bazaar will ensure you don’t leave empty handed with an abundance of handy crafts and tempting buys. The less known and travelled to Chang Rai doesn’t lack in stunning scenery and remote treks into the surrounding mountains, and is a great base to explore the golden triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. For the more adventurous traveller out there we can tailor make fully escorted tour packages to include some even more remote areas of northern Thailand, just ask one of our specialists!

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Currency: 
Thai Bhatt (THB) 
Most Major Credit Cards are accepted. 
Cash advances can also be made through many ATMs which display the relevant symbols. 
Banking hours are from 8.30am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday. 
Banks in hotels usually stay open longer hours while Money Changers are generally open every day until late evening. 
Tips: for using money changers - Bring your own calculator - Account your money before presenting to them - Calculate the rate in your own calculator to compare - Count the money (Thai Bhatt) once received prior to leaving - If the money is not correct, ask them for the rest or call the nearest security or police

Electricity: 220V / 50Hz

Flying Time: Approx. 12 hours from Auckland to Bangkok direct

Local Time: 7 Hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Weather: 
Most of the country can be described as tropical and humid for majority of the year. During High Season (Nov-Mar) the weather is mostly cool and dry.  The Shoulder Season (Apr-Jun, Sep & Oct) brings hot and dry weather with temperatures varying between 26-32⁰ C.  Visiting Northern Thailand is ideal in September and October. Monsoon season (Jul-Oct) brings high humidity with rain and heavy storms causing major flooding. During this time some islands will shut down as boat service can be limited during heavy storms.

Entry requirements for New Zealand passport holders:
Valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay, and valid return or onward ticket.

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